How to Lock or Unlock a Chromebook Screen

You can lock the Chromebook screen using the keyboard shortcut LAUNCHER + L. Launcher is your search key.

Lock Chromebook Screen

In this article, I will show you a couple of different ways to lock the screen. Before we get started, if the Chromebook is locked by your administrator (school or work), you will need to contact them to get it unlocked.

Chromebook Lock Screen

Chrome OS lock screen is getting a lot of attention from Google these days. Recently the team added media controls to the lock screen.

Let me answer the most important question first. How do you lock your Chromebook screen?

You have a keyboard shortcut to lock the screen:


Keyboard shortcut to lock Chromebook screen

Using Touch Screen

The keyboard shortcut is useful when you have a keyboard attached but what about using a touch screen?

On a Chrome OS tablet (Example: Pixel Slate or the Lenovo Chromebook Duet) you could of course press the power button to lock the screen.

I am talking about doing it using only the screen.

Tap the system tray time and the battery icon is displayed. Now, touch the lock symbol.

The lock icon on the Chromebook notification area

Did that work? Let me know in the comments section.


You can lock your Chromebook’s screen using the keyboard shortcut SEARCH + L. You can also do this by tapping the lock icon in the notification area.

Google is working on improving the Chrome OS lock screen. An experimental feature is taking notes from the lock screen.

The latest version of Chrome OS lets you view and control media playback from the Chromebook lock screen. You can start playing music from Spotify and pause or resume playback without unlocking your Chromebook.

Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments section.

2 responses to “How to Lock or Unlock a Chromebook Screen”

  1. How is this different from pressing the power key half way (meaning without completely shutting the computer down)?

  2. When casting from ChromOS the casting stops when the Chromebook sleeps. On my duet it stops the cast when I press the lock screen icon too

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