Network and Internet Turn On or Off Cellular in Windows 11

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Some Windows 11 devices have a SIM card or eSIM in them that lets you connect to a cellular data network (ex: 5G), so you can get online in more places by using a cellular signal.

If your Windows 11 device doesn’t have a SIM card or eSIM, you can still connect to a cellular network by plugging in an external cellular device (also called a cellular modem or mobile broadband device). Either way, you must have a data plan from a mobile operator (ex: AT&T, T-Mobile, etc...) to connect.

Turning off cellular will disconnect your PC from all cellular networks, and turn off power to the cellular device.

Turning off cellular when not needed can save on electricity and improve security.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off cellular network communication for your Windows 11 PC.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Cellular from Quick Settings on Taskbar
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Cellular in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Cellular in Airplane Mode Settings





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Cellular in Quick Settings on Taskbar


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the Cellular button to toggle cellular on or off. (see screenshots below)

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OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Cellular in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side. (see screenshot below)

3 Turn On or Off Cellular for what you want on the right side.

4 You can now close Settings if you like.

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OPTION THREE

Turn On or Off Cellular in Airplane Mode Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Airplane mode on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Turn On or Off Cellular for what you want on the right side under Wireless devices. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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