Google lets you unlock your Chromebook with a simple PIN code

Till now, you have been trying to unlock your Chromebook with your Google password or by using a paired smartphone. Albeit it is for security, entering a hefty long password is pretty frustrating. However, a third option is coming for you thanks to the new developer update that allows you to unlock your Chromebook with a simple personal identification number (PIN).

François Beaufort, a Google developer told about this new quick lock system in a Google+ post, outlining how to drop this new functionality into your system.

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!

According to Beaufort, the feature is currently under experiment in the latest developer update, but will be available in the regular Chrome setting page soon. This comes just after the company decided to kill Chrome apps for all platforms except Chrome OS, which is a sign that Google is narrowing Chrome’s focus to its core audience. So, if you have a Chromebook or planning to buy a new one, this functionality will make your life easier each time you try to unlock your Chromebook.

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