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.

Windows 10 Dynamic lock

“Dynamic lock” is a feature included in Windows 10 that locks your device when you step away from your desk, adding another layer of security, and it’s straightforward to set up.

The feature is internally known as “Windows Goodbye,” and it automatically locks your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet when you step away based on the 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 will wait 30 seconds and then it will turn off the screen and lock the device.

This guide will teach you the steps to set up Dynamic lock on Windows 10.

Configure Dynamic lock on Windows 10

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

Pair Bluetooth device

To pair a Bluetooth peripheral to Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Devices.

  3. Click on Bluetooth & other devices.

  4. Click the “Add Bluetooth or other device” button.

    Bluetooth pair new device

  5. On “Add a device,” click on Bluetooth.

    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

  9. Confirm the pairing on your phone.

Once you complete the steps, you can enable and set up Dynamic Lock on your computer.

Enable Dynamic lock

To enable Dynamic lock on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under the “Dynamic lock” section, check the “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away” toggle switch.

    Windows 10 enable Dynamic lock

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

After 30 seconds or more, walk back to your computer, and you should find it locked. The only caveat using this feature 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 instant.

If you’re used to locking 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, remember to leave the desk with your phone or the device you paired. Otherwise, it’s not going to work.

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

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].