Airplane Mode is a great feature that allows you to turn off all of the wireless communications signals on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This includes the cellular signal (voice and data), bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Location Services. Airplane mode is perfect for…you guessed it, flying on an airplane. There are also other uses for Airplane Mode, though. For example, you can use it when you have your iOS device plugged into a larger sound system to play music and you don’t want the phone to ring through the speakers.
If you need to still use Wi-Fi when you are flying or when you have your iDevice connected to a sound system, there is a simple way to do this. You can also turn bluetooth on while still remaining in Airplane mode, useful for allowing your phone to still communicate with your Apple Watch. Here is how:
1. Slide up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. From there, turn on the Airplane Mode toggle. You will see notice that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles automatically turn off and the little airplane symbol appears in place of your Cellular and/or Wi-Fi signal.
2. Now, while still in Control Center, tap on the Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth toggle to turn them back on. You will notice that the Airplane Mode toggle remains on. Your iOS device can now connect over Wi-Fi and/or bluetooth but will remain in Airplane Mode with all other wireless signals off.
As more airlines begin to offer inflight Wi-Fi, this is the perfect solution. The same is true for bluetooth. You can turn on Airplane Mode and then turn bluetooth back on if you need for use with your Apple Watch or bluetooth headphones, for example.