Does airplane mode save battery?

You may have heard that airplane mode saves battery. Or charge your phone in airplane mode to charge faster. But is it really true? Or is it just a rumor we tend to believe?

So we decided to answer this question once and for all. We did some research to see if airplane mode actually saves battery life. And here are our findings.

Does airplane mode save battery?

Your phone constantly searches for a cell phone signal tower and pings it to get a good signal. Likewise, if your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on, they also scan for signals to find a connection.

Such processes usually consume your battery power, especially if they can’t find the connection. If you are in an area with no cell phone signal, your phone constantly tries to ping the nearest cell tower, which consumes a lot of your phone’s power.

Disabling Airplane Mode disables all three of these features, period. As a result, the amount of power your phone uses is drastically reduced. Some of the newer phones have the feature that automatically disables network connectivity after about thirty minutes fruitless searches.

However, those thirty minutes can seriously hog your phone’s juice. So, enabling Airplane Mode definitely saves your phone from draining its battery.

Will my phone charge faster if airplane mode is on?

As mentioned earlier, enabling airplane mode turns off your network antenna, which consumes a lot of power. If you charge your phone in airplane mode, since it does not use energy-intensive equipment, your phone can save the power it is not using which results in faster charging speed.

Charge your phone in airplane mode

However, it’s best to remember that you won’t be able to make or receive calls or texts when your phone is in airplane mode.

Can I use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when airplane mode is on?

Yes, you can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when your phone is in airplane mode. Since enabling the feature automatically disables these services, you will need to re-enable them if you want to use them.

But you won’t be able to use anything related to your phone’s mobile network.

Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Airplane Mode

If you use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while your phone is in airplane mode, it doesn’t save as much battery as when those features are off.

Enable Airplane Mode on iPhone

Enabling Airplane Mode on your iPhone is quite simple. You can do this in two ways.

Using the Control Center

  1. On your screen, swipe down from the right side of the camera to access Control center.
  2. Find it airplane icon in the network and connectivity section (the square box with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data).
    Enable Airplane Mode on iPhone
  3. Tap the icon to switch to airplane mode.

Using Parameters

  1. Unlock your phone.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. At the top of the list, under your Apple ID details, you’ll find an option called Airplane Mode.
    turn on airplane mode on iphone
  4. toggle button next to Airplane mode sure.

Enable Airplane Mode on Android

Similar to iPhone, there are two different ways to enable airplane mode on your Android devices.

Using quick settings

  1. Unlock your phone if you cannot access your notification bar when your phone is locked.
  2. Swipe down (or up, depending on your phone settings) to open quick settings for your notification bar.
  3. Find the icon that has the airplane icon. Some phones may also have a larger toggle button with the “Airplane Mode” icon and text.
    Airplane mode from quick settings
  4. Tap the icon to switch to airplane mode.
  5. You can see that your mobile data will be disabled and your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, if enabled, will be disabled.

Using Parameters

  1. Unlock your phone and go to settings.
  2. Find Network and Internet and open it. Some phones may have the “Connect and share” option instead.
    enable airplane mode on android
  3. Find Airplane mode in the list and enable it.

Turn on airplane mode on laptop

Laptops also have the Airplane Mode feature which disables Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and network connectivity which can save your laptop battery.

  1. Click the notification icon on the right side of the taskbar if you are using Windows 10 to open the Action Center. If you use Windows 11, click on the network and battery icon.
    Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + A on your keyboard to access the Action Center.
    Activate airplane mode via the action center
  2. Look for the airplane icon with “Airplane mode” written below.
  3. Turn it on to activate airplane mode.

Does airplane mode completely save battery?

While airplane mode is proven to save your battery from draining as much as it regularly does, that doesn’t mean your phone isn’t draining your battery.

There are other features like the screen and speakers that also use your battery. However, your phone’s battery won’t drain as much as if airplane mode was turned off.


Ultimately, if you’re low on power and don’t plan on using your mobile network, you can safely turn on airplane mode to save your battery until you can charge it.

Likewise, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to conserve your battery, such as on a long flight or in an area with no connectivity, you can enable airplane mode so that your phone’s antenna doesn’t suck in the battery. Power.

And finally, putting your phone on airplane mode while charging can also be a useful hack if you’re in a rush and your phone doesn’t have enough juice.

I hope this article has helped you better understand what airplane mode does and how it saves your battery.

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