Internet or WiFi gets disconnected after Sleep in Windows 10

We all use WiFi on our Windows 10/8 computers to access the Internet. But many times, we run into different kind of issues about the usage of WiFi. We have already seen how to fix poor WiFi performance, limited WiFi networks, WLAN AutoConfig service not starting, etc. Today, we are sharing with you, the way to fix the issue of WiFi getting disconnected after you resume from Sleep mode. If you’re connected to a WiFi network, and you move your system into sleep mode, after waking up, the system loses the WiFi network connectivity.

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In this scenario, after resuming from sleep, Windows would show that WiFi connections are available, but it doesn’t automatically reconnect, or it doesn’t stay connected during sleep. This would affect your user experience, if you rely upon background processes running on your system like to downloading using Windows Store or Download Manager, etc.  So if you’re getting frustrated with this problem, you can try these steps referenced from  this wiki article:

Internet or WiFi gets disconnected or does not automatically reconnect

Using Device Manager

1. Press Windows Key + R and type devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box to open Device Manager.

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2. In the Device Manager window, expand Network Adapters and look for your WiFi driver, do a right-click on it, select Properties.

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3. In the property sheet, switch to Power Management tab and uncheck the option. Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click OK.

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You may now close Device Manager and restart the machine to get your issue fixed.

Using Windows PowerShell

1. Go to Desktop, right-click and select New -> Shortcut. In the Create Shortcut window paste this command:

C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe restart-netadapter -InterfaceDescription '<WIRELESS ADAPTER NAME HERE>' -Confirm:$false

Substitute your system root drive with C: and wireless adapter name which you can get from Device Manager window shown previously in this article. In our case the wireless network adapter was Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection, so the command becomes:

C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe restart-netadapter -InterfaceDescription 'Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection' -Confirm:$false

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Click Next.

2. Moving on, name this shortcut like WiFi Reset and click Finish.

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3. Finally, right-click the shortcut so created and select Properties. Click Advanced and in the Advanced Properties window, check option Run as administrator. Click OK, then Apply, followed by OK.

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You can pin this shortcut to Start Screen and double click as soon as you came around the issue. After double-clicking, let the system execute the command and reboot the machine. This should fix the problem.

Hope this helps!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

49 Comments

  1. kanuj

    Thanks was useful was looking for this
    regards
    Kanuj
    http://www.candytech.in

  2. Ash

    Sooooooooooooooooooo helpful!!!! Thanks.

  3. dam

    helped 🙂 thanks a lot!
    actually I stopped at first 3. but it works

  4. Danijel Gajan

    I’ve used the power shell method to create the reset shortcut and it worked like a charm. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. ^^ Glad we could help 🙂

  6. Breonnia

    This didn’t help. Doesnt say that for me. Only WiFi Adapter

  7. ^^ Make sure you’ve tried all the steps exactly 🙂

  8. simon

    very useful

  9. ceritoriari

    mine doesn’t have an option for power management

  10. Selvasankar

    Worked fine for me …Thank you sooo much for sharing wonderful tips…:)

  11. Niraj

    i tried this and it didn’t work. Then I rolled back the driver in device manager and that worked. the latest driver is corrupted.

  12. Leandro Souza

    Nice, thanks for help

  13. Ben C

    Amazing, thanks for this. I’ve been looking for a way to script a restart of the wifi adapter for ages but couldn’t find any info on how to do it.

    Of course, it would be nice if Windows could successfully power the wifi adapter back on after sleep…

  14. profX

    Why does it work after I restart my computer, but once the computer goes into sleep mode again I get no Internet access on my adapter bar and all my Internet programs stop working?

  15. Joshua Gary

    Worked perfectly on my new pc that is running Windows 10. Thanks

  16. Dustin Ryan Zofchak

    Mine has done it twice now. The first time I fixed it by disabling everything and then re-enabling everything then restarting. The second time that tactic didn’t work. The icon that shows up is saying no connections are available. Both times this occurred when coming out of sleep mode.

  17. Jim

    I have an ASUS Netbook and am encountering this problem. However, there is no Power Management option to disable under the Broadcom 80.11abgn Wireless SDIO Adapter…any ideas on how I could fix this…I couldn’t even reconnect o the WIFI after the computer goes to sleep w/o restarting

  18. highlandtown

    thank you! I used the device manager steps and it worked; am surprised that the default is to cut off your wifi

  19. Inquirer1111

    I use a Thinkpad Yoga and not sure I could get this to work. Whenever I take my personal computer to work, when I boot it up, I have to login to the guest network. Anytime I close the lid on my laptop though, when I open it back, I have to relogin into the guest network. I tried unchecking the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power to my Intel (R) Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 #2, but it still has this problem.

  20. Nimish Gujarathi

    Thank you so much! The Device Manager method worked for me! 🙂

  21. Hassan Siddiqui

    …It worked like a charm …

  22. carelessman

    My Surface Pro 4 also has “the sleep and wakeup WiFi disconnection problem”. I don’t know it will solve my problem for good yet. But still you seem a genius to me anyway. Thanks a lot.

  23. Akash Pandey

    Thanks a Lot. This really solved the problem for me. I have a Lenovo G50 Laptop Which was repeatedly facing same issue as described.

