Network and Internet Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 11


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Network Discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can see (find) other computers and devices on the same network and whether other computers and devices on the same network can see your computer.

When network discovery is turned on, the device sends out signals over the network to search for other discoverable devices. This makes it convenient for you to share network resources among the devices connected to the network.

There are three network discovery states:

Discovery StateDescription
OnThis state allows your computer to see other network computers and devices and allows people on other network computers to see your computer. This makes it easier to share files and printers.
OffThis state prevents your computer from seeing other network computers and devices and prevents people on other network computers from seeing your computer.
CustomThis is a mixed state in which some settings related to network discovery are enabled, but not all of them. For example, network discovery could be turned on, but you or your system administrator might have changed firewall settings that affect network discovery.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each network you use. You can turn on or off network discovery separately for each Private and Public network profile type.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off network discovery for private and public networks on your Windows 11 PC.


You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off network discovery.

If you can't turn on Network Discovery, check to make sure the services below are enabled, set to automatic (startup type), and running (status).

DNS Client
Function Discovery Provider Host
Function Discovery Resource Publication
SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Control Panel
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Network Discovery for All Network Profiles using Command
  • Option Four: Turn On or Off Network Discovery in PowerShell




Option One

Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Settings


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 22509.1011.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced network settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Advanced sharing settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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4 Click/tap on Private networks and/or Public networks to expand open. (see screenshot below step 5)

5 Turn On or Off Network discovery for what you want for private and public networks.

Network discovery is turned off by default for public networks.

Network discovery is turned on by default for private networks. You can also check (default) or uncheck Set up network connected devices automatically for private networks.


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6 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Control Panel


This option is no longer available starting with Windows 11 build 22509.1011.


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

2 Click/tap on the Change advanced sharing settings link on the left side in Network and Sharing Center. (see screenshot below)

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3 Expand open the Private or Guest or Public network profile you want to turn on or off network discovery for. (see screenshots below)

4 Select (dot) Turn on network discovery or Turn off network discovery for what you want, and click/tap on Save changes.

Network discovery is turned off by default for public networks.

Network discovery is turned on by default for private networks. You can also check (default) or uncheck Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices for private networks.


5 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.

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Option Three

Turn On or Off Network Discovery for All Network Profiles using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Turn on network discovery for all network profiles)
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

OR​

(Turn off network discovery for all network profiles)
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=No


3 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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Option Four

Turn On or Off Network Discovery in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


 3. Turn On Network Discovery

A) Copy and paste the command below you want to use into the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below.

(Apply to all network profiles)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled True -Profile Any

OR​

(Apply to "Domain" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled True -Profile Domain

OR​

(Apply to "Private" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled True -Profile Private

OR​

(Apply to "Public" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled True -Profile Public


 4. Turn Off Network Discovery

A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

(Apply to all network profiles)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled False -Profile Any

OR​

(Apply to "Domain" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled False -Profile Domain

OR​

(Apply to "Private" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled False -Profile Private

OR​

(Apply to "Public" network profile)
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Network Discovery" -Enabled False -Profile Public

5 You can now close the elevated PowerShell if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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