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Learn how to exit when your Windows 10 stuck in Airplane mode. You can turn off Airplane mode in this case by using keyword combinations or registry edit.

Airplane mode in Windows helps you to immediately disconnect all wireless communications from your device. Airplane mode is capable of turning off all the connections your device has established without wires and via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC) etc.

Today, we came around a strange issue regarding Airplane mode. In this case, user turned on Airplane mode on his device but he was unable to turn it off. In other words, his Windows 10 stuck in Airplane mode, declining all the possibilities to make to re-connect the system to wireless communication. Clicking on Airplane mode button in Action Center doesn’t do anything. Also, rebooting multiple times makes no differences in situation.

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

So how to come out of this weird situation? Well, I found two solutions for it. One is using a dedicated keyword combination, while other utilizes manipulating the registry. Both the fixes are mentioned here.

FIX : Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

FIX 1 – Using Keyword Combination

This problem can be easily solved by pressing Fn key i.e. function key and radio tower symbol key simultaneously. In case if your laptop is manufactured by Dell, you may also try pressing Print Screen (Prt Sc) key along Fn key and see if it helps.

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

The availability of radio tower symbol key might vary from keyboard to keyboard but the key exists essentially. By pressing this keyboard combination, I believe you will be able to exit Airplane mode. If this doesn’t helps, try FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using Registry Manipulation

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

3. Right click on Control registry key and select Find. In the Find prompt, type RadioEnable and click Find Next.

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

4. Now Registry Editor will search for the value and you’ll be taken to the RadioEnable values one by one. All you need to do is to change RadioEnable registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) values from 1 to 0.

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

5. Changing the RadioEnable DWORD quite easy. Double click on the DWORD and input the Value data as 0. Click OK.

FIX Windows 10 Stuck In Airplane Mode

After changing all the RadioEnable DWORD values from 1 to 0 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control, you may close Registry Editor and reboot machine. The problem should solve after restarting device.

Hope this helps!


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32 Comments

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    On my surface book i had to search for Radio instead of RadioEnable and the find EnableWOW.

  • Do I now replace the 0 with a 1 again?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Is it already set to 0? Have you checked next values?

  • I have the dell inspiron 17 5000 series and I’m having the airplane mode problem. It wont turn off. I tried to follow these steps but I cant find the RadioEnable and I rea the comments about the “search for Radio instead of RadioEnable and the find EnableWOW.” This did not work either since I cant find the EnableWOW.. Please help me.

  • Thank you so very much!

    While trying to print my screen and not remembering which keystrokes to use, I hit ctrl-prt scr, then fn-prt scr, and then alt-prt scr. I saw on the screen that a screen print had been captured and thought that all was well.

    I did not connect the fact that I had turned on airplane mode with my attempt to print screen.
    Anyway, fn-prt scr was the culprit, and was the cure just now.

    My computer’s back with all this glorious capabilities. That’s a trick I’ll never forget.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad the issue is resolved 😀

  • hi I cannot find an radioenable. Please advise.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Go ahead with FIX 1.

  • None of these fixes work and the Dword value is already ‘0’

  • Has there been any development on this? I have tried multiple fixes that updated root issues and still has not fixed the connection.

  • My Dell desktop is stuck in airplane mode. I changed all RadioEnable entries to 0 and restarted. But sadly, it’s still stuck.

  • I should have added that I have downloaded latest adap or drivers on my laptop and installed them on the desktop. In Device Manager, all are said to be performing normally. Yet nowhere else on the system does it detect them. It’s like there is no hardwear in the chassis.

  • Fix 1, is working with Dell computer.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😎

  • Did not work on Windows 10 Toshiba. Need help

  • Thank you! It worked! My Toshiba laptop had a bit of trouble rebooting afterwards, but seems good now with wireless working!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Neither fix worked for my Dell.

  • Hi..

    i got Lenovo G50-70
    Tried the option of setting RadioEnable to 0 and it does not work.
    Meanwhile even tried updating driver files and it is still stuck on airplane mode.

    Any other suggestions, apart from reinstalling the OS again????

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You may opt for Refresh, which won’t affect your data: https://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • I just tried these and it’s still not working and after calling Microsoft I have to wait 24 hours or pay $100!!!

  • All these fixes do not work on toshiba A205-S4557 or my other toshiba P205-S6237

  • Neither of the fixes work for me. Using HP laptop with Win 8.1 and when I opened the regedit the key value was already at 0. Problem persists with airplane mode toggling on and off. Very irritating. Please help.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try Refresh. it won’t affect your data.

  • Thank you, the regedit worked, it still toggled a couple times after rebooting but seems to be working now

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad you sorted the issue, finally 😊

  • Doesn’t work on surface pro 2. Terrible machine. I’ll NEVER buy another one. This one is going in the trash.

  • I have a toshiba laptop with windows 10. I’ve tried all of the above. Nothing seems to help fix the problem to get it out of airplane mode. Anything else I can try?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try performing in-place upgrade, see if it helps: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-repair-windows-10-using-in-place-upgrade

  • I couldn’t find “radioenable” in my windows 10 registry but I could find “turn flight mode on or off” in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Is that the same thing?

  • Doesn’t work on my system

  • way to complicated for this old man.

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