How do Control Zones Work (New Panel Version)

This article refers to the new panel version (in Beta.) Maybe you're looking for the article for the classic version?

This feature allows you to create zones in the map and get notified or execute actions each time a device leaves or enters an area.

Cool, huh? You can use it anytime and anywhere, not only after a loss or theft! Furthermore, it’s available for the 5 operating systems that Prey supports: Windows, MacOS, Ubuntu, Android and iOS.

Whether you own a few laptops at home and just want to be safe in case of theft or you’re a busy IT manager who needs to keep tabs on your organization’s laptops, Control Zones will come in handy.

What Are Control Zones?

Control zones are geofencing areas that can be placed over the map with a pin, or type a referential address to place the marker. Free users get to create 1 zone only, while our Pro users have no number limit. These are customizable in terms of name, size and color. You can also customize whether to receive notifications every time a device enters or leaves a zone, or in both instances. If you choose not to receive email notifications on either case, though, this feature won’t do much good, since there’s no other way for Prey to warn you that your device is on the move.

As it’s always the case with Prey services, devices must be connected to the internet in order for them to be tracked.

How to Create a Control Zone

From your device list, select the devices you wish to add to your new control zone, and then click on " Create control zone" in the bar that displays on top, as per the image below. You can add or remove devices afterwards, so don't worry if you forget one!

Afterwards, you will see the control zone configuration modal, which will allow you to customize the control zone to your needs.

From this modal, you will be able to:
  1. Customize your control zone's name by entering an easy to remember name in the field. You can call it "Home", "Office", "School"; whatever identifier that will make it easy for you to remember why the zone exists there.
  2. Set the address on which your control zone will be centered. Prey will match the address you enter in the field with an address in the map.
  3. Determine de zone's size by adjusting the slider.
  4. Adjust the control zone's placement by manually dragging the circle in the map.
  5. Adjust your notification settings. You can receive notifications via e-mail when a device enters the zone, when it leaves, or in both cases.
  6. Add security actions to be executed. You can select any of the four basic Prey actions (Message, Alarm, Lock and Mark as Missing) to be executed whether when the device enters the zone, or when it leaves it (or both). If you wish to learn more about Prey's actions, you can review this help center article.
  7. Save your control zone. This will automatically add the devices you selected to the control zone.

Once created, you can see and manage your control zones directly from the Control Zones section, accessible from the top menu.

There, you will be able to edit your control zones using the edit button edit button, or center the map on one of your control zones by clicking the location button location button.

By clicking on the " More information" tab, below each control zone, you will be able to see all the devices that have been added to this specific control zone. A device that appears green has correctly been added to the geofence, while one that appears yellow will be added as soon as it connects to the internet.

How to Add or Remove Devices from Control Zones

From the Control Zones tab, hit the edit button edit button on the control zone you wish to modify. From there, you will se a toggle that reads "Add or remove devices." Click it, and you will see a list with all of your devices. All devices that have a check edit button mark are added to your control zone. Just click on the box next to the device you want to add (or remove) and hit "Save." 

And that's about it! If you have any questions, or need any assistance in setting up your control zones, or learning how they can help you, don't hesitate to contact our support team at

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