How to turn Airplane Mode on or off in Windows 11

Airplane mode turns off all wireless communications on your Windows 11 PC, which is handy during a flight or when you just want to disconnect. How to turn it on and off.

Enable or disable airplane mode in quick settings

One of the quickest ways to turn Airplane Mode on or off in Windows 11 is through the Quick Settings menu. To open it, click the sound and WiFi icons in the lower right corner of the system tray next to the clock. Or press Windows + a on your keyboard.

When it opens, click the Airplane Mode button to toggle Airplane mode on or off.

If you don’t see the Airplane Mode button in your Quick Settings menu, click the pencil icon at the bottom of the menu, choose Add, then choose it from the list that appears.

This is how the new “Quick Settings” menu in Windows 11 works

Enable or disable airplane mode in settings

You can also turn Airplane Mode on or off from the Windows Settings app. To do this, open the settings by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard. In Settings, navigate to Network & Internet, then click the switch next to Airplane Mode to toggle it on or off.

In the settings, click on

If you click on the side caret symbol (arrow) next to the switch, you can fine-tune whether you only want to deactivate Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or even reactivate Wi-Fi after activating airplane mode.

This is what the Windows 11 Settings app looks like

Enable or disable airplane mode with a physical button

On many notebook computers, some tablets, and some desktop keyboards, you may find a dedicated key, switch, or key that toggles airplane mode. Sometimes it’s a switch on the side of a laptop that can turn all wireless functions on or off. Or sometimes it’s a key with an “i” or a radio tower and several waves around it, as is the case with the Acer laptop shown below. (Or sometimes the key has an airplane symbol.)

On your computer, press Airplane mode or the wireless on or off button.

Ultimately, you’ll have to consult your device’s manual to find the right button, but your biggest clue will likely be looking for a symbol that looks like radiating waves (three curved lines in a row or partially concentric circles) or something similar. Much luck!

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