Discovery

How to find other computers in network on Windows 11

Here's how you can look for other computers in the network on Windows 11.

Windows 11 enable network discovery

Windows 11 can let you see other computers in the Local Area Network (LAN) to access remote resources, such as shared folders, printers, or applications.

Regardless of the reason, File Explorer is the primary application you should on Windows 11 use to find and access network resources. However, you first need to enable the feature to discover network devices.

In this guide, you will learn the easy steps to quickly find other computers connected in the local network on Windows 10.

Find computers in network on Windows 11

To find computers in the network on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on Network from the left pane.

    Windows 11 find network computer

  3. See the computers available on the network (discovery may take a few moments).

  4. Double-click the device to access its shared resources, such as shared folders or shared printers.

Once you complete the steps, you will be able to access the device resources (such as printers and files) as long as you use the correct account and password.

Enable network discovery on Windows 11

If you can’t see any computer in the network, you don’t have network discovery enabled on the device.

To enable network discovery on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Click the Ethernet tab.

    Open Ethernet settings

    Quick note: If you have a wireless connection, click on Wi-Fi and click the connection properties options to access the adapter settings.
  4. Under the “Network profile type” section, select the Private profile type.

    Change network to private

  5. Open File Explorer.

  6. Click on Network from the left pane.

  7. Click the OK button (if applicable).

  8. Click the message at the bottom of the ribbon and select the “Turn on network discovery and file sharing” option.

    Turn on network discovery and file sharing

  9. Click the No, make the network that I am connected to a private network option.

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to see other computers in the local network through File Explorer on Windows 11.