Airplane mode (aka: flight mode) gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless devices communication on your PC. Some examples of wireless devices are Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, and Near Field Communication (NFC).
When airplane mode is turned on, all wireless devices will be turned off automatically, and you will see the airplane icon on the taskbar quick settings area. You will still be able to turn on or off individual wireless devices while airplane mode is turned on.
When airplane mode is turned off, all wireless devices that were previously turned on when you turned on airplane mode will automatically get turned back on.
Starting with Windows 11 build 22509, Windows will now remember if you turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi while in airplane mode. Next time you use airplane mode, the radios will reflect your preference and stay on to make it easier to keep listening to headphones and remain connected while travelling.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Airplane mode to quickly turn on or off all wireless devices communication on your Windows 11 PC.
Some Windows PCs or devices will have a key on the keyboard or physical switch to turn on or off airplane mode. (see screenshot below)
Open Quick Settings (Win+A).
Click/tap on the Airplane mode button to toggle Airplane mode on or off. (see screenshots below)
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side. (see screenshots below)
Turn On or Off Airplane mode for what you want on the right side.
You can also click/tap on Airplane mode to turn on or off Airplane mode and individual Wireless devices. (see bottom screenshot below).
You can now close Settings if you like.
You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.
The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.
0 = Off
1 = On
Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.
This is the default setting.
Save the .reg file to your desktop.
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
Restart the computer to apply.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.