This post shows students and new users the steps to automatically lock their Windows 11 PCs when they are out and about with their Bluetooth enabled phones or devices. Windows comes with a function called “Dynamic lock” which uses a Bluetooth-connected device to automatically lock your Windows 11 computer when it is out of range.
There are several ways that Windows determines how and why to lock down a PC. Some are based on user interactions, such as pressing the WINDOWS key + L to lock your computer or click Start and select Lock. Others are time-based and will automatically lock the PC when there are no active users.
One way to also lock down a Windows 11 PC is to connect your Bluetooth-enabled device and configure Dynamic lock. Whenever you leave your computer with your device and the device goes out of Bluetooth range, Windows will automatically lock itself to prevent any unauthorized access to your system.
We show you how to configure it below in Windows 11.
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To start setting up Dynamic Lock in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to configure dynamic locking in Windows 11 to automatically lock Windows 11
As mentioned above, you can set up Dynamic Lock in Windows 11 with your Bluetooth enabled mobile device and have Windows automatically lock when you are away.
Before doing that, you need to pair your Windows device via Bluetooth.
How to pair a mobile phone to Windows 11 via Bluetooth
Pairing your mobile devices with Windows 11 is easy. Just go to Windows Settings, under Bluetooth and Devices to do it.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.
To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.
The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Bluetooth and devicesand turn on Bluetooth on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.
Then click on the Add device to start pairing your Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Then select Bluetooth as the type of device you want to add or pair.
Then select the device from the list that your computer finds.
Then complete the pairing. Now your mobile device and Windows 11 are paired.
How to enable dynamic locking in Windows 11
Now that your device and Windows are paired, enable Dynamic Lock. You can do it from the Accounts settings. From the Settings panel, click Accounts and select Login options as highlighted below.
In the login options, under Additional Settings, click Dynamic lock, then select the paired mobile device displayed.
You should do that!
The next time your device is out of range, Windows will crash automatically.
In this tutorial we have seen how to configure dynamic locking in Windows 11 to automatically lock when you are away. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.