How to Turn On or Off Airplane Mode in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable Airplane mode in Windows 11 to turn off or on all wireless network communications.

By now you probably know a thing or two about airplane mode. If not, here’s a brief overview; airplane mode gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless communications on your PC, smart phone and mobile devices.

If you’ve travelled by airplane recently, you may have heard the attendants asking to put all wireless communication devices in airplane just before the plane is about to take off. This is done so that wireless devices don’t interfere with the plane’s communication systems.

There are multiple ways to turn on or off airplane mode on your computers. Some computers come with a dedicated airplane mode button that sits on top of the keyboard area and/or on either side of the computer.

The physical airplane mode switch on your computer allows you to quickly turn off or turn on wireless communications on your device. There’s also another way to turn off or on airplane mode in Windows 11, and we’ll show you how to do that as well.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Disabling and enabling airplane mode in Windows 11 is something that hasn’t changed much. Similar to other versions of Windows, the process is still the same.

To get started with disabling and enabling airplane mode in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn off or on airplane mode on Laptop

As we mentioned above, there’s are multiple ways to turn on or turn off airplane mode on Windows 11. One way is using your computer airplane mode button.

If your laptop is equipped with a physical airplane mode button, you can quickly turn on or off airplane mode simply by toggling the button to the On or Off position or tapping it to disable or enable.

windows 11 airplane mode button

How to turn on or off airplane mode in Windows 11

If your computer does not have a physical airplane mode switch or button, then you can turn off or on airplane mode in Windows 11. Windows 11 shows your apps icons on the taskbar in the notification area.

There, you can see icon for volume, network, Bluetooth and few others. To turn airplane mode on or off, select the Network icon on the taskbar, then select Airplane mode.

The taskbar should look similar to the one below:

windows 11 wifi icon on taskbar

If you don’t see the network icon on the taskbar, simply press the Windows key + A on your keyboard to show Windows Quick settings.

The Quick action settings pane will appear. On the settings, click airplane mode option on the list of settings to turn on or off airplane mode.

windows 11 airplane mode

When you click the airplane mode to disable, all wireless communications will stop on the computer. Click on it again to re-enable compunctions.

How to disable or enable airplane in Windows 11

In some situations, you may want to completely disable Bluetooth in Windows, and not just disconnect. You can do that via Windows System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, select Airplane mode on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

In the Airplane mode settings, quickly disable and enable Airplane mode by toggling the button to the On or Off position.

windows 11 airplane mode disable

That will turn off or on airplane mode in Windows 11. You can now exit the settings pane and you’re done.


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