How to enable Airplane mode in Windows 8

  • December 11, 2012
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As Windows 8 is designed to be used on mobile devices as well as computers, it includes a new Airplane mode that allows you to disable all radios on the device with one setting. These radio devices include wireless, bluetooth, and other mobile network connections. This mode is named Airplane mode because it is necessary to turn off all radio devices when flying on a plane. By enabling airplane mode in Windows 8, you can continue to use the Windows 8 device to watch movies, play games, or to do work even when flying.

To enable Airplane mode open the Settings charm bar by pressing the Windows key and at the same time press the I key (Windows Key + I key) on your keyboard. This will open the Settings Charm Bar as shown below.

 

Settings Charm Bar

 

Click on the wireless network connections button as indicated by the red arrow in the image above. This will open a list of available wireless network connections as well as the Airplane Mode setting.

 

Airplane Mode Setting

 

 

To enable Airplane mode, change the Airplane Mode setting to On. When you do this, all the wireless connections on your Windows 8 device will turn off as shown below.

 

Airplane Mode Enabled

 

While Airplane mode is on you can continue to use Windows 8 as normal except you will no longer be able to connect to wireless or bluetooth devices.

Windows will indicate Airplane mode is enabled both on the Windows 8 Start Screen and on the classic desktop. On the Start Screen, Airplane mode will be shown in the Settings charm bar as shown below.

 

Settings Charm Bar

 

Notice how the wireless connections button has now changed to a Airplane.

Windows will also indicate you are in Airplane mode on the desktop by showing a little airplane in the Windows taskbar where your normal wireless notification icon would appear.

 

Airplane mode on the desktop

 

Once you are off the plane and allowed to use wireless devices, you can disable Airplane mode and enable your wireless connections by going back into the Settings Charm bar. Once there click on the Airplane button and disable Airplane mode. Once it is disabled, Windows 8 will automatically attempt to connect to any network connections that you have configured and are available.

If you have any questions about these settings, please ask in the Windows 8 Forum.

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