Apple Watch Airplane Mode: How to Choose It and What To Do

The Airplane Mode feature is available on the Apple Watch. You can turn Airplane Mode on, if you need to turn off all communications (for example, when your plane is taking off or landing). Turning the Airplane Mode on or off on your Apple Watch is easy. You can also set the Apple Watch and paired iPhone to mirror the paired device settings. In this case, turning on Airplane Mode on your iPhone will also turn it on on your Apple Watch, and vice versa.

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Apple Watch: Airplane Mode

How to Use Airplane Mode on Your Apple Watch

  • Lift your wrist to wake your Apple Watch.
  • When the watch face appears, swipe up.
  • The Glance you last used appears on the Glances screen.
  • Swipe right until the Settings Glance appears.
  • Tap Airplane Mode to turn it on, then the Apple Watch will disconnect from the iPhone.
  • To turn off Airplane mode, tap the icon again. Now, the Apple Watch will connect to the iPhone if the devices are within range.
  • Click the Digital Crown and the watch face will appear.

You can also click the Digital Crown to display the Home screen, tap Settings, and then tap Airplane Mode. Next, set the Airplane Mode switch to On (or Off).

How to Choose Whether to Mirror iPhone’s Airplane Mode Setting

  • Press Home on iPhone.
  • Tap Apple Watch on the Home screen.
  • Tap My Watch.
  • Tap Airplane Mode on the My Watch screen.
  • When the Airplane Mode screen appears, set the Mirror iPhone switch to On.
  • Tap My Watch and the My Watch screen will appear again.

(To control Airplane Mode on your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center, then touch Airplane Mode.)

How to Use Apple Watch with iPhone when Airplane Mode is On?

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center, then touch Airplane Mode. Tap Bluetooth to turn Bluetooth on, then tap Wi-Fi. If your Apple Watch is mirroring the iPhone’s Airplane Mode setting, turn off Airplane Mode on the Apple Watch.

A Few Words About Airplane Mode

Airplane mode, also called aeroplane mode, offline mode, flight mode, or standalone mode, is a standard setting available on many modern smartphones, portable computers, and other types of electronic devices. Airplane mode, when activated, suspends radio-frequency signal transmission by the device. Thereby, when the user activates airplane mode, they will disable Bluetooth, GPS, phone calls, and Wi-Fi.

The name of the feature comes from many airline’s restriction of the use of equipment transmitting radio-frequency signal while in flight. Since using airplane mode prevents devices from transmitting, the passenger complies with regulations.

As soon as you activate airplane mode on your device, you will disable all calls and texts, as well as other signal-transmitting technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be enabled separately even while the device is in airplane mode, which is allowed on some aircraft. Receiving radio-frequency signals, as by radio receivers and satellite navigation services, is not inhibited. However, even receiving telephone calls and messages without responding would require the phone to transmit; a smartphone in airplane mode is effectively a PDA.

In a revised review in October 2013, the FAA (short for United States Federal Aviation Administration) made a recommendation on the use of electronic devices in airplane mode. According to these recommendations, cellular phones must be disabled, while Wi-Fi may be used if the carrier offers this functionality. Short-range transmissions (such as Bluetooth and other similar technologies) are always permissible. The FAA statement cites the common practice of aircraft operators whose aircraft can tolerate use of these personal electronic devices, but the statement also confirms that the use of the cell phone may still be prohibited on some models of aircraft.

On October 31, the Federal Aviation Administration formulated the requirement as follows: Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards… The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs. In a recent report, they recommended that the FAA provide airlines with new procedures to assess if their airplanes can tolerate radio interference from PEDs. Once an airline verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones – at all altitudes.

Also note that while in airplane mode, most electronic devices allow the user to continue to use their email client, or other program, to write text or e-mail messages. These texts are saved in memory and can be delivered to their destination as soon as airplane mode is disabled.

Although it is not possible to make normal calls or send text messages in airplane mode, some devices, such as some Nokia smartphones, allow the user to make calls to emergency services. Other devices do not permit it.

As a pleasant and somewhat useful side-effect, airplane mode reduces power consumption and increases battery endurance by shutting down the device’s transmitters and receivers.


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This post currently has 6 responses

  • In airplane mode on my apple watch, I am receiving call notifications/able to answer on the watch. Why is this?

  • By default, Apple Watch Bluetooth remain on in airplane mode.

    To disable, enter airplane mode, into settings and disable Bluetooth. Apple Watch will now remember this is to be off in airplane mode, and enabled outside of airplane mode.

  • While my iPhone and watch are on airplane mode in Europe will it still track my steps ?

  • While I am in Europe I will have my phone and I watch on airplane mode will it keep up with my steps ?

  • I jog every week in Airplane mode and my iWatch still tracks my location and jogging statistics. I actually didn’t expect my GPS co-ordinates to be tracked but they are. Seems the EMF transmissions are never disabled and in constant contact with your skin…. As I noticed with your post it remains very hard to get solid answers to such questions.

  • Hey Cathy Green. Yes. Apple Watch will always track your steps, as long as it is on. Airplane mode just disables some connections in order to prevent interference with flight communications. However, GPS will remain on, and Apple Watch figures out where you have run during airplane mode because it pinpoints those coordinates during airplane mode, and shows you the coordinates when it is connected to the internet again.

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