Microsoft recently pushed out the first major update for Windows 10, which brings several features that are exciting.
While some features are obvious, there are also some which are covertly hidden inside. One such feature that has been tucked away by Microsoft is "Find My Device" which enables one to locate their lost device.
This neat feature was available for Android devices and now Microsoft has bought the same users' way with Windows 10.
So if your Windows 10 laptop gets stolen, then you can locate it, thanks to this handy little feature. The feature is free and will not only help you locate but also "ring, lock, erase, or show your Windows Phone on a map,"
The Find My Device feature is turned off by default and the functionality only be activated on Windows 10 devices with the latest build which was pushed out in November.
Step-by-Step Guide to Enable Find My Device
Here's how to enable the Find My Device feature on your Windows 10 device.
Step 1: Ensure that you have switched on the master location setting on your device. Sign-in on the device with your Microsoft account. Sign in as Administrator.
Step 2: Go to Start. Select Settings > Update and Security> Find My Device > Enable.
Once the feature is enabled, your Windows 10 device will begin to send the location data sporadically to Microsoft. The location of your device will be stored in the cloud i.e. OneDrive, which will make the search for your lost/misplaced device easy.
So if you've misplaced or lost your Windows 10 device this is what you need to do:
Step 1: Log-in to account.microsoft.com/devices. Remember to log-in with the Microsoft account you used to sign-in on the lost device.
Step 2: A prompt for selecting the device will appear once signed in. Select and then click Find My Device option,
Step 3: A map with the location of the device will come up. Take note and seek out your device.
It is important to remember that this location, however, is the last spot where the device was online. So in the event your tablet has been stolen and been set to the offline mode, the Find My Device feature will not be able to detect accurately.