Airplane Mode on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

In this guide, you will learn how Airplane mode works and how you can turn it on/off
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Airplane mode is a setting available on most smartphones that disables the device’s wireless communication functions. This includes cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections. 

The primary function of airplane mode is to make smartphones safe for use during flights, as the radio signals emitted by the phone can interfere with the airplane’s navigation and communication systems.

But Airplane mode can be useful in day-to-day life scenarios as well, and in this guide, we will explain to you how Airplane mode works, how to enable Airplane mode on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and some info that could be useful to you.

How Does Airplane Mode Work?

When airplane mode is enabled, it shuts down all wireless communication on your device. This means you won’t receive any calls, messages, or notifications that require a cellular network connection. 

Airplane mode also shuts down WiFi connections. But you can turn it on by manually tapping on the WiFi icon. But you won’t be able to use mobile data, cellular calls, and SMS/MMS while Airplane mode is turned on.

How to Enable Airplane Mode on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

Enabling airplane mode on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone (or on any smartphone) is a straightforward process. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the notification panel.
  2. Look for the airplane icon. It is usually located in the top row of the quick settings menu.
  3. Tap on the airplane icon. You will know that airplane mode is enabled when the icon turns blue.

When Can Airplane Mode Be Useful?

Airplane mode isn’t just for flights. Here are some scenarios where it can be really useful:

  • Preserving battery life: Because it disables your phone’s wireless communications, it can help save the battery of your smartphone.
  • Avoiding distractions: If you need to focus on a task and don’t want to be interrupted by calls or messages, switching to airplane mode can be a good solution

    (Do Not Disturb can do the same thing but it only turns off notifications).
  • Speeding up charging: Your phone charges faster in airplane mode because there are fewer functions running in the background.

When Should Airplane Mode Be Turned Off?

While airplane mode can be useful in some scenarios, there are times when it should be turned off. 

For example, you should disable airplane mode when you need to use the internet, make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or use any other function that requires a cellular network connection.

What to Do When Airplane Mode Doesn’t Work on Your Samsung Galaxy Smartphone?

If you cannot turn on or use airplane mode on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, here are 2 common solutions to resolve it:

  • Airplane mode won’t turn on/off: Restart your Samsung Galaxy smartphone and try again. If it didn’t work you can reset all settings to refresh network settings that could fix and let you turn on/off airplane mode.
  • Can’t make or receive calls/messages with airplane mode off: Make sure that you have a good signal. If you’re in a location with poor reception, your phone will be unable to connect you with calls and messages even with airplane mode off.

For more detailed guides on troubleshooting airplane mode issues on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, check out these related articles:


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