What's airplane mode?

Airplane mode is a setting that gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless communication on your PC. As the name implies, it's especially useful when you're on an airplane. Wireless communication includes Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, Bluetooth, GPS or GNSS, near field communication (NFC), and all other types of wireless communication.

Note

  • Even if your PC has a hardware switch for airplane mode, we recommend using the following steps instead. Some hardware switches might turn off your wireless connection in a way that lets certain apps turn the connection back on without telling you.

To turn airplane mode on or off

  1. View a list of available networks by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Settings (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Settings), and then tapping or clicking the network icon (Wireless network icon or Wired network icon).

  2. Under Airplane mode, tap or click the control to turn it on or off.

Note

  • When airplane mode is turned on, you'll see an airplane icon (The airplane icon) in the notification area of your desktop.

To turn on individual wireless devices while airplane mode is on

When airplane mode is on, you can still turn on individual devices. Here's how:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Network, and then tap or click Airplane Mode.

  3. Under Wireless devices, tap or click the devices you want to turn on.

What if my wireless devices don’t turn on or off correctly?

After you tap or click the toggle to turn Airplane mode on or off, it can take your PC a few seconds to turn each wireless device on or off. If you toggle Airplane mode on and off too quickly, or if you turn on Airplane mode and then put your PC to sleep before your PC can turn your wireless devices on or off, your wireless device settings might get out of sync with the Airplane mode setting.

To turn on or off any of your wireless devices and sync with them Airplane mode, follow these instructions.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Network, and then tap or click Airplane mode.

  3. Under Wireless devices, turn on or off any wireless devices that don’t match your Airplane mode setting.

Warning

  • If you use an app that can turn on wireless devices while Airplane mode is on, your wireless devices could be turned on without you being notified.

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