Similar to any other Windows Versions, Windows 10 comes with the option to turn on/off Network Discovery. Using the Network Discovery feature, you can find other devices and computers on a network by making your computer visible or invisible to other devices on the same network. When connected to private networks such as the one at your workplace or home, this Windows 10 feature is automatically turned on. However, when on public networks such as public Wi-Fi hotspots, which are less secure, Network Discovery turns off thus making your device undiscoverable for security reasons.
Turning On Network Discovery Windows 10
You can find the network discovery settings in the Control Panel under the Network and Sharing Centre.
Alternatively, you can:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Type in advanced sharing settings and press Enter to directly access the Advanced sharing settings.
You should also note that there are two different network profiles (1) Private network profile and (2) Public network profile. Using either of the profiles, you can configure network discovery in the Advanced sharing settings.
Common Issues When Turning On Network Discovery
Whenever your Windows 10 computer becomes unable to find other devices or computers on the same network, there are probably a few wrong configurations. For a start, one issue could be using the incorrect network profile—a public network instead of a private network. Secondly, the Network Discovery feature could be OFF instead of ON.
To fix either or all of the above issues and to turn on Network Discovery your Windows 10 device, here is an easy-to-follow systematic guide.
- In the bottom right corner of your computer’s screen, open the Windows 10 Action Center and click on Expand.
- Click on Network from the selection.
- Select the Network & Internet settings.
- From the Settings window that appears, click on Network and Sharing Center.
- The Control Panel will open and display various network security options. From the menu on the left, click on Change advanced sharing settings.
- To enable network discovery, check the Turn on network discovery option.
- You can also turn on the file and printer sharing option.
- Upon ensuring that you have configured the correct network discovery settings, click on Save changes and exit the Settings window.
You can use the steps above to turn on network discovery on a Windows 10 laptop, desktop or any other device. Using the same instructions, you can also check if network discovery is off or on.