Last updated: July 22, 2021
It is well worth the snippet of your time required to connect a phone to a Chromebook. When you do so, your connected phone unlocks your Chromebook without needing to input your Google account password every single time you log in. Perhaps more importantly, you can send and receive text messages on your Chromebook too. A connected phone also provides access to the Chromebook’s Phone Hub, a taskbar widget that expands to display some of your phone’s features.
Before you get started, you will need Chrome OS version 71 or greater. By default, Chrome OS automatically updates. Nonetheless, it is still always a good idea to check that your Chromebook is up to date. Next, make sure you have an Android phone and that your phone is running Android version 5.1 or greater. Finally, be certain to connect your phone and your Chromebook to the same Google account. With the housekeeping out of the way, here’s how you connect a phone to a Chromebook.
Connect a phone to a Chromebook
Assuming you did not already connect your Android phone to your Chromebook during its setup process, follow these steps:
Step 1. In the bottom right corner of your display, click the time.
Step 2. Click Settings, which is the gear icon.
Step 3. In the left navigation, click Connected devices. Under Connected devices, click Set up next to Android phone.
Step 4. Click Accept & continue in the Connect to your phone prompt.
Step 5. Input your Google account password, then click Done.
Step 6. Click Done in the All set prompt.
Step 7. On your Chromebook, return to Settings > Connected devices. Click Enabled to expand it, then choose the features you want to turn on.
Disconnect a phone from a Chromebook
On your Chromebook, return to Settings > Connected devices > Your phone. Toggle off Enabled to disable all features. To disable a specific feature, click Enabled, then toggle off that feature. The option exists to permanently disconnect your phone from your Chromebook under Forget phone. Click the Disconnect button, then Disconnect again to confirm.
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