Find My Device

Find My Device

Online device finder

02.IAN.2016 / updated: ---:
Find My Device. Attantion: For lost or stolen laptops or tablet, activate Find My Device features only after reading the entire article. Enable this features at your own risk! Because:

  1. Welcome screen can be unlocked only by password (can be annoying).
  2. If you delete after a while, the Windows operating system must be restored to Factory settings!
  3. Or even the whole Windows system needs to be full reinstall!

Microsoft recently pushed out the first major update for Windows 10 in November 2015, and introduced a useful tool for monitoring Windows 10, based on GPS to track and locate the remote laptop or tablet is lost or stolen.

Quick Tip: If multiple users or administrators use a computer, laptop, or tablet, they can change the tracking feature.

DON'T ACTIVATE If you only use at home, your laptop, tablet, because every time, after starting, you require a login password or PIN. It can be annoying after a while.

ACTIVATE If you use the appliance not only at home, and you are at risk of losing or stealing.

Important warnings

It works only if:

  1. You have a Microsoft account where you registered.
  2. If you are connected to the internet through which you can see on a map the stolen or lost device.
  3. In Settings you have turned on Find My Device options.
  4. If you have an valid email address or PIN code.

However, it works even if the lost or stolen device is not connected to the Internet.

But it does not work:

  1. If the device has been restored to factory settings.
  2. Windows 10 system has been deleted and has been installed another system.
  3. Subsequently site does not allow you to activate the feature (if it was stolen, lost).

Quick tip: You can access it from another computer over the Internet to access your Microsoft account, where you can see the current status of your device..

I have made so

Activate Find My Device: On the Microsoft website I registered an account. I introduced an e-mail and password. The system automatically sends a notification e-mail to the address specified, so I opened the mailbox and have confirmed back, that this e-mail is really mine and nobody else wanted to register in my name. I returned to the Desktop on my laptop (or tablet) where:

  1. I clicked with the left mouse button on the Start Menu, and after on Settings link.
  2. In the new window, I clicked on Update and Security, and on Find my Device link.
  3. In the next two windows I clicked first on Sign in with a Microsoft account, and after on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
  4. In the window appeared, I add an email address and password.

Here I stopped because Microsoft has registered automatically the used computer number. There was no need to introduce additional data.

Quick tip: The PIN is more secure than a password. It complicates the work of hackers a lot, or even makes it impossible to access PC. Password cracking is not an obstacle unless it is very complex. More description ...


  1. In the Cortana browser (or another browser) I typed
  2. I logged into Microsoft account, and clicked on right, on the Find My Device.

Here we see a local map, marked with a blue circle, the current location of laptop or tablet registered.

More Details

1.) Activate Find My Device: On the Microsoft website register an account. Please enter a valid email address and a password to access. The system automatically sends a notification to the specified email address, then open the mailbox and confirm back to Microsoft, that this e-mail is valid and not somebody else wanted to register.

2.) Return to your laptop or tablet Desktop: Click with the left mouse button on the Start Menu, on Taskbar.

Click the Start menu on the taskbar

3.) Here on Settings link.

Here on Settings link

4.) In the new window, click on Updates and Security.

click on Updates and Security

5.) In the new window, on the Find my device link.

Click the Find My Device link

6.) In Administrator window, click on Sign in with a Microsoft account.

click on Sign in with a Microsoft account

7.) In next window, Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.

Instead, sign in with a Microsoft account

8.) In the window Connect your accounts enter your e-mail and password.

Sign in to the Microsoft site

Here can stop, because Microsoft automatically registers your device. You do not need to enter additional data After several windows still appear where you can configure PIN code or password that appears on the Welcome screen.

9.) Close all windows.

10.) In your browser, enter:

11.) Sign in with your Microsoft account.

12.) Click on right side, on the Find My Device.

Here you can see a local map, marked with a blue circle, the current location of your laptop or tablet.

Change device name on Microsoft account

Change device name on Microsoft account

Choose another name if you'd like your device name registered automatically on the Microsoft Web site, you can easily rename. Do the following:

  1. Click with the left mouse button in the Start Menu, on Taskbar.
  2. Here on the Settings link.
  3. In the new window, click on System (screen, notifications, applications, power).
  4. In the next window, lower left, on the link About.

Under the link Rename PC you can enter a different name. Windows accepts any name, but the effect will change only after rebooting.

To erase your device
  1. In your browser, enter:
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  3. After connecting, on the right, click on the Delete device.

But removing your Microsoft account on laptop or tablet NOT EASY. There are two possibilities:

The first possibility: Restore to factory settings (reset). To delete the device on Windows 10, the system must be set back to factory settings. This operation takes a long time and the settings must be made again, all programs installed again, the system reinstalled again. Do the following:

  1. Click with the left mouse button in the Start Menu, on Taskbar
  2. Here on the Settings link.
  3. In the new window, click Updates and Security.
  4. In the new window, button Recovery.
  5. Click Start.
  6. Follow the instructions on screen.

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