- To turn Wi-Fi on or off on Windows 11, open “Quick Settings” with the “Windows key + A” shortcut and click the wireless button to manage the connectivity.
- You can also manage wireless connectivity from Settings> Network & internet and turn the “Wi-Fi” option on or off.
- Also, you can use the Airplane mode to manage the wireless connectivity.
UPDATED 10/21/2023: On Windows 11, turning on or off Wi-Fi without disabling the network adapter can come in handy in many situations. For example, if you want to disable wireless to conserve battery life on your laptop or in a place that doesn’t allow radio signals, like in an airplane.
Regardless, Windows 11 includes different ways to manage the state of wireless connectivity through the Taskbar and Settings app.
In this guide, I will outline the steps the quick ways to manage Wi-Fi connectivity on Windows 11.
Turn Wi-Fi On or Off on Windows 11
On Windows 11, you can manage the wireless connectivity from Quick Settings flyout, Network & internet settings, and using the Airplane mode. Here’s how.
1. Enable or disable wireless from Network settings
To enable or disable the wireless connection on Windows 11, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 11.
Click on Network & internet.
Turn off the Wi-Fi toggle switch to disable the wireless connectivity.
(Optional) Click the Wi-Fi tab.
Use the “Turn Wi-Fi back on” setting to specify when the adapter should connect again automatically.
Turn on the Wi-Fi toggle switch to enable wireless connectivity. (You can also turn on the feature from the “Network & internet” page.)
2. Enable or disable wireless from Quick Settings
To turn Wi-Fi on or off quickly from Quick Settings, use these steps:
Click the network button from the Taskbar to open Quick Settings.
Quick tip: You can also use the “Windows key + A” keyboard shortcut to open Quick Settings.
Click the Wi-Fi button to turn off network connectivity.
(Optional) Click the Manage Wi-Fi connections (“>”) button.
Use the “Turn Wi-Fi back on” setting to specify when the adapter should re-enable automatically.
Quick note: This setting includes various options, including “1” and “4” hours or “1” day. If you choose the “Manually” option, the network won’t be available until you manually turn the wireless back on.
Click the Wi-Fi button to turn on wireless connectivity.
If you can find the “Wi-Fi” button, click the “Edit quick settings” (pen) button in the bottom-right corner, click the “Add” button, choose the “Wi-Fi” option, and click the “Done” button.
3. Enable or disable wireless from Airplane mode
To enable or disable Wi-Fi with Airplane mode, use these steps:
Click on Network & internet.
Turn off the Airplane mode toggle switch.
(Optional) Turn on the Airplane mode toggle switch.
Once you complete the steps, you will be able to turn on or off wireless connectivity without enabling or disabling the network adapter.
Update October 21, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect new changes.