Airplane Mode is a feature that’s built into every Android smartphone– or any smartphone for that matter–that disables any outgoing signals your Android phone is giving off. But, why would you want to put your Android phone into Airplane Mode? While it may seem counterintuitive to completely disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or your cellular data, there’s one instance this feature is good for.

As it was mentioned, your Android phone is giving off a number of signals, from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth, to cellular data. Unfortunately, these signals can cause havoc while you’re in the setting of an airplane.

You see, an airplane has its own signals that it’s producing. But the most important signal is its signal that allows for communications. An airplane needs to communicate with other airplanes or, if or when there’s an emergency, to call for help. Your network signal, Bluetooth and cellular data signal can cause interference.

When you realize that, the picture becomes clear: that’s the very reason it’s called ‘Airplane Mode.’ By using it, you’re cutting off every outgoing signal that your Android phone is giving offer, thereby, avoiding any interference the airplane may have with your phone.

Turning On Airplane Mode With Power Menu

1. Turn on your Android phone if it isn’t already.

2. Hold the ‘Power’ button. It should be the same button that puts your Android phone to sleep. It will prompt a small window.

enable airplane mode from power menu

3. While it varies between different Android manufacturers, the menu should have ‘Airplane mode’ among the list of other power options. Go ahead and select it. Airplane Mode is now enabled. If you were connected to a network connection or using Bluetooth, it’s now disabled as well.

4. Double-check that Airplane Mode has been enabled by looking at your Android dashboard, the small black bar that sits at the top of your screen (it displays your time and battery life). You should see a small airplane icon.

  • Alternatively, you can pull the dashboard down to ensure that Airplane Mode was enabled. Tap or select the dashboard and swipe down. You’ll find Airplane Mode among your power options.

From Quick Settings

1. Locate your Android dashboard. It’s the black bar located at the top of your phone’s screen that displays the time and battery, among other things.

2. Open your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by tapping the dashboard or selecting it and swiping down the screen with your finger to expand the dashboard into your Quick Settings Menu.

turn on airplane mode from quick settings

3. You’ll see a list of notifications, but, more importantly, you’ll see a handful of power options to choose from. Locate ‘Airplane Mode’ (the icon is clearly a plane) and tap it. If you don’t see it, try scrolling up the menu by swiping down. Some power options may be hidden this way.

Android Settings

1. Locate and launch the ‘Settings’ app. You should find it somewhere on one of your Home screens or in your App Drawer where all of your currently installed apps are housed.

  • Or, alternatively, you can open your ‘Quick Settings Menu.’ Tap the dashboard or select it with your finger and swiping down your screen. It will expand the Quick Settings Menu. Afterwards, locate the ‘Settings’ app by selecting the GEAR icon.

2. In the Settings menu, locate and select ‘More.’ Its icon is three horizontal dots.

turn on airplane mode from settings

3. In the ‘More’ menu, locate ‘Airplane mode.’ Tap or move the slider located to the right of Airplane Mode. If it’s turned ON, it will turn blue. If it’s OFF, it will turn grey. In other words, if the slider is on the left side, it’s turned off and if it’s on the right side, it will turn on.

Fancy Tricks Airplane Mode Can Do

If you’re in a hurry and need to turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, there’s a quicker way of doing so without fiddling with your Quick Settings Menu or your Android settings. Rather than turn them off one after the other, simply activate Airplane Mode with any of the above methods mentioned in the article. Turning on Airplane Mode will immediately disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and data, since they’re all giving off a signal.