How to Unlock Chromebooks Using a PIN Number

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Each and every time you unlock a Chromebook, it requires you to type in your Google password. This can be an incredibly onerous process if your Google password is a complex, hard-to-guess password, the kind that we recommend you use. Instead, you can set your Chromebook to be unlocked from sleep with a PIN number.

Before you can take these steps, though, you'll need to enable Chrome OS Developer Mode first. After that, here's how to set your Chromebook to be unlocked with a PIN number.

1. Open chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin and click Default.

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2. Select Enabled.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.55.47 pm

3. Click Restart Now to restart your computer. screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.55.51 pm

4. Navigate to chrome://md-settings.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.56.41 pm

5. Click Configure Quick Unlock.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.56.47 pm

6. Select PIN or password.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.57.03 pm

7. Enter your Google account password. screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.57.09 pm

8. Click Configure PIN.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.57.29 pm

9. Enter a PIN number, which needs to be at least 4 digits.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.58.00 pm

10. Confirm your PIN and click Save.screenshot 2016 08 09 at 3.58.51 pmNow when you go to unlock your computer from sleep, you can login with a PIN number.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Verona Says:

    There is no option #5 5. Click Configure Quick Unlock. There is no Unlock Configuration option anywhere.... disappointing...

  • Jay Menace Says:

    This option simply no longer exists, period. I know because I just checked; from two different computers, no less. Update your link.

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