Windows 10 switches to airplane mode on its own: Fix it for good

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Airplane mode is a great feature for your PC if you want to conserve batteries.
  • The guide below will show you what to do if your PC switches it on by itself.
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Windows 10 switches to airplane mode

Are you struggling to work on your computer because Windows 10 switches to Airplane mode every now and then?

Well, worry no more because we’ve got just the right solutions to help resolve the problem. Try any of the fixes listed below and see if it goes away.

The article also covers the following topics:

  • Airplane mode keeps turning on
  • Airplane mode keeps turning on Windows 10

What do I do if Airplane mode keeps turning on?

  1. Update Driver Software of your Network Adapter
  2. General troubleshooting
  3. Perform a clean boot and then an SFC scan
  4. Modify the Network Adapter Properties
  5. Disable Non-Microsoft Services
  6. Disable and Enable Network Connection
  7. Uninstall the Wireless Adapter and reboot
  8. Switch off Radio switch device
  9. Run network troubleshooter

1. Update Driver Software of your Network Adapter

  • Right-click Start and select Device Manager
  • Look for Network Adapter option and expand it to see its entire list.
  • Right click on your wireless adapter and click Update driver
  • A variant window emerges which asks you to choose the way to update the driver software.
  • Click Windows should automatically install the best driver An online search will start for the driver to be updated.
  • You will get a confirmation message which says Windows has successfully updated your driver software.
  • Exit the window by closing it

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2. General troubleshooting

Action Center

  • Press Windows button + A to open Action Center
  • Click Airplane mode quick action button

  • Toggle it off to turn off airplane mode

Network Notification Area

  • Click on the Network icon in the taskbar notification area click Airplane mode to toggle it off

User Settings

  • Click Start and select Settings

  • Click Network and Internet

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  • Click Airplane mode on the left pane

  • Turn it off from the right pane and close the Settings window

Even if your computer has a switch for airplane mode, it could turn off your Wi-Fi such that other apps turn on the connection back again without your knowledge.


3. Perform a clean boot and then an SFC scan

  • Log on as administrator, and type msconfig in the search box
  • Select System Configuration
  • Find Services tab

  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box

There is insufficient disk space to complete operation

  • Click Disable all
  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager

There is insufficient disk space to complete operation

  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

A clean boot is performed to start Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program.

This lets you scan your computer system for any corrupt files and fixes these corruptions in the system files. To do this:

  • Click Start and type CMD in the search bar
  • Right click Command Prompt in the search results and select Run as administrator

  • Type sfc /scannow and press enter
  • If there are no errors from the scan, restart your computer and see if the Windows 10 minimizes all windows issue recurs

4. Modify the Network Adapter Properties

  • Right click the Start and select Device Manager from the menu.
  • Expand the Network adapters, right click on the network adapter of you device, and select Properties.

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  • Select Power Managementtab from the pop-up dialog box and uncheck the item Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  • Click OK.

5. Disable Non-Microsoft Services

  • Right click Start and select Run
  • Type msconfig into the box and press enter.
  • Select the Service tab, check Hide all Microsoft services

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  • Click the button Disable then click Apply.
  • Select the Startup tab, and click Open Task Manager.
  • Select Startup tab from the new pop-up dialog and disable all the startup items.

Some programs or services can lead to the Windows 10 switches to airplane mode issue. You could try to disable some non-Microsoft services to fix the Windows 10 airplane mode not turning on or off errors.

If you know the specific program, disable it directly. If not, it may take your time to single it out from the list.


6. Disable and Enable Network Connection

  • Click Start and select Settings.
  • Click Network & Internet

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  • Click the WiFi segment of settings on the left pane.

  • On the right pane of WiFisettings click the Change adapter options link
  • An isolated window pops up displaying your wireless connections.
  • Right-click on the wireless connection and click the Disableoption to disable your wireless connection.
  • Right click on the same connection and selectEnable.

7. Uninstall the Wireless Adapter and reboot

  • Right-click Start and select Device Manager

  • Double click Network Adapter option and look for your wireless modem you are running.
  • Right-click on your modem name and tap Uninstall.
  • ClickUninstall button to confirm the uninstall process.
  • Now restart your computer and find the driver installed itself.

Rebooting your computer will re-enable the services you’ve disabled one by one to find out the problematic services or programs that result in the Windows 10 switches to airplane mode error. Once you figure them out, disable them again.


8. Switch off Radio switch device

  • Right click Start and select Device Manager
  • Find Human Interface Device

  • Note that now Fn+Fkey for switching on/off airplane mode is disabled

10. Run network troubleshooter

Sometimes when Windows 10 switches to airplane mode, it could be caused by any factory installed software to save your battery, or wireless communication could be turned on and off in Windows.

Additionally, it could be caused by using a keyboard key or button, as it is possible that while typing you are accidently clicking on the hot key that has been trapped for Airplane mode.

To run the network troubleshooter, do the following:

  • Press the Windows key on the keyboard to open the search bar
  • Type Troubleshooting in the search and open it
  • Under Troubleshooting click on Network and Internet

  • Start the troubleshooter

Were you able to get the Windows 10 switches to airplane mode fixed using any of these solutions?

Let us know what worked or what other issues you may have by leaving a comment in the section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2018 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.