Change Public Network to Private in Windows 10

I’m sure, most of you’ve noticed the word “Public” under the network name in Windows 10 many times. But I bet that few of you really know what this description means in fact. Some time ago a friend of mine asked me with a frown “How can my home Wi-Fi be public?” what made me laugh a lot. Well, from this article you will learn about the following basics:

  • what is the difference between public and private networks;
  • how to change public network to private in Windows 10, regardless of whether it is wireless or wired.

What is the difference between public and private networks in Windows 10

Public network is a profile for unfamiliar and potentially dangerous networks. It is designed to be used in hotels, restaurants, etc. When the connection is marked as public your PC is protected and cannot be discovered by other devices on the LAN. Thus, it is much harder for hackers to gain access to your PC and steal your information.

Private network is another network profile type designed for use at your home or office that are well-protected and where you trust all devices. In private networks your PC can be discovered by other devices: desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, TVs, etc.

How to change public network to private

Change a wireless network from public to private

Let’s say you are connected to a public hotspot but you trust it enough to make it private:

public network

Follow the steps:

  1. Click on the network icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Make sure you are connected to the network.
  3. Click on its name.
  4. Select Propertieswifi network properties windows 10
  5. Turn on Make this PC discoverable:  make this network private

When you switch the selector On you change public network to private:

private network

How to make a wifi network private in Windows 10 when connecting to a new Wi-Fi

When you connect to the new Wi-Fi network, you are asked “Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?” Click Yes and your wireless connection will be treated as a Private one:

do you want to allow your pc to be discoverable

How to change public wired network to private in Windows 10

Follow these steps to change your Public ethernet connection to private:

  1. Click on the network icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Now click on your wired network name (it can be called whatever you like: “dlink”, “941nd”, or exactly like your wireless network, etc):
    wired network icon windows 10
  3. Click on your wired network name once again – now in the Settings – Ethernet window : settings - ethernet - wired network name
  4. Turn on the PC network discovery:
    wired ethernet make this pc discoverable on

That’s it! You’ve changed the network type from public to private.

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