How to Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off Network discovery in Windows 11. Network discovery is feature in Windows that allows Windows devices find and discover other computers and devices on a network.

When you turn on Network discovery in Windows 11, other connected devices on the same network will be able to search and discovery your computer. When Network discovery is enabled, a device sends out signals over the network to search for other discoverable devices.

Windows comes with three types of discovery states:

  • On – Windows device in this state will see and allow other connected devices to discover it on a network.
  • Off – Windows device in this state will not see or allow other connected devices to discover it on a network.
  • Custom – Windows device in this state may see or allow other devices to discovery it, but other Windows firewall settings are configured to fine-tune discoverability.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each active network. Users can turn on or off network discovery separately for each Private or Public network profile.

How to enable or disable network discover on Windows 11

As mentioned above, Network discovery allows Windows devices find and discover other computers and devices on a network. It allow allow other connected devices on a network to connect to discover and connect to it.

Below is how one can turn on or off Network discovery.

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 Settings app.

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 settings

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. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet tile to expand it.

windows 11 network internet pane

On the Network & internet settings pane, select Advanced network settings tile at the bottom to expand it.

windows 11 advanced network settings

On the Advanced network settings pane, under More settings, select the Advanced sharing settings tile to expand it.

windows 11 advanced sharing settings tile

On Advanced sharing settings pane, click on Private networks and/or Public networks to expand.

Then toggle the button to the On or Off position to enable or disable Network discovery as highlighted below.

windows 11 turn on off network discovery

Network discovery is turned Off by default on the Public network profile. That should do it.

You can now exit the Sittings app.

Turn On or Off Network discovery in Windows 11 via Command Prompt

If you rather use the command prompt to enable or disable Network discovery, then follow the steps below.

First, open the Command Prompt as administrator.

Then run the commands below to enable Network discovery for all networks.

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

If you want to disable Network discovery for all networks, run the commands below.

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=No

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That should do it!

Conclusion:

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