How to Turn On Wifi on HP Laptop Windows 10

Wi-Fi is typically turned on by default on a new HP laptop. The moment you turn it on the first time and use it, all you need is to find a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to and you’ll be online. However, there may some rare cases when the Wi-Fi is not turned on out-of-the-box. Or, in some more frequent cases when an HP laptop is not connecting to Wi-Fi.

To get through this burden, albeit a simple one, there are easy workarounds to turn on Wi-Fi on an HP laptop, and some proven steps to fix any wireless connectivity issues caused by the HP laptop’s Wi-Fi configuration.

Turning on Wi-Fi on an HP laptop

Depending on the model of your HP laptop, it will always come with a switch or a button to turn on the Wi-Fi. It may come as a toggle switch located at the side of the laptop or the front of the computer. In some cases, the switch can be found above the keyboard or could be integrated into one of the function keys.

Whatever the case may be, turning on Wi-Fi on an HP laptop is as simple as sliding the switch into the On position of the Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi switch will appear as an icon that looks like a wireless tower or a transmitter emitting signals.

For HP laptop models that don’t have a separate physical Wi-Fi switch, the Wi-Fi can be turned on by toggling one of the function keys. The Wi-Fi switch can be assigned to any of the function keys and the icon is colored differently than the regular keys. In some cases, the Print Screen Key or the Insert Key on the keyboard may be assigned with the Wi-Fi On toggle. To activate the Wi-Fi on this type of model, simply press and hold the Windows key on the keyboard and then press the Wi-Fi on toggle key to activate the Wi-Fi on the laptop.

Either of the steps should allow you to see the wireless icon found on the system tray (located at the bottom-right corner of the screen) turned on or active (not grayed out). Or, if the Wi-Fi automatically responds and detects nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, a dialog box will pop up and show you a list of all the Wi-Fi hotspots that you can connect to. You can select a hotspot in the list to connect to provided you know its password or connect to it automatically if it’s not password protected.

Turning on Wi-Fi in Windows 10

There may be some cases when the Wi-Fi icon on the system tray still doesn’t show like it’s turned on or activated or it’s working even if you already switched the physical switch on or even toggled the Windows key + Wi-Fi key. In this case, you may need to turn on Wi-Fi inside Windows 10 instead.

There are a few different steps to do this, which includes getting past a situation where the Wi-Fi icon doesn’t show up in the system tray. Sometimes figuring out how to turn on the Wi-Fi feels a little bit like a struggle. But the following steps should make it easier for you to get past that simple problem.

  1. Locate the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray. It should look like a circle with 3-waves on it.
  2. Click on the Wi-Fi icon and toggle it to turn it on (if it was off). If it’s already turned on, you should be able to see a list of all the nearby hotspots available to connect to.
  3. Click on a hotspot and get connected.

If the Wi-Fi icon is grayed out or is not present, you may need to do some intermediate steps to get the Wi-Fi working. Follow the steps below to get through this problem.

  1. Navigate to the Windows Start button (the Windows icon).
  2. Click the Settings option.
  3. Find Networks & Internet and click on that option.
  4. Find Wi-Fi on the left column or left pane and click on that option.
  5. Scroll down the list of results and find the Change adapter options.
  6. Look for the Wi-Fi adapter, hover your mouse on it and press the right-click button on the mouse. An options dialog box should appear.
  7. Click Enable in the dialog box to switch on the Wi-Fi adapter.

Resolving Wi-Fi connection issues with HP laptops

There are some pretty known issues with Wi-Fi on HP laptops. This can range from a slow connection to a total shutdown of the Wi-Fi connectivity. Sometimes the issue becomes more painful when turning on the Wi-Fi switch won’t solve the issue and you still don’t see a list of Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to.

Windows 10 comes with an Auto Network Troubleshooter than can help you narrow down to the potential causes of why the Wi-Fi is not working. To do this, perform the following steps below.

  1. Navigate to the bottom-left corner of the screen and click on the Windows Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the Settings option in the pop-up ribbon.
  3. Type in the word Troubleshoot in the Windows Settings page and then select Troubleshoot network in the results.
  4. You should be taken to the Troubleshoot page where you’ll see the Run the troubleshooter button under Internet Connections. Click on the button to get to the troubleshooting wizard page.
  5. In one of the options in the troubleshooting wizard, click the Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet. This should run the troubleshooter to diagnose and narrow down the potential causes of the Wi-Fi problem.
  6. Depending on the problem found results and the action taken by Windows, you may or may not need to perform additional troubleshooting steps. This can range from the following actions:
    1. Reinstalling the wireless network adapter driver
    2. Updating the wireless network adapter driver
    3. Resetting the Hardware settings on Windows 10
    4. Refresh or restoring Windows to factory settings (last resort)


Turning on Wi-Fi on an HP laptop is a no-brainer. First, it comes turned on as part of default settings. Second, it’s a simple toggle of a switch. But all of that is going to be an entirely different story when you start experiencing painful Wi-Fi connectivity issues. The struggle should be diminished by leveraging the quick and easy steps above.