Security Feature

How to set up Dynamic lock on Windows 10

Windows 10 can automatically lock your PC using "Dynamic lock" as your leave your desk to stop prying eyes – Here's how.

Dynamic lock on Windows 10

Dynamic lock is a new feature included with the Windows 10 Creators Update that locks your device when you step away from your desk adding another layer of security, and it’s really easy to set up.

Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 introduces Dynamic lock, a feature that is internally known as “Windows Goodbye” and automatically locks your desktop PC, laptop, or tablet when you step away based on proximity of a Bluetooth-paired device, such as your phone or wearable.

When enabled, if your Bluetooth device isn’t near your computer, Windows 10 waits 30 seconds, and then turns off the screen and locks your PC.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set up Dynamic lock on your Windows 10 device.

How to set up Dynamic lock

There are two parts to this feature. First, you must pair a Bluetooth device, such as your iPhone or Android phone, to your computer. Second, you need to enable Dynamic Lock in the Settings app.

How to pair a Bluetooth device

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Devices.

  3. Click on Bluetooth & other devices.

  4. Click the Add Bluetooth or other device button.

    Windows 10 Creators Update Bluetooth settings
    Windows 10 Creators Update Bluetooth settings
  5. On “Add a device,” click on Bluetooth.

    Add Bluetooth device to Windows 10
    Add Bluetooth device to Windows 10
  6. Turn on Bluetooth on your device.

  7. On your PC, select your device from the list.

  8. Click the Connect button.

    Connect Bluetooth device on Windows 10
    Connect Bluetooth device on Windows 10
  9. Confirm the pairing on your phone.

While the steps to connect a Bluetooth device to your computer is a straightforward process, it’s a process that you may need to do more than once to get it to work correctly.

How to enable Dynamic lock

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under “Dynamic lock,” turn on the Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device toggle switch.

    Sign-in options enable Dynamic lock
    Sign-in options enable Dynamic lock

Once you completed the steps, you can test the feature by stepping away from your computer and taking the Bluetooth-paired device with you out of range.

Wait at least 30 seconds, then walk back to your PC, and now it should be locked. The only caveat is that you’ll need to enter your password to sign back into your account. Though, if Windows Hello is configured, the login process is also instant.

If you’re used to lock your device as you step away from your desk, you’ll find that Dynamic lock is a convenient way to add an extra layer of security. However, you need to remember to leave the desk with your phone or the device you paired, otherwise it’s not going to work.

It’s also particularly useful for organizations to add an extra layer of security for employees who have to be working with sensitive information on their computers.