How Do I Fix The Wi-Fi On My Lenovo Laptop?


Is your Lenovo laptop unable to identify a wireless network? This is awful. But don’t be alarmed. You can easily solve your problem by following the solutions listed in this troubleshooting guide.

Many Lenovo laptop owners have complained about Wi-Fi problems. Wireless network issues on Windows 10 PCs and laptops are fairly common and might not be limited to a single brand’s devices. The problem is generally caused by various faults related to the Windows operating system, software, or hardware. If you are experiencing Wi-Fi troubles on a Lenovo laptop, we will assist you in resolving Wi-Fi issues on a Lenovo laptop.

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Best Ways to Fix No Wi-Fi Network Lenovo – Windows

Here are some ideas to get you started. You don’t have to try all of them; simply work down the list until your Lenovo laptop connects to Wi-Fi.

1. Basic troubleshooting
2. Check the Wireless and ensure the switch is ON
3. Enable the wireless adapter
4. Disable Airplane Mode
5. Update your wireless adapter driver
6. Enable WLAN AutoConfig service
7. Run Windows Troubleshooter
8. Configure Power Management for your wireless adapter
9. Add your wireless network manually

Fix 1: Basic Troubleshooting

Before getting into details, let’s first identify the problem to know where the problem lies: your WiFi or your laptop.

Connect wireless network with other devices like smartphones, other PC, etc., and see if you connect to your wireless network or not. If other devices can’t detect Wi-Fi, there’s an issue with the Wi-Fi. Check the Wi-Fi router. However, if it is detected on other devices, the problem is with the Lenovo laptop. To fix the issue, follow these steps.

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Fix 2: Check the Wireless and Ensure the switch is ON

On some Lenovo laptops, you can find a physical switch to switch on or off the wireless network capability. Normally, the switch is located on the edge of your laptop. Examine your Lenovo laptop and turn the power button on.

wifi switch

If you don’t see a hardware switch, don’t worry. Most Lenovo laptops activate wireless networks by hitting a keyboard combination, such as the Fn and F5 buttons.

f5 button

If this doesn’t work, proceed to the next option.

Fix 3: Enable the Wireless Adapter

If the wireless adapter is deactivated, your laptop cannot detect or connect to WiFi. Therefore, make sure you enable the wireless adapter on your Lenovo laptop.

Here’s how to do it:

1) Press Windows +  R and open the Run box.
2) Enter devmgmt.msc and press OK.

3) Double-click Network adapters > right-click your wireless network adapter > Enable device.

device manager
4) However if you see Disable device instead of Enable device. It means the wireless network is already activated.

desiable device
5) Restart your computer.

Check if you can connect to the wireless network.

Fix 4: Disable Airplane Mode

If your Lenovo laptop fails to identify any WiFi networks, there are chances that the Airplane Mode is enabled. Sometimes unintentionally, we might set it to Airplane Mode.

To enable it to look for the hotkeys that allow you to turn on or off WiFi. Also, look for a key with an Airplane icon; that is the key you should push. This will disable activated Airplane mode and vice versa.

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Fix 5: Update Your Wireless Network Adapter Driver

If your network adapter driver is missing or damaged, you will face wireless network issues. Therefore, make sure your wireless network adapter driver is the latest.

You can upgrade your network adapter driver manually or automatically.

Note: To update your driver, you need to be online. Since Wi-Fi is not working, connect through Ethernet, then download and install your wireless network driver.

Manually update drivers – Wi-Fi drivers can be manually updated through Device Manager. But remember it requires technical knowledge, time, and patience.

Automatically update drivers – If you don’t have time or patience, Advanced Driver Updater is the easy way out.

The driver updater for Windows will detect your system details and will show compatible and latest driver updates. To use it, you don’t need to provide any information. Also, you don’t have to worry about downloading and installing the wrong driver.

You can automatically update your drivers using either the FREE or Registered versions of Advanced Driver Updater. The registered version requires only two clicks to update drivers, and it comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. The trial version allows updating one driver at a time.

To use Advanced Driver Updater, follow these steps:

1. Download and install Advanced Driver Updater.

2. Run the tool and click Start Scan Now.

adu scan start
3. Wait for the scanning to finish. Advanced Driver Updater will now show the outdated drivers and will give an option to update to the latest drivers.

adu scan start1
4. If you are using the Trial version, click Update driver next to Wi-Fi driver. However, if you are using the registered version, you can update drivers by clicking Update All.

adu update all
5. Restart the PC to apply changes and try connecting to the wireless network.

If your Lenovo laptop is still not detecting Wi-Fi, don’t lose hope. There are other solutions to try.

Fix 6: Enable the WLAN AutoConfig service.

The WLAN AutoConfig service implements the logic needed to set up, discover, connect to, and disconnect from a wireless network. It is a vital function that determines whether or not your Lenovo laptop identifies WiFi networks.

To fix the issue, enable the WLAN AutoConfig service by following these steps:

1) Press Windows + R and open the Run window.
2) Type services.msc> OK.

run service
3) Scroll down and double click WLAN AutoConfig.

auto config
4) Double click on it > click the General tab > set the Startup type to Automatic > click Start to ensure the Service is Running.

wlan auto
5) Click Apply > OK to save your changes.

Now enable the Wi-Fi feature and see if wireless networks can be detected.

Fix 7: Run Windows Troubleshooter

To assist users in resolving a variety of issues Windows includes a built-in troubleshooter.  You can use the troubleshooter to resolve Lenovo WiFi issues. To run it, follow these steps:

1. Press Windows + I to open Windows Settings.
2. Click Update & Security.

update securiety
3. Click Troubleshoot from the left pane > Additional troubleshooters.

4. Select Incoming Connection > Run the troubleshooter.

additional troubleshoot
5. Wait for the troubleshooter to look for problems and fix them automatically.
6. Restart the PC to see if this helps fix Lenovo Wi-Fi driver issues in Windows 11.

Fix 8: Configure Power Management for Wireless Adapter

1) Press Windows + X > Device Manager.

device manager 1
2) Double click Network adapters > right-click on your wireless network adapter >  Properties.

driver properties
3) Click the Power Management tab > uncheck the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power> OK.

usb wifi lan
4) This will prevent the wireless adapter from being disabled to save power.
5) Restart your computer and try to connect to your WiFi networks.

Still no luck? No worries, we have one more fix that you can try.

Fix 9: Add your Wireless Network Manually.

If your Lenovo laptop still can’t detect wireless networks, we suggest adding it manually. To do so, follow these steps:

1) Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
2) Click Network & Internet.

network and connection
3) Click WiFi on the left, then click Manage known networks.

wifi setting
4) Click Add a new network.

wifi network
5) Fill the respective fields like Network name, Security type > checkmark the box next to Connect automatically, then click Save.

add network
6) Click the Internet icon in the system tray > Connect.

You should now be able to use the Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop.

Wrap Up:

So that’s it. Hope this post comes in handy when you come across the Lenovo laptop not detecting wireless network issues. If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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Preeti Seth
Preeti Seth

A UX writer who loves explaining technical details in a clear, crisp, and concise manner. She loves writing about technical troubleshooting, How-To's, product reviews, etc. In her free time, she loves reading, meditating, and traveling.

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