If you’ve traveled abroad in the last decade or so, you’ve probably been asked by a flight attendant to turn on “flight mode” or “flight mode” on your mobile device.
Airplane mode is easy to find on most phones. You can either go to your device’s settings or quickly go there by swiping into control center, tapping the little airplane icon, and turning off all alarms.
But what is flight mode and why is it important?
What is flight mode?
Airplane mode is a setting present on most smartphones, tablets, laptops, and portable game consoles such as The Nintendo Switch.
The setting restricts all signal transmission from your device, including cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The idea is to keep your phone signals from interfering with any systems on the plane.
After activating airplane mode, you can manually re-enable the latter two. This means you can use Bluetooth to pair a set of wireless headphones and listen to Spotify or watch your favorite Netflix show offline, or connect to the airline’s Wi-Fi network to regain access to online services such as your browser, social media , streaming services and messaging services such as WhatsApp.
However, you still won’t be able to access cellular services until Airplane mode is safely turned off. This means you can’t make phone calls or text messages or access mobile data, including 4G and 5G, while in the air.
It’s good to note that airplane Wi-Fi doesn’t have a reputation for being particularly fast. It can be weak and unreliable depending on your airline and flight, so it’s best to download some content or bring a book as a backup in case the network goes down.
Airplane mode saving battery?
One common belief about Airplane Mode is that it helps extend your phone’s battery life when it’s dead — and that seems to be true.
Airplane mode limits the number of transmissions your phone has to send, reducing the load on your phone and allowing it to focus on charging while you’re plugged in.
However, you will of course lose cellular functionality when you activate Airplane Mode. If you’re waiting on a call or need to use 5G, Airplane mode might not be the best way to preserve battery life.