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How to find and / or remotely block a stolen Windows laptop or tablet?

How to find and / or remotely block a stolen Windows laptop or tablet?

By  Niki Jones 2019-08-18 466 0

Windows 10 comes with a function to remotely find and block devices such as your laptop or a Surface.

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Within the current technological world, there is no worse news without a doubt than to confirm that you have stolen your laptop, tablet or smartphone, three devices that we have assimilated as necessary in the day to day and to which we have entrusted everything, from accounts and passwords even private messages, intimate photos, bank details, etc. If what you have is an Android mobile, thanks to Google and its 'Android Device Manager' it is possible to locate the terminal. If the lost device uses Windows 10, it is also possible to locate it and even block it remotely in this way.

Find a device with Windows 10

The 'Find my device' function uses the location data of your device to help you find it if you lose it, allowing administrators of Windows portable devices, such as laptops or tablets, to find the location of the device using a web page. To use this feature, the administrator must activate the device location setting and log in to Windows with a Microsoft account. This function will be in service for the administrator even if other users have denied access to the location to all of their applications.


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 search, locate or block your Windows Phone and even delete its content. But yes: to use this tool online and find your device, you must meet a series of requirements or the function 'Find my device' can not help you:

  • You must have a Microsoft account, and in addition, the lost device must have a session started with it
  • The lost device must use Windows 10 ( not valid with lower versions)
  • The device must be connected to the Internet, with battery and use GPS

They seem like many requirements, but Microsoft's function, like that of Google with its Android devices, makes use of items to track an account that is logged in and is online, as well as the device's GPS. And so you have to meet these conditions.

Find the device

  • Open this link to the Microsoft account website. If you are asked to log in, use the same Microsoft account that you used to log in to the lost device.
  • Choose the device in the list and then select Find my device.
  • A map with a highlighted location will appear. However, this may not be the current location of the device. When a Microsoft device is on, the company periodically saves the location of the device, so you should check the timestamp Last seen on.
  • Meanwhile, Microsoft automatically a new search. Wait a few moments and the new device location should appear.

Lock device

If you locate the device and want to prevent someone from using it or viewing your files, you can lock it remotely.

  • When you find the device on the map, select Lock> Next.
  • Write a lock screen message for the person who finds your device to see.
  • Select Block. Keep in mind that anyone who finds your device locked will not be able to log in unless you are an administrator of a Microsoft account that is already on the device. Once the device is locked, you should reset the password for added security. Select the Reset password and follow the instructions.

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