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How to quickly enable or disable Wi-Fi connections on Windows 11

Here are quick ways to enable or disable Wi-Fi connections on Windows 11 without disabling the network adapter.

Windows 11 manage wireless connections

On Windows 11, turning on or off Wi-Fi connectivity 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 an airplane.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 11 includes different ways to manage the state of wireless connectivity through the Quick Settings and Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn the quick ways to manage Wi-Fi connectivity on Windows 11.

Enable or disable Wi-Fi via Quick Settings

To manage wireless connectivity on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the network and volume button to open Quick Settings.

  2. Click the Wi-Fi button to turn off wireless connectivity.

    Wi-Fi disable connections

  3. (Optional) Click the Manage Wi-Fi connections button.

    Manage connections

  4. Use the “Turn Wi-Fi back on” setting to specify when the adapter should connect again automatically.

    Wireless enable connections automatically

  5. Click the Wi-Fi button to turn on wireless connectivity.

Enable or disable Wi-Fi via Network & internet

To turn on or off Wi-Fi on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Turn off the Wi-Fi toggle switch to turn off wireless connectivity.

    Windows 11 Settings turn off Wi-Fi

  4. (Optional) Click the Wi-Fi page on the right side.

  5. Use the “Turn Wi-Fi back on” setting to specify when the adapter should connect again automatically.

    Wi-Fi schedule turn on

  6. Turn off the Wi-Fi toggle switch to turn on wireless connectivity.

Enable or disable Wi-Fi via Airplane mode

To enable or disable Wi-Fi with Airplane mode, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & internet.

  3. Turn on the Airplane mode toggle switch.

    Enable Airplane mode

  4. Turn off 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.