How to set up the ‘Find My Device’ tracking feature on Windows 10

Windows 10 for desktop now let users track down the device if it ever gets lost or stolen with a new handy feature.

Windows 10 version 1511 is the first major update for the operating system that brings a significant number of changes and features to improve the overall experience. Among the new improvements, Microsoft is also adding features that were first introduced in the mobile version of Windows.

One of these new features for the desktop version Windows 10 is called “Find My Device”, and as the name implies, it’s a feature that when enabled it allows you to track down your devices anywhere in the world if you ever misplace it or get stolen.

Everything is possible thanks to your Microsoft Account. Once you enable the feature, you will allow Microsoft to periodically (every few hours) track the physical location a device. Of course, it’s not an exact location, it’s actually an approximation, but it’s good enough to find you device if every get lost or stolen.

How to configure ‘Find My Device’ on Windows 10

Follow the steps below to configure “Find My Device” on Windows 10:

  1. If you’re already signed in with your Microsoft Account on Windows 10, open the Settings app using the Windows + I keyboard shortcut, and navigate to Update & security.

  2. Go to “Find My Device”. Then you’ll notice that the feature is “off” default, click the Change button, and enable the “Save my device’s location periodically” from off to on.

    Enable Find My Device on Windows 10

That’s pretty much all you need do to enable the feature. Now that “Find My Device” is activated, you can continue with your normal work and every few hours, your device location will be recorded in your Microsoft Account.

How to find your lost or stolen Windows 10 device

At the time you need to find your device, you will need to head over account.microsoft.com/devices. If you’re prompted, signed in with your credential, and then you’ll redirected to your “Find My Device” section.

Each listing will include information, such as computer name, model, type, serial number, and the exact version of Windows 10.

Microsoft Account Devices list

On the right side, you will see a note indicating the date, time, and city that Microsoft was able to record.

Then you will see a “Find my device” link, which you have to click to get more specific information about the device and a Bing map highlighting the approximate location. Hopefully, this information could be enough to help you find your computer.

Find My Device location map

Keep in mind that Microsoft will only be able to track the location as long the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and it has enough battery.

What do you think about this new feature? While “Find My Device” is off by default, are you concern about letting Microsoft track your physical location? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.