How do I enable pin unlock?

Overview

Pin unlock allows you to use a 4 digit pin code to log back in a machine when it locks. This guide details the steps to enable and configure this feature starting in v54 of CloudReady.

Affected Versions

v54.1(Beta) -> current

Affected Editions

For Home, For Education, For Enterprise

Description

  1. Log in as your user, this is a per user setting
  2. In the browser, go to chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin
  3. Set to Enabled
  4. Click Restart
  5. In the browser, go to chrome://md-settings/people
  6. Click Screen Lock
  7. Enter your users password
  8. Select Pin or Password
  9. Click Set up Pin
  10. Enter 4 digit pin
  11. Click Continue
  12. You will be prompted to confirm pin, Re-enter 4 digit pin
  13. Click Confirm
  14. Close browser

If you would like to confirm this is working correctly, lock your computer with Windows key + L or Shift + Command + L on Mac.

 

Note: This is a per user setting that cannot be managed by the Google Admin Console. While it is possible to use it on the For Education and For Enterprise versions, it is not recomended. Also, the pin is set globally. Therefore, it only needs to be set once if you are using multiple devices. However it still would need to be enabled in chome://flags on each device.

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3 Comments

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    SignedAdam

    any way to make it permanent, even after a power off then on.

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    Francois Rioux

    SignedAdam, For what I can see, the setting is permanent. However it does not apply to an initial login following a power on: only for screen lock / sleep.

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    SignedAdam

    Francois Rioux - its not permanent, because if you enable this feature, then put the laptop to sleep for 24 hours then come back to it, it asks for the full password again, it has a time out function, so this is a bad solution

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