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Samsung Galaxy S20 Stuck in Airplane Mode (Fix)

Is Your Samsung Galaxy S20 stuck in Airplane mode? Here is how to fix your issue!
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If the Airplane mode on your Samsung Galaxy S20 is stuck and there is no network connection, then this guide is for you.

If you wonder why this happens, then the most common reason is temporary glitches or bugs on your smartphone. However, software updates, third-party apps, and caching issues can all contribute to your Galaxy S20 being stuck in Airplane mode.

Another unique thing about this problem is that for some people, the Airplane icon on the navigation menu (top bar) gets a light blue color (as shown in the image below).

S20 airplane mode light blue color

So here are the best working solutions to fix this problem once and for all. Let’s get started.

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S20 model (S20, S20 Plus, S20 Fe, and S20 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S20 running Android 12. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

Solutions to Fix if the Airplane mode stuck on your Samsung Galaxy S20

Follow these given solutions one after another without ignoring any of them until the problem gets fixed.

Fix 01: Restart the device

For a lot of problems that occur on smartphones, restarting is the first thing to do.

It is because by restarting, you refresh the Android system, apps, and services on your smartphone. As a result, this will resolve any temporary glitches that have caused Airplane mode to become stuck on your Samsung Galaxy S20.

There is no special way that you should restart your S20. You can do the same as usual;

  1. Press and hold the power button.
  2. Tap on the Restart button twice.
Restart phone

Fix 02: Turn on Airplane mode under settings

If restarting does not work, you can try another method to disable Airplane mode.

When the Airplane mode becomes stuck in the light blue color, it is usually not turned on. What you can do here is turn on the Airplane mode under settings and then restart the device. Did you not get it? Here are the steps you need to follow;

  1. Swipe down the top of the screen to bring up the notification bar.
  2. Tap and hold the Airplane mode button. It will take you to the Airplane Mode settings.
  3. If the Airplane mode is turned off, turn it on. If it is already turned on then turn it off and turn it back on.
  4. Restart the device and swipe down the notification bar.
  5. You will still see the Airplane mode is on. Tap on it and turn off Airplane Mode.

Now the Airplane mode should be turned off, and your S20 should get network signals.

Fix 03: Uninstall any Airplane mode app installed on your S20

There are a few apps that are available on Playstore to control the Airplane mode. If you use any app for any kind of instance, uninstalling them can fix the problem.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Scroll down and find the app that you have installed to control Airplane mode.
Airplane mode app
  1. Tap on Uninstall.
  2. After the uninstall is complete, restart the device.

Check if the Airplane mode is off after the restart.

Fix 04: Revoke App permission to write system settings

Sometimes, even if you have not installed any app to control the Airplane mode, some apps might still be able to do so. Also, a bug in an app can alter system settings and create a glitch in the Airplane mode setting.

To fix this, you can revoke or disable unnecessary apps from writing system settings on your Galaxy S20. Here is how you can do that;

  1. Open Settings > Apps.
  2. Tap the 3 dots at the top right corner and select “special access”.
  3. You will see a list of special permissions, tap on “Write system settings” or “Change system settings” from the list.
  4. Now you will see the apps that can write your S20’s system settings. Remove every unnecessary app from the list by turning off the toggle button.

Fix 05: Reset all settings

I have seen some of the guides tell you to reset the network settings first. However, this will be a waste of your time and effort because it has a much lower chance of resolving the stuck Airplane mode.

Instead of resetting the network settings, you can directly reset all the settings on your Galaxy S20. This fix will work most of the time for people who tried resetting the network settings and the other solutions mentioned above.

  1. Head over to Settings > General management.
  2. Tap the “Reset” option.
Reset option samsung
  1. Tap on the “Reset all settings”.
Reset all settings
  1. Confirm the reset.
  2. If your S20 did not get restarted, restart it manually.

You may need to change a few settings since the settings are now set to default values.

Fix 06: Clear the cache of your Galaxy S20

Clearing the cache is another universal solution for most of the problems on Samsung Galaxy smartphones. But we do not recommend doing it at first because the process can be a hassle for some users.

By clearing the cache, we force the device to rebuild it. Since the previous cache gets deleted, glitches caused by the old cache files will be fixed. So here is how you do it:

Read: Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

  1. Turn off your Galaxy S20.
  2. Press the volume up and power button together until your device boots into recovery mode.
  3. Once the recovery menu appears, select “Wipe cache partition” (use the volume buttons) 
Wipe cache partition
  1. Now press the power button.
  2. Confirm the command by selecting “yes” and the power button.
Confirmation to wipe cache partition s22
  1. After the process completes, you will see the recovery menu again. To restart your device, select Reboot device now and press the power button again.

Swipe down the notification bar after your device restarts to see if Airplane mode is turned off and not stuck like before.


I know how frustrating it can be when you want to use mobile data or communicate with someone but cannot do so because your phone is stuck in Airplane mode. That is why we have devoted our efforts to providing you with the best working solutions for your Galaxy S20.

If this guide helped you solve the issue, or you need any help, don’t forget to leave a comment below.

Have a nice day!

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    Hello Danu,
    I have tried all the methods you suggested above, however nothing has worked. The issue started when I updated the phone last September, do you have any other ideas of what the problem could be?. My phone is a Samsung S20 5G, model SM G98101 and the software version is ONE ui5.1 with Android 13.
    If you know how to downgrade it to Android 12, which worked fine or downgrade the software to ui4.1. Since these two things are what people online keep saying are the problems. Thanks
    Kind regards

    • Danu

      Hi Emilio!

      Have you tried resetting your phone completely? We haven’t mentioned it in here but you can try that instead of rolling back the update.

      To reset your phone completely:

      Go to Settings.
      Scroll down and tap on General management.
      Then tap on Reset.
      Then select Factory data reset.
      Enter the password/PIN.
      Confirm the reset.

      Don’t forget to give me an update 🙂

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