Want to protect your Windows laptop from been stolen by thieves and want some permanent solution for tracking its location as on most of Android devices and iPhones in which you can easily track down the location of your device, then you are reading right article.
Now Windows has launched its new feature in which you can enable the tracking of your Windows Laptop or tablet. With the help of this new feature from Microsoft, you will be able to track the location of your windows laptop or tablet. In this article, I will explain you step by step for enabling the tracking on your Windows 10 laptop. By enabling this feature, you will make your laptop more secure. This feature is now integrated by Microsoft itself. Previously for enabling this feature, you need to install a third-party application. But now it is integrated into Windows itself.
By enabling this feature on your Windows 10 Laptop or Tablet, you will be tension free from the thought of losing your device. If it got lost, track the location and bring it back. Now, let’s check out the steps to turn on the location service for your Windows.
Before starting the procedure of enabling find my device service, you must have to log in with your windows with your Microsoft account.
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Steps to Enable Tracking in Windows 10
For enabling the Location Tracking Service in your Windows Laptop and Tablet, follow these simple steps and secure your device form thieves.
Step 1: First go to the settings on your Windows 10. You can go to settings from various options like from the start menu, from the rightmost corner on the desktop, and also by searching it in the search box.
Step 2: After coming to settings, you see various options like Windows Update, Windows Defender, Backup, Recovery, Activation, Find My Device, and For Developers. From these options, you have to choose to Find My Device as shown in the figure below.
Note: You’ll need to be using a Microsoft account to enable this. You’ll log into that Microsoft account from a web browser to track the device if you ever lose it.
Step 3: After clicking this feature, a right sidebar will appear in which information regarding Find My Device is shown. From there you’ll see a message saying “Find my device is off” if you haven’t enabled it yet. Click the “Change” button to enable this feature.
Step 4: Now, click on the change button and a popup will appear in which it will be written: “Save my device’s location periodically“. You have to activate this option and it will regularly and automatically send its location to Microsoft.
After allowing this location service, it will allow you to locate your PC even if it isn’t powered-up and online when you go to track it, as you can view the last known location. Now, it’s done. It is just that simple and your Laptop is now secured and trackable.
How to Track Your Lost Device
If you had lost your laptop and had enabled the Find My Device in your Windows, then by following these steps you can easily find out the location of the device.
Step 1: The first step which you have to take for finding your lost device is the Signing up the Microsoft Account which you have linked to your Windows. For this go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices shown in the figure below.
Step 2: After signing up, you will see the list of devices registered to your Microsoft account. Scroll through the list and look for the device you want to track.
Step 3: Once you see your device name, click on it. You will get the detail of your device like its name and time of last seen. So, below these details click on the “Find My Device” link. After clicking, you will be able to track the device on a map. If the device is powered on and connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, a wired Ethernet cable, or a cellular data connection, its location will update regularly.
Just go to that place located on the map and find your device.
Limitations of Find My Device Service in Windows
Instead of having this feature in your Windows, it has some limitations or you can say that it is not as much smarter as of Android and iPhone. Check out the limitations of this feature.
- This is the only location finder. You can only trace the location of your device and nothing else.
- As of Android and iPhones, you can not lock your device or wipe the data.
- Also, you will not be able to display any warning message or alarm.
- You cannot even click the picture of the person using the device form the webcam.
Despite being having some limitation, this feature is the only way of finding the lost Windows laptop or tablet. Hope for more integration of features by Microsoft for improving the safety of the device.
With these steps for Enabling the Find My device Feature and Tracking the lost Windows Device, I am wrapping up this post. Hope this information will be useful to you. For any query, you can comment below. Your comment will be useful to us and we will definitely work on it. Also, if you like this guide, please share it on social media and also with your friends.