How To Fix Wi-Fi Icon Missing from Taskbar in Windows 10?


Windows 10 will automatically populate the wireless or Wi-Fi icon on your PC/laptop’s taskbar once you connect to the internet using your PC/laptop with a wireless or Wi-Fi connection.

If you are experiencing the Wi-Fi Icon Missing From Taskbar issue, the easiest way to resolve the issue is to restart your PC or laptop once. Still, if your problem does not resolve after restarting your PC or laptop, we will explain how to resolve this issue in this Rise Windows article on How To Fix Wi-Fi Icon Missing From Taskbar in Windows 10.


Check if the network or wireless icon is hidden.

Firstly, you should check if the network or wireless icon is hidden. Do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Click on the upward arrow icon on the taskbar and see if the Wi-Fi icon is available here.


Step 2. Then, If you find the wireless icon here, your search is over—there is no need to go through the following steps. Drag them to the taskbar area and then leave the mouse cursor. It will now sit on the taskbar.


If you cannot find the Wi-Fi icon in a hidden area on the taskbar, continue with the below steps.

Enable Network or Wireless icon in the Settings app.

Step 1. Firstly, Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.


Step 2. Then, In Windows Settings, select the Personalization category.

Step 3. Next, on the Personalization settings page, click on the Taskbar tab in the left sidebar.


Step 4. Then, scroll down the Taskbar pane to see the “Notification area” section.


Step 5. Then, click the link Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Step 6. Next, In the next window, turn the toggle On beside the “Network” option.


Step 7. If the Network option is missing in the above step, click the left-facing arrow to return to the previous settings.


Step 8. Then, click the link Turn system icons on or off under the “Notification area” section.


Step 9. Here, turn the toggle switch beside the Network option.


Enable Network Icon in Group Policy

This method applies only to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you are using Windows 10 Home edit, you first need to enable gpedit.msc.

Step 1. Firstly, Open Local Group Policy Editor.

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Step 2. Then, in  Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path from the left sidebar:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar


Step 3. Then,  On the right side pane of the “Start Menu and Taskbar” folder, look for the policy name, “Remove the networking icon.” Then double-click on it to open its settings.


Step 4. Next, Select the Disabled option.

Step 5. Next, Click the Apply and then the OK button.

If these methods do not restore the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar, try to uninstall and reinstall the drivers. For the latest drivers, you can approach the manufacturer’s website.

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