How to Automatically Lock Windows 7/8.1 Whenever You Leave Your Desk

Ben Stegner 06-03-2017

Locking your computer when you step away from your desk is always a good idea. You never know what kind of pranks someone might pull if they could get into your system. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft added a Dynamic Lock feature How to Automatically Lock Windows 10 Whenever You Leave Your Desk Windows automatically locks after you're inactive for a while, but it's not instantaneous. Here's a new feature that lets you lock your computer automatically when you leave it. Read More  that pairs your phone to your PC via Bluetooth and automatically locks the system whenever you step away.


If you’re still on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the good news is that you can get this feature without upgrading to Windows 10!

All you need to do is download Bluelock, a simple tool that’s been around for years. And though it hasn’t been updated for a while, it’s still the best way to achieve this on older Windows systems. Make sure that your computer supports 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 and have your phone handy, then download the tool and open it.

How to Automatically Lock Windows 7/8.1 Whenever You Leave Your Desk BlueLock Windows

The program should list your device in the Discovered Bluetooth Devices window. Double-click it to make your phone the one that locks your PC. Adjust the Timeout slider up to a maximum of 60 seconds — if your phone is out of range for that long, your PC locks. That’s all there is to it! Remember that Bluetooth has a decent range, so if you leave but stay nearby your computer might stay unlocked.

Don’t forget that the shortcut Windows Key + L works on any version of Windows, and locks your computer instantly. Holding out on Windows 10 means that you’re missing this and other great features that you’ll love 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Will Like Windows 10 It's almost cool to hate on Windows 10 these days. Don't let that deprive you of all the benefits Windows 10 will bring! We show you what you're missing out on. Read More .


Do you like locking your PC via Bluetooth or do you prefer to do it manually? Let us know how you lock up in the comments!

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Related topics: Computer Security, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Abe
    June 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    If you don't want to use your phone in order to save battery by not turning the BlueTooth on, you can use The GateKeeper. It works on your proximity from the computer. Once you're out of the range that you set, the computer will lock, once you're back the computer will unlock.

  2. Patrick S
    March 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I purchased an infrared thermometer from Phidgets and pointed it at my chair. This is used by a program to detect when I am not in the chair and lock the PC. This is better than Bluetooth/phone for me, since I don't always take my phone when I walk away.