[Solved] Airplane Mode Won’t Turn Off on Windows 10

Airplane mode is a built-in feature which is first introduced with Windows 8, then Windows 10. It allows you to quickly turn off wireless communication, for example, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, etc. While it’s turned on, the wireless card is disabled, then you can’t use the Wi-Fi and bluetooth properly.

Many Windows 10 users like you have run into the Airplane mode not turning off issue (the Airplane mode toggle is greyed out). So not to worry. To fix the issue, you can use one of five methods below. You may not have to try them all; just try them one by one until you find the one that works for you.

Method 1: Enable wireless card with a keyboard shortcut
Method 2: Manually disable the Airplane mode
Method 3: Change Network Adapter properties
Method 4: Enable Normal Startup
Method 5: Ensure the Radio Management Service is not disabled


Method 1: Enable wireless card with a keyboard shortcut

To fix the Airplane mode not turning off issue, you can try to enable wireless card with keyboard shortcut. Once the wireless card is turned on, the Airplane mode has to be turned off.

The keyboard shortcut varies depending on the computer you’re using. Some computers have a Wi-Fi icon on the keyboard. If that’s your case, you can simply press that key to turn on the wireless card.

And some computers use the key combination. For example, some Dell computers use the Fn+F12 key combination to turn on the wireless card.

If you have no idea what keyboard shortcut allows you to turn on the wireless card, you can check the computer manual for more information, or contact the manufacturer support for further assistance.


Method 2: Manually disable the Airplane mode

Since you can’t turn off Airplane mode with buttons, you can try to manually disable the Airplane mode Switch Collection device in Device Manager.

To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “devmgmt.msc” into the Run box and click OK to open Device Manager.

3) Expand the category Human Interface Device. And right-click on Airplane mode Switch Collection and then select Disable device.

disable airplane mode

4) Restart your computer and see if the Airplane mode is turned off.


Method 3: Change Network Adapter properties

To fix the Airplane mode stuck in Windows 10 issue, you can try to change the Power Management settings of the Network Adapter, unchecking “Allow the computer to turn off this device.”

This setting is usually checked by default. When it’s checked, Windows puts the device into sleep to save power on your computer. When it’s not checked, Windows completely halts the device and reinitializes it. This can resolve the Airplane mode not turning off issue.

Here’s how to do it:

1) Open Device Manager again.

2) Expand Network Adapters and right-click on the adapter, and then select Properties.

open network adapter properties

3) Select the Power Management tab, and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box.

change power management settings of network adapter

4) Click OK to save the changes.

5) Restart your computer and see if the Airplane mode is turned off.


Method 4: Enable Normal Startup

One method to fix the issue is to enable the Normal Startup. Follow these steps:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “msconfig” into the Run box and click OK to open the System Configuration window.

open system configuration window

3) Select the General tab and select Normal Startup.

enable normal startup

4) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

5) Restart your computer and check to see if the Airplane mode can be turned off.


Method 5: Ensure the Radio Management Service is not disabled

If you want the Airplane mode to turn off, you need to ensure the Radio Management Service is not disabled. To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “services.msc” to open the Services Manager.

open services manager

3) Locate the Radio Management Service and then double-click on it to open the service properties window.

open Radio Management Service properties window

4) Ensure the Startup type is set as Automatic. If not, select Automatic from the dropdown menu and then click on Start.

5) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

6) Restart your computer and check to see if the Airplane mode is turned off.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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