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What is the use of Airplane Mode? | How it works?

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Hello Gnees Army,

Good Evening,

Most of the time we toggle Navigation Bar for enabling Cellular Networks or Wi-Fi on our smartphone or tablets. But did you notice there is an icon of Airplane Mode in Navigation Bar?

Today Let’s know about Airplane Mode. What is Airplane Mode? How does it work? What it’s the advantage? So, Here we go…


Airplane Mode

The Airplane Mode also called Aeroplane mode, Flight mode, Offline mode, or Standalone mode in some devices.

When it is activated, this mode suspends the device’s Radio-Frequency (RF) signal transmission technologies (i.e., Bluetooth, telephony, and Wi-Fi), effectively disabling all voice, text, and phone services. GPS may or may not be disabled, because it does not involve transmitting radio waves.

The mode is so named because most Airlines Prohibit the use of equipment that transmits RF signals while in flight especially on Fight take-off or Landing. Typically it is not possible to make phone calls or send messages in airplane mode, but some smartphones allow calls to emergency services.


Regulations in many countries prohibit the use of devices that transmit signals on commercial aircraft. A typical phone or cellular-enabled tablet is communicating with several cell towers and attempting to maintain a connection at all times. If the towers are far away, the phone or tablet has to boost its signal so it can communicate with the towers. So, Your Phone’s most of the battery power is consumed for receiving networks and it reduces the battery power much faster.

Moreover, this sort of communication could interfere with an airplane’s sensors and potentially cause issues with sensitive navigation equipment. That’s the concern that brought these laws about, anyway.

Funny fact about it is that in reality, modern equipment is robust to receive RF signals. Even if your device RF transmissions do cause problems to plane, the plane/aircraft won’t fall out of the sky as MOST OF THE TIME a few people forget to enable airplane mode! However, we always highly recommend abiding by the Flight rules for your own and other’s people safety in the plane.

So, Never be over-smart in this field. DO what Air Hostess instructed you to do!

How Airplane Mode Works?

What Does Airplane Mode Do?

Whatever device you’re using—an Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Windows tablet, or whatever else—airplane mode disables the same hardware functions. These include:

  • Cellular: Your device will stop communicating with cell towers. You won’t be able to send or receive anything that depends on cellular data, from voice calls to SMS messages to mobile data.
  • Wi-Fi: Your phone will stop scanning for nearby Wi-Fi networks and attempting to join them. If you’re already connected to a Wi-Fi network, you’ll be disconnected.
  • Bluetooth: Airplane mode disables Bluetooth, a wireless communication technology most people use it to connect with wireless DEVICES.
  • GPS: Airplane mode also disables GPS-receiving functions, but only on some devices. This is a bit confusing and inconsistent. In theory, GPS is unlike all the other technologies here—a device with GPS turned on is only listening to GPS signals it receives, not transmitting any signals. However, some aircraft regulations do not allow the use of GPS-receiving functions for whatever reason.
Airplane Mode

Use Airplane Mode to Save Battery Power

You don’t have to always in the plane to enable Airplane Mode. You can enable it to save a lot of battery power of your phone. When you are in rural areas where Cellular Networks may not work properly or you don’t need Cellular Networks, GPS, Wi-Fi signals on your devices for some time, in that condition you can enable Airplane Mode.

Airplane mode is useful when you’re on the ground, offering an excellent way to save battery power on your device.

As the radios on a device use a large amount of power, communicating with cell towers, scanning for and connecting to nearby Wi-Fi networks, waiting for incoming Bluetooth connections, and occasionally checking your location via GPS.

I hope you understand about Airplane Mode! Thanks for reading!

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