  24. Shane

    It would be nice if Microsoft just fixed the bloody problem. I can’t believe every version since XP they make so many simple steps twice as hard with every new version. I use hibernate all the time but I can’t use hibernate with Windows 10 as whenever I come out of hibernate I can no longer connect to a wireless network. And of course they dump the wireless manager from W7 with W8, then dumbed down even more in 8.1, now in 10 the only option is to open a command prompt! WTF! So now after resuming from hibernate I have to restart anyway…

    Well done Microsoft. I’ve been a MS partner for over 15 years. Seriously considering looking at Linux.

  25. anita

    I bought a new windows phone this year. It runs on windows 10. I’m quite amazed (or shocked) to read so many old threads on te internet on this subject, and the bug isn’t fixed in the newer devices. This tip here also doesn’t adres how to solve this problem within the phones version of windows 10. Can anybody help? I’m restarting my phone almost constant in order to reconnect to my wifi.

  26. Dick Rickley

    Thanks for the effort. But I will use my Mac until Microsoft provides a fix.

  27. Carl Rock

    Great job. Since I had the exact setup your instructions worked to the letter,

  28. senor

    thanks for sharing!!!!! i thought i was the only one with this issue. had known about the power mgmt. change, but not the short cut idea. have implemented and will try. i am curious if sleep mode corrupts the network adapter driver? a MORE IMPORTANT question for kapil and others is if you push the fn + f2 buttons (function + network button) does your wifi turn off? NOW do it again. will it turn your wifi back on and connect????? it should mine does it once, but on the second cycle it does not connect. i get the same result as when i come out of sleep.

  29. Pam Maynard

    This fix does not work in windows 10, at least my windows 10 as there is no network connection properties available in the device manager, all I have to choose from in device manager is the actual wireless device itself which is a realtek rtl8732bs and even clicking on that that there is no power management tab available.

  30. Traveler

    While in Device Manager double click on the wireless device, followed by LEFT click on Power Management. Finally, remove the check mark from “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”

  31. Michael Fontana

    Thanks for trying to help, but a little more detail would be most helpful. There is no “Power Managerment” to click on for this device, nor in “Device Manager” on this Asus Transformer. Any way you could be contacted to provide more detail? Or perhaps screen shots?

  32. Joot

    This article may be 2 years old, but it still helped me. Was having this problem every time my computer went to sleep. Using Trendnet USB 3.0 wifi adapter on Windows 10. Your solution still works. Thank you. <3

  33. We update posts from time to time. 🙂

  34. Kurt Marwitz

    Worked after Step 3. Thanks!

  35. trxr

    It’s a tab in the wireless device properties. Double-click on the wifi adapter in Device Manager. The Properties page appears. There will be General, Advanced, Detail and Driver tabs at the top of the Properties page, at the very least. If you can’t see the Power tab, then perhaps you should look for the manufacturer driver – should be on the ASUS site – rather than the Microsoft one, if that’s what it’s using.

    As for screenshots, look at the ones in the article. The 4th one down shows the tab in question. This is how it looks on any Windows machine. If you’re not seeing it at all, then maybe the device doesn’t do power management or you’re not logged on with an account that has Administrative rights.

  36. PDQpat

    Leaving your Wi-fi adapter ON all the time might make a computer a little easier to wake but is not really a solution. I suggest updating your wirless network adapter DRIVER first.

    * To open Device Manager, press Windows Key + R at the same time, then type “devmgmt.msc”
    * Click the + sign beside Network Adapters to display all adapters
    and double-click your wireless adapter/connector (Intel, Broadcom, etc.) You can also look for a driver update on the manufacturer’s website (both computer and wireless adapter)
    * In the device window, select the Driver tab, then “Update driver”.
    * Reboot and test

  37. rambotrader

    I also have the same problem and the same modem. Painful and no solution available.

  38. Veliko Lee Bekir

    Thank you for the time you invested in sharing this with the public! Very much appreciated!

  39. Many people always faces these kind of issues. But here Mr. Kapil have done a good job by mentioning the solution of wifi gets disconnected after sleep.

  40. Chad T.

    My adapter didnt have the “Power Management” tab and I am hoping the powershell command works.

  41. Will_Drotar

    A bigger thanks to Microsoft- issues like this, that require solutions like these, is why I switched to Mac. For this particular issue on Windows 10, if I left my computer and came back for 30 minutes or so, and tried to save a file to the network I’d need to RESTART MY COMPUTER and lose the work (because I didn’t want to save locally and upload to the network and break links). I’ll be switching to Mac at work also to prevent issues like this as MS continues to forray into exciting new features like this that continue to break simple things.

  42. That power shell command worked like a freaking charm! Kinda sucks that there’s no known way to fix the source of the problem, but at least we have a working remedy that is painless once set up. Many thanks!

  43. Erica Spencer

    did you ever figure out how to fix this?

  44. Benji ||*||

    Did u find the solution for this?, happening the same to me…

  45. Beth Anne

    This doesn’t work. I’ve had the power management setting changed for months and it still refuses to stay connected in hibernate/sleep mode

  46. MinemonGamerPlayz MCPE

    The problem was resolved when I check the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” option. When unchecked, the Wi-Fi turns off when in sleep

    Windows 10 Home

  47. Jeranio

    Mine is turned off but still windows says “not connected – no connections available”. I have compared driver and settings from my colleague who has exactly same laptop. Windows take forever to startup which is the only way to restore connection for me. I have all startup items disabled.

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