How to find your lost MacBook

Losing your laptop can be scary and incredibly stressful, especially when you consider how much money you are spending to buy it and the important information you store on it. That’s why we’re going to show you how to locate your laptop if it’s ever lost or stolen.

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How to find your lost MacBook

Here's what to do if you've misplaced your MacBook.

Here’s what to do if you’ve misplaced your MacBook.
(Apple)

Before your Macbook is lost, make sure to set up Find My by following these simple steps:

Turn on your location services

  • Go to the system settings
  • Select Security & privacy
  • Go to the Privacy tab and select Location Services
  • Turn on Location Services and Find My in the apps list.

Set up Find My on Mac

  • Go to the system settings
  • Click your name in the sidebar at the top. If your name isn’t listed, click Sign in with your Apple ID
  • Click iCloud
  • Click Find My Mac and turn it on
  • When asked if you want Find My Mac to use your Mac’s location, click Allow.
  • Click Done.

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How to use Find My

  • Open Find My by going to another device and selecting the Devices tab, or by logging into iCloud.com/find and selecting All Devices
Use the Find My app to find your MacBook.

Use the Find My app to find your MacBook.
(Apple)

  • Select your Mac to see its location on a map
  • If your Mac is nearby, you can have it play a sound that you can hear so you can find it
  • If your Mac isn’t nearby, you can remotely lock your Mac with a passcode to prevent unauthorized access by going to Mark as Lost and choosing Activate, or by choosing Lock on iCloud.com .
How to remotely lock your MacBook.

How to remotely lock your MacBook.
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If you can’t find your Mac after following these steps, or if you couldn’t set up Find My before you lost your Mac, you can still protect your data.

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How to Protect Mac Data without Find My

  • Change your Apple ID and passwords from your other Apple devices by going to Settings > Apple ID > Name, Phone Numbers, Email
  • Change passwords for other accounts you’ve used with your Mac, including email, banking, and social media sites
  • Report your Mac stolen to local law enforcement and provide them with the serial number found on your Mac’s box
  • Erase your Mac by going to Find My on another Apple device and choosing Devices > Your Missing Mac > Erase This Mac.

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