Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can be set to stay on when Airplane Mode is activated in iOS 11

Apple introduced iOS 11 at WWDC earlier this month. One of the changes coming with the new build of Apple's mobile operating system has to do with Airplane Mode. This is the switch that requires one tap (or toggle) to shut down the radio on your iPhone, thus eliminating all connectivity options so that it can be used on an airplane in flight. That means no Wi-Fi, no cellular signal and no Bluetooth.

Now, let's say that you are using Bluetooth to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone. Using Airplane Mode would traditionally eliminate the Bluetooth connection and your timepiece would no longer receive data from your phone. You would have to manually turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to use either or both without a connection to your carrier.

With iOS 11, this is going to change. Users will be able to set Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to remain open in Airplane Mode. That means even with Airplane Mode on, Bluetooth connected accessories like AirPods and Apple Watch will still be connected to the iPhone.


The 2017 iPhone models will come with iOS 11 pre-installed when they launch later this year.

source: RedmondPie

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19 Comments

1. apple-rulz

Posts: 2005; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

As someone that flies somewhat frequently I'm looking forward to this handy feature!

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 830; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Even feature phone can do this. What a useless article.... iPhonearena here is Something which makes sense....https://www.sammobile.com/2017/06/23/tizen-4-0-first-milestone-release-breaks-new-ground-for-the-internet-of-things/

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 2005; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Holy sh!t you stupid mongrel, you'd better call Samsung because my S7 can't do that. Oh and here's an unrelated link, since you're into that sort of nonsense; https://www.sammobile.com/2017/06/25/galaxy-j7-2017-to-launch-in-the-us-as-the-galaxy-halo/

9. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Haha. What a troll! My S5 can do it. So why not S7. Even my ancient gingerbread phone back in the days could use wifi and Bluetooth while on airplane mode.

10. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

All Android phones can do it since ages... OMG apple doesn't have it?? and just introducing it now?? Then people says that the iphone is the best. Keep sticking to a feature phone.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Don't mind the delusional tard... Android devices have been doing this since forever... And there is no way apple-rulz owbs a Galaxy S7. That apple-rulz account is actually ctdog4748. I busted him yesterday.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2005; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You busted me yesterday? What the f-ck are you talking about? Don't have sick delusional fantasies about handcuffing me. Also tard, I own several android devices, this enables me to actually know what I'm talking about. Lastly, I'm an original, don't try to pigeonhole me into be another member, just because your other account is darkkjedi.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

trojan_horse is absolutely NOT darkkjedii

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The point is not being able to use WiFi or Bluetooth in Airplane mode, the point is that it leaves those 2 on by default when switching Airplane mode on. Before, the iPhone could use WiFI & BT, but you had to manually turn them on again. As far as I know, Android phones turn off WiFi & BT as well in Airplane mode. And you have to manually turn them on again

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2005; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Ok retard, we all know that once your S5 or my S7 is put into airplane mode you can go back and toggle on wifi and Bluetooth. You obviously lack reading comprehension because iOS 11 will eliminate the need to go back and toggle those two settings, they'll be on by default in airplane mode.

13. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

you don't think you are one (mongrel)? try use your brain not your *ss, the features are even useless wi-fi en Bluetooth since this device can't use any other apps?#4

3. airoid

Posts: 126; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

With airplane mode on, my Android phone connected to my tablet through bluetooth as trusted device. Wow I thought this is something new, amazing! Lol

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 444; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

nice handy feature, I'm using it since Android appeared. Better later than never!

6. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Then whats the point of Airplane Mode...lol

8. Xavier1415

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

To turn off carriers data. U know ppl go on trips and cruises and don't wanna be charged international fees so they have airplane mode to turn off carriers network but connect to WiFi so we can still use data without being charged and u can still email use messengers,etc.

7. Xavier1415

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Umm why is Apple so far behind with this stuff? Android did his years ago. Heck I just screen shooted my phone doing it now lol

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So what phone do you have and where do you set up that it leaves WiFi and Bluetooth on when switching on Airplane mode?

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Love reading the retarded comments by fandroid. Can you show me a video where your airplane or fliight mode doesn't disable wifi and Bluetooth by default? http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/skp/faq/1101976

18. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Cue Darrkmite to come in and talk about his Oh so wonderful S8.

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