A personal PC isn’t all that personal if you’re not the only one with access to it as you don’t have a lock screen—not to mention the fact that someone gaining access to your PC poses a serious security risk.
If you use your computer at work or you need to move away from the keyboard and you care about your privacy, you need to shut down or lock your computer and not allow it to simply go to the screen saver.
Therefore, you need an added safety feature to lock the screen.
All too often, it’s easy for someone to access your personal data without much effort. Luckily, Microsoft has effectively solved this problem by adding a feature called the Dynamic Lock.
This allows you to automatically lock your computer during your absence using a device connected by Bluetooth. This protects your computer and data and provides total confidentiality.
How Windows Makes Use of Bluetooth with the Dynamic Lock Feature
Before you can change the Dynamic Lock on Windows you will need to combine a Bluetooth device on your computer.
Dynamic Lock on Windows 10 relies on Bluetooth. Basically, you connect a Bluetooth device to your laptop or PC, which enables you to control the feature remotely to lock your computer.
Although you can use any device where you can enable Bluetooth for the Dynamic Lock function, it is highly recommended to use a single smartphone and app, especially considering how this function actually works.
Most people tend to carry their smartphone or other mobile devices with them wherever they go, so the Dynamic Lock can help you automatically lock the PC as soon as you move away from the computer.
This isn’t the case with the alternative Bluetooth devices because they aren’t as mobile. Connecting the feature to your smartphone makes it perfect for dealing with emergencies or if you’ve left your computer exposed in a public space.
How to Use a Bluetooth Device to Control Dynamic Lock on Windows
Now that you have an understanding of the way the feature works, it should be easy enough to actually use Dynamic Lock.
If you need help finding the right tools, menus, and options, we’ve listed the important steps to activating and using this feature in this article. All you have to do is follow these steps below to link your Bluetooth device with your computer:
- Visit the Start menu and click on the gear icon to access the “Settings” menu.
- Now click on the “Devices” section in the “Settings” section.
- After you have finished, you will be directed to the section on “Bluetooth and other devices.” Click “Add Bluetooth or another device” to pair another Bluetooth device with your PC.
- Then, on your smartphone or another device, turn on Bluetooth and confirm that it is discoverable. Once the device displays the PC, click “Pair” to attach it.
You should know that if your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can’t use the Dynamic Lock feature. Even so, you can configure the use of your Bluetooth electronic device if you really need to use this function. Once you have successfully paired your Bluetooth device with your PC, you can go ahead and change the Dynamic Lock on your Windows PC.
How to Enable the Feature on Your PC
You should note that the Dynamic Lock feature is one that was released in the update for Windows 10 Creators, so you want to make sure you have that version of Windows to use it. If you don’t, simply go to the Windows Update page and update to the recent version of the Creator’s Update to use the lock.
Activating Dynamic Lock only takes a few seconds and can be accomplished in just a few steps. The process is as follows:
- Visit the Start menu and move your arrow to the gear icon so you can revisit the “Setting” menu once again.
- After that, move on to the “Accounts” portion of the “Settings” section.
- Once you’re done, choose the “Sign-in options” button and scroll down till you find the Lock feature.
- Now move your arrow over on the box next to “Allow your Windows to detect and lock the device.” Click the box.
Dynamic Lock works via the Bluetooth connection created between the device and the PC. While you are within the range of your PC’s Bluetooth, you won’t notice anything because the PC can remain open and totally functional.
Once you exit the Bluetooth range of your computer, Windows waits for 30 seconds to attempt a connection once again. It then automatically tries to lock your device.
Unfortunately, there is no unlock function in the Dynamic Lock feature. To unlock your computer, you will need to rely on the Windows Hello feature. You can also try putting in your PIN or password if you want to connect again to your PC.
Are There Any Drawbacks to the Dynamic Lock Feature on Windows PCs?
The idea of the Dynamic Lock actually makes it a very good addition to the Windows program. Compared to manual and mechanical methods that require you to be at your PC, the use of Bluetooth for remote control of a PC is a huge step forward in terms of security and convenience.
However, as with other new and innovative features, the Dynamic Lock does have its flaws.
For instance, there is no “dynamic unlocking,” so to say. This means your PC is not automatically unlocked. This will happen as soon as your Bluetooth device is back in the variable range of Bluetooth reception and your computer.
Even so, we still hope that Microsoft will make the automatic unlock feature a real part of any upcoming updates that Windows might have in their future schemes. With that being said, what do you think of this new feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update in terms of reviews? Will you make use of it to automatically lock your computer? Let us know by commenting below.