We’re heading into the heaviest travel time of the year, and this holiday season is gearing up to break previous records. If you are one of those courteous folks who put their mobile devices into airplane mode when you are taking a flight, you may want to consider using that mode when you’re not travelling.

At first glance, that idea may seem like a nuisance, and for fanatical phone freaks, it probably would be. Whether for business or pleasure, if you are on your smart phone constantly, then this article is not for you.

However, if you use your phone for essential communications only, then here are some good reasons to keep airplane mode on.

Why use airplane mode when not flying?

Saves Precious Battery Life

Have you ever met someone who doesn't want their smartphone battery to last longer? Remember that your apps are constantly running in the background, draining your battery. Airplane Mode can be your secret weapon to keep your phone juiced up.

When you're in an area with poor cellular reception, what happens to your phone? It might tirelessly search for a signal. This can lead to battery drain. By turning on Airplane Mode, you prevent your phone from endlessly searching for a network. This saves precious battery power. It can also keep you from connecting to a dangerous network.

By switching on Airplane Mode, you effectively shut down all communication functions. This includes Wi-Fi, cellular data, and Bluetooth. This can be a lifesaver when you're running low on battery and need your phone to last until you can find a charger.

Boosts Your Charging Speed

Have you experienced those moments of panic when your phone's battery is about to die? You desperately need to charge it ASAP, and you know it will take a while. Here's a neat trick for both phone freaks and casual users: put your phone in Airplane Mode before plugging it in.

Studies show that phones charge about 4 times faster in Airplane Mode.

When you do this, your phone won't be wasting power on syncing notifications or checking for updates or connecting to networks. As a result, it will charge up faster, getting you back in the game in no time. Those notifications and updates will be waiting for you once you’re fully charged.

Chill With a Peaceful Escape from Notifications

Why weed through a dozen notifications, when only one or two are useful? Life can get chaotic, and sometimes you need a break from constant pings. Turning on Airplane Mode grants you the gift of peace and tranquility, even if only for a little while. You can enjoy some quality ‘me’ time without interruptions from social media alerts or work emails. It's like creating your own little digital oasis!

Staying Focused

Distractions impair focus, and from time to time we all struggle to stay focused. Whether it's work, studying, or a creative project, distractions are everywhere. Airplane Mode can be your go-to tool to combat those distractions. By cutting off the internet connection, you'll find it easier to concentrate on the task at hand. So, next time you need to get in the zone, remember to flip that Airplane Mode switch!

Can Prevent Embarrassing Moments

Let’s say you're in an important meeting when suddenly your phone starts blaring an embarrassingly loud and/or silly ringtone. Even if the ringer is off, phones often vibrate when getting a call or notification.

Avoid these awkward moments. Use Airplane Mode in situations where silence is golden. You can still use your phone for notetaking or accessing offline content, but without any fear of accidental disruptions.

Digital Detox

Sometimes we all need a break from the digital world. Taking time to reconnect with loved ones, enjoying outdoor activities, or simply being present in the moment is chicken soup for the soul. Airplane Mode lets you temporarily disconnect from the online realm. But you still have access to your phone's offline features.

Avoid Unwanted Radiation

We’ve all heard the theories on phone radiation, but the jury is actually still out on any health risks of mobile phone radiation. Still, some people prefer to err on the side of caution. Enabling Airplane Mode reduces your phone's radiation emission. This is because it disables most of the communication features. If you're concerned about exposure, using Airplane Mode can provide some peace of mind.

Save Data and Money

If you're on a limited data plan, turning on Airplane Mode can help you manage your data usage, as well as avoiding unexpected charges. It's a smart move. Especially when you're nearing the end of your billing cycle and don't want to exceed your data limit.

Remember, Airplane Mode isn't just for frequent flyers. It's a nifty feature that can enhance your daily life in various ways. It offers longer battery life and faster charging. As well as escaping the constant barrage of notifications, it has benefits. Airplane Mode can be your digital ally in a world that's always connected.

So, give it a try, and enjoy this underrated smartphone feature even when your feet are firmly on the ground!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get hold of someone if their phone is on airplane mode?

The only chance you have is to try sending a text message - this may go through even when the phone is in airplane mode. Alternatively, if all else fails, just wait until they turn off airplane mode and then give them a call!

What's the difference between Do Not Disturb and airplane mode?

In Do Not Disturb mode, a phone is still connected to network, but it’s simply set to silent mode, so it doesn't ring or make noise. In airplane mode your phone is silent because it is not connected to any network, so no one can call. Text messages can sometimes get through.

Does airplane mode block everything?

As previously noted, you can't make or receive calls, send texts, or browse the internet, but you can still use your phone for anything that doesn't require a signal or internet: you can take photos, listen to music, play games, work with any files you have saved on your phone, or compose emails/messages to send later.

When I turn airplane mode off will I get messages?

Text messages do not stay queued in the system indefinitely if they are not received by your phone. When you come out of airplane mode, only text messages sent in the previous 48-72 hours will be received.

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