How to Turn Wi-Fi On of Off in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable WiFi connection when using Windows 11 PC.

By now you know a thing or two about Wi-Fi. If not, here’s a brief overview; Wi-Fi is a wireless technology that allows your computers smart phone and mobile devices to connect to the internet.

Without any other network connections to your computer, turning of Wi-Fi will disconnect your PC from the internet. There are multiple ways to turn on or off Wi-Fi on computers. Some computers come with a Wi-Fi button that sits on top of the keyboard area, and others on the side.

The physical Wi-Fi switch on your computer allows you to quickly turn off or turn on your Wi-Fi connection. There’s also another way to turn off Wi-Fi from Windows, and we’ll show you how to do that as well.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Disabling and enabling Wi-Fi in Windows 11 is something that hasn’t changed much. Similar to other versions of Windows, the process is still the same.

To get started with disabling and enabling Wi-Fi connections in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn off or on Wi-Fi on Laptop

As we mentioned above, there’s are multiple ways to turn on or turn off Wi-Fi on Windows 11. One way is using your computer Wi-Fi button.

If your laptop is equipped with a physical Wi-Fi button, you can quickly turn on or off Wi-Fi connection simply by toggling the button to the On or Off position or tapping it to disable or enable.

How to turn on or off Wi-Fi on Windows 11

If your computer does not have a physical Wi-Fi switch or button, then you can turn off or on Wi-Fi in Windows 11. Windows 11 shows you apps icons on the taskbar in the notification area.

There you can see icon for volume, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and few others. The taskbar should look similar to the one below:

If you don’t see the Wi-Fi signal icon on the taskbar, simply press the Windows key + A on your keyboard to show Windows Quick settings.

The Quick action settings pane will appear. On the settings, click Wi-Fi option on the list of settings to open the Wi-Fi connection settings.

When the Wi-Fi connection shows up, click the Disconnect to disconnect from the Wi-Fi network.

To connect to a Wi-Fi, use the same icon on the taskbar show above. Then when a list of available Wi-Fi networks show up, select the one you want to connect to and type in the correct password to join it.

How to disable or enable Wi-Fi in Windows 11

In some situations, you may want to completely disable Wi-Fi in Windows, and not just disconnect. You can do that via Windows System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

In the System setting pane, select Network & internet. From there you can quickly disable and enable Wi-Fi by toggling the button to the On or Off position.

To disable or enable the Wi-Fi adapter, click the Advanced network settings highlighted below.

Then select the Wi-fi adapter and click Disable. If it’s already disabled and you want to enable, click Enable.

That will turn off the Wi-Fi in Windows 11. You can now exit the settings pane and you’re done.


This post showed you how to enable or disable Wi-Fi in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.