When you activate airplane mode, you can no longer use WiFi. If you have a recent Google Pixel phone, that will soon change. You can then choose whether to leave WiFi on in the plane or not.
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Airplane mode doesn’t get in the way of Wi-Fi anymore
When you get on the plane, the friendly crew always asks you to activate airplane mode on your smartphone. They don’t do that because otherwise the device will fall out of the sky, but because your mobile connection can cause noise on the aircraft’s radios. The pilots hear that in their ear, which is of course very annoying.
However, WiFi is available on more and more flights, so that you can continue to text at an altitude of 10 kilometers. Google is therefore coming with an Android 13 update for its Pixel phones. If you activate airplane mode after installation, your device will ask you through a pop-up if you want to leave WiFi on. Then your smartphone is not constantly looking for a cell tower, but it is still possible to use the internet via the connection of the aircraft itself.
This new feature is according to 9to5Google part of the Feature Drop van december 2022though we can put him on the editorial board of Android Planet not yet found. It will probably roll out on its own in the next few days or weeks. You can install the December update on the following models:
Also on other Android smartphones?
It remains to be seen whether you will also be able to use WiFi on other Android smartphones when you activate airplane mode. In theory, this shouldn’t be a feature reserved for Pixel phones. For example, it has been possible since Android 11 to leave bluetooth on in this mode. This way you can simply listen to music on the plane with your wireless earbuds.
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Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.
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