How to Automatically Lock Windows 10 Whenever You Leave Your Desk

Ben Stegner 21-02-2017

For security, Windows automatically locks your computer after a set time of inactivity. How long this takes is up to you, but even with a short amount of time, there’s a fatal flaw. Someone could easily use your PC after you’ve walked away without you even knowing.


You can always use Windows Key + L to immediately lock your machine, but you might forget.

Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More and available now to Insiders, Microsoft has added a new method of securing your computer. Titled “Dynamic Lock,” it lets you lock your PC when your phone goes out of Bluetooth range. Thus, you’ll need to connect your phone to Windows via Bluetooth How to Connect Your Mobile to a PC Using Bluetooth Need to connect your mobile to a computer using Bluetooth? Here's how to set up a Bluetooth connection and transfer files. Read More first. This requires a USB Bluetooth adapter if your computer doesn’t have it built-in.

After that’s done, open Settings and head to Accounts > Sign-in options. On the right side, look for the Dynamic lock header and check the box that says Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device.

Now, your computer will automatically lock up shortly after your paired Bluetooth phone loses its connection. Of course, if you forget your phone at your desk when you get up, this won’t do you much good!

Interested in more? Check out fun things you can do with the lock screen Cool Things to Do with the Windows 10 Lock Screen The Windows 10 lock screen is more than a stylish display to cover the login screen. Let us show you everything it can do and how you can customize or disable it. Read More .


Will you try the new Dynamic Lock feature, or is the keyboard shortcut enough for you? Let us know what you think of this feature in the comments!

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Related topics: Computer Security, Windows 10, Windows Insider, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Abe
    June 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    The GateKeeper does something like this, it will lock automatically when the user walks away, and unlocks when the user returns.