Look what’s coming to Chrome OS along with Android apps! Four digit PIN based unlock!
My Google password is not very keyboard friendly and I don’t get it right the first time logging into my Chromebook. My newest password is really a trouble to type in. I am skeptical about the proximity based automatic login as well.
What other options are available to me?
A new flag that has shown up in the Chrome OS Dev channel allows you to configure PIN based login on your Chromebook. This does not seems to be working completely at the moment though.
If you are on Developer channel or Canary channel of Chrome OS, go to chrome://flags/#quick-unlock-pin and change its value to Enabled and then restart your Chromebook.
Now, go to chrome://md-settings/ and you should see the quick PIN unlock. I was able to set this up, but even after a restart, this did not work for me on the Developer channel.
You will have three options to choose from:
- Pin or Password\
- No Authentication
The first time you launch this setting, you will be asked to enter your password (and yes, it took me two tries to enter the password correctly too).
After that, you have this familiar screen where you enter and confirm the four digit PIN.
Enter your PIN, confirm it and you are done configuring PIN unlock. Now, restart your Chromebook to see if it works (let me know if it does! It might work on Canary channel).
This of course is behind a flag and in the early stages of development. This feature may or may not make it to stable version of Chrome OS, and we do not have any information on that. However, if it does, I am sure there will be a lot of us who will appreciate this feature. And there will be many who might raise concerns over security as well.
What are your thoughts on this?
Via OMG Chrome.
Update: I got this working on Dev channel!