No Wi-Fi icon in Windows 11 status bar, empty in the corner next to the clock

No Wi-Fi icon

User Question


Tell me how to connect to a wireless network on a laptop if there is no corresponding icon in the corner next to the clock. On another laptop, everything connects fine, Wi-Fi works.

To be honest, the problematic laptop is not mine, it was given to me at work (it has documents in it and it would be useful as a spare). Here I would like to understand it so that in this case I can use it …

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In general, the question is quite typical (most often the wireless network icon is missing on a PC, where there is simply no Wi-Fi adapter). In the case of a modern laptop, it could only fail … (I don’t remember seeing models without a wireless network adapter).

Anyway, I recommend that you first go through the steps below (in many cases, the problem can be solved by yourself and without repair 👌).

No Wi-Fi icon

No Wi-Fi icon // problem example (Windows 11 screenshot)


The content of the article

What to check if there is no Wi-Fi icon in the status bar

STEP 1: is there a Wi-Fi adapter, is the driver installed on it

So… Perhaps the first thing to check is if there is a Wi-Fi adapter on this computer, if the device sees it (even if it worked fine for you before, I still recommend checking this first, as it may become unusable).

View all network adapters (among which there should be a Wi-Fi module) on a PC / laptop you can in the device manager (Win + Rand order devmgmt.msc). A Wi-Fi adapter is distinguished from other devices by its name – it (99%) must contain one of these words:

See my example below. 👇

Be careful if you have devices with exclamations. yellow signs – it means that you do not have drivers installed on them in your system 📌 (and among them there may be a Wi-Fi adapter // well, because no driver – Windows and shows no system tray icon…).

📌 To help!

How to Install, Update or Remove Wi-Fi (Wireless Network Adapter) Driver

Device Manager - Network Adapters

Device Manager – Network Adapters

📌 If among devices there is nothing like wireless Wi-Fi adapter (as in the screenshot above 👆 – left option) – for starters I would advise:

  • check if a Wi-Fi adapter is installed on the device (see other ways to do this);
  • update official device location drivers;
  • if the internal adapter is not detected and does not react in any way (or if it did not appear at all), I would advise you to buy an external Wi-Fi adapter (many of them now have the size of a small flash drive, and almost do not interfere when working even on a PC, even on a laptop) .

📌 Add. to help!

How to turn on Wi-Fi on a laptop and connect to a network // Windows 11/10


STEP 2: Is the adapter turned on, is Wi-Fi enabled?

If the Wi-Fi adapter drivers are installed, try going to 📌 in Windows 11 (10) settings and enable it. Usually (if it turns on), the adapter will immediately try to connect to the previous wireless network it was working with.

To note: also check the tab add. network settings – located in the “Network and Internet” section. In some cases, the Wi-Fi adapter can simply be disabled and “located” in this tab…

Network and Internet - Windows 11 Settings

Network and Internet – Windows 11 Settings

Additional network options

Additional network options

📌 Besides, on laptops, it is worth checking out the promotions. buttons on the body of the device (keyboard). It is possible that on some devices – as long as the adapter is not physically activated – no Windows settings will work!

Acer Travelmate 8371 Laptop - Wi-Fi button above keyboard

Acer Travelmate 8371 Laptop – Wi-Fi button above keyboard

You can also check and enable the adapter in network connections: to open them, click on Win + Rand use the command ncpa.cpl (universal option for Windows 7/8/10/11).

To manage the desired adapter, simply right-click on it and select the option from the context menu “Light up” (so what “Link…”).

Network adapters

Network adapters

If the adapter is off, it is gray

If the adapter is off, it is gray


STEP 3: Attempt to connect to a network without a Wi-Fi icon (using the command line)

If the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar still does not appear, but 📌 in the system settings of the “Network and Internet / Wi-Fi” I can’t find available networks (see arrows below) – so optional: you can try to connect to the network using the command line. It is not so convenient, but it saves in such cases …

Verification.  if the adapter

Verification. if the adapter

What to do:

  1. run 📌command prompt as administrator;
  2. enter the command netsh wlan show profiles and press Enter;
  3. this command will display all saved profiles that have been previously used to connect to Wi-Fi networks;
  4. if the list contains the name of the network you need to connect to, use the command netsh login name wlan=”Asus_wifi5g” (of course, choose your network name from the list of profiles).
Attempt to connect to a known profile

Attempt to connect to a known profile

📌 If you don’t see any profile in the command line (or you don’t have the one you need // you can’t connect to it), create a profile manually! It’s not difficult !

To start you need to create a text document (.TXT) with the green text below (instead of brown boxes, use your Wi-Fi network name and password). Then save it, rename the extension from TXT to XML and copy it to the folder C:\Windows\System32. See screenshot below. 👇







Copy Profile to Windows-System32

Copy Profile to Windows-System32

The file is here!

The file is here!

Then run 📌command prompt as administrator and:

  • Enter netsh wlan add profile filename=”111.xml” and press Enter (where 111.xml is the name of your generated file);
  • then enter the command again netsh wlan show profiles and press Enter;
  • the profile we created should appear in the list;
  • Enter again netsh wlan connect name=”My_wifi” and press Enter (specify your profile name). If everything is done correctly, the computer will connect to the wireless network! 👌
General procedure

General procedure


STEP 4: alternative solution (recommended at least for diagnostic purposes)

If all of the above options didn’t work, I would suggest trying the following:

  1. buy and connect 📌 an external adapter (for diagnostics, a small one in the form of a mini flash drive is enough. Today, such cost several hundred rubles). Login process. and settings – you can repeat from the very beginning of the note – everything will be the same;
    Also a Wi-Fi adapter (almost invisible)

    Also a Wi-Fi adapter (almost invisible)

  2. check if your WLAN auto-configuration service is running (to do this, click on Win + Rand use the command msconfig – if the service is disabled. turn it on and restart your computer!).


  3. to double-check your current Windows – I advise you to use 📌LiveCD or try to install 📌another version of Windows (📌Linux) on the disc;
  4. temporarily (so as not to lose network access) – you can 📌 share the Internet from your phone (i.e. make it an access point for your computer);
  5. if your network periodically drops using 📌2.4 Ghz, try using 5Ghz (and vice versa…).


If you somehow solved the problem, please share the comments below. Thank you in advance. Good luck!


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