Fix: Airplane Mode Errors in Windows 10
Airplane mode is a useful feature in Windows 10, but despite the usefulness of this feature, users are reporting certain issues regarding Airplane mode and Windows 10, so let’s see if we can fix those issues. Airplane mode could save us a lot of data on trips.
One issue that users have reported is that they cannot leave Airplane mode. This can cause a lot of problems and limit the usability of your device, but fortunately, there are few solutions that you can try.
How to Fix Airplane Mode Problems in Windows 10
Airplane mode is a quite useful feature, but several users reported various problems with it. Speaking of Airplane mode errors, here are some common problems reported by users:
- Airplane mode keeps turning on and off – This is a common problem with Airplane mode, but you might be able to fix the problem simply by turning the Airplane mode off by using the keyboard shortcut.
- Airplane mode turns on by itself Windows 10 – If Airplane mode keeps turning on by itself, you should be able to turn it off by pressing the physical switch on your device. Keep in mind that not all devices have this switch.
- Airplane mode greyed out Windows 10 – According to users, sometimes Airplane mode option can be grayed out. If that’s the case, update your drivers and check if that helps.
- Airplane mode Windows 10 stuck – Several users reported that Airplane mode option is stuck. To fix this, be sure to check your wireless adapter settings. In addition, you might have to change a couple of settings.
- Airplane mode won’t turn off – This is another relatively common problem with Airplane mode. However, you should be able to fix the problem by using one of our solutions.
Solution 1 – Try using keyboard shortcuts to disable Airplane mode
- Press Fn + key with radio tower (for some users it’s PrtScr key, it might be a different key on your computer).
- You might have to hold those keys for a few seconds.
- If this shortcut works you should see “Airplane mode turned off message” on your screen.
Solution 2 – Check for a physical wireless switch
Check your device for a physical switch that turns the wireless on or off. If you devise has a physical switch for wireless network make sure that the switch is set to On position.
Solution 3 – Change network adapter properties
If the above-mentioned solutions weren’t helpful, you can try with changing your network adapter settings. If you’re not sure how to do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list of options.
- When Device Manager opens go to the Network Adapter section and expand it.
- Find your wireless adapter and right click and choose Properties.
- When Properties window shows up to go to the Power Management tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
- Then click OK to save changes.
Solution 4 – Disable and enable network connection
Next thing we’re going to try is to disable the network connection and enable it again. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens go to Network & Internet category.
- On the left pane choose Wi-Fi.
- Now on the right pane look for Change adapter options. Click it.
- This will open a new window.
- Locate your wireless connection, right-click it and choose Disable.
- Now right click your wireless connection again, and this time choose Enable.
If changing the network adapter settings and disabling the network connection, you can try with updating your network adapter drivers.
Solution 5 – Update your network adapter drivers
There are two ways to this: you can go to your wireless adapter manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers or you can update the drivers automatically using the Device Manager.
To update drivers automatically using the Device Manager do the following:
- Open Device Manager and go to the Network adapters section.
- Expand it and find your network adapter.
- Right-click and choose Update Driver Software.
- Choose Search automatically for updated driver software option.
- Wait for the process to complete.
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If updating drivers from Device Manager didn’t work, your next step would be to update them manually. To do that, you need to know the model of your network adapter, or the model of your motherboard if you have integrated adapter.
Simply visit your network adapter’s or motherboard’s website, and download the required drivers. After updating your drivers, check if the problem is still there.
Solution 6 – Uninstall the wireless adapter
And finally, the last thing you can try to solve the problem with Airplane mode in Windows 10 is to uninstall the wireless adapter driver. To uninstall the wireless adapter driver, do the following:
- Open Device Manager and find your wireless adapter.
- Right click it and choose Uninstall device.
- When the confirmation dialog shows click Uninstall.
- After the uninstallation process is complete Windows 10 will install its default wireless driver. Now you just need to restart your computer in order for changes to take effect.
Solution 7 – Perform a clean boot
According to users, sometimes a third-party application can cause this problem to occur. To fix the issue, it’s advised to disable all startup applications and services. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Now click OK or press Enter.
- System Configuration window will now open. Go to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services. Now click Disable all button.
- Go to Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
- When Task Manager opens, you’ll see a list of startup applications. Select the first item on the list, right-click it and choose Disable from the menu. Repeat this step for all startup applications on the list.
- Go back to System Configuration window and click Apply and OK to save changes. Restart your PC.
Once your PC restarts, check if the problem is still there. If not, you can enable applications and services one by one until you find the application that is causing the problem. Keep in mind that you’ll need to restart your PC every time after enabling an application in order to apply changes.
Once you find the problematic application, it’s advised to remove it. There are several ways to do that, but if you want to completely remove the application, including all of its files and registry entries, we suggest that you use uninstaller software such as Revo Uninstaller.
Solution 8 – Disable Radio Switch Device
According to users, Airplane mode errors can occur due to certain devices. To temporarily fix the issue, it’s advised to find and disable those devices. One device that can cause this problem to appear is Radio Switch Device, and you can disable it by doing the following:
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand HID Interface Device section and right-click Radio Switch Device. Choose Disable device from the menu.
- When the confirmation menu appears, click Yes.
Once the Radio Switch Device is disabled, the problem with Airplane mode should be completely resolved.
Solution 9 – Switch to the Ethernet connection
Sometimes there might be a glitch with your system, and that glitch can cause Airplane mode errors to appear. To fix the issue, it’s advised to connect your laptop to the Internet using an Ethernet connection.
By doing so you’ll be able to connect to the Internet and problems with Airplane mode will be resolved. Keep in mind that this might be a temporary solution, so you might have to repeat it if the problem reappears.
Solution 10 – Change your adapter settings
According to users, you might be able to fix Airplane mode errors simply by changing a couple of network adapter settings. This is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Open Device Manager and locate your wireless adapter. Double-click it to open its properties.
- When Properties window opens, go to Advanced tab. Select 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 from the list and set its value to 20MHz Only. Now click Apply and OK to save changes.
After making these changes, check if the Airplane mode errors are resolved.
Solution 11 – Check your BIOS
Another unlikely cause for Airplane mode errors can be your BIOS. Sometimes certain settings can interfere with your system and cause issues with Airplane mode. To fix that, you just need to make few changes in BIOS by following these steps:
- While your system boots press F2 or Del to enter BIOS. If you don’t know which key to use to enter BIOS, check your motherboard manual.
- Now go to Onboard Device Configuration and enable Onboard WLAN/WiMax feature.
After doing that, the problem with Airplane mode will be resolved. Keep in mind that not all devices support this feature, and if you can’t find it, be sure to check the device’s manual to see if this feature is supported.
Couple users reported that they fixed the problem by updating their BIOS to the latest version. Updating BIOS can be a complicated procedure and potentially dangerous if you’re not careful, so before you update BIOS, be sure to check your instruction manual for detailed instructions. If you want to know more about BIOS update, we advise you to check our article on how to flash BIOS on your PC.
That’s it, after performing some of these solutions, you shouldn’t face the problem with Airplane mode in Windows 10 anymore. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, just write them down in the comments, below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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