Find and lock a lost Windows device

Applies to: Microsoft AccountWindows 10

Find My Device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 10 device if it's lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you're an administrator on it. This feature works when location is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to locate the device, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area. 

  • This setting works for any Windows device, such as a PC, laptop, Surface, or Surface Pen. It needs to be turned on before you can use it. 

  • You can't use it with a work or school account, and it doesn't work for iOS devices, Android devices, or Xbox One consoles. Here's what to do if your Xbox gets stolen.


Turn on Find my device

When you set up a new device, you can decide whether to turn on or turn off the Find my device setting. If you turned it off during setup and now want to turn it on, make sure your Windows device is connected to the internet, has enough battery power so it can send its location, and that you're signed in to the device using your Microsoft account.

  1. On the device that you want to change, select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Find my device.

  2. Select Change for the device you want to change. 

Find your Windows device


  1. Go to and select Sign in. For more info on signing in, see Microsoft account help

  2. Select Devices, and then select the Find My Device tab.

  3. Select the device you want to find, and then select Find to see a map showing your device's location.

Lock your Windows device remotely

  1. When you find your device on the map, select Lock Next.

  2. Once your device is locked, you can reset your password for added security. For more info about passwords, see Change or reset your Windows password.