How to Turn Off Wi-Fi When Connecting Ethernet in Windows 10

Saikat Basu 13-09-2017

Like most, you may have a dedicated Ethernet connection at home Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Which Should You Use and Why? The world is going wireless. Does that mean it's all over for Ethernet? Read More and Wi-Fi elsewhere when you step out. But Wi-Fi sucks down battery, so it makes sense to turn it off when you aren’t using it.


The problem? Windows does not turn off the Wi-Fi connection automatically when you connect an Ethernet cable. You have to do it manually — unless you use this nifty method that’s easy enough to do even if you aren’t tech-savvy.

Disabling Wi-Fi When Ethernet Is Plugged In

We will have to make a simple change to your network adapter settings. Before going ahead with these instructions, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi internet.

  1. Go to the System Tray icon and click on Open Network and Sharing Center. Alternatively, you can also type ncpa.cpl in the Run box and open your Network Connections.
    How to Turn Off Wi-Fi When Connecting Ethernet in Windows 10 Network Connections
  2. Click on the adapter icon for your connected Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi Status window is displayed. Click on Properties.
    How to Turn Off Wi-Fi When Connecting Ethernet in Windows 10 WiFi Status 1
  3. In the Wi-Fi Properties box, select the Network tab and click on the Configure button.
    How to Turn Off Wi-Fi When Connecting Ethernet in Windows 10 Wifi Properties
  4. In the new window, switch to the Advanced tab. All the Wireless Adapter Properties are displayed as a list. Go through the list and select the Disable Upon Wired Connect property. Now, choose Enabled from the Value dropdown on the right side.
  5. Click OK.

Note that the “Disable Upon Wired Connect” entry is a property of the wireless network adapter and it may not be present if the adapter does not support it. For instance, my Ralink RT3290 adapter does not.

There are other solutions for the same job, like a Wi-Fi auto switch utility. Consider third-party shareware like BridgeChecker and Wireless AutoSwitch for that.

You can also take the help of the Windows Task scheduler with a few tweaks. There are some proprietary tools that may come packaged with your brand of laptop too. Just let us know about them in the comments.


Does your network adapter support this feature? Have you set up automatic switching yet?

Related topics: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Mark Wheeler
    April 2, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Disable Upon Wired Connect is not an option that is listed. Could it be called something else? The selections are gibberish to me so please dumb it down for me as much as possible. Thanks.

  2. Kevin Kinsey
    March 5, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Marvell AVAStar on an MS Surface Pro 4 --- no such option.

  3. Bobby Zopfan
    August 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm


    You saved mine.

  4. Lars
    January 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    My issue is the opposite - my laptop does not automatically connect to wi-fi when I reboot it and the Ethernet cable is connected. As a result my wi-fi printer does not work until I manually connect wi-fi. Is there a way to get it to connect automatically upon reboot, even if the Ethernet cable is connected?

    • Brett
      February 8, 2019 at 2:50 am

      Do you print using printer software installed on the computer? It may be possible to add the printer to your windows device list using it's network ip, which would eliminate the need for a wifi connection. You'd just have to be on the same network

    September 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Seems to work along with turning Wi-Fi off in "Settings-Wi-Fi." Thanks

  6. Shikhanshu Agarwal
    September 14, 2017 at 6:12 am

    The article does not mention whether the wireless adapter will automatically be enabled when disconnected from Ethernet. Can you confirm?
    Great topic btw. I have often wondered if doing this was possible without third party tools.