Use Airplane Mode on your iOS device

Airplane mode turns off the wireless features on your iOS device so that you comply with airline regulations. You can use Airplane Mode on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.


Turn on Airplane Mode

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open Control Center, then tap Airplane Mode.

On your Apple Watch, swipe up on your watch face to see Glances. Swipe left or right to get to the Settings Glance, then tap Airplane Mode.

You can also go to Settings > Airplane Mode and tap the slider to turn it on. Or on your Apple Watch, go to Settings, tap Airplane Mode, then tap the slider to turn it on.

You can set your iPhone and Apple Watch to mirror the Airplane Mode setting of the other device. In the Watch app on your iPhone, tap Settings > General > Airplane Mode and tap Mirror iPhone.

When Airplane Mode is on, you'll see   in the status bar of your screen or on your watch face. In Airplane Mode, these wireless features are turned off: 

  • Cellular (voice and data)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

If you have a device with iOS 8.2 or earlier, Airplane Mode will also turn off GPS.

Use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Airplane Mode

If the airline allows it, you can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while in Airplane mode. You just need to turn them on separately. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Wi-Fi or Settings > Bluetooth. 

You can also turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from the Control Center. Swipe up from your Home Screen and tap   or  .

To use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Apple Watch, just turn off Airplane Mode.

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