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Windows 10 Airplane Mode ON or OFF Errors and Solutions

Jul. 10, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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Airplane mode on or off issues arise and annoy Windows users after the Windows 10 upgrade or Windows 10 anniversary update. “Windows 10 airplane mode keeps turning on”, “airplane mode turns on by itself”, “Windows 10 airplane mode stuck on”, etc. are the main problems that Windows users complained in some forums.

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Windows 10 airplane mode, which is similar to that of a smartphone, is used to control the wireless signal receiving. When you turn on the special networking setting, the airplane icon will be highlighted and your Windows laptop of tablet will stop receiving various wireless signals, like Internet, WLAN, Bluetooth, etc.

Windows is never free from problems like airplane mode errors, unidentified network, slow boot issues, etc. after the Windows 10 upgrade or Windows 10 anniversary update. But you could follow the methods below to fix Windows 10 airplane mode ON or OFF errors.

Method 1: Check the Toggle Switch to Fix the Windows 10 Airplane Mode Errors

Usually, there is a physical wireless toggle on the Windows laptop or tablet that you could use to quickly control the wireless signal receiving. Only when the toggle is ON, could you turn on the Windows 10 airplane mode.

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Check whether there is such a toggle on your device and toggle it to on the airplane mode.

Method 2: Use Shortcut Keys to Turn ON or OFF the Airplane Mode

Besides the physical toggle, the Fn shortcut keys on a laptop are also the access to fix the Windows 10 airplane mode errors.

Use the shortcut keys Fn + key with a radio tower icon (usually on key like F3) to see if the Windows 10 airplane mode is available.

Method 3: Check the Related Settings on Windows 10

Windows 10 Settings can help to solve the airplane mode stuck on or not working issues.

Windows 10 Airplane Mode in Windows Settings

  1. 1. Click the Start menu and select Settings.

  2. 2. Choose Network & Internet.

  3. 3. Select Airplane mode from the left column and turn ON/OFF the Airplane mode from the right column.

Windows 10 Airplane Mode in Network Settings

  1. 1. Click the display icon on the Windows 10 taskbar.

  2. 2. If the Airplane mode icon is gray, click the icon to turn it on. If the icon is highlighted, click it to turn off the airplane mode.

Windows 10 Airplane Mode in Action Center

  1. 1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + A to open the Action Center.

  2. 2. If the Airplane mode icon is gray, click the icon to turn it on. If the icon is highlighted, click it to turn off the airplane mode.

Note: If the methods above fail to fix the airplane mode errors, keep reading the following content.

Methods 4: Modify the Network Adapter Properties

  1. 1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X (or right click the Start menu) and select Device Manager from the menu.

  2. 2. Expand the Network adapters, right click on the network adapter of you device and select Properties.

  3. 3. Select Power Management tab from the pop-up dialog box and uncheck the item Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

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  1. 4. Click OK to save the changes.

Read More: Top 5 Ways to Fix Wireless Adapter Not Showing Up on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista

Method 5: Disable Non-Microsoft Services

Some programs or services can affect the Windows 10 airplane mode. You could try to disable some non-Microsoft services to fix the Windows 10 airplane mode not turning on or off errors. If you happen to know the program, disable it directly. If not, it may take your time to figure out the black sheep from the list.

  1. 1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch Run.

  2. 2. Type msconfig into the box and press Enter.

  3. 3. Select the Service tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and click the button Disable. Then click Apply.

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  1. 4. Select the Startup tab, click Open Task Manager.

  2. 5. Select Startup tab from the new pop-up dialog and disable all the startup items.

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Then you need to reboot the computer and re-enable the services you’ve disabled one by one to find out the problematic services or programs that result in the Windows 10 airplane mode errors. Once you figure them out, disable them again.

Note: This is the simple steps of windows clean boot to exclude the services or programs that cause the airplane stuck on OFF/ON issue. For more details of using Windows 10 clean boot to fix the problem, see: How to Use Windows 10 Clean Boot to Fix PC Errors.

Method 6: Update or Reinstall the Network Adapter Drivers

Problematic drivers can bring about Windows 10 airplane mode errors and other Windows 10 issues, such as no Bluetooth connection, microphone not working, ghost touch screen, etc. So it is necessary to fix the network adapter drivers on Windows 10.

You could use driver troubleshooters like Driver Talent, Driver Guide, Driver Easy, etc. to update or reinstall the network adapter drivers and fix the Windows airplane mode errors. Here we take Driver Talent as an example.

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Step 1: Scan the PC for Network Adapter Drivers Resulting in Airplane Mode Errors

Click Scan to find the problematic network adapter drivers.

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Step 2: Update the Network Adapter Drivers

Click Update to download and install proper network adapter drivers for Windows 10.

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Step 3: Restart the PC

Restart the Windows device to make the newly installed network adapter drivers take effect.

It is recommended to back up important drivers on Windows 10 and create a system restore point in case driver crashes occur suddenly.

Read More: How to Use System Restore to Fix Windows 10 Issues

Method 7: Modify the Windows 10 Registry

  1. 1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R, type regedit into the box and press Enter.

  2. 2. Find RadioEnable from the path below and modify the value to 1.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class

  1. 3. Restart the computer.

Note: Backup registry before any changes in case serious system problems occur.

Update: Thankfully for affected users, there's an effect method to kill this issue:

  1. Switch the physical button of WiFi on the computer and turn off the wireless feature. Then re-enable it.

  2. Hold the Fn key and then press the PrtSc SysRq key. Hold them for a while and release.

Hope the methods above could help you fix the Windows 10 airplane mode errors. If this article is useful to you, add it to your bookmarks or share it to you friends.

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