avatarby Dan BartramAugust 21, 20160 comments


Users wanting to unlock their Chromebook had two options prior to today, but now there’s a third option by using a personal identification number.

Previously you’d need to unlock your Chromebook using either your Google account password, which can be quite complex, or alternatively using a paired smartphone to unlock it. While these two options usually cover most basis, sometimes you just want quick access to your Chromebook so a PIN offers just that.

In a recent Google+ post, Google developer François Beaufort outlined how to use the feature:

All you have to do is enable the flag chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin, restart Chrome, and go to Chrome Material Design settings page for now to set up your Lock Screen PIN in the new “Screen Lock” section. When it’s done, lock your screen with + L and enjoy the new unlock experience!

The slight caveat is that the feature is still in the experimental stage, and although in Google terms that usually means it’s still pretty good, prepare to expect the odd hiccup.

The PIN unlock feature is part of the latest Canary Build for Chrome OS and allows a four-digit number to be set to replace your Google password. This can only be used on the lockscreen though, so you’ll still need to use your Google account password on initial boot up to login to your Chromebook.