On just about any connected device, especially on phones and laptops, there is a switch to manually turn a Wi-Fi connection on or off. It’s a feature that always comes in handy to save data and battery life, or to prevent your device from connecting to a Wi-Fi network in certain places.
While there is a number of benefits being able to turn Wi-Fi on or off, there has been one missing feature — at least on Windows 10 –, which is the ability to disable a Wi-Fi connection and schedule the OS to automatically turn it back on after a period of time.
Starting with the Creators Update, Windows 10 now allows you to manually turn a Wi-Fi connection off with the option to automatically turn it back on after a predefined number of hours.
In this guide, you’ll learn easy steps to schedule your Wi-Fi adapter to turn on automatically after a period of time.
To schedule your wireless connection to turn on automatically using the Settings app, do the following:
Click on Network & internet.
Click on Wi-Fi.
Turn off the toggle switch for your Wi-Fi connection.
You’ll now see a “Turn Wi-Fi back on” drop-down menu, click it and select the schedule, which includes 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day.
Keep in mind that the default option is “Manually,” which keeps Wi-Fi off until you turn it back on.
To schedule your wireless connection to turn on automatically using the Network flyout in the Taskbar, do the following.
Click the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray.
Click the Wi-Fi button to turn off.
You’ll now see same “Turn Wi-Fi back on” drop-down menu included in the Settings app, click the menu and select the schedule, which includes 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day.
Of course, you can always click the Wi-Fi button in the Taskbar or use the toggle switch in the Network & Internet to turn your Wi-Fi adapter back on.
If you don’t see the “Turn Wi-Fi back on” option it’s probably because you’re not running the Windows 10 Creators Update. If you’re an Insider, you can use this feature starting build 14946 and later.
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