If you’re trying to conserve battery on your phone, one way may be turning on airplane mode – however is this really saving your battery?
While this method will undoubtedly save your battery, it does come with some significant restrictions: No calls may be placed or received and all wireless connections (data and Bluetooth) will be disabled on your phone.
1. It prevents your phone from searching for cell towers
Turning on airplane mode will force your phone to stop searching for cell towers and sending RF signals, helping conserve battery by eliminating unnecessary energy drain.
Your phone is constantly looking for signals to make calls or connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices, which causes its battery to drain faster if you haven’t enabled airplane mode beforehand.
Airplane mode can also help your device avoid using too much cellular data when at home or traveling abroad – perfect if you don’t want to incur extra data charges while away.
To activate airplane mode, open Control Center and touch on the Airplane mode icon. From there you’ll have access to a pop-up menu allowing you to choose how long your device should stay in this state of flight mode.
Airplane mode can help save battery power because it stops your phone searching for cell towers and Bluetooth connections continuously, meaning your battery won’t drain as rapidly during standby or when not connected to any wireless networks.
Studies by Wirecutter reveal that only four percent of battery life was depleted over four hours, whereas phones without airplane mode enabled experienced an exponential 10 percent drain.
But your phone will still be able to receive calls or text messages and browse the internet for data, as well as access your files and media – it just won’t be able to connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Airplane mode offers another advantage by not interfering with GPS functionality, making it useful if you want to track your location or access apps that rely on it, like maps and traffic apps.
Use airplane mode to temporarily disable notifications that periodically pop-up, such as emails or social media messages. This feature is particularly beneficial if your child needs access to your smartphone but does not wish to be distracted by distractions like notifications.
2. It stops your phone from searching for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices
Airplane mode can help save battery, by disabling various wireless functions on your phone or tablet, such as cellular connection, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi. By doing this, energy usage will significantly decrease, helping it charge faster.
Before switching your phone into airplane mode, there are a few things you should know. One is that it won’t actually save as much battery power as you might assume – therefore using it responsibly is key.
Airplane mode can help save battery power for two reasons. First, it prevents your phone from searching for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth networks that use power while connecting to the internet using smartphones; these technologies consume plenty of juice when searching.
As such, it is wise to limit internet connections while flying as much as possible. If necessary, turn off other features and utilize only cellular data provided by your airline.
As soon as your phone is in airplane mode, you’ll be able to access your email, stream videos or play games without fear of running out of battery power. In addition, any texts, documents or information downloaded onto it while it was flying could also be accessed at anytime.
Airplane mode can also help you sleep more soundly while conserving battery life during an extended flight, until the plane lands and you can reconnect to cellular service again.
Turning off your phone’s cellular and GPS connections may help to stop ads in apps requiring Internet connection from appearing, especially if traveling with children and wanting to ensure they do not gain access to anything potentially harmful.
At the end of a long flight, you don’t want to find yourself with a dead battery when it’s time to head for your hotel room. Finding fast-charging outlets may prove challenging; switching your phone into airplane mode may make charging faster while giving you access to WiFi or hotspot services later when needed.
3. It stops your phone from sending RF signals to nearby cell towers
As a frequent air traveler, it’s likely that you know how to switch your phone into airplane mode before boarding an aircraft – this is a federal mandate to avoid sending RF signals that interfere with plane’s communication system.
Turning your phone into airplane mode disables all wireless communications functions – including cellular network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS – rendering it incapable of making or receiving calls, sending texts messages or accessing the internet.
Though this might seem inconvenient, it actually saves your battery life! As your phone no longer needs to search for a signal, its impact will be reduced, giving your phone longer life.
Your phone won’t search for WiFi or Bluetooth networks either, saving battery when in an area without Wi-Fi access or nearby hotspots.
Airplane mode not only saves your battery, but it can also decrease exposure to non-ionizing radiation that phones emit when transmitting and receiving wireless signals, which has been found to have potentially negative health impacts when exposed frequently.
Airplane mode will reduce radiation emissions from your phone, but isn’t an adequate way of decreasing exposure. Other measures exist for decreasing EMF exposure such as turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when they aren’t actively being used as well as making sure your screen remains off while performing other activities.
Use airplane mode on your device when not in use for an extended period, such as when sleeping or when watching movies/reading books/etc. However, this will only save a small amount of battery and should have no detrimental impact on how well you function normally.
If you want to extend the battery life of your phone, make sure that it stays up-to-date with software updates. This could include new features that prioritize battery use for certain tasks; additionally, try disabling notifications from apps which frequently wake your display and drain battery life.
4. It stops your phone from sending RF signals to nearby Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices
Airplane mode is a feature on most smartphones that disables both cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi connectivity, rendering your smartphone incapable of sending or receiving text messages, accessing web pages or downloading data. Although this might sound like bad news, airplane mode can actually help conserve battery power when travelling.
Airplane mode does more than block your phone’s cellular connection; it also prevents it from transmitting radio frequencies that could harm nearby Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices – often thought of in terms of wireless headphones but used by keyboards, mice and more besides.
Some smartphones feature an easy way of activating airplane mode via a shortcut toggle in their notification bar. To find it, swipe down (or up, depending on your model of device) to unlock it and look for an icon with either an airplane symbol or larger toggle button displaying “Airplane Mode.”
As your phone may interfere with communication and navigation systems on an airplane, unless specifically designed to do so it should always be turned off during flights. Doing this will prevent its radio frequencies from interfering with communication and navigation systems that make flying safer.
Turn off location services that use your smartphone’s antennas to constantly search for your location. While this might come in handy when trying to assess distance, in most situations it is unnecessary.
As previously stated, switching off location services will save battery if they’re no longer necessary. This feature can especially come in handy during long hikes or mountaineering expeditions as it allows your phone to recharge more rapidly during downtime periods.
Another simple yet efficient hack for checking Facebook or WhatsApp messages without setting off read receipts or alerting people that you received their message is checking without setting off read receipts. While not as efficient, this quick and easy method works effectively to manage messages. Finally, Android phones include an inbuilt battery-saving feature called “Adaptive Battery,” which limits how much power certain apps consume in the background.