Related topics
Sign in with Microsoft
Sign in or create an account.
Select a different account.
You have multiple accounts
Choose the account you want to sign in with.

Find My Device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 10 or Windows 11 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:

    1. Windows 11: Select Start  > Settings  > Privacy & security  > Find my device.

    2. Windows 10: Select Start  > Settings  > Update & Security  > Find my device.

Open Find my device settings

Find your Windows device

  1. Go to and sign in. 

  2. Select the Find My Device tab.

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

Note: You can locate a shared device only if you have an administrator account on it. On the shared device, select Start  > Settings  > Account  > Your info  to see if you're an administrator.

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.

Need more help?

Contact Support

For technical support, go to Contact Microsoft Support, enter your problem and select Get Help. If you still need help, select Contact Support to be routed to the best support option.

Need more help?

Want more options?

Explore subscription benefits, browse training courses, learn how to secure your device, and more.

Communities help you ask and answer questions, give feedback, and hear from experts with rich knowledge.

Find solutions to common problems or get help from a support agent.

Was this information helpful?

What affected your experience?
By pressing submit, your feedback will be used to improve Microsoft products and services. Your IT admin will be able to collect this data. Privacy Statement.

Thank you for your feedback!