How to Make a Wi-Fi Network Public or Private in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to make a WiFi network public or private in Windows 11.

Windows has two network profiles one can select from: Public and Private. Depending on where you use Windows, one these network profiles will be selected.

When you are setting up Windows and choose to use Windows in a work or school environment, Windows 11 select a private network profile. If you select to use Windows at home, the public network profile is chosen.

At home, your PC will typically be hidden from other devices. Therefore, you can’t use your PC for file and printer sharing. In a business setting, PCs are typically discoverable to other devices on the network, and you can use your PC for file and printer sharing, so private network is used.

When you first connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 11, it’s set as public by default. This is the recommended setting. However, you can set it as public or private depending on the network and what you want to do.

Below is how to change a Wi-Fi network to public or private profile in Windows 11.

How to change WiFi network to public or private profile in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows has two network profiles one can select from: Public and Private. Depending on where you use Windows, one these network profile will be selected.

Below is how one can change a Wi-Fi network to either private or public in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Network & internet on the left, then select the Wi-Fi tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 network and internet wifi

On the Network & internet -> Wi-Fi settings screen, select Manage known networks, and then select the Wi-Fi network you want to change.

windows 11 manage known networks

On the Wi-Fi network screen, under Network profile type, select Public (Recommended) or Private.

windows 11 change network profile type

That should do it! You can now close Windows Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to make a Wi-Fi network to public or private in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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