Featured - How to enable or disable Airplane mode on Windows 10

Airplane mode is a feature many will be used to on their phone, but may be surprised to see on their desktop or laptop PC. This setting appears regardless of whether your device has a mobile chip or not, leaving many to question what it does, and how to turn off airplane mode in Windows 10.

What is airplane mode for in Windows 10 (flight mode)?

Airplane mode delivers an easy toggle to turn off all wireless communications on your PC. Though traditionally used on a phone during a flight, Airplane mode can be useful in a variety of situations, not least to save battery life.

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Though those with a PC and no LTE chip may see little outward difference between when they enable Airplane mode in Windows 10 and turn off their WiFi, it’s doing more in the background. As well as disconnecting your WiFi, Airplane mode disables Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and other wireless communications.

Unfortunately, problems occasionally arise with Windows 10 Airplane mode. Some users find that Windows 10 is stuck in Airplane mode after they turn it on or it’s enabled automatically. As a result, today we’ll be showing you how to turn off Airplane mode in Windows 10 using four different methods (or enable it for that matter):

How to Turn on or off or Airplane mode via Action Center

By far the fastest and easiest way to turn off Airplane mode in Windows 10, or enable it, it through the Action Center toggle. This takes around a second and is your best bet so long as the option isn’t greyed out. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Press the message bubble in your taskbar to open Action Center and click the Airplane Mode icon
     

    If the icon is highlighted with your accent colour, it’s on. If it’s grey, then airplane mode in Windows 10 is off. You may have to press the expand button if it’s available to see the option.

    For future reference, you can also press Windows + A on your keyboard to open the Action Center faster.

    Windows 10 - Open Action Center - Enable or disable Airplane Mode

How to turn Windows 10 Airplane Mode on or off via the Network Flyout

Another quite natural way to toggle Airplane mode is through the network flyout, which is also quickly accessible. Here’s where to find the toggle:

  1. Turn Airplane mode on by pressing the WiFi button and clicking the airplane icon
     

    If it’s grey, Airplane mode is turned off. You should notice that turning on Airplane mode will also turn your WiFi and mobile hotspot icons grey.

    Windows 10 - Network Button - Enable or disable Airplane Mode

  2. Turn off Airplane mode by press the airplane icon and clicking the Airplane mode toggle
     

    Windows 10 - Airplane Icon - Disable Airplane Mode

How to Turn Airplane Mode On or Off via Settings

If the above options aren’t working for you or you’ve disabled your Action Center, you can take the longer route of adjust your Windows 10 Airplane mode via Settings:

  1. Open Settings
     

    Press the Start button, then click the settings cog, above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Click on “Network & Internet”
     

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Network & Internet

  3. Click “Airplane mode” in the sidebar and switch the toggle to “On” or “Off”
     

    The toggle should be under a description that reads, “Turn this on to stop all wireless communication, such as Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Network & Internet - Airplane Mode - Turn On or Off

  4. Optional: Turn on WiFi and Bluetooth separately
     

    After you turn on Windows 10 Airplane mode, you can optionally enable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth separately to suit your needs. This is possible via the toggles under “Wireless devices”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Network & Internet - Airplane Mode - Wireless Devices - Turn On or Off WiFi Bluetooth

How to Enable or Disable Airplane Mode from the Lock screen

If you don’t have time to unlock your PC, it’s possible to quickly enable or disable Airplane mode from the Lockscreen. Here’s how:

  1. How to turn on Airplane mode from the lockscreen
     

    To turn on Airplane mode from your lockscreen you can press the WiFi or Ethernet icon in the bottom-right corner and click the “Airplane mode” toggle. It’ll turn blue once it’s on.

    Windows 10 - Network Icon - Turn On Airplane Mode

  2. How to turn off Airplane mode from the lockscreen
     
    To turn off Airplane mode from the lockscreen, press the airplane button in the bottom right and press the blue Airplane mode toggle.
     
    Windows 10 - Airplane Icon - Turn Off Airplane Mode

How to Enable or Disable Airplane Mode via Command Prompt

If Windows 10 is stuck in Airplane mode and your toggles are greyed out, you may have success using Command Prompt instead. To do so, we’ll be running a command to modify the registry, so be sure to read our safe registry editing guide and back up your registry first.

Here’s how you can toggle it using the command line:

  1. Open Command Prompt as an admin
     

    Press the Start button and type “Command Prompt”, then click “Run as administrator” on the right-hand side.

    Windows 10 - Open Elevated Command Prompt

  2. How to enable airplane mode in Windows 10 via Command Prompt
     

    You can paste the following command and press Enter to turn Aeroplane mode on:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\RadioManagement\SystemRadioState /ve /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    Restart your machine for the changes to take effect.

    Windows 10 - Open Elevated Command Prompt - Enter the Cmd to Enable Airplane Mode

  3. How to turn off Airplane mode with Command Prompt
     

    Or, to turn airplane mode off, paste the following and press Enter:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\RadioManagement\SystemRadioState /ve /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    Restart your machine for the changes to take effect.

    Windows 10 - Open Elevated Command Prompt - Enter the Cmd to Disable Airplane Mode

How to Enable or Disable a WiFi Adapter or Block a WiFi Network in Windows 10

We hope this tutorial has shed some light on Windows 10 Airplane mode and how you can use it. However, it’s worth noting that there are more ways you can adjust your network. Feel free to check out our guides on how to enable or disable a wireless adapter and how to block specific networks.

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