Find and lock a lost Windows device

Applies to: Microsoft account

If your desktop, laptop, tablet, or Surface is lost or stolen, use the Find my device feature to locate and lock it remotely.

Find my device uses your device’s location data to help you find your device if you lose it. Find my device allows an administrator of a Windows portable device, such as a laptop or tablet, to identify the location of that device from To use this feature, the administrator needs to turn on the location setting for the device and sign in to Windows through a Microsoft account. This feature will work for the administrator even if other users have denied access to location for all their apps. When the administrator tries to locate the device, users will see a notification in the notification area on the taskbar.

You can also use Find my phone to find, locate, lock, and even erase your Windows Phone.

Find your device
  1. Go to If you're prompted to sign in, use the same Microsoft account you used to sign in to the lost device.
  2. Choose your device from the list, and then select Find my device.
  3. You'll see a map with a highlighted location. However, this may not be your device's current location. When a Microsoft device is turned on, we periodically save your device location, so check the Last seen at timestamp.
  4. In the meantime, we'll automatically start a new search. Wait a bit and the new device location should appear.