Windows’ Dynamic Lock feature is a useful tool that locks your computer automatically when you move away from it. The feature works with Bluetooth technology and is a great way to prevent unauthorized access to your computer, especially if you use a shared workspace or computer. If you’re having issues with the feature, here are some methods to fix it.
How does the Windows 11 Dynamic Lock Work?
Dynamic Lock locks your computer automatically when your paired device is out of range and there is no input for at least 30 seconds. Both conditions have to be met for the feature to work.
If you’re sure that your device is out of range and there is no input for 30 seconds or more, and your computer is still not locked automatically, you can proceed with the following fixes.
Fix Dynamic Lock Not Working on Windows 11
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1. Make Sure Dynamic Lock is Toggled On
If the feature is toggled off, it won’t function on your PC. To toggle it on:
1. Go to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile.
2. Click on the ‘Accounts’ tab from the left sidebar.
3. Click on the ‘Sign-in options’ tile on the right section of the window.
4. Click on the ‘Dynamic Lock’ tile and make sure the checkbox preceding the ‘Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away’ option is ticked.
Note: Ensure that you have connected your phone via Bluetooth to your computer before you turn on Dynamic Lock.
2. Update / Reinstall Bluetooth Driver
Since Dynamic Lock relies heavily on Bluetooth technology, a corrupt, damaged, or outdated driver can also cause an issue on your device.
To update it from the Settings app:
1. Go to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile.
2. Click on the ‘Windows Update’ tab from the left sidebar.
3. Click on the ‘Advanced Options’ tile from the right section.
4. Click on the ‘Optional Updates’ tile.
5. Click on the checkbox preceding the option having ‘Bluetooth’ as a suffix or prefix, and then click on the ‘Download & Install’ button.
After installing the update, restart your PC and check if the issue has been resolved.
To update the driver using the Device Manager:
1. Go to the Start Menu and type Device Manager to perform a search. Then, click on the ‘Device Manager’ tile from the search results.
2. Double-click on the ‘Bluetooth’ option to expand the section.
3. Right-click on your Bluetooth device and select the ‘Update driver’ option. This will bring a separate window to your screen.
4. Click on the ‘Search automatically for drivers’ option if you wish to have Windows search for a driver for you. Otherwise, if you already have a package present in your local storage, click on the ‘Browse my computer for drivers’ option.
5. To force update the driver, right-click on one of the components and select the ‘Uninstall device’ option. This will bring an alert to your screen.
6. Click on the checkbox preceding the ‘Attempt to remove the driver for this device’ option and click on the ‘Uninstall’ button to initiate the process. Once uninstalled, restart your device.
After restarting, head to the ‘Optional Updates’ section in Settings and download the update as shown in this section previously.
3. Re-Pair your Phone with Windows
If you’re experiencing issues with Dynamic lock, it may be due to problems with Bluetooth connectivity on your device. Fortunately, resolving such connectivity issues is often a straightforward process of unpairing and then pairing your device again. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Firstly, open the Start menu and click on the gear-shaped icon to launch the Settings app.
2. From there, navigate to the Bluetooth & devices tab on your left and click on Devices.
3. Next, locate the device that’s giving you trouble (e.g. your paired phone) and click on the three dots on the right-hand side of the device. From the dropdown menu, select Remove device. This will remove the problematic device from your list of paired devices.
4. Once you’ve removed the device, click on the Add device button to initiate the pairing process. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.
After you’ve paired your device again, check to see if Dynamic lock is now working as intended. With a successful pairing, you should be able to use Dynamic lock without any further issues.
4. Repair System Files
One of the causes of the Dynamic Lock issue could be due to corrupted or damaged system files. To address this, you can use the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) process followed by the SFC (System File Checker) to verify the integrity of all system files.
1. To begin, go to the Start Menu and search for “Command Prompt“.
2. From the search results, right-click on the “Command Prompt” tile and choose the “Run as administrator” option.
If prompted with a User Account Control window, enter the admin credentials or click “Yes” to proceed.
Tip: You can also use Terminal in place of the Command Prompt.
3. Next, on the CMD window, input or copy+paste the following code and press Enter on your keyboard to execute the command:
6. Once completed, input or copy+paste the following command to launch the SFC (System File Checker) that will scan your currently installed Windows image and fix the corrupted or damaged files using the one you downloaded in the previous step:
After the command has been successfully executed, restart your PC and check if the issue has been resolved.
Tip: Read our DISM & SFC Scan guide for a deep understanding and comprehensive tutorial.
5. Enable Dynamic Lock using Registry Editor
1. To use the Registry Editor, start by going to the Start Menu and searching for “Registry Editor”. Click on the “Registry Editor” tile to proceed.
2. Next, copy+paste the following path in the address bar and press Enter to navigate to the directory:
3. Double-click on the “EnableGoodbye” DWORD file.
4. In case the file doesn’t exist, right-click on the right section, hover over the “New” section, click on the DWORD file, and rename the file to “EnableGoodbye“.
5. Once you have opened its properties by double-clicking on the file, overwrite the “Value” field to 1 and click on the “OK” button.
Once done, restart your PC and check if the issue has been resolved.
6. Enable Dynamic Lock using Group Policy Editor
Note: The Group Policy Editor is only available in Pro versions of Windows.
1. To use the Group Policy Editor, start by pressing Win + R to open the Run dialog box. Here, type “gpedit.msc” and hit Enter.
2. Next, double-click on the “Administrative Templates” folder from the left section. Then, from the expanded menu, double-click on the “Windows Components“, and the menu will be further expanded.
3. After that, locate and double-click on the “Windows Hello for Business” option.
4. Then, from the right section, double-click on the “Dynamic lock factors” option. This will bring up an overlay window on your screen.
5. Click on the “Enabled” option and then click on the “Apply” and “OK” buttons to save the changes.
Finally, restart your PC to check if this has resolved the issue on your computer.
7. Restore the PC to a Previous System State
If you have encountered a problem on your Windows 11 computer and have created a system restore point prior to that, you can restore your system to that earlier state to fix the issue. The process is straightforward, user-friendly, and dependable.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Go to the Start Menu and search for “Control“. From the search results, click on the ‘Control Panel‘ icon to access it.
2. Next, locate and select the ‘Recovery‘ option from the grid of icons.
3. Click on the ‘Open System Restore‘ button from the list. This will open a separate window.
4. Click on the ‘Next‘ button to proceed.
5. A list of all previously created system restore points will be displayed on the screen. Choose the one you want and click on the ‘Next‘ button to initiate the process of rolling back.
6. A list of the drives that will be impacted by the rollback will be displayed. To check which specific programs will be affected, click on the ‘Scan for affected programs‘ button. This will open a new window on your screen.
7. You can view the list of programs that will be deleted when you roll back to a specific restore point. Click on the ‘Close‘ button to exit the window and proceed with the rollback.
8. Finally, click on the ‘Finish‘ button to start the system restore process.
Tip: Read our System Restore Guide for a more comprehensive tutorial.
That’s all you need to do to fix the issue of Dynamic Lock not working on your Windows 11 computer. These steps are simple and effective, so you should be able to solve the problem quickly and easily.
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