For both windows 10 and 11 you can enable or disable the firewall. In this post, I discuss four easy and popular techniques on how to disable Windows 10 and 11 Firewall? The purpose of a Windows Firewall is explained here before you proceed with turning it off on your device. In addition, you must know the situations in which you need to turn off Windows Firewall. Also, you must know if you should turn on or off your Windows Firewall.

What does a Firewall do in Windows 10 and Windows 11?

A built-in firewall, Windows Defender Firewall:
● Monitors and blocks network traffic according to predefined rules to protect your computer and data from unauthorized access.
● Additionally, it prevents malware from infecting your device by not allowing downloads from unauthorized websites.

So, the prime purpose of a Windows Firewall is to keep your device secure.

When do I need to disable Windows 10 and 11 Firewall?

Despite the fact that you should always have the Windows firewall on, you may need to disable it for various reasons.

● It is time to troubleshoot your network
● Network testing of an application
● There’s another security application you want to use

Should You turn-on or turn-off Windows Firewall?

We recommend you to always keep your Windows Firewall turned-on as it will protect your device.

Four Methods on How to Disable Windows 10 and 11 Firewall?

You disable Windows 10 and 11 firewall by any of the following method:-

● Disable firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Windows Security
● Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Control Panel
● Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using PowerShell
● Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Command Prompt

Let’s see each method one by one

1- Disable firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Windows Security

  1. In the search bar, type Settings after clicking the start button.
  2. Then click on the Windows Settings.
  3. On the Privacy and Security tab/Update and Security, click Windows Security.
  4. Select Firewall & network protection
Disable Windows 10 and 11 Firewall

5. Now choose the Network Option which is active. If there your Private Network is active, then choose Private Network option. If Public Network is active network, then choose Public Network Option.

Firewall & network protection

6. Once you have chosen active network, click the toggle off button next to the Microsoft Defender Firewall.

Microsoft Defender Firewall

Note: When you toggle the button off, a message window will appear. Then it will ask, “do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device”? You would have two options Yes and No. Click Yes to disable firewall on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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2- Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Control Panel

Here is an alternative method you can use if you do not want to disable the firewall on your Windows 10/11 using Windows Security. You can do it via Control Panel. Just follow these simple steps.

1. Go to Start and write Control Panel in the search bar.

2. Under the Control Panel tab choose System and Security option.

System & Security

3. Next to this, click on Windows Defender Firewall.

Windows Defender Firewall

4. From the left pane now choose the option Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.

Windows defender firewall

5. Select Turn off Microsoft Defender Firewall in the “Private network settings” section.

6. Also select Turn off Microsoft Defender Firewall in the “Public network settings” section.

Turn off firewall

3- Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using PowerShell

There is another way to turn off firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11. Follow these simple steps:

1. Go to Start and type PowerShell in search bar.

2. Right-click on Windows PowerShell and choose the option Run as administrator.

Windows powershell

3. Now type the command:

“Set-NetFirewallProfile -Profile Domain,Public,Private -Enabled False”

And press Enter button on your keyboard.

Disable firewall using powershell

Note: If you want to disable firewall for your Windows 10 or Windows 11 on specific network profile, you can only write name of that profile in command like:

Set-NetFirewallProfile -Profile Private -Enabled False

4- Disable Firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11 using Command Prompt

Another method is also applicable if you want to turn off the firewall of Windows 10 and Windows 11. Here we will use the command prompt. Just follow the simple steps below.

  1. Go to the Start menu and write Command Prompt in the search bar.
  2. When the cursor is on the Command Prompt, click the right mouse button to see the options. Choose Run as administrator option and press Enter.
  3. You will see a pop-up asking “do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?” Among two options Yes and No, select Yes.
  4. Once black command window is opened you can write command to disable the firewall on current profile. (Current profile is your network profile which is active currently either private or public). Write this command and press enter.
Disable firewall using command prompt

netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state off

  1. If you want to disable the firewall on all profiles separately, you need to use seperate commands for each profile.

● To disable firewall on Domain, write this command and press the enter button.

netsh advfirewall set domainprofile state off

● To disable firewall on the Private Network, write this command and press the enter button.

netsh advfirewall set privateprofile state off

● To disable firewall on the Public Network, write this command and press the enter button.

netsh advfirewall set publicprofile state off

  1. If you want to disable firewall on all profiles (on domain, on private network and on public network) at once, you can use the following command.

netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off

Bottom Line

In this article, I have shared the four most commonly used methods to disable firewall on Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can choose whichever you find the most convenient. Do not forget, once you have finished the work for which you disabled the windows firewall, to turn it back on. Windows firewall helps prevent malware from infecting your system.

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Does Windows 11 have a firewall?

Yes, Windows 11 has firewall and it is “On” by default. You can also turn it on by following these steps:
● First go to the Settings.
● Then prompt to Windows Security.
● Next to this, click Firewall and Network Protection
● Toggle on the button and the firewall will be turned on.

How do I turn on Windows Firewall in Windows 10?

You can easily turn on Windows Firewall in Windows 10 by following the steps below:
● In the search bar of the Start menu, type Settings.
● First go to the Settings.
● Then prompt to Windows Security.
● Next to this, click Firewall and Network Protection
● Toggle on the button and the firewall will be turned on.