Chromebooks are incredibly useful little tools. They’re cheap, they can generally do everything you need to get done on the Internet, and they’re connected to your Google account, which you probably use for a lot of things anyway. They also happen to be a test bed for Google’s new features, and a particularly cool one I’ve been using is Smart Lock, which lets you unlock your Chromebook with your smartphone.

Open Says Me

Smart Lock is pretty simple to enable, but you do need to meet a few qualifications; you need to have Bluetooth on your Chromebook, and you’ll need to have installed the latest Chrome OS. This isn’t really a problem, since Google forces you to update anyway, usually when you’re trying to get work done. “Seamless,” sure, right, whatever.

Anyway, beyond my being bitter, you’ll also need an actual Android phone. Yeah, sorry, tablets aren’t currently supported, although that will likely change in the near future. Anyway, go to Settings in your Chromebook, open the Advanced Settings tab.

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Pair it with your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set; if your phone is unlocked, your Chromebook is unlocked. Well… if your phone is unlocked, anyway.

Unlock It All

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It sounds minor, but the truth is, it makes a big difference. Being able to open your computer just by clicking your profile picture is a real boost to your productivity and unlike a lot of alleged time savers, it actually makes sense. Besides, it’s neat, and let’s face it, something being neat counts. You can try it now, as the feature’s currently in beta.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. It’s frustrating trying to watch TV online. Everything is blocked! Do you know if a service like arcvpn will unblock it?

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