How To Turn On Wi-Fi On Windows (7,8,10), Android, iPhone, and iPad?


Wi-Fi networks and internet connection are in the center of today’s daily life. All devices from workstations to laptops from Android phones to iPad table enormous devices connect the internet with the Wi-Fi connection.

In order to connect the internet via Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi hardware and software should be turned on. First, the hardware should be turned on via the Wi-Fi button on the computer or via functions key. Then it can be turned on via different ways for different operating systems and devices.

Turn On Wi-Fi Via Wi-Fi Button Physically

Some Laptop computers or Wi-Fi dongles may provide a hardware button in order to turn on and off the Wi-Fi physically. In order to connect the Wi-Fi this button should be turned on where it will provide some light in on situation.

Turn On Wi-Fi Via Wi-Fi Button Physically

Turn On Wi-Fi Via Function Key Combination

More popular physical way to turn on WiFi is using the keyboard key combination where generally the Fn key is used with the WiFi key. Below we see that the PrtScr key provides the WiFi icon where by using Fn+PrtScr key it can be enabled. Keep in mind that the WiFi key can be different for different keyboards with different WiFi icon.

Turn On Wi-Fi Via Function Key Combination

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via Network Connections

In order to connect WiFi, the WiFi device should be enabled via Network Connections screen. Network Connections screen can be opened via Start Menu by typing “network connections” or from Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network Connections. We will right-click to the WiFi device and then click to the Enable like below.

Turn On WiFi In Windows Via Network Connections

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via Device Manager

We can also use the Device Manager in order to turn on or enable the WiFi device. First we will open the device manager via Start Menu by typing “device manager” like below.

Open Device Manager

Then we will see the following screen where we will look for the Network Adapters and find the WiFi device. We will right-click and then click to the Enable Device .

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via Device Manager

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via PowerShell Command Line

PowerShell provides the Enable-NetAdapter command which can be used to turn on the WiFi device. As turning on WiFi is an administrative level actions the PowerShell should be opened as Administrator like below from the Start Menu. We will type “PowerShell” to the start menu and right-click to the Windows PowerShell icon then we will click to the Run as administrator like below.

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via PowerShell Command Line

We will type the following command into the PowerShell where we will provide the wireless device name as Wi-Fi with the -Name paramater.

PS> Enable-NetAdaptor -Name "Wi-fi"
Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via PowerShell Command Line

Turn On Wi-Fi In Windows Via Settings

Alternatively, we can use the Settings window in order to turn on WiFi. The setting is only available for the Windows 10 and can be provided for Windows 7 or Windows 8. We can open settings in different ways but the easiest way is using the WIN+I keyboard shortcut or from opening start menu like below.

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Open Windows Settings

In the Windows Settings windows we will select the Network&Internet like below.

Windows Settings Network&Internet

In the Network&Internet we will select the Wi-Fi from left side bar.

Wi-Fi Settings

In Wi-Fi settings we will turn on the Wi-Fi like below.

Turn On Wi-Fi Setting

Turn On Wi-Fi In Android Via Settings

Android provides easy access to the WiFi by sliding down from the upperside of the screen which will list some configurations about Android. We will just click to the WiFi screen like below.

Turn On Wi-Fi In Android Via Settings

Alternative the WiFi can be enabled from the Settings->WiFi and sliding the button like below.

Turn On Wi-Fi In Android Via Settings

Turn On Wi-Fi In iPhone and iPad Via Settings

We can turn on Wi-Fi for iOS-based devices like the iPhone and iPad with the following steps. From the Home, screen go to Settings->Wi-Fi. Then we will see the Wi-Fi where we will turn on with the slider like below. The same steps can be applied to the iPad tablet devices too.

Turn On Wi-Fi In iPhone and iPad Via Settings

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