Will I Get a Missed Call If My Phone is on Airplane Mode?

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Will I Get a Missed Call If My Phone is on Airplane Mode?

There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about what Airplane Mode means and what it actually achieves on a smartphone.

Before answering the question of if you will get a missed call when your phone is on airplane mode, it is important first to understand what airplane mode means and how it works.

Airplane mode or flight mode or standalone mode, or offline mode simply means putting your phone in a mode where it is no longer able to receive and send radio signals.

This means that phone calls and text messages, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, which all use radio signals, are turned off. However, you should know that you can still turn on wi-fi or Bluetooth even when your phone is in airplane mode.

The advantage of using airplane mode is that it allows you to restrict phone calls while being able to use other functions like wi-fi and Bluetooth.

Also, before answering the question of whether you can receive a missed call when your phone is in airplane mode, we need first to remove the confusion that users have between airplane mode and Do Not Disturb or DND.

Do not Disturb does not turn off radio signals on your phone. Do not disturb only stops you from receiving notifications for phone calls, text messages, and other application notifications on your phone.

This means that even though phone calls are allowed to get into your phone, you will not be alerted to them unless you open the phone to check. When you check, you will be able to see the calls that you missed while your phone was on Do Not Disturb.

Airplane mode, on the other hand, completely turns off your ability to receive phone calls.

Another big difference is that while putting your phone in Do Not Disturb usually means that you want to be away from your phone, putting your phone in airplane mode allows you to actually use your phone to do other things like watch movies or read without having any disturbances from phone calls or application notifications.

So can you get a missed call when your phone is in airplane mode? Read on to find out more.

Can You Get Calls on Airplane Mode?

No, you cannot get calls when your phone is in airplane mode. Phone calls require radio signals to work, and airplane mode disables the radio signals. So when your phone is in airplane mode, it is unable to receive phone calls.

However, this only applies to normal phone calls using mobile telecommunication providers. When your phone is in airplane mode, you can still turn on Wi-Fi and receive calls from third-party applications such as Telegram, Instagram, Facebook, and so on.

But as far as normal phone calls are concerned, you will not be able to receive phone calls when your phone is in airplane mode. There is no workaround for this.

As a matter of fact, if someone tries to call you when your phone is in airplane mode, they will be told that your phone is switched off or not reachable.

This is because your phone has been prevented from being reached by the cell towers of your mobile telecommunications network provider.

And unlike with wi-fi and Bluetooth, there is no way to allow phone calls when your phone is in airplane mode. Therefore, at the time of writing this article, there is simply no way to get phone calls when your phone is in airplane mode.

Will I Get a Missed Call If My Phone is on Airplane Mode?

No, when your phone is in airplane mode, you will not receive any missed calls. And if someone tries to call you, their call will not go through.

They will be told that your number is switched off or that you are unreachable. So, there will be no missed calls on your phone.

Furthermore, when you remove your phone from airplane mode, the calls that were attempted during the period will not reflect on your phone.

This is because the calls were never completed. Therefore, you will not see them as missed calls on your phone.

As we explained earlier, this is different from putting your phone in Do Not Disturb. When your phone is in Do Not Disturb, you will get missed calls even though you are not aware when the phone is ringing.

On airplane mode, however, the call never gets to your phone. Therefore, you will not get missed calls when your phone is in airplane mode. This is because airplane mode completely turns off radio signals for phone calls and text messages on your phone.

So, you should only put your phone in airplane mode when you can afford to miss calls during the period when your phone is in airplane mode.

When you have determined that you can afford to put your phone in airplane mode and miss potential calls during the period, then follow the steps below to put your phone in airplane mode:

On Android:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen on your Android phone to open quick settings

2. Tap once on Airplane Mode. It is the feature with the small airplane icon.

3. Make sure that the icon is now highlighted in blue. This will put your phone in airplane mode and ensure that you do not get any calls or missed calls during the period when the phone is in this mode.

On iPhone:

1. Swipe up from the bottom or down from the top of your phone to reveal the control panel

2. Tap once on airplane mode. It is the feature with the small airplane icon.

3. Make sure that the icon is now highlighted in blue.

How to See Missed Calls When Phone is on Airplane Mode

As of the time of writing this article, there is no way to see missed calls when the phone is in airplane mode. There is no setting, feature, or third-party application that will alert you of a missed call when your phone is in airplane mode.

Airplane mode completely disables your phone’s ability to receive, record, or register standard phone calls.

You may only be able to receive calls if you have Wi-Fi turned on in airplane mode and you are using third-party applications that make and receive calls on your phone.

