How to Fix Wi-Fi Wireless Capability Turned Off?

By Puja Chatterjee on September 13, 2023

Wi-Fi wireless capability being turned off is a common and frustrating issue, but it can be resolved with ease.

In this article, we will provide clear solutions to help you restore your Wi-Fi functionality.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why is Wi-Fi Wireless Capability Turned Off?

More often than not, the physical Wi-Fi hardware button on the device is switched off which causes this issue.

There are also a few other specific reasons for the Wi-Fi wireless capability being turned off, such as:

Regardless of the cause, simple troubleshooting can help resolve the issue. If not, follow these methods.

Ways to Fix Wi-Fi Wireless Capability Turned Off

Start fixing the issue of the Wi-Fi capability being turned off issue by checking the hardware switch. It might be set to the ‘Off’ position. If it is, then change it to the ‘On’ position.

If that did not work, here are a few other solutions you may try to resolve the issue:

Here are the steps to follow for a few specific solutions to resolve the Wi-Fi wireless capability turned off issue.

Note: Specific steps may vary, so consult your device documentation if needed. So, exercise caution while performing the steps and refer to your device documentation or manual to be safe and sure.

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If none of these solutions work, seek professional technical support.

Method 1: Press the Function Key Shortcut

You may have accidentally pressed the function key shortcut if it has one, which might have disabled the Wi-Fi connectivity. Press it again to enable it.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Looking for the following function keys

Note: All keyboards may not have this button.

If it has not, try the next method.

Method 2: Change the Power Saving Setting Under Power Management

Changing power saving settings can often resolve the Wi-Fi wireless capability turned off issue.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Typing control panel

Clicking on Network and Sharing Center

Clicking on your active Wireless Network Connection

Clicking on Properties

Clicking on the Configure button

Power Management tab

Close all windows and check if the issue is resolved. If it persists, move on to the next method.

Method 3: Turn on Wireless in Windows Mobility Center

The next method to try is to enable wireless in the Windows Mobility Center if the feature is available in your system. This will resolve the issue if it is caused due to system settings or software-related issues.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Windows mobility

If you do not have this feature in your system, follow these steps:

Clicking Network & Internet

Sliding switch to turn on Wi-Fi

Check if the issue is resolved. If you still encounter it, follow the next method.

Method 4: Run Network Troubleshooter

You may try running the built-in network troubleshooter to resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

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Clicking on Additional troubleshooters

Clicking on Run the troubleshooter button

Clicking on the Next button

Close all windows after the process is complete.

Now restart your computer and check whether or not the issue is resolved. If it persists, follow the next method.

Method 5: Make Changes in Network Adapter Settings

You may make a few changes to the adapter settings. This will potentially resolve the issue if it is related to its configurations.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Selecting Open Network & Internet settings

Clicking on Change adapter options

You may also access the page from: Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.

Network Connections window

If it is enabled already, you may try disabling it and then re-enabling it. This will refresh the connection.

Try the next method if the problem persists.

Method 6: Check and Change Settings of TCP/IPv4

Allowing the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to obtain an IP address and DNS server address automatically may also resolve the issue.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Type ncpa.cpl

Selecting Properties

Selecting Internet Protocol Version 4

Obtain an IP address automatically

Now close all open windows and restart your computer to apply the new settings.

Follow the next method if this does not resolve the issue.

Method 7: Uninstall and Reinstall or Update Network Driver

Often a lot of network-related problems are resolved by simply uninstalling and reinstalling the network driver.

It may also be resolved by updating the network driver if it is outdated. Perform them one by one.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Clicking on Device Manager

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Selecting Uninstall device from the dropdown options

Clicking on the Uninstall button

Clicking on Scan for hardware changes

You may also restart your system to reinstall it.

To update the driver, follow the initial steps mentioned above and click on the Update driver option from the dropdown option.

Clicking on Browse my computer for drivers option

Clicking on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer option

Clicking on the Next button below

Windows has successfully updated your drivers

Now, check whether the issue is resolved.

Method 8: Perform a System Restore

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Recovery options

Clicking on Restart now

Clicking on Troubleshoot

Clicking on Advanced options

Pressing System Restore

Clicking on Continue

Restore system files and settings

Clicking on the Next button

Clicking on Finish

Clicking on Yes

Now, wait for your system to be restored, and when it is done, check whether or not the issue is resolved.

Method 9: Perform a Network Reset

If nothing seems to work for your specific condition, as a last resort, you can try performing a network reset to resolve the issue.

Note: A network reset will clear all settings related to the network including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and VPN configurations, and set them all to their default values.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Network reset option

Clicking on the Reset now button

Press the Yes button

Reconnect to your network after the system restarts. Press on the Yes button if and when the following window appears while reconfiguring the connectivity settings:

Press on the Yes button

The problem should be fixed now.

Conclusion

In conclusion, resolving Wi-Fi wireless capability being turned off requires a systematic approach that considers both software and hardware factors.

Choose the most appropriate solution based on your specific situation to ensure seamless connectivity.