It’s happened to us all at one time or another. You’re about to leave the house or office, when you discover your smartphone or tablet needs charging. When you don’t have time to wait for it to fully recharge but need to give the battery a quick power boost, try this simple trick.
Switching on Airplane Mode will make your phone or tablet – whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Android or a Windows Phone smartphone – charge much faster than with it turned off. This is because all these devices are designed to constantly search for various wireless signals to always stay connected. This includes wifi, cellular, 3G/4G, GPS and other location services – all of which places a drain your battery. Switching to Airplane Mode turns off all your connections, and helps speed up charging.
Airplane Mode on Apple iPhone and iPad
To turn on Airplane Mode on an iPhone or iPad, click the Settings icon and move the switch next to Airplane Mode (the top option) to on. iOS 7 users can toggled Airplane Mode on and off using the Control Center. Simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access these controls.
Airplane Mode on Android
Turning on Airplane Mode may differ depending on the smartphone model you have. With most you can access Airplane Mode by going to Menu and then Settings. Tap Wireless & Networks. You should see Airplane mode listed at the top of the next screen. Tap it to activate it. If this isn’t available, try pressing and holding the device’s power key. Then tap Airplane Mode from the pop-up menu that appears.
Airplane Mode on Windows Phone
Windows Phone users can turn off all their wireless connections in one go by switching on Airplane mode. On the Start screen, swipe left to see the App list and tap Settings. Then tap Airplane mode to turn it on.