The only way to know that someone has tried to call you when your phone is on airplane mode is if the person leaves a voice message or voicemail. Other than this, there is simply no way to see missed calls when your phone is in airplane mode.

What Happens If Someone Calls You When Your Phone Is On Airplane Mode?

We have already established the fact that you cannot receive calls or see missed calls when your phone is in airplane mode.

You may then want to know what exactly happens if someone calls you when your phone is in airplane mode. Find below all the possible things that could happen if someone calls you when your phone is in airplane mode.

1. They May Be Told That Your Line Is Switched Off

If someone calls you when your phone is in airplane mode, the person may be notified that your phone is switched off even though your phone is not switched off.

This is because phone calls require radio signals to work. And because airplane mode disables radio signals, the phone call cannot be completed, hence the person being told that your phone is switched off.

2. They May Be Told That Your Line Is Unreachable

Sometimes instead of saying that your line is switched off, the network message may be that your line is unreachable or out of coverage.

This is because putting your phone in airplane mode temporarily disconnects your phone from the cell towers of your mobile telecommunications network provider. And because the cell towers cannot reach your phone, the caller would be told that your line is unreachable.

3. You May Receive Voicemails Or Messages

When people try to call you when your phone is on airplane mode, and the call does not go through, they may decide to leave you voicemails, letting you know that they have tried to call you.

This is probably the only way you can know that they tried to call you while your phone was in airplane mode.

The other way, of course, is if they eventually reach you when your connection is back on, and they tell you that they had tried to call you during the period when your phone was in airplane mode.

4. Call May Be Forwarded

If you have call forwarding activated on your phone, then people who try to call you when your phone is on airplane mode will have their call forwarded according to your settings.

This is because putting your phone in airplane mode is as good as turning your phone off or being unreachable.

So if you have forwarded your calls to another number, you may receive the calls on that number. And this, of course, defeats the purpose of putting your phone on airplane mode in the first place.

Whatever the case, just keep in mind that putting your phone in airplane mode is as good as switching your phone off or being unreachable, and the settings that you have around call forwarding will be activated accordingly when your phone is on airplane mode.

5. On Your Phone, Nothing Will Happen

If someone calls you when your phone is in airplane mode, absolutely nothing will happen on your phone. There will be no push notification, message, email, or LED light indicating that someone is trying to call you during the period.

This is why it is important to be sure that you can afford to miss phone calls during the period when your phone is in airplane mode.

Benefits of Using Airplane Mode

1. Reduce Distractions

One of the primary benefits of airplane mode on your smartphone is to reduce distractions and interruptions from phone calls, text messages, application alerts, and notifications.

This allows you to use your phone to perform other tasks like reading or watching videos without being interrupted by any calls or notifications.

Or you may just want to stay completely away from your phone to get some time off your electronic device. With Do Not Disturb, you may be tempted to check your phone from time to time for missed calls and messages.

However, with airplane mode, you are certain that you are not missing any calls or messages and so you can take your mind completely off your phone during your focus period.

2. Save Battery Power

When you put your phone in airplane mode, it disables radio signals, as we explained earlier. You may want to know that radio signals on your phone are constantly listening for radio connections and thereby draining battery life.

When your phone is in airplane mode, your phone is no longer constantly trying to establish connections to your mobile telecommunications network provider’s cell towers, Wi-Fi networks, or Bluetooth connections. This ensures that battery life is preserved for longer than usual.

3. Increase Charging Speed

When your phone is in airplane mode, applications and processes that require radio connections are not running. This reduces the number of active applications on your phone and, in turn, reduces the load and discharge cycle on the battery.

As a result, your battery is able to charge faster.

4. Granular Control

When you put your phone in airplane mode, as opposed to switching your phone off or putting it in Do Not Disturb, you are able to control which applications you can use while your phone is in airplane mode.

For example, with your phone in airplane mode, your alarm will still ring when the time comes. With Do Not Disturb or turning your phone off, this would not be possible, especially for iPhone users.

Also, with airplane mode, you can choose to use Bluetooth to transfer files or play audio through a Bluetooth device while restricting phone calls and Wi-Fi functionality.

In summary, when your phone is in airplane mode, you will not be able to see missed calls or receive calls through the normal call application on your phone. However, you will be able to communicate using third-party applications if you have Wi-Fi turned on.

However, putting your phone in airplane mode has several advantages. And so as long as you can afford to miss calls during the period, you can go ahead and put your phone in airplane mode as the need arises.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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