Fix Wi-Fi / Network Icon Missing in Windows 10

Fix Wi-Fi / Network Icon Missing in Windows 10

September 20, 2018 By Xtremerain Editorial Team

    Windows 10 users may encounter several serious problems. WiFi or Network icon missing on taskbar problem is one of them. Personally, A few days ago, I found my network icon had been disappeared from task bar. As a result, I faced several problems. I tried to fix it and fortunately i was able to resolve this issue.

    wifi icon windows 10

    How to Fix Wi-Fi or Network Icon missing in Taskbar Problem of Windows:

    It can be fixed by following several methods. But these depend on the reasons behind the problem. If you are not seeing the icon on taskbar but connected to the network / wi-fi, You can fix this problem by following the method 1 and 2. Otherwise, Follow method 3 and 4.

    Method 1: Configuring System Icon

    Sometimes, Your network icon may stop displaying itself on taskbar for turning it off by an user or any thing else. In that case, You can manually turn this icon on for showing in taskbar. To do it –

    • Open Start Menu and click on Settings.
    • Now navigate to System > Notifications & Actions.

    clicking turn system icons on off

    • Then click on Turn system icons on or off.
    • Now, Turn Network icon from the system taskbar icon lists. You just slide the slider to do it.

    system taskbar icon list

    Method 2: Restarting Windows Explorer

    Most of the cases, This one solves the problem. A simple restarting of windows explorer is probably the best solution for this issue. To do it –

    • Right click on Taskbar and select Task Manager.

    windows task manager fewer view

    • By default Process tab should be opened. If you are on Fewer details mode, You have to click on More details.
    • You will see all of the running processes of windows. Just find Windows Explorer from the list. You can select any one and press from keyboard to find it more fast.

    windows explorer restart

    • Right click on Windows Explorer and select Restart.
    • Now, It will be closed and run again automatically.
    • Look at the taskbar and see, Your missing Wi-Fi or Network icon is visible now.

    Method 3: Fix WiFi or Networking Icon Missing Problem from Group Policy

    This is another excellent solution to get resolved this problem. It will surely work, If the reason is misconfigured network icon from group policy. Anyway, Here are the things you will have to do.

    • First of all, Press Windows Key + R from keyboard that will open RUN.
    • Now type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
    • Now navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
    • Double click on Remove the network icon.

    disabled remove network icon windows group policy

    • Now, Set the settings to Disabled or Not configured.
    • Click on Apply and OK.
    • Restart your PC and see if it fixes the problem network or wifi icon missing from taskbar.

    Method 4: Reinstalling Network Adapters

    If you can’t connect network or wifi but having no wifi or network icon issue, This method is probably for you. Reinstalling network adapters may fix this problem. To do it –

    • Press Windows flag key + R from keyboard.
    • Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter. It will open Device Manager.
    • Now, Expend Network Adapters.
    • Right click on the adapters and select Uninstall. Do it for all drivers under network.

    uninstalling drivers device manager

    • Now, Restart your PC.
    • Open Windows Device Manager again.
    • Click on Action from the menu and select Scan for hardware changes.

    scan hardware changes device manager

    • Now, Windows will detect your network drivers and install it automatically. If it doesn’t do it, Just install the latest drivers from your manufacture website.
    • If you can do these things properly, You can get rid of this problem.

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    So, These are the best methods to fix no wi-fi or network icon problem in windows 10. If you know any better solution, You are welcome to share these with us.