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Airplane mode 10

by Adam Marks Tue, 17 May 2011 9:25 pm EDT

One of the biggest battery hogs of a smartphone besides the large screen is the multiple radios and receivers inside of them, including the cellular radios, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. If you need to conserve battery but don't want to shut your phone down completely, you may want to consider putting your phone into Airplane Mode, which shuts down all those radios but leaves your phone offline but fully functional. In this standby mode, you should lose no more than 1-2% per hour of battery, maybe even less.

Airplane mode originally got its name--not surprisingly--as a result of the requirement to shut off your phone's receivers on an airplane while still keeping access to your "portable electronic device." Of course, nothing prevents you from activating it while you are firmly planted on the ground, too. There are two ways to access airplane mode:

  1. Press-and-hold the power button for a few seconds until the power menu pop up appears and select Airplane Mode.
  2. Swipe down from the top-right of the screen to access the Connections dropdown menu and select "Turn on Airplane Mode"

When you are done, a small airplane icon ( ) will appear on the right of the top status bar indicating that Airplane Mode has been turned on.  Once in Airplane mode, you can still turn on any individual receiver for your phone to access. So, if you are on a flight that has Wi-Fi, you can enable Airplane Mode and then just turn Wi-Fi back on (either directly in the Wi-Fi app or by once again swiping down from the top-right of the screen to access the Connections dropdown menu and selecting Wi-Fi). Once you are ready to turn Airplane mode off, just perform either of the same steps as above but selecting "Turn off Airplane Mode"

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an easier way to do it would be to swipe down from the top right corner, and hit "turn on airplane mode"

oh yea..been Patched for so long that I forgot that option existed, too. FIXED

i usually just suggest to people to turn off their data radio. That thing's a hog, and hugely improves battery life. (The only kicker is that webOS 2.x is CONSTANTLY syncing to google, and if your experience is like mine, you will lose calendar events, and your contact photos will start to down-res over time. Which makes no sense, but.. eh.)

Oh, I just commented to say it's funny, someone was telling me they took a flight recently and was told that putting their devices in airplane mode was not sufficient.
Such BS! In europe I've been told they don't try to pull all this nonsense. I think I heard even airplane mode isn't required, but i haven't confirmed that.

Funny that now when you get on a plane, they request that you must turn off your phone completely during the whole flight. And then specifically request that you do not use Airplane Mode...it must be completely off.

How stupid.

They say that, but, then they tell you (usually) it's safe to use 'approved portable electronics' once they level off at a certain altitude. To my experience, 'approved portable electronics' includes phones with Safe mode activated.

I believe this new message is for people who still want to use their electronics during take off.

That said -- I think it's a bunch of outdated rules, but, that's a different commentary.

Airplane mode works great for keeping the phone idle.
But when one powers off the Pre+, it sucks batteries dry in a couple of hours. On flights, I have to shut down and take the battery out.
To me, this is further evidence that the Pre+ is was not at all well-designed. Just counting my time until my contract with Verizon is up.

Sounds more like a defective battery. I don't have this problem.

Not the battery, based on N=2. I have two batteries and am on my second Pre+, and both had the problem.

Or you could just turn your phone off completely and send a message in a bottle.....???!!!! Come On!!

I've had the same drain while my Pre+ is off. I was shocked by it on a camping trip last summer.