In Windows there is a feature called Dynamic Lock. Where this feature allows users to lock Windows 10 automatically when the user’s position is away from the PC.
The workings of the Dynamic Lock feature utilize Bluetooth connectivity with a smartphone as a reference for the distance between the user who holds the smartphone and the PC. If the bluetooth connection is lost after 30 seconds because the smartphone is out of range, Windows 10 will lock automatically.
Setup Dynamic Lock in Windows 10
This Dynamic Lock setup can be done on an Android smartphone or iPhone, to other devices as long as it still supports the Bluetooth feature. The first step you need to do is pair Windows 10 and a smartphone. Then activate the Dynamic Lock feature.
- Open Settings .
- Navigate to Devices> Bluetooth & other devices.
- In the right pane, enable Bluetooth and then click the option Add Bluetooth or other devices
- On a smartphone device, also activate Bluetooth so that the device can be found.
- Pair the two devices by matching existing PINs.
- After the two devices are successfully connected, navigate to Accounts> Sign-in options.
- On the right pane, put a check mark on the option Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away .
After the process is complete, the Dynamic Lock feature is active. You can try it by bringing your cellphone while leaving the PC. Where when that happens, Windows 10 will automatically lock.
There is one thing that is lacking in this Dynamic Lock feature, where there will be confusion when there is more than one device connected. For example, when the PC is connected to a smartphone and smartwatch, when the smartphone is still near the PC and I go with the smartwatch, Windows 10 will still lock it, even though the Dynamic Lock reference I really want is a smartphone, not a smartwatch.