If you are about to fly on an airplane with your iPhone and want to be able to use it while the airplane is in flight, then you need to turn off some of the features of the device. Airlines typically do not allow you to use your iPhone while certain wireless connections are active. Fortunately your iPhone 5 has a feature called airplane mode that will turn off your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, GPS and Location Services connections, allowing you to safely use your iPhone while on a plane.
Our guide below will show you two different ways that you can enter Airplane Mode on your iPhone. Both are short and simple, and you can follow the steps again after you land to exit Airplane Mode and return to normal iPhone mode.
Two Methods for Entering Airplane Mode on an iPhone
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 8. The steps to enter airplane mode may be different on earlier versions of iOS.
First Method –
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Touch the button to the right of Airplane Mode. You will know that it is turned on when there is green shading around the button, as in the image below.
Second Method –
Step 1: Exit any open apps to return to your Home screen.
Step 2: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center.
Step 3: Touch the airplane icon at the top-left of the Control Center. You will know that it is turned on when the the icon is white, as in the image below.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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