Apple Watch: Airplane Mode

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

Apple Watch: Airplane Mode

How to Use Airplane Mode on Apple Watch

  • Lift your wrist to wake Apple Watch.
  • When the watch face appears, swipe up.
  • The Glance you last used appears on the Glances screen.
  • Swipe right (once or more times) until the Setting Glance appears.
  • Tap Airplane Mode to turn it on. Airplane Mode becomes disconnected from iPhone.
  • To turn off Airplane mode, tap the icon again. In this moment 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. Set then 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 iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open 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 Control Center, then touch Airplane Mode. Tap Bluetooth to turn Bluetooth on. Tap Wi-Fi. If Apple Watch is mirroring iPhone’s Airplane Mode setting, turn off Airplane Mode on 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 airplaine mode, he (or she) will disabl Bluetooth, GPS, telephony, and WiFi.

The name of the feature comes from the prohibition by many airlines of using equipment transmitting radio-frequency signal while in flight; thus as using airplane mode prevents devices from transmitting, the passenger complains with the regulations.

As soon as you activtae the airplane mode on your device, you will disable all voice and text telephony, as well as other signal-transmitting technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which your device uses. However Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be enabled separately even while the device is in airplane mode, and this possibility is acceptable 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 telephony must be disabled, while Wi-Fi may actually be used if the carrier offers this functionality. Besides, 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, 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.

Note also 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 in airplane mode, some devices such as some Nokia smartphones allow the user to make calls to emergency services even in airplane mode. 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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Apple Watch – How to turn on/off airplane mode. Video uploaded by How to Smartphone on Jun 8, 2015.


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