How to enable or disable "Find my device" in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Tuesday, December 28, 2021

How to enable or disable "Find my device" in Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can enable the "Find My Device" feature to locate your laptop, tablet or desktop computer anywhere if it is lost or stolen.

This feature works by taking advantage of your Microsoft account's ability to sync information to the cloud. When you enable "find my device", Windows 11 periodically sends your device's actual (approximate) location to Microsoft. If your computer has ever been lost or stolen, you can log in to your Microsoft account online to find the last known location recorded to help you locate the device.

In this Windows 11 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to enable, use, and disable find my device.


  • Need to install Windows 11
  • Need to log in to the computer with a Microsoft account
  • Need to turn on the location feature on the computer (Settings > Privacy & Security > Loaction)
  • An internet connection is required

How to enable find my device on Windows 11

1. Open Windows 11 settings, and choose Privacy & security > Find my Device

2. Click the Find my device page. Turn on the Find my device toggle switch.
After you complete the steps, Windows 11 will proactively send your device's approximate location to your Microsoft account in case you need the information to find your device.

How to enable Find my device on Microsoft account management page

In addition to activating Find my device directly on the device, you can also activate it through the device section on the Microsoft account management page. To access the device section, click on the following link:

Here you will see the devices associated with the account. Click Find my device to access the device search interface. You should note that in order to activate Find my device through the Microsoft account management page, the device must have an internet connection. Then, you just need to select the device to activate and then press Turn on.

When this Turn on button is pressed, the location setting as well as the Find my device setting on the device will be activated simultaneously.

How to find the device with Find my device

1. To find the device using Find my device, you need to access the device management section of the Microsoft account page using the following link:

2. Next, you have to sign in to your Microsoft account.

3. Once logged in, the list of devices connected to the account will appear, click the Find my device button at the top of the screen.

4. The map will appear and the approximate location of the device will also be marked on the map. You press the Find button to update the latest location and press Lock if you want to lock the device.

Above, I has sent you how to activate Find my device on Windows 11 and how to find the device with Find my device. Good luck with your setup!

How to disable find my device on Windows 11

To disable the Find my device feature on Windows 11, use these steps:

1. Open Settings.

2. Click on Privacy & security.

3. Under the Security section, click the Find my device page.

4. Turn off the Find my device toggle switch.

Once you complete the steps, the feature will no longer monitor and save the device location on your Microsoft account, improving your privacy.

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