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Do This If QuickBooks Hosting Mode is Off

QuickBooks Hosting lets many computers access and manage company files stored on the host computer. Encountering the "QuickBooks Hosting Mode is Off" problem when trying to use the hosting feature to access the company file can disrupt your work.


When the hosting feature is disabled or not set up correctly, then you get the hosting mode is off error in QuickBooks. If you want to continue working with the QuickBooks application with hosting features, it is essential to fix this issue quickly. To help you resolve this issue efficiently and to identify the root cause that leads to the problem, we've created this simple guide and easy troubleshooting steps to prevent this problem in the future.


If you're struggling with the "Hosting Mode is Off" error, seeking professional help is highly recommended because any wrong step may lead to data loss. To avoid such issues, reach out to our QuickBooks experts through our toll-free number +1(855)-955-1942 and get immediate help.


Why is Hosting Mode Off in QuickBooks Desktop? 


Here are common reasons behind issues when using QuickBooks in multi-user mode:

  • Incorrect hosting settings can contribute to this error. 
  • Insufficient Windows file permissions may be a problem.
  • QuickBooks might not be installed correctly on the main computer.
  • Company file issues in QuickBooks can also cause this error.
  • Disconnections between host computers and workstations may be responsible for the hosting mode is off error.
  • You haven't installed the QuickBooks Database Server Manager on the system.

Solutions to Resolve 'QuickBooks Hosting Mode is Off' Error


Follow these steps to fix issues related to hosting mode and access company files in multi-user mode smoothly

Solution 1: Verify the Server Settings for Multi-User Mode


  • Login using Admin credentials.
  • Verify your internet connection speed.
  • Open QuickBooks and go to the 'File' tab.
  • Choose 'Switch to Multi-User Mode.'
  • Confirm the permission box by selecting 'Yes.'
  • Click 'OK' in the Multi-User setup window.
  • To add users who can access QuickBooks, go to the 'Company' tab and select 'Set up Users & Passwords.'
  • Click on 'Add Users' to include all users.
  • If the error persists, try the next solution to resolve the issue.

Solution 2: Activate Network Discovery


To confirm that your server and workstations are connected to the network, follow these steps:


  • Click on the Windows icon.
  • Type "Control Panel" in the search bar.
  • Double-click to open the Control Panel.
  • Access the Network Sharing Center.
  • Choose "Change Advanced Sharing Setting."
  • Adjust the settings by zooming the current profile.
  • Locate the Network Discovery section and select "Turn on Network Discovery."
  • Move to the Password Protected Sharing and disable it.
  • Save the changes you made, and after that, repeat the steps on all devices to ensure proper network connectivity.

Hopefully, by following the above solutions, you can resolve the "QuickBooks Hosting Mode is Off" error effectively. If the issue persists, do not hesitate to contact our QuickBooks Technical Support for further assistance through +1(855)-955-1942.

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