Disable Your Device's Wireless Card

Why disable your wireless adapter?

1. Prevents wireless interference with other devices

2. Improves battery life when a wireless connection is not needed

How to disable your device's wireless card

You can disable your wireless through the 3 options listed below:

1. Using the switches or buttons located on exterior of laptop

  • Laptops will usually have a switch or button located on the side or front of the laptop to disable or enable wireless

2. Using Function Keys

  • These are brand-specific:
    • Dell: fn + f2
    • Lenovo: fn + f5

3. Enable or disable your wireless in your operating system

Windows 7 and Windows 8

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Click on Network and Internet
  4. Click on Network and Sharing Center
  5. Choose Change adapter settings on the Task pane
  6. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection
  7. Select Disable
(Note: On Windows 8, you can turn off wireless by turning on your 'Airport', but this does not disable your wireless card. It will only turn off wireless)


Windows Vista

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Network
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center
  4. Choose Manage network connections on the Task pane
  5. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection
  6. Select Disable

Windows XP

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Click Network Connections
    • If Network Connections is not listed, select Icon View in the upper-left corner of the Control Panel window
  4. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection
  5. Select Disable

Mac OS X

  1. From the menu bar, click the AirPort icon
  2. From the drop down menu, choose Turn AirPort Off

Android

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Wireless and Networks
  3. Select Wi-Fi

iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi
  3. Swipe the ON to OFF

For direction to re-enable your connection you may follow the steps above in the reverse or click here for directions.

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