[Solved -Alternate Method] Wifi/Network icon is not showing in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Wifi icon is not showing in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? This quick guide might help.

[update 3]
As per the bug report (link below) in Launchpad, it seems fixed and the patch released. Did anyone try?

[update 2]
Click here to install Gnome by replacing Unity in Ubuntu 14.04. Gnome panel will have the wifi icon.

[update 1]
See below for an alternate method to connect to WIFI/wireless in Ubuntu

Fix for Wifi Icon Not showing in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

So, suddenly my WIFI / Network icon from the panel is gone after installing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in my system. I tried to manually restart the applet from the terminal – but no luck. I even tried to kick it off by manually adding it to the startup application. But still no luck.

All I get is the below error.

~$ nm-applet
nm-applet-Message: using fallback from indicator to GtkStatusIcon

(nm-applet:2542): nm-applet-WARNING **: Could not find ShellVersion property on org.gnome.Shell after 5 tries
^Cnm-applet-Message: PID 0 (we are 2542) sent signal 2, shutting down...

(nm-applet:2542): GLib-CRITICAL **: Source ID 101 was not found when attempting to remove it

However – it’s a bug in the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and being worked upon as of today. You can get details of the bug here – https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lxsession/+bug/1308348

Alternate Method to Connect to wifi

There is an alternate method to see the list of wifi (wireless) networks available and to connect them even if the nm-applet icon not available. To do this follow below steps –

a. Go to Unity SEARCH and type “net”, you will see “Network” listed. Click on “Network” as below.


b. After you click, in opened network window you can see a list of available wifi networks. Click the “>” icon beside your own wifi network.


c. Click Connect button to connect to WIFI.


e. Thats it! You should be connected.


Drop a comment if it solves your problem.

I hope this guide helped you in case your wifi icon is not showing in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This guide is part of Ubuntu Tutorial series.


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