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April 29, 2020

How To Turn Off Airplane Mode On Dell Laptop

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This article will provide information on how you can turn off airplane mode on Dell laptop running on windows 7, 8, and 10. There are times you are trying to connect to a WiFi network but unable to because your airplane mode is turned on.

You must turn of airplane mode on your Dell laptop before you will be able to connect to any WiFi network.

Most Dell users find it difficult to turn off their airplane mode on their computer. If you happen to be one of them, you are in the right place.

This article will show you what you need to understand by airplane mode and different ways you can turn it off on your Dell laptop.

Before you know to switch off airplane mode, you should at least understand what airplane mode means and it's advantaged and disadvantages to you.

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What is Airplane Mode?

airplane icon

Airplane mode can also be referred to as Flight Mode and according to Microsoft, airplane mode gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless communications on your Dell laptop.

Some examples of wireless communications are:

  • Wi-Fi, cellular
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

The advantage of airplane mode is to help you disconnect from all wireless communication all at once while the disadvantage is that you won't be able to connect to the internet.

You will have to switch off airplane mode first before you can connect to a WiFi network on your Dell laptop.

How To know When Airplane Mode Is Active

turned on airplane mode in windows 10

It doesn't matter what version of windows you are using, there is a standard way of checking when your airplane mode is active on your Dell laptop.

Here's how

Look closely at your notification icon to check if you can see the airplane icon. If you can see and airplane icon, then it means your airplane mode is on.

The Airplane mode icon also replaces your WiFi signal icon when it is active.

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7 Ways to Turn off Airplane Mode on Dell Laptop

Here's how,

1. From Action Center

manage notification airplane mode
  1. Press and hold the Windows logo + A key on your Dell keyboard to open the action center. If you have keyboard issues, you can also access the action center by navigating your mouse to your bottom right-hand corner and click on the icon that looks like a combination of message and moon.
  2. The action center will reveal all your wireless communications and you can find your airplane mode among them.
  3. Now click on the icon that looks like an airplane ✈ to turn on or off airplane mode.

Note – Depending on the color of theme your computer is using, the airplane mode will change deeply to that color when it is turned on and will change to a light color when it is turned off.

2. From WiFi Notification

Airplane mode through wifi

Here's how,

  1. Navigate to the toolbar at the bottom right-hand corner on your Dell laptop screen
  2. Click on the wireless logo among the toolbar. If you can’t see the WiFi logo among the toolbar, click on the arrow pointing upward in the toolbar to reveal the rest of your tools.
  3. Immediately you click on the toolbar, you should see a pop up revealing your WiFi, Airplane mode and on some Dell laptops, Mobile Hotspots is included
  4. Now select the icon that looks like an airplane ✈ to turn on or off airplane mode.

Note – The airplane mode will be highlighted with your theme color when it is turned on and greyed out to your theme color when it is turned off.

Remember you can't connect to a WiFi network when your airplane mode is turned on.

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3. From Windows Settings

turn off airplane mode in windows 10

Here's how,

  1. Press and hold the Windows logo key + I to open your settings. You can also open your settings going to your windows bar and then click on settings.
  2. While in settings, Choose network & internet
  3. By your left-hand side, you should navigate to Airplane mode
  4. Once you are in airplane mode, you will be given an option to turn it off or on

4. Airplane Mode Button on Your Keyboard

airplane mode icon on keyboard

Almost all laptop keyboard including Dell have a specific key to turn airplane mode off or on.

To identify the airplane mode key on our keyboard ⌨, look at all your F keys at the top of your keyboard to check which one has an airplane symbol printed on it.

This airplane mode key ranges between the F9 key and the F12 key. One of these keys is assigned to be your airplane mode key.

Simply click on any of these F keys to turn your airplane mode on or off.

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5. Using Physical Button

On some Dell laptop, the Power button key is not the only physical on that laptop. Some Dell laptop has multiple physical keys such as:

  • WiFi key
  • Airplane Mode key
  • Power Button key
  • Display brightness key

These keys can be located anywhere on your Dell laptop.

If your Dell laptop happens to have an airplane mode physical key, then you can turn off or on airplane mode with that key.

Note – Multiple physical button is common on older Dell laptops.

6. Using Fn Key

fn or function key on keyboard

Most Dell laptops need a combinations of key to be able to use the F keys located at the top of your keyboard.

This is where the Fn key comes in.

If you have tried pressing the F key with the airplane mode symbol on your keyboard and doesn't work, then you must try pressing it with the Fn key simultaneously.

The Fn key is located beside the windows logo key.

When you locate it, use these key combinations to switch off airplane mode on Dell laptop.

  • Press and hold Fn + key in the top row with the airplane or radio tower icon.
  • Press and hold Fn + F2 key together.
  • Press and hold Fn + prt sc (Print screen) keys together.
  • Press and hold Fn + F12 simultaneously

Note – if these key combinations don’t work for you, press, and hold Fn key + all the F key at the top of your Dell keyboard one after the other until you find the airplane mode key.

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7. From Login Screen

airplane mode through wifi

If you have been paying attention to your Dell laptop anytime it's booting up, you would notice you can enable and disable airplane mode because it has the wireless symbol.

This method is like the second method but this time, it's going to be from the login scree.

Here's how,

  1. Restart your Dell laptop
  2. When your computer boot to where you need to enter your password, hold on
  3. Look at your bottom right-hand corner on your Dell screen for a wireless logo
  4. Click on that wireless logo to see a pop up revealing your WiFi, Airplane mode.
  5. Click on the airplane icon to turn off airplane mode.

If you followed these 7 methods correctly, turning off your airplane mode should be easy.

If you have troubles with your airplane mode in any anyway, you should troubleshoot your internet connection.

Here's how to trouble your internet connection on your Dell laptop

How to Troubleshoot Airplane Mode

troubleshoot internet connection

If for some reason you are unable to turn off your airplane mode on your computer, you should try this

  1. Press and hold the Windows logo key + I to open your settings. You can also open your settings going to your windows bar and then click on settings.
  2. While in settings, Choose update & security
  3. By your right-hand side, click on troubleshoot
  4. Now click on internet connections
  5. Select run the troubleshooter underneath
  6. Continue with the instructions to troubleshoot your internet connections

If you still have challenges with your airplane mode and it is stopping you from connecting to a WiFi network, You can check out this guide that will show you how you connect and turn on WiFi on your Dell laptop.

About the author 


Solomon is a passionate tech enthusiast. He has been a computer nerd since he got his first PC. Solomon is Specialized in writing subjects regarding Windows, error solutions, and how-to guides. After Co-Founding Bestsoltips, his passion for Computers and the Internet enabled him to grow Bestsoltips and helped thousands of readers solve their problems.

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