This post shows students and new users steps to enable Find my device in Windows 11. Find my device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. This feature will work properly if you’re signed in to your Windows device as an administrator using your Microsoft account.
In order for Find my device to work and allow you to locate your missing Windows 11 device, you’ll also need Windows Location service enabled and turned on.
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. Once enabled, any time you attempt to locate the device, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.
You can then use Windows location service to pinpoint where the device is on a give map within your Microsoft account online.
Below is how to turn on Find My Device in Windows 11.
How to enable find my device in Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows uses Find my device to help you locate your Windows 11 device if it’s lost or stolen. In order use Find my device to locate your missing or stolen Windows 11 device, Windows Location service must be turned on, and you must be signed in as administrator using your Microsoft account.
When you set up a new device, you can decide whether to turn on or turn off the Find my device feature in Windows 11. Before turning Find my device on, make sure that you’re connected to the internet and Windows location service is turned and enabled.
To enable Find my device in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, then on the right pane, and select the Find my device tile. Then toggle the button to the On position to enable this feature.
Now that Find my device is enabled, you can exit the Settings app.
To location your missing or stolen device:
- Go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices and sign in.
- Select the Find My Device tab.
- Choose the device you want to find, and then select Find to see a map showing your device’s location.
That should do it!
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