Make a Wi-Fi network public or private in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

When you first connect to a Wi-Fi network, you can set it as public or private—depending on the network and what you want to do:

  • Private network. Use this for networks you trust, such as a network at home or work. When a network is set to private, your PC is discoverable to other devices on the network, and you can use your PC for file and printer sharing.
  • Public network. Use this for networks you connect to when you’re out and about, such as a Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop. Your PC will be hidden from other devices on the network, and you can’t use your PC for file and printer sharing.

After you connect to a network the first time, you can change it to public or private at any time.