The new Windows 10 Dynamic lock feature uses Bluetooth

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

A few days ago, Microsoft revealed the new Windows 10 Dynamic Lock feature and later, a Twitter user named WalkingCat discovered that he was able to unlock/lock his computer using Bluetooth. He posted a WinHEC event slide image related to this feature, showing how his computer was auto-locked upon losing Bluetooth signal.

The slideshow contains all information presented by Microsoft at the WinHEC event that took place in December in China. Windows Hello Proximity Lock was mentioned on Slide 18 but a few days ago, the feature revealed by Microsoft had a different name: Dynamic Lock, which sounds almost identical and does the same thing.

The new Dynamic Lock feature was spotted in Windows 10 Insider build 15002. It had an ambiguous description reading “Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device.”

Users believed that this setting had to do with a webcam that will be used to unlock Windows 10 devices in the same way Windows Hello does. In fact, the description suggested that the feature would use Bluetooth technology and that it would support future wireless protocols. While only Bluetooth has been confirmed, it seems that it will be possible to use a camera as well.

Below you can check out the description from Slide 18:

“Windows Hello: Proximity Lock. Simple customer experience. Pair your phone with your device using Bluetooth – Once paired, enable by default. Device locks upon losing Bluetooth signal. Additional Bluetooth setting – On/Off. Investigating slight delay as you walk/lost signal.”

Microsoft hasn’t offered more information about this feature or when it will be available to all Windows 10 users, but we’re pretty sure that it will make its appearance in Windows 10 Creators Update out later this spring.

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