If your Windows 10 is stuck in airplane mode, you won't be able to connect to a wireless network. All wireless communications on your PC will be terminated, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular communications. You may not even have an internet connection on your device to fix the problem.
If you're in a similar situation, chances are you're using another device or an ethernet cable to read this. While the situation is extremely annoying, there are a few easy ways you can fix a bugged airplane mode. here is how.
1. Methods of disabling airplane mode
Try restarting your computer before fixing the problem. This will often fix everything and save you the trouble of going through the troubleshooting process. If a reboot doesn't work, check that you've tried all of the ways to turn off airplane mode.
Method 1: use the airplane mode button in the action center
This is the most common way to toggle airplane mode on and off. First, find the dialog icon in the lower right corner of your screen. Click on it to open the Action center. You will find a button for airplane mode. If not, click Expand, and it should appear now.
When the button is highlighted in blue, airplane mode is on. Just click on it to turn it off. If that doesn't work, try the next method.
Method 2: use the physical switch or the Fn key combination
If you're using a laptop, it might have a physical switch that enables and disables airplane mode. Look around for an airplane mode switch and flip it if you find one.
Alternatively, there could be an Fn key combination that disables airplane mode. The key you need to press in combination with the Fn key usually has a WiFi icon on it. This combination can vary depending on the manufacturer. So if you can't find a suitable key, refer to the manual.
Method 3: turn off airplane mode in Windows settings
To turn off airplane mode in Windows settings, navigate to settings > Network & Internet. If you can't find the settings menu, click the begin Button in your system tray, then the Gear icon Left.
When you get to the Network & Internet page, look at the left pane, then click Airplane mode. Next, use the Shift key on top to rotate Airplane mode the end. You can find the toggle button in the right pane just below the text that reads Turn this on to stop all wireless communications like Wi-Fi, cellular, and bluetooth.
If that doesn't work either, try the fixes below to resolve the issue.
2. Reset your network
Windows 10 has a handy network reset feature that can solve almost any wireless network problem by resetting the settings to the default.
However, you should know that a reset will erase all of your network settings. This means that you will have to re-enter the passwords for all of your wireless networks. If you don't remember your WiFi password, find the password in Windows 10 and write it down so you can use it after the reset.
To use network reset, go to settings > Network & Internet. Here you can see them Network reset Option in the right pane.
Click on it. The next screen will ask for your confirmation. Click on Reset now. After the reboot, check if the airplane mode problem has been resolved.
3. Change the power management settings on your Wi-Fi adapter
Another possible solution is to change the power management settings on your network adapter. By default, the device is set to turn off to save power. To change this, open Device Manager by pressing Profit + X and choose Device manager from the menu.
Look for in the device list Network adapter. Click the little arrow to expand the list. Find your wireless adapter in the expanded list, right click it and click properties. Navigate to the Power management Tab from above.
You will see the box next to it Have your computer turn off this device to save power is enabled by default. Uncheck the box and press OK. Restart your system and see if that solves the problem.
4. Disable the wireless management service
Radio Management Service is a Windows service required for airplane mode. If you disable this service, your PC may be stuck in airplane mode.
To deactivate the Radio Management Service, open Services by pressing Profit + r and runs services.msc. search for Radio administration service In the list. 3rd
Right click on it and choose properties. You will find Start type under the Generally Tab set to Manual By default. Change this to Deactivated.
Restart the PC and see if that solves the problem.
5. Check for driver updates
If the problem persists, it may be worth checking for outdated drivers and updating them. To check for driver updates, open Device Manager and find your wireless network adapter. Right click on it and choose Update driver.
When you have downloaded the updated driver to your computer, select Search my computer for drivers. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the drivers and complete the installation.
Alternatively, you could use Windows Search for drivers automatically. Then after updating the driver, reboot and see if that disables airplane mode.
6. Try to clear the DNS cache
Some users were able to fix the airplane mode problem by flushing the DNS cache. Next, launch an elevated command prompt to begin the process. To do this, look for cmd Right click on it in the Start menu and select Execute as administrator.
Run the following commands in this order:
ipconfig / flushdns
ipconfig / renew
ipconfig / registerdns
Quit the command prompt and restart your computer. See if that solves the problem.
Your WLAN is ready to go
It can be frustrating when you need to get your job done quickly but your Windows is stuck in airplane mode. Hopefully one of these fixes fixed the problem and got your wireless network working. However, if you still can't connect to your WiFi even after turning off Airplane Mode, then there may be another WiFi problem in your Windows.
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Arjun is a trained accountant and loves researching technology. He likes to use technology to make everyday tasks easier and often a lot more fun.
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