You may want to turn your Wi-Fi off to save battery power on an airplane or somewhere else where there’s no Wi-Fi available. With Windows 10’s Creators Update, you can now have your PC automatically re-enable your Wi-Fi so you don’t have to remember to do so later.

From the Taskbar

This option is only available in Windows 10’s Settings application and the taskbar’s network menu. You won’t see this option when disabling your Wi-Fi interface via the old Network Connections interface in the Control Panel.

To disable your Wi-Fi from the Taskbar, click the Wi-Fi icon in the notification area near your clock and click the “Wi-Fi” button to disable it.

When your Wi-Fi is set to “Off”, you can choose to turn it back on in 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day—just like in the Settings app. The default option is Manually, which means you’ll need to click the “Wi-Fi” tile in this menu to re-enable Wi-Fi.

Sadly, no similar option is available when enabling Airplane Mode. If you want to turn your Wi-Fi back on automatically, you’ll need to disable Wi-Fi instead of enabling Airplane Mode.

From the Settings App

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If you want to do this from the Settings menu, navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Set your Wi-Fi connection to “Off” here, and you can tell Windows to automatically turn your Wi-Fi back on in 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day. The default option is Manually, which means Windows won’t automatically turn on your Wi-Fi for you. You’ll have to flip the switch back on yourself.

RELATED: How to Turn Wi-Fi On or Off With a Keyboard or Desktop Shortcut in Windows

You may also be interested in disabling and enabling your Wi-Fi connection with a keyboard shortcut, although Windows can’t automatically turn it back on if you do this. You’ll need to turn it back on by pressing the appropriate keyboard shortcut.

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