There’s nothing worse than discovering you’ve lost your laptop or had it stolen. Fortunately it has become easier to locate misplaced devices thanks to location services, and Windows 10 comes with some great security features including the ability to locate a missing laptop.
But you have to turn it on before your laptop is stolen!
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Find My Device.
- If you already have location services turned on, go to step 3. If you don’t, you’ll see a link: Turn on location settings to use this feature. Click the link. This will take you to the page for location settings. Under Location for this device is off click Change, and toggle the feature on. (You can reach this page by going to Settings > Privacy > Location.) Go back to the Find My Device tab.
- Under Find My Device is off click Change and toggle the feature on. You may be asked to log in to your Outlook account if you haven’t already.
To check the location of your device, go to account.microsoft.com/devices. You’ll see a list of devices that use that Microsoft account. Any device with the feature turned on will include information on when and where the device was last seen. Click Find my device and you can see its location on a map.
To see this process in action, check out the video below:
Some caveats to remember:
- This feature does not appear to work with laptops that require a domain login. So if you’re using a work or school laptop, this feature is not available to you.
- You have to be logged in as an administrator to turn this feature on.
- The feature also only works when your computer is connected to WiFi. The location is updated periodically as long as the machine is online.
What do you do to protect your devices from potential theft? Let us know in the comments.
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