How to fix Airplane Mode problems in Windows 10?

By Eunice Samson | July 24, 2018 |

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Airplane mode is quite useful when you want to switch off all the wireless communications on your device conveniently. It is a staple feature in mobile phones and tablets, but computers with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 systems also have it. What this technology does is disable the radio chips that may interfere with the communication and navigation systems of an airplane.

As its name implies, this feature should be enabled when you are flying on an airplane. When you turn on Airplane mode on Windows, the following features are disabled:

  • The Bluetooth chip
  • The WiFi network card
  • Your mobile data connection

Airplane mode also allows you to save power. Since some of the components of your device are switched off, they do not consume any energy. So, you might enjoy an extended battery life. This can also be beneficial even when you’re not boarding a plane. If you want to save as much battery power as possible, you can enable Airplane mode.

Many find this feature useful, especially when they want to use apps without the need for wireless communications through WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile connections. However, some users complained about experiencing problems with it. Here are some of the questions they asked related to the Airplane mode issues:

  • Why does airplane mode turn on by itself Windows 10? – If you notice that Airplane mode is switching on by itself, you can disable it by pressing the physical switch on your keyboard. However, do note that not all devices have this feature.
  • How do I fix Airplane mode keeps turning on and off? – This problem is common, and it can be resolved by using the appropriate keyboard shortcut.
  • Why is Airplane mode greyed out Windows 10? – Some users noticed the Airplane mode option had grayed out on their computer. If this is your problem, try updating your drivers and check if that resolves the issue.
  • Why can’t I turn off Airplane mode? – This is another common issue related to Airplane mode. This can be easily fixed, using one of our methods below.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Of course, you can disable Airplane mode through the Connection icon on your taskbar. However, you can also do this, using the keyboard shortcut. Here are the steps you must follow to turn off Airplane mode:

  1. On your keyboard, press FN Key+Key with the radio tower icon. In some computers, this is the PrtScr key. However, it may be different on your device.
  2. You might need to hold those keys for a few seconds.
  3. If the shortcut works, you will see the ‘Airplane mode off’ message on your screen.

Method 2: Using the Physical Wireless Switch

Carefully examine your device and look for a physical switch that allows you to switch the wireless connections on or off. If your unit has one, make sure that the switch is set to the On position.

Method 3: Changing the Properties of the Network Adapter

If you’ve tried the previous methods and the problem persists, try modifying your network adapter settings. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+X.
  2. Select Device Manager from the options.
  3. Once the Device Manager is up, go to the Network Adapter section and expand its contents.
  4. Look for your wireless adapter.
  5. Right-click your wireless adapter, then select Properties.
  6. Once the Properties window comes up, go to the Power Management tab.
  7. Make sure that the ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’ option is not selected.
  8. Save the changes by clicking OK.
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Method 4: Disabling and Enabling Network Connection

You can also try restarting the network connection. You can do that by following the instructions below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+S.
  2. Type “settings” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once the Settings app is open, select Network & Internet.
  4. Go to the left-pane menu, then select Wi-Fi.
  5. Search for Change Adapter Options on the right pane, then click it.
  6. On the newly opened window, right-click your wireless connection.
  7. Choose Disable.
  8. Right-click your wireless connection again. This time, select Enable.

Method 5: Updating your Network Adapter Drivers

If Airplane mode is malfunctioning on your device, it is possible that your network adapter drivers are outdated or corrupted. The best way to fix this is to update your drivers. You can manually do this and go to the manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest versions. On the other hand, you can also use the Device Manager. Here’s how to do it:

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    Press Windows Key+S on your keyboard.
  2. Type “device manager” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once Device Manager is up, expand the contents of Network Adapters.
  4. Right-click your network adapter, then select Update Software Driver.
  5. Choose the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option.

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Method 6: Uninstalling the Wireless Adapter

You can also try uninstalling the wireless adapter to fix airplane mode keeps turning on and off on your device. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click the Windows icon on your taskbar.
  2. Select Device Manager and search for your wireless adapter.
  3. Right-click it, then select Uninstall Device.
  4. You will see a confirmation prompt. Click the Uninstall button.
  5. After uninstalling your wireless adapter, restart your computer. The next time you boot your device, your system will automatically install its default wireless driver.

Method 7: Performing a Clean Boot

Some users claimed that a third-party application had caused the problem. We recommend performing a clean boot to fix this. Doing this allows you to launch your system with all the startup applications and services disabled. This is quite easy to do. Simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Press Windows Key+R on your keyboard.
  2. Type “msconfig” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once the System Configuration window is up, go to the Services tab and check the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ option.
  4. Click the Disable All button.
  5. Go to the Startup tab, then click the Open Task Manager link.
  6. Once you’ve opened Task Manager, you will see the startup applications. Choose the first item on the list, then right-click it. Select Disable from the menu. You must do this to all the startup applications on the list.
  7. Return to the System Configuration window.
  8. Save the changes by clicking Apply and OK.
  9. Restart your computer.

After restarting your computer, check if the problem is still there. If it is gone, enable the applications and services one by one. Do this until you identify the particular item that caused the issue. Remember to restart your PC after enabling each application. Once you’ve identified the problematic application, we recommend removing it.

Method 8: Disabling the Radio Switch Device

Some users claimed that certain devices caused the Airplane mode issues. A temporary workaround to this problem is finding and disabling those devices. Affected users claimed that disabling the Radio Switch Device had got rid of the problem. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click the Search icon on your taskbar.
  2. Type “device manager” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Go to the HID Interface Device section and expand its contents.
  4. Right-click Radio Switch Device, then select Disable Device from the menu.
  5. When you see the confirmation prompt, click Yes.

Method 9: Switching to Ethernet Connection

It is possible that a glitch in your system is causing the Airplane mode issues to appear. You can resolve this by connecting your laptop to the Internet, using an Ethernet connection. It can be frustrating when you’re trying to connect to the Wi-Fi, but the Airplane mode gets involuntarily activated. However, using an Ethernet connection should fix the issue.

Method 10: Checking your BIOS

The other unlikely cause of the Airplane mode issues can be your BIOS. It is possible that certain settings are interfering with your system, causing the problems to appear. You can fix that by making a couple of changes in BIOS. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. While your system is booting, enter BIOS by pressing F2 or Del. If you are not certain which key to press, it is best to check your motherboard manual.
  2. Go to Onboard Device Configuration, then enable the Onboard WLAN/WiMax feature.

It is worth noting that this feature may not be available on certain devices. So, we advise checking your manual to learn if your device supports this feature.

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