How to Turn Device Portal On or Off in Windows 11

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The article details how to toggle the Windows Device Portal (WDP) on Windows 11. WDP allows users to remotely manage device settings, manage apps, view performance stats, and collect data for diagnostics over a network or USB connection. To use WDP, one must enable Developer Mode. The article provides a step-by-step guide for turning on…

This article explains how to turn Windows Device Portal (WDP) on or off in Windows 11.

WDP is a feature in Windows that lets you configure and manage the settings for the device over a network or USB connection or locally via a web browser. You can turn on Windows Device Portal to provide advanced diagnostic tools for troubleshooting and viewing the real-time performance of your Windows device.

Using WDP, one can perform the following actions:

You can use the WDP for the following:

  • Manage device settings (similar to the Windows Settings app).
  • See and manipulate a list of running processes
  • Install, delete, launch, and terminate apps
  • Change Wi-Fi profiles, view signal strength, and see ipconfig details
  • View live graphs of CPU, memory, I/O, network, and GPU usage
  • Collect process dumps
  • Collect ETW traces
  • Manipulate the isolated storage of sideloaded apps

You may want to turn it on to remotely access and manage your Windows 10 device. On the other hand, you may want to turn it off if you don’t need remote access and want to ensure that your device is not accessible from the internet.

Enable or disable Windows Device Portal (WDP)

As described above, users can turn on Developer Mode in Windows and use Windows Device Portal (WDP) to provide advanced diagnostic tools for troubleshooting and viewing the real-time performance of their Windows device.

Here’s how to turn on WDP in Windows 11.

First, you must turn on Developer Mode in Windows. To do that, read the post below.

Turn on or off Developer Mode in Windows 11

Once Developer Mode is turned on, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Accessibility button on the left.

Turn Device Portal On or Off in Windows 11
Windows 11 accessibility tile

Select the For developer tile on the right to expand it.

Windows for developer tile in the settings app
Windows for developer tile in the settings app

On the System -> For developer setting pane under Developer Mode, select the “
Device Portal” tile.

Then, toggle the switch to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch to the Off position.

Turn Device Portal On or Off in Windows 11

When you turn it on for the first time, Windows will prompt you to download and install the Windows Developer Mode package.

Click Yes to download the package.

Turn Device Portal On or Off in Windows 11

Once the Device Portal is enabled, you can turn on or off ‘Authentication’ so that users must type a username and password to access the Device Portal.

The connection address will also be displayed.

Turn Device Portal On or Off in Windows 11

Open your browser and browse to the local host address to log in.

Device Portal web view

That should do it!

Source:

Microsoft

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn Device Portal on or off in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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