The advancement in technology has enabled users to keep track of or trace their devices anytime, anywhere. Find my Device is one such feature introduced in Windows 11/10 that allows you to trace your device’s last known location. The feature is similar to the Mobile feature that permits users to configure their smartphones to enable them to find their device if it ever gets stolen or misplaced. Find My Device works in combination with a user’s Microsoft Account.
Enable Find My Device in Windows 11
Microsoft has always been very conscious of user security. Thus, with previous operating systems it introduced a feature using which you could trace the location of your lost or stolen laptop. However, with Windows 11, a lot of settings were shuffled. If you wish to enable the Find my device option on your Windows 11 computer, then the procedure is as follows:
- Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.
- In the Settings window, go to the Privacy & security tab on the list on the left-hand side.
- In the right pane, select Find my device.
- Now turn ON the switch associated with Find my device to activate the option.
- If your device gets lost or stolen, you can trace its location from accounts.microsoft.com.
Turn on Find My Device in Windows 10
Find My Device feature in Windows 10 allows Microsoft to save your device’s GPS location periodically. If you lose your device the feature will help you trace it by knowing the device’s last known location in your devices online, at Microsoft.
To turn on Find My Device in Windows 10:
- Hit the Start button of your Windows 10
- Select Settings from the options displayed
- Click open the Update and Security category
- Locate the ‘Find My Device’ option in the left section
- On the right side toggle the Find My Device slider to ON.
Thereafter, your Windows device will regularly study the locations the device has traveled to.
How to track a stolen laptop
In case you have lost your device or misplaced it and are unable to find out your Windows device, navigate to this link account.microsoft.com and sign in.
Choose the device you wish to locate and administer a click on Find my device.
This feature will only let you track your device. It will also allow you to remotely lock or wipe it.
Do enable Find My PC right away. It can maybe help you someday!
Can Microsoft detect a computer’s location if it is switched OFF?
No! But would the thief know this option is enabled? Even to format the system, he would have to switch ON the computer and that is when you can find the last known location. Interestingly, this allow enabled location monitoring in Windows 11.
Is this Find my device feature effective?
It is quite effective to counter amateur thieves. However, if the person is proficient with Windows 11 Settings and technology in general, he can bypass this setting. Yet, it is always worth keeping this setting activated.
Does the Find my device option strain the CPU?
The main service is activated is the location service. Whatever the location service utilizes is the impact of this option on the CPU.
TIP: Using the group policy and registry values of your Windows 10 computer, you can disable this feature permanently so that no user can toggle the Find my Device option in the Settings.