How to activate my laptop’s WiFi (explained with pictures)

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If you are reading this you are probably wondering how to activate the WiFi on my laptop? In this tutorial, we explain step by step and with images. Recently we talked about the error message The wireless functionality is disabled which is very related to this because that problem is presented when the WiFi is disabled and the Windows troubleshooter is running.

In this tutorial, we explain how to activate the WiFi of your notebook or laptop, no matter the brand and steps work on all versions of Windows. Whether Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.

How to activate my laptop’s WiFi step by step

First, you have to verify if your laptop has a physical button to activate and deactivate the WiFi. This button usually has the symbol of a signal antenna and comes with a led that lights when the WiFi is activated. Sometimes also the button to activate or deactivate the WiFi is included in one of the function keys (F1, F2, F3, ect).

You realise that because that button has an antenna icon. Pressing this button together with the Fn button on your laptop will activate or deactivate the WiFi.


When you make sure you have it enabled by that path then we will check on the operating system. Go to Control Panel and then click where it says “Network and Sharing Center”. You can also right-click the connection icon that appears in the taskbar on the right and then click “Network and Sharing Center.”

Then click “Change adapter settings“.

Wifi settingsDoing so will show you the connections of your computer. Make sure the “WiFi” or “Wireless Network Connection” is not grayed out. If it means that the wireless connection is disabled, then right-click and then click “Enable” or “Enable“.

Wifi settingsWith these steps, you should already have WiFi enabled unless you have Windows 10. Since in Windows 10 you have to check something additional which we explain below.

How to activate WiFi on my laptop with Windows 10

If you already followed the previous steps and you have this version of Windows then open configuration. You can do it by clicking on Start and there you will find the configuration option.

Then click where it says “Internet and Network“.

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You will see the wireless configuration of your laptop. Click where it says “Wi-Fi” on the left side and then click on the first button to enable or disable WiFi in case it is disabled.

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And that’s it. You already have your WiFi enabled on your laptop.