How to Locate Missing Device with Find My Device in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to use Find my device in Windows 11 to locate your missing or stolen device. Find my device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen.

To use Find my device in Windows 11, you must sign in with your Microsoft account as administrator, and the location services enabled and turned on. Once your Windows device is set up for Find my device, anytime you attempt to find your device, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

Find my device works for any Windows device, such as a PC, laptop, Surface, etc. The feature needs to be turned on before you can use it.

Your missing or lost Windows device will automatically update its location periodically while connected to the internet. Using this location, you’ll be able to pinpoint the last location from which the device updated using the internet.

Below is how to use the Find my device in Windows 11.

How to use Find my device in Windows 11 to locate missing or stolen device

As mentioned above, Find my device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen.

For Find my device to work properly, the administrator account must be a Microsoft account, and the locations services must be turned on and enabled.

Once Find my device is set up, any time you attempt to locate the device online at Microsoft, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.

You’ll be able to locate the missing or stolen device only if the administrator account is using Microsoft account on it.

To location your missing or stolen device:

  1. Go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices and sign in. 
  2. Select the Find My Device tab on the Devices page.
  3. Choose the device you want to find, and then select Find to see a map showing your device’s location.
windows 11 find my device map location

A notification should pop up on the device once you click on the Find button and the device is located.

windows 11 find my device notification

On the map, you’ll see the location the device last communicated from. Might not be the exact location, but close enough to know who or why the device is there.

windows 11 find my device location

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to use the Find my device feature in Windows 11 to location missing or stolen device. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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