My networking status is on which is shown in first figure Network But the Networking icon i.e. the wifi icon is missing. How do I bring it back?
Wierless Icon is missing

3 Answers 3


It could be very well possible that your nm-applet application has been killed or crashed.

Try running this command in a terminal:

nohup nm-applet &

if you don't want nohup.out file, you can use

nohup nm-applet > /dev/null &
  • This was the one that worked for me. I did not have an Internet connection and was disconnected from my router, so I could not use apt-get to reinstall the network manager. Thanks a lot!
    – rayryeng
    Jun 18, 2021 at 18:03

Run this command from the terminal, just copy and paste for accuracy.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome

This should work if you uninstalled the icon by mistake.

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    YESS!!! I've tried sooo many 'fixes' and this one finally did the trick!! FYI I also needed to reboot after this. THANK YOU!
    – James
    Oct 2, 2016 at 19:05
  • When I try the cmd, I get the below error. Can someone help in resolving please. The following packages have unmet dependencies: network-manager-gnome : Depends: libnm-gtk0 (= but is to be installed
    – spharish
    Oct 3, 2021 at 8:49

this fixed it for me...

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete

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