Fix: Wi-Fi Not Showing Up In Windows 11/10

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Wi-Fi has become one of the key things in computers that is used regularly, especially in mobile devices like laptops and tablets. But there are a lot of Windows users who are facing an issue with their Wi-Fi, reporting that the Wi-Fi is not showing up on their PC. If you are also one of those use windows users who are going through this issue where the Wi-Fi option has disappeared or is missing and is not showing up anywhere on the system, then this fixing guide will help you in solving the issue.

How to Fix if Wi-Fi is not showing up in Windows

Here I have compiled a list of different ways to tackle this issue. The fixes that are mentioned below work as per different possible causes of the issue and hence you’ll have to go by every fix manually to get the issue resolved.

Fix 1: Check if the Wi-Fi adapter is enabled

The very first possibility of the Wi-Fi icon missing is that your Wi-Fi adapter is disabled for some reason. Hence you should check and bring it back to the active state.

  • Open the Run dialog box y pressing Win + R on the keyboard.
  • Type-in ncpa.cpl and click OK.
  • This will open the Network Connections windows on your PC. Here, find your Wi-Fi adapter and right-click on it.
  • Click on the Enable option. If the adapter is already Enabled, consider disabling and then re-enabling it to make sure the adapter is properly running.

Fix 2: Make sure Airplane Mode is not active

The Wi-Fi option not being seen on the system can be due to the PC being in Airplane mode. While the Airplane mode is enabled on the PC, it cannot connect to any kind of network or connection.

  • Open Windows 11 Action Center by pressing Win + A on the keyboard.
  • In the Action Center, see if the Airplane mode time is highlighted with the accent color. If so, then the Airplane mode is active. Click on it to turn it off.
  • If the Airplane mode is already off, then turn it on and then turn it off again to be double-sure.
  • You can also open Settings (Win + I) and navigate to Network & Internet > Turn off the Airplane mode toggle.

Once the Airplane mode is off, again open the Action Center and see if the Wi-Fi option and the available networks are now visible or not.

Fix 3: Run the Troubleshooter

The Windows comes with a number of built-in troubleshooters to solve such occasional issues. As for the “Wi-Fi not showing up” issue, using the Internet Connections Troubleshooter and Network Adapter Troubleshooter may help you resolve the problem.

  • Press Win + I on the keyboard to open Windows settings.
  • Go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
  • Under the Most frequent section, click on the Run button of the Internet Connections to run the internet connection troubleshooter.
  • On the popup troubleshooting window, click on the Troubleshoot my connection to the internet option.
  • Let the troubleshooter check if there is an issue with your internet connection and follow the on-screen instructions to solve the issue.
  • Similarly, under the Other section, run the Network Adapter troubleshooter to troubleshoot the issue with the network adapter if any.

Fix 4: Update/Reinstall Network drivers

The issue can also occur due to some bug/glitch in your Network drivers. It is also possible that the drivers are outdated and need to be updated.

  • Search and open the Device Manager on your PC.
  • Click on the Network adapters section to expand it.
  • Right-click on the Network drivers and select Update driver.
  • Click on Search automatically for drivers option on the Update drivers window.
  • Now, let Windows search for the newer version of the drivers. If it is available, then follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
  • If there is no update available, then again right-click on that Network driver and select Uninstall device.
  • Again click on Uninstall to confirm the selection.

Fix 5: Restart WLAN AutoConfig Service

There are a ton of services that run in the background of your Windows PC. You can say, there is a dedicated service for almost every function of the Operating System and your Wi-Fi hardware is no exception. In case the service is disabled, the PC will not offer any kind of Wi-Fi-related function to the user. Hence consider enabling the service and if it is enabled, restart it.

  • Open the Services window, by executing the services.msc command in the Run dialog box (Win + R). You can also directly search for Services to open it.
  • In the Services window, look for the WLAN AutoConfig service and double click on it to open its properties window.
  • On the Properties window, make sure its Startup type option is set to Automatic.
  • Also, click on the Start button to run the service if it is not running.
  • However, if it is already running, then stop the service and again start it to make sure the service is up and running properly.

Fix 6: Reset Network

Up next, you can try resetting your computer’s network. Windows 11 provides a dedicated option to do so that you can use it. And further, you can make it more effective by running a couple of command lines to reset the network.

  • Open Windows Settings. Press Win + I for that.
  • In Settings, navigate to Network & Internet > Advanced network settings > Network reset.
  • Now click on the Reset now button and click on Yes to confirm the selection.
  • Once done, search and open command prompt as administrator.
  • Execute the following commands one by one:
    netsh winsock reset

    ipconfig /release

    ipconfig /renew

    ipconfig /flushdns

  • Close the Command Prompt windows and restart your PC.

Fix 7: Install pending Windows updates

Pending Windows updates can also lead to such abnormal issues in the system. Hence you should periodically check and update the Operating System. Microsoft pushed major updates that include bug fixes, new features, etc., and the Optional Updates, consisting majorly the driver updates. You should check and perform all the updates that are pending.

Installing the optional windows updates

  • Open Windows Settings.
  • Navigate to Windows update > Advanced options.
  • Click on Optional Updates, located under the Additional options section.
  • Now, checkmark the available updates and click on Download & Install to begin the installation of the available optional updates.

Installing the Windows major updates

  • Open Windows Settings (Win + I).
  • Go to Windows Update and click on Check for updates.
  • If there are pending updates found, then download and install them accordingly and finally restart the PC.

Once you are done with the installation of all the pending Windows updates, restart your PC once and then check if the issue is fixed.

Fix 8: Disable “Remove the networking icon” Group Policy

If your problem is specifically that the Wi-Fi icon is missing from the Taskbar or Action Center, this is very likely that the Group Policy is behind all of this. Hence check if the Remove the networking icon group policy is enabled. If it is, then disable it.

  • Open the Run dialog box and execute the gpedit.msc command.
  • This will open the Local Group Policy Editor windows on the system. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar in the left pane.
  • Open the “Remove the networking icon” option and make sure it is set to Disabled.
  • Finally, click on OK and restart the PC.

Bottom Line

So these were the ways that you can try to get rid of the disappeared Wi-Fi icon issue. For most Windows 11 and Windows 10 users, the issue gets resolved after enabling the Wi-Fi adapter or by updating/reinstalling the network drivers. However, if that doesn’t work you can try fixes like resetting the network, and other stuff. So, that’s all I had for you in this one and I am hoping that you’ll be able to fix the Wi-Fi not showing up the issue after going through this fixing guide.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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