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In windows latest version also has some issues with connecting the network so the Wi-Fi option goes missing and does not show in the taskbar. If Wi-Fi card gets broken the 

 The Wi-Fi card might be broken to fault in drivers if a Wi-Fi network connection problem occurs. This is the most common issue that users are facing while using the Wi-Fi network. You are trying to connect to the network in your laptop but the Wi-Fi network is not showing up in the taskbar tray it causes an error. In this article, Let us see some remedies for Wi-Fi networks not showing up. 

Reasons For Wireless Wi-Fi Network Not Showing Up

If your wifi network is not showing up that’s because of an issue in the router, isp, or your device. Some Reasons for “Wireless network not showing up” issue and it includes;

  • Your Device not in between the router’s range: 

Device that you are using should be in the router’s range. The range might be up to 30 feet from the router and the device may connect from 50 feet away but the speed of the internet becomes slow and the connection gets dropped. 

  • Not Restored Your Router Correctly:

 After the power gets off or you unplugged the device the router might not have been restored properly, restore it correctly before unplugging your device.

  • Network Adapter Gets Disabled:

The Wi-Fi network connection issues occur not only by the router but may be your device is at fault. The network adapter may disabled if the restart doesn’t help to connect otherwise the drivers need an update to work properly. 

  • Interference Of Object:

    Large appliances, thick walls, or the other wireless devices might interfere with                         wireless connection in your device. 

The Reason For “Why Is My Wi-Fi Network Not Showing Up” On My Computer

In general, they have some several reasons for Wi-Fi network not showing up;

  1. Problem in Wi-Fi
  2. Problem in connection
  3. Wrong configuration in Wi-Fi router and in computer
  4. Losing or out-of-date Wi-Fi driver issue.

Turn on Wi-Fi Service In Your Device    

The problem might happen due to the windows of your device disables the service in Wi-Fi. Whether the windows are turned off and you’re not able to connect Wi-Fi. Follow these steps to enable Wi-Fi service.

  • Turn On Wi-Fi Service With By Using Wi-Fi Switch

   Check the key in your device to turn on your Wi-Fi service and in a few laptops like HP, Lenovo, Dell have a key in the keyboard to enable Wi-Fi (like Fn+F5).  

  • Check Out The Network Settings

   The laptop does not have Wi-Fi switch, do check in your system by;

  1. Right Click the “Internet Icon” in your device
  2. Tap “Open Network and Sharing Centre”
  3. Go to “Change adapter settings”
  4. Tap on Wi-Fi and choose the “Enable” option.

Enable Service In WLAN Autoconfig 

The WLAN AutoConfig might set up the wireless security and connectivity settings in your device( it might refer to Windows XP wireless configuration). The WLAN AutoConfig is enabled in your device then applies to every wireless network adapter which is installed in your computer. It might connect to the wireless network whenever Wi-Fi enables and follow these ways to enable Wi-Fi;

  • Press Windows key + R simultaneously to call or evoke Run box, then type services.msc, and click on Enter button
  • Click WLAN AutoConfig and choose Properties. Click on Wireless Configuration in Windows XP.
  • Choose Automatic in Startup type and Tap apply and click OK 
  • Then do Restart your PC and reconnect to Wi-Fi to check if Wi-Fi shows up. 

Restart Modem And Wi-Fi Router 

In your home the problem in Wi-Fi networks occurs.The issues occurred due to the Internet Service Provider(ISP)restarting your modem and Wi-Fi router; it might help  You might check Wi-Fi itself to see the issues in Wi-Fi and including the issue in Router, SSID broadcast and device interference. you to reconnect the ISP.  

Do this steps to reconnect;

  1. Unplug the router and modem from the power source (if the modem is with a battery backup, remove the battery).
  2. Wait for 30 seconds.
  3. Again plug in router and modem to power source (set the battery back to the modem).
  4. Turn on your computer and reconnect the Wi-Fi network then check if the Wi-Fi network is showing.

Turn On The SSID Broadcast 

SSID is said to be Service Set Identifier which makes Wi-Fi networks visible in network adapters. Wi-Fi networks might not show the list if people disable the SSID broadcast.  For their security people might disable the SSID broadcast and be able to hide the Wi-Fi network and the name of the network might not be seen by anyone. You need to configure the profile settings and network name manually to connect the Wi-Fi network for the first time. 

The interface might vary in every computer by taking the TP-link Wi-Fi router as an example. Use this instruction to enable SSID broadcast;

  • Navigate and see the IP address, username, password in the wireless router.
  • Open browser in PC or mobile phone (Connect Internet in your PC by using Ethernet cable or mobile phone which has a good network connection).
  • Enter the IP address and click Enter.
  • Then, Enter User name and Password and Tap Login.
  • After that Navigate to Wireless in Wireless Settings.
  • Check Enable SSID broadcast and tap Save.
  • At last Restart your PC and connect to the Wi-Fi network.

Check Interference In Your Device

The Wi-Fi might interfere with the house devices such as cordless phone, microwave oven, Bluetooth speaker etc., because the frequencies (2.4 GHz or 5GHz) are the same. Check the device whether device has any problem;

  • Switch off and unplug your device from the power source.
  • Turn on your PC and reconnect the Wi-Fi to check if it shows up.
  • The device interference gets the result if the problem is solved. Put the modem and router in another place so they might not have the same frequency with the house devices. 

Try To Use The Network Troubleshooter

Easy to solve the issue which occurs in Wi-Fi network adapter, the network troubleshooter might be able to do in Windows 10. Follow these steps and try it;

  1. Click on the Start menu, search for Settings and click the Settings app.
  2. Tap “Update and Security”.
  3. Choose Troubleshoot option which is in left side navigation menu
  4. And Click Additional Troubleshooter in Right pane.
  5. Scroll the list of troubleshooters and choose Network Adapter, click Run the Troubleshooter button.
  6. Reboot your system if troubleshooting is done successfully and see the Wi-Fi network.

