Users of Android and Apple devices can track and lock their devices remotely. Any Windows 10 PC can be used in the same way to Lock Windows device remotely. On Windows 10, “Find My Device” uses your device’s location data to assist you in locating it if it is ever lost or stolen. To use the Find My Device feature, you must have your Windows 10 PC’s location turned on (Settings>Privacy>Location).
How To Lock Windows device remotely
Here are the three things you’ll need to use Windows 10’s Find My Device feature:
- You must have an internet connection.
- You must have already enabled Find My Device on your Windows 10 PC.
- You must have administrator privileges on the device and the device needs to be attached to your Microsoft account.
It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to use Find My Device on a Windows 10 device if you use a local account. Let’s move on to how to use Find My Device on Windows 10 assuming your device meets all of the requirements.
Find My Device on Windows 10
Open any web browser, and go to the Microsoft account page, enter your password, and then click “Sign In.”
You’ll be taken to your Microsoft account dashboard from there. A list of your Windows 10 devices can be found here. You can choose which device you need to locate and lock from this main Microsoft account dashboard.
Under the device you want to find and lock, click the “Show Details” link. You’ll be taken to the Windows 10 device page, where you can choose “Find my Device.”
If your device appears in an unfamiliar location, select “Lock” to secure your Windows 10 PC. In an attempt to physically retrieve your device, you can choose a friendly message to display on the lock screen of your Windows 10 PC.
You can choose to completely disable and lock your Windows 10 PC once you’ve created a lock screen message.
Microsoft will send you updates on your device once it is locked, but it is unclear what information Microsoft will send you about your locked device. If your Windows 10 PC is stolen, you can contact the police and provide them with the location information. I wouldn’t advise taking the law into your own hands to recover any physically replaceable item. Despite the fact that you will lose a few hundred or thousand dollars, your physical safety is not worth the risk.