Windows 10 Dynamic Lock is not working or missing

Dynamic Lock is a feature in Windows 10 which could be used to detect when the user moves away from the system and locks it.Windows 10 Dynamic Lock Is Not Working Or Missing

How does Dynamic Lock work?

The most common example of Dynamic Lock’s functionality is when a phone (which is usually in the user’s pocket is paired with the computer using Bluetooth. When the user moves away from the computer, the system recognizes the same and locks the screen.

The same functionality could be used for other Bluetooth devices.

Where to find the option for Dynamic Lock in Windows 10?

1] Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.

2] Go to Accounts >> Sign-in options.

3] Select “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away” under Dynamic lock.

Windows 10 Dynamic Lock is not working or missing

Interestingly, when I faced the issue and got the message Dynamic Lock is not working, the cause was as simple as my Bluetooth device not being connected to my system at that point of time.

However, many users have reported that either the option for Dynamic Lock was missing from their system or it was not working despite the Bluetooth device being connected.

One of the main causes behind these issues is Windows Update. Either the system has not been updated to the required build already or a recent update messed up the settings in such a manner that the Dynamic Lock feature is unusable.

Preliminary steps

1] Update Windows: Now either we didn’t update the system to the required build and don’t have the option for Dynamic Lock, or a recent Windows update messed up the files and when reported, Microsoft would launch the fix in form of a Windows update. For both the cases, updating Windows could help resolve the issue. Here’s the procedure to perform a Windows update.

Check For Updates

2] Recheck that the Bluetooth device is paired.

Thereafter, proceed with the following solutions:

Solution 1] SFC scan

If a recent Windows update messed up the files, it isn’t necessary that the corrective Windows update would fix it up easily. In such a case, we would have to perform an SFC scan. Here’s the procedure for an SFC scan.Sfc Scan

Solution 2] Update/reinstall Bluetooth drivers

It might be possible that while the system files and other features are in place, the drivers might not have been updated for long, thus causing the issue.

1] Press Win + R and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the Device Manager.Type Devmgmt

2] Expand the list of Bluetooth drivers.

3] Right-click and select Update driver for each of the Bluetooth drivers.

Update Bluetooth Drivers

 

4] You might also consider reinstalling the drivers. Right-click >> Uninstall device and restart the system.

 

Solution 3] Using the Registry Editor

Note: Please create a restore point on your system prior to proceeding with the Registry level fix.

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command regedit. Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

Regedit Run

2] Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

 

3] On the right-pane, right-click on EnableGoodbye and select Modify.

Registry Level Fix

 

4] Set the value of Value Data to 1 and click on OK to set the value.

Enablegoodbye

5] Restart the system and check if it helps resolve the issue.

 

Solution 4] Check Group Policy setting

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command gpedit.msc. This would open the Group Policy editor.

2] Navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Hello for Business

 

3] On the right-pane, search for a policy called Configure dynamic lock factors and double-click on it to open its properties (or right-click Edit).

Windows Hello Group Policy

 

4] Select the Radio button at Enabled and click on Apply and then on OK to save the settings.

Enabled

 

5] Restart the system.

Hope it helps!


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