 Reset Network Adapter

Reset your Wi-Fi network adapter because it solves the Wi-Fi network not showing up problem. There is an easy way to do;

  1. Open the Control Panel in Windows and Click View network status and tasks which is under the Network and Internet section.
  2. Choose Change adapter Settings it might open the available network adapters in your device. Search and find out the Wi-Fi adapter and click right then choose Disable option from the menu.     
  3. The active Wi-Fi adapter might disable and reset the data completely and disconnect from all networks. Then, select the Enable option in the menu.
  4. Turn on the Wi-Fi icon to see active networks.

Turn Off IPv6 Protocol 

Sometimes, the IPv6 Protocol is enabled in your it might cause an Wi-Fi network not showing up error while connecting to the internet. So, disable the Protocol to resolve the issues. To disable IPv6 protocol follow these steps;

  • Go to Wi-Fi properties.
  • Scroll the list of connections and find Internet Protocol Version 6(TCP/IPv6)
  • Click deselect in the checkbox and Tap OK.
  • Restart your system and check if the Wi-Fi network is visible in the list.    

Disable The Antivirus Temporarily 

The Antivirus software might block the Wi-Fi networks if you can’t see so far. Disable the antivirus protection temporarily to test this issue. Some antivirus apps have an icon on the right side, click the icon and choose Pause Protection option. On the other side, open the antivirus app and search network protection menu and switch it to network protection off mode. After disabling the protection, do check your Wi-Fi networks are showing up.

Turn Off Windows Firewall Temporarily

 Turn off the windows firewall to check the Wi-Fi networks are not showing an issue.

  1. Click on Start Menu.
  2. Type Firewall and choose Defender Firewall.
  3. Tap Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off in the Windows Firewall app. 
  4. This might open and you are able to customise the protection and click the radio button to “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall” in both sections.
  5. Tap OK and Reboot or Restart your device.  

To Clear Wi-Fi Network Not Showing Up Issue

  1. Troubleshoot Your Network Settings 

                  Troubleshooting your network settings is the easiest one to fix errors in Wi-Fi networks not showing up in your device. Follow some steps to troubleshoot the network settings;

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Go to the Troubleshoot tab below the Update and Security Section.
  • Tap on Run the troubleshooter below the Network Adapter.

This error is due to the unwanted broken files or network configuration fault so the troubleshooter might help to resolve the issue and the Wi-Fi network display in the taskbar. 

      Windows 7 users might search Fix and Fix Networking And Connection Error and tap on the application after that the troubleshooter might start their work to fix the problem.    

  1. Update The Drivers In Your Device

         Update your drivers to the latest version to resolve the Wi-Fi network not showing up issue. By using Wi-Fi networks most of the people may solve their issue by updating the WLAN drivers in their device.  

Follow these steps to update your WLAN drivers;

  • Tap on Search box and Click Device manager.
  • Expand and locate the Network Adaptors.
  • Right Click the WLAN Network Connection and tap Update Driver Software.
  • Then, choose Search Automatically for Updates Software option

Computer might search for correct drivers online if it found the correct one computer might download and install automatically. 

  1. Turn On Wireless Network Connection In Your Device 

     In some laptops the Wi-Fi button might be outside itself, or else you are able to turn on Wi-Fi network by using Network Settings. Make sure that Wi-Fi networks are enabled by these steps;

  • Tap on the Control Panel.
  • Choose Network and Sharing Centre.
  • Select Change Adapter Settings.
  • Then tap the Wi-Fi connection and check that it is enabled.
  • If the Enable option is not selected then the Wi-Fi network is enabled already. 
  • It might reset your internet connection and solve the problem.

Replace The Wi-Fi Card

Your Wi-Fi card is damaged if the Wi-Fi network is not showing up after trying all these fixes. The Wi-Fi card is installed already in the chassis under the panels in every laptop. A single drop of water or throwing your laptop might cause damage to the Wi-Fi card and you need to change the Wi-Fi card. Instead of replacing  the Wi-Fi card, buying a Wi-Fi adapter is a good choice to use and it’s cheap and the best one to get Wi-Fi up.   

Turn On Airplane Mode

For all the network and Wi-Fi network not showing up related issues just turn on the Airplane mode to fix the problems. After enabling Airplane Mode the Windows might turn off  the radio services, including Wi-Fi. Best way to refresh all the internet connection on the PC is to Turn on and off Airplane Mode. Open the Settings Panel in windows by using Win + A shortcut key. Enable the Airplane Mode and disable it after a few seconds. 

If you are not able to find the Airplane Mode in quick settings do this process;

  • Just go to Settings.
  • Click on Network and Internet.
  • Turn on the Airplane Mode and turn off after one or two minutes. 

Reset TCP/IP And Flush Dns Cache In Your Device

The issue in Transmission Control protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) in your device may prevent  windows by detecting Wi-Fi networks. You need to reset the TCP/IP stack and clear cache in the DNS of your device.  

  • Click Win + X to open the user menu and choose Terminal (Admin).
  • Click Yes if the User Account Control(UAC) notification displays.
  • Run the commands in the console and click Enter after one by one.
  • Restart or Reboot your device to resolve the problem.


These are all the possible ways in this article to fix Wi-Fi networks not showing up in the network list. If you face hardware related issues one of the above mentioned techniques might get Windows to detect Wi-Fi networks. Follow and try these methods you would be now able to work by using Wi-Fi without any issues. 

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