How to Turn Off Airplane Mode on Windows 10 (or Permanently Disable It)

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 by

Airplane mode is a useful feature on Windows 10 that allows you to quickly turn off all wireless connections on your device. This can be helpful when you are on a flight or in an area with poor reception. However, sometimes airplane mode can get stuck on and prevent you from using your device’s wireless capabilities. In this article, we will discuss how to turn off airplane mode on Windows 10, or permanently disable it if it keeps getting stuck.

Turning Off Airplane Mode on Windows 10

To turn off airplane mode on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button and go to Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click on Network & Internet.
  3. On the left side of the screen, click on Airplane mode.
  4. Toggle the switch under Airplane mode to the Off position.

This should turn off airplane mode and allow you to use your device’s wireless connections again. If the switch is already in the off position and you are still experiencing issues, you may need to try some additional troubleshooting steps.

Troubleshooting Airplane Mode Stuck on Windows 10

If your device is stuck on airplane mode and you are unable to turn it off using the above method, try the following steps:

  1. Restart your device. Sometimes a simple restart can fix any software glitches that may be causing the issue.
  2. Update your device’s drivers. Outdated or corrupted drivers can cause issues with airplane mode. You can update your drivers through the Device Manager or by downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.
  3. Run the Windows Network Troubleshooter. This tool can help identify and fix any network-related issues on your device.
  4. Check for any physical switches on your device. Some laptops and tablets have physical switches that can turn off wireless connections. Make sure this switch is in the on position.
  5. Reset your network settings. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network reset and click on Reset now. This will reset all network settings to their default and may fix any issues with airplane mode.

If none of these troubleshooting steps work, you may need to permanently disable airplane mode on your device.

Permanently Disabling Airplane Mode on Windows 10

If you find that airplane mode keeps getting stuck on your device, you may want to consider permanently disabling it. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type in regedit and press Enter.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections.
  4. Right-click on Network Connections and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Name the new value NC_ShowSharedAccessUI and set its value to 0.
  6. Close the Registry Editor and restart your device.

This will permanently disable airplane mode on your device. If you ever want to turn it back on, simply change the value of NC_ShowSharedAccessUI to 1.

By following these steps, you should be able to turn off airplane mode on Windows 10 or permanently disable it if it keeps getting stuck. If you are still experiencing issues, it may be helpful to contact your device’s manufacturer for further assistance.

Have you had any issues with airplane mode on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.

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