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how to enable Find my device on Windows 11

Can’t find your Windows 11/10 laptop/tablet? If you have enabled the Find my device feature on your device, you will be able to track it using your Microsoft account. In this post, MiniTool Software introduces how to enable/disable Find my device on Windows 11/10, and how to use this feature to find your lost device.

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Usually, a mobile device has a feature called Find My [Device] to help you locate the device if you can’t find it or someone stole it. Well then, how about a Windows computer or tablet? Fortunately, Windows 11/10 also has a Find My Device feature, which has the same function.

This feature is available on all Windows devices, including laptops, tablets, Surface, Surface Pen, and desktop computers. When you can’t find your Windows 11/10 device, you can use this feature to track it.

If you want to use the Find my device feature on your Windows 11/10 computer, you need to have a Microsoft account.

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How to Use Find My Device on Windows 11?

How to Enable Find My Device on Windows 11?

The Find My Device feature is disabled by default on your Windows 11. You can follow this guide to enable it:

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Find my device.
  2. You can see the button next to Find my device is turned off. You need to click it to manually turn it on to enable this feature.

turn on Find my device on Windows 11

How to Track a Computer on Windows 11?

As long as all Windows 11 computers and tablets that have logged in to this Microsoft account have the Find my device feature turned on, you can locate the devices through this feature.

Here is a guide on how to find a lost laptop using this feature. If you want to locate your desktop computer or tablet, this guide is also useful:

1. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Find my device.

2. Click See all your devices linked to your account to continue.

click See all your devices linked to your account

3. A Webpage will open. Sign in to your Microsoft account if required.

sign in to your Microsoft account

4. The webpage shows all devices that link to your Microsoft account. Find the device you want to find. Then, click Find my device under the device icon to continue.

click Find my device

5. On the next page, you will be able to find the location of your device. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can click the Lock button to lock it.

locate the device

However, if you see Loation unknown on the page, you need to click the Find button to locate the device.

click Find

How to Disable Find My Device on Windows 11?

If you don’t want to use this feature, you can choose to disable it:

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Find my device.
  2. Turn off the button next to Find my device. Now, this feature will be unavailable.

How to Use Find My Device on Windows 10?

How to Enable Find My Device on Windows 10?

Likewise, this feature is also disabled on Windows 10. You can follow these steps to turn it on:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Find my device.
  3. Click the Change button on the right panel.
  4. On the pop-up interface, turn on the toggle to enable Find my device on your device.

How to Track Your Computer on Windows 10?

  1. Go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Select Find My Device.
  3. Select the device you want to track. Then click Find to go to the map that shows the location of your device.
  4. You can also click Lock > Next to lock your missing device if necessary.

How to Disable Find My Device on Windows 10?

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Find my device.
  2. Click the Change button and then turn off the toggle on the pop-out interface to disable this feature on your Windows 10 device.

Should I Enable the Find My Device Feature on Windows 11/10?

Find My Device is a very useful feature to help you get your lost Windows device back. If it is turned on, it will not affect your data on the device. If you are using a Windows laptop or tablet, you’d better turn it on.

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