Automatically Lock Your Windows 11 PC When You Step Away From it

Want to keep your Windows 11 PC secure while away from your desk? There are plenty of ways to secure your PC. The most meaningful way is to create a PIN or password to prevent unauthorized access. You can also use a keyboard shortcut (Windows key + L) to lock your PC’s screen.

However, if you want to try a more straightforward solution, you can use Dynamic Lock to lock your PC when you walk away from it. If you’ve never applied it before, here’s what you’ll need to do to operate Dynamic Lock on Windows 11.

What is Dynamic Lock on Windows 11?

Dynamic Lock is a Windows 11 feature that locks your PC when a connected Bluetooth device (smartphone or wearable device) is out of range.

The Dynamic Lock feature will automatically lock your PC even if you forget to press the keyboard shortcuts Windows key + L shortcut when walking away.

Pair a Bluetooth Device

To start using the Dynamic Lock feature, you need to pair your Windows 11 PC with any other Bluetooth device. To pair a Bluetooth device, follow the following steps.

Turn on Bluetooth on your phone or other mobile device and set it in pairing mode.

Now, connect the Bluetooth device to the PC. To do so, Open Windows Settings > Bluetooth & devices and turn on the Bluetooth. Click the Add device button.

Select the device once it appears, once selected, you are all set to lock your Windows 11 PC using the Dynamic Lock feature.

Enable Dynamic Lock on Windows 11

To turn on the Dynamic Lock on your PC. Open the Settings then click onย  Accounts and then Sign-in options.

Expand the Dynamic Lock option under Additional settings and check the box “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”.

Once you are done, wait a while, and the device you selected will show up as your PC’s Dynamic Lock device.

Now, when the device set up as a Dynamic Lock device is out of range, after 30 seconds, your Windows 11 PC will automatically lock itself.

You can try this by moving your dynamic lock paired device out of the range of your PC and you will see that your PC will lock itself.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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