How To (Un)Lock Your PC By Being Nearby (With a Bluetooth Phone)

How nice it would be to have your personal computer dancing to your tunes! Well, even if it does not dance, but locks and unlocks itself automatically, you are still in for some fascinating work session. Does it seem to be magic? Well, yes it is. It is the Bluetooth magic.

 

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Are you curious to know how to go about it? It is extremely easy. But before experiencing this magical experience, check whether you have the necessary ingredients. What you will need is a PC, a mobile phone with Bluetooth connectivity, WIDCOMM Bluetooth stack (if you are running Widows), BTProximity software – it is free for Windows. If you are using the OS X, then with BTProximity, you will also need the AppleScript.

How to Unlock Your PC With Nearby Bluetooth Device

Getting Started

As a matter of fact, you will need to pair your mobile phone with the PC. It makes it possible for the computer to know the MAC address. It can help trace the devices during the actual process.

How To (Un)Lock Your PC By Being Nearby (With a Bluetooth Phone)

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When that is done, it is important that the OS of each system takes over. It is necessary that the method to lock the system is the one that is used by that OS by default. Remember, no tampering here.

It is not necessary that you should use Smartphones to connect. Any device that supports Bluetooth connectivity would be fine in this experiment. But remember that BTProximity supports only the WIDCOMM and Microsoft Bluetooth stack. If you have OS X, then you will need to install Proximity and configure it accordingly. That is the only way to make this trick a success. However, all the commands are executed by the AppleScript.

Configure BTProximity

Turn your Bluetooth on and pair the devices to start the configuration. Download BTProximity and install it on your machine.

Configure BTProximity

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When installed it will auto-run on most occasions. If it does not run, you can easily locate it in the Start Menu. You will also find the icon in the system tray.

Configure BTProximity

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Right-click and select “Configure” from the pop-up list. This will launch a new window.

Install Unlock

You will see the “Install Unlock” button on the window. You should click it for carrying out the correct operations. If you do not do this, it will lock the computer, but will not unlock it when you return.

UnLock Your PC By Being Nearby With a Bluetooth Phone

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You will instantly get a message when you click that button with a confirmation. Next, you may need to “Manage Credentials” like typing your username and password. Click on the “Ok” button.

Choosing Your Device

Clicking “Ok” will bring you back on the main window. Now, click “Select…” Your computer’s Bluetooth can easily locate the device you are trying to connect with.You can ask the device to ping within a specified time limit – which is in seconds. Do not ask for regular pinging as it will drain the battery out faster.

UnLock Your PC By Being Nearby With a Bluetooth Phone

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Checking the option “Lock when device goes out of range” is very important. Make adjustments to the attempts the device should make before locking the computer.

UnLock Your PC with Bluetooth Phone

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“Unlock when device comes into range” is another important option that you should check.



Rekha Samavedula