“Airplane Mode”: The function of your cell phone that you should not only use on flights

Cell phones  have an  ‘Airplane Mode’, a function that has multiple uses, despite the fact that it was implemented for a single task.


Cell phones on the market , and even tablets, have the  Airplane Mode option,  which allows you to disable all wireless connections in order to use the device on a plane and not interfere with communications. But what exactly is it and what is it for? Knowing this will help make it less hassle for pilots on a flight , but it also brings some benefits when you use this feature without the need to travel.

What is airplane mode?

It is built into all mobile devices , this is a setting that can be activated at any time. Airplane mode causes all wireless connections on the mobile phone to be disabled, it is as if it were turned off or there is no data to connect. Wifi, data on even Bluetooth and other connection services are disabled.

This means that while this option is active, you cannot send messages, or WhatsApp , or make calls or browse the Internet . Another connection that will be disabled will be the GPS of the mobile phone, but the Bluetooth can be reconnected manually. Since Android 11 and previous versions of iOS, “Airplane Mode” does not disconnect the peripherals of a smartphone.

What is “Airplane Mode” for?

As mentioned, it is used to deactivate it during a plane trip so that the communication between the pilots and the control tower at an airport does not have interference.

  • Another aspect for what it is used for is to stay disconnected from social networks.
  • Also, it allows you to save the battery of your mobile if the user is on the street all day.
  • Activate it during the night, it will allow you to rest fully without interference

Applications that do not need an Internet connection can be used normally.

Where do I find Airplane Mode on my phone?

In general, this function is integrated into the connectivity tabs in Android, although it is usually included in a settings submenu within this connections section. In any case, you can look for the airplane icon in iOS or Android to activate or deactivate that option.

How do I activate ‘Airplane Mode’ on a PC?

In the case of Windows, this section is located in the lower right corner, along with the clock and the rest of the shortcuts since version 10. In this case, you will also have to activate the “Airplane Mode” function during a flight, due to to the possible interference that the device may cause to on-board systems.

When should airplane mode be activated?

Most of the time, where airplane mode should be activated is on flights, since you do not want interference during the trip, in addition, it will facilitate communication between the flight crew and air traffic controllers.

Where does the name ‘Airplane Mode’ come from, it is said that years ago there were prohibitions for the use of phones on planes, which causes new companies to design an alternative, but it can also be used with the aim of disconnecting from the networks and only use essential applications.

Can ‘Airplane Mode’ be programmed?

No, starting the airplane mode requires a manual execution by the user, and the same management must be applied to activate it, Depending on the brand of smartphone and the version of Android that each phone carries, the “Airplane Mode” button in the access fast Android has an animation.

Many people use the “Airplane Mode” when they try to recover the operation of their applications in the notifications section, because when the connectivity status of the device changes, the applications usually update at that moment and notify the user.