How to Disable Windows 11 or 10 Firewall

For troubleshooting, testing, or other similar purposes, you may need to turn off your Windows 11 or Windows 10’s firewall. It’s easy to disable this feature on your PC.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
March 7, 2023

For troubleshooting, testing, or other similar purposes, you may need to turn off your Windows 11 or Windows 10’s firewall. It’s easy to disable this feature on your PC. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for Windows 11/10. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Disable Your Firewall Only If You Have To

Turning off Windows’ firewall allows unauthorized network access on your PC. So unless you have a strong reason to disable the feature, you must keep the firewall turned on at all times.

The only times you may need to disable your firewall are when you are troubleshooting an issue, testing an app, or using a third-party firewall on your computer. Even then, if you are disabling the firewall to let an app through your network, add that app to the Firewall Exception list instead of turning the entire feature off.

When you are finished with your task, remember to turn the firewall back on to stay secure.

Turn Off Firewall

On both Windows 11 and 10, you will use the built-in Windows Security app to disable and enable the firewall.

First, launch Windows Security on your PC. Do this by opening the Start menu, searching for Windows Security, then click the app in the search results. Refer to the below image:

Firewall 1
Launch Windows Security

Next, in the window that opens, click Firewall & network protection. See the below image:

Firewall 2
Launch Firewall & Network Protection option

Now, on the Firewall & network protection page, select your network profile. To disable the firewall for your current profile, you will see Active next to that profile, so click that option. See the following image:

Firewall 3
Launch the Private Network (Active) option

Next, in the Microsoft Defender Firewall section, toggle OFF the option. Later, to re-enable the firewall, toggle ON the option. Refer to the below image:

Firewall 4
Disable Firewall

Now, select Yes in the User Account Control prompt, and your Windows firewall is now disabled. You may now continue your troubleshooting, testing, or other similar tasks.

Remember to turn the firewall back on when you are finished.


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