On Windows 11, you can enable the "Find my device" feature to locate your laptop, tablet, or desktop computer anywhere it might be if it gets lost or stolen. The feature works by leveraging your Microsoft account's ability to sync information to the cloud.
When you turn on "find my device," Windows 11 will periodically send the device's (approximate) physical location to Microsoft. If your computer ever gets lost or stolen, you can log into your Microsoft account online to find out the last known location recorded to help you locate the device.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to enable, use, and disable the find my device feature. To enable the "Find my device" feature on Windows 11, use these steps:. Click on Privacy & security. Under the "Security" section, click the Find my device page. Source: Windows Central. Turn on the Find my device toggle switch.
Source: Windows Central. Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will proactively send the device's approximate location to your Microsoft account in case you need the information to find your device.
- To find a laptop or desktop computer through the Microsoft service, use these steps:.
- Click on Privacy & security. Under the "Security" section, click the Find my device page.
- Source: Windows Central. Click the See all your devices linked to your account option. Source: Windows Central.
- Sign in with your Microsoft account (if applicable). Under the "Devices" section, click the Find my device option under the computer you want to find. Source: Windows Central.
Confirm the last known location. Source: Windows Central. (Optional) Click the Find button to retrieve the current location. Quick note: This feature will only work if the computer is connected to the network. After you complete the steps, you will have a good idea of where the laptop is located to help you find it.