It is not fun. Losing your laptop or having it stolen is a dramatic situation, so all you want is to recover it as soon as possible. You probably wonder how to track a missing laptop. Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives for Windodws and Mac, in addition to third-party applications, which will allow you to place it on a map and facilitate recovery.
Find a Windows laptop
Windows 10 incorporates the Find my device function for computers that use this operating system. Enable this feature to track your laptop when it is lost.
Step 1: go to Update and security in the configuration
Go to the Start menu and type Configuration, then select the Settings option and once there, look for the section that says Update and security, and select this.
Step 2: click on Search my device
Look for the sidebar menu and look for the option that says Find my device and select it. In the window that appears, look for the heading that says Find my device is ___ and check if it is enabled or disabled. If it is disabled, select the button Change then to activate it.
Step 3: enter the Microsoft account
When you want to locate your laptop, go to the Microsoft account page and start the session with your account information. In the section that lists your devices, you see an option on the right side that says Find my device. Select it to start the process. Microsoft will now give you a location on the map for your device and when it was last detected.
Find a Mac laptop
On Mac, the tracking feature is called Search My Mac and allows you to locate the location of your laptop on a map to retrieve or report it. We tell you how to start.
Step 1: go to the iCloud configuration
On your Mac, go to your menu and select System preferences. Here, go to the icon of iCloud: It may require that you log in with your Apple account information if you have not already done so.
Step 2: click on Search My Mac
Review the functions of iCloud and look for the option Search my Mac. Make sure the check box is selected to enable this feature. If not, check it and then select Allow When iCloud asked you.
Step 3: go to iCloud.com
Now that the feature is activated, you can locate your laptop by logging into iCloud.com with your Apple account. Once you have started the session (you may have to verify that you trust the device you are working on), select Search my Iphone to start.
Step 4: find it on the map
Now you should be able to find a menu of all the devices associated with your account. Select your MacBook from this list and iCloud will show you a map that tells you where it is. You can choose to have your Mac play a sound if you want to find it, display a personalized message on the screen or you can even lock your Mac remotely with a password to prevent access.
Extra tracking and protection applications
The native functions for Windows and MacOS are fine if you want a quick way to track your laptop, but they don't offer many additional security options. If you want more protection, you should download additional software and set up a more complete monitoring program. This is particularly useful in case of theft. We can recommend a couple of options that you can start with.
PreyProject’s Prey: Prey is an excellent app that allows you to register multiple devices to track. When you mark a device as lost, Prey can track it for you and help you remotely block your device, recover data from it, sound an alarm to find it, or erase data from the device completely to protect your privacy. The application can also create evidence reports with information about the location of the device and the images taken from the camera of a device that the police can use to retrieve it. There are several different levels of service, but the basic package is free and covers up to three devices.
Hidden: Hidden is another first level tracking application that is specifically designed for MacOS and iOS devices, so if you have a MacBook, you may also want to try this application. You can track the location, take pictures, record keystrokes, record spoken messages, enable remote access and more options. In addition to controlling your device remotely, you can also delete data if necessary. The Personal package for Hidden costs $ 2.99 per month.