How to fix Airplane mode errors in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Airplane mode is a feature that allows Windows 10 devices to be safely used on airplanes, since they completely block all types of external connectivity.
  • Unfortunately, like all Windows 10 services, Airplane mode is not without the occasional issue. When they do appear, simply follow the guide we've written below.
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Airplane Mode

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 a few solutions that you can try.


How do I 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 the 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.

1. Try using keyboard shortcuts to disable Airplane mode

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  1. Press Fn + key with radio tower (for some users it’s PrtScr key, it might be a different key on your computer).
  2. You might have to hold those keys for a few seconds.
  3. If this shortcut works you should see Airplane mode turned off message on your screen.

Although you can turn off Airplane mode from Windows you can try using the keyboard shortcut to turn it off.


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.


3. Change network adapter properties

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list of options.
    Airplane mode won’t turn off
  2. When Device Manager opens go to the Network Adapter section and expand it.
  3. Find your wireless adapter and right click and choose Properties.Airplane mode keeps turning on and off
  4. 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.Airplane mode turns on by itself Windows 10
  5. Then click OK to save changes.

If the above-mentioned solutions weren’t helpful, you can try with changing your network adapter settings.


4. Disable and enable network connection

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens go to Network & Internet category.
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  3. On the left pane choose Wi-Fi.
  4. Now on the right pane look for Change adapter options. Click it.
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  5. This will open a new window.
  6. Locate your wireless connection, right-click it and choose Disable.
    Airplane mode greyed out Windows 10
  7. Now right click your wireless connection again, and this time choose Enable.
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The next thing we’re going to try is to disable the network connection and enable it again. If changing the network adapter settings and disabling the network connection, you can try with updating your network adapter drivers.


5. Update your network adapter drivers

  1. Open Device Manager and go to the Network adapters section.
  2. Expand it and find your network adapter.
  3. Right-click and choose Update Driver Software.Airplane mode won’t turn off
  4. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software option.
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  5. Wait for the process to complete.

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.

We also recommend this third-party tool (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

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.


6. Uninstall the wireless adapter

  1. Open Device Manager and find your wireless adapter.
  2. Right-click it and choose Uninstall device.
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  3. When the confirmation dialog shows click Uninstall.
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  4. After the uninstallation process is complete Windows 10 will install its default wireless driver.
  5. Now you just need to restart your computer in order for changes to take effect.

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.


7. Perform a clean boot

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig.
  2. Now click OK or press Enter.
    Airplane mode won’t turn off
  3. System Configuration window will now open.
  4. Go to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services.
  5. Now click Disable all button.
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  6. Go to Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
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  7. When Task Manager opens, you’ll see a list of startup applications.
  8. Select the first item on the list, right-click it and choose Disable from the menu.
  9. Repeat this step for all startup applications on the list.
    Airplane mode greyed out Windows 10
  10. Go back to System Configuration window and click Apply and OK to save changes. Restart your PC.
    Airplane mode Windows 10 stuck

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.

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.


8. Disable radio switch device

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand HID Interface Device section and right-click Radio Switch Device.
  3. Choose Disable device from the menu.
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  4. When the confirmation menu appears, click Yes.
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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.

Once the Radio Switch Device is disabled, the problem with Airplane mode should be completely resolved.


9. Switch to the Ethernet connection

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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.


10. Change your adapter settings

  1. Open Device Manager and locate your wireless adapter. Double-click it to open its properties.
  2. 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.

According to users, you might be able to fix Airplane mode errors simply by changing a couple of network adapter settings.  After making these changes, check if the Airplane mode errors are resolved.


11. Check your BIOS

  1. 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.
  2. Now go to Onboard Device Configuration and enable Onboard WLAN/WiMax feature.

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.

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 the BIOS update, we advise you to check our article on how to flash BIOS on your PC.


FAQ: Learn more about Airplane mode in Windows 10

  • What is Airplane mode?

Airplane mode is a neat feature that prevents your Windows 10 device from connecting to any external network like the Internet, WLAN, or Bluetooth, etc.

  • How do I switch on Airplane mode?

Some laptops allow you to switch Airplane mode on and off via a key combination. If you want to learn how to turn it off, check out this step-by-step guide.

  • Do desktop PCs have Airplane mode?

Yes. Airplane mode is an available feature that also applies to desktop PCs.


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 July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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