How to toggle Airplane mode on Apple Watch

By , May 1, 2015

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Airplane mode disables all of the Apple Watch radios, which is handy when you want to disconnect from all devices, or when you’re flying and are requested to do so by an airline. There are several ways to enable Airplane mode on Apple Watch, as we show you in this continuation of our Apple Watch Guide series.

To be more specific, there are three ways to manage Airplane mode on Apple Watch:

Directly from the Apple Watch Settings app

Step 1: Open Settings on Apple Watch

Step 2: Tap the Airplane mode panel

Step 3: Toggle the Airplane mode switch

Directly from the Settings glance

Step 1: From the watch face swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open your glances

Step 2: Swipe left or right until you locate the Settings glance

Step 3: Tap the Airplane mode button

From the paired iPhone

If you have the Mirror iPhone option enabled in the Apple Watch companion app (Apple Watch  → My Watch → Airplane Mode), then enabling Airplane mode on your iPhone will cause it to enable on your Apple Watch and vice versa.

Airplane mode mirror iPhone

If Airplane is enabled and you wish to disable it, then the mirroring option will have no effect since there isn’t a Bluetooth signal available to enact the change on the other device. In other words, the Mirror iPhone option only works for enabling Airplane mode, not disabling it.

Keep in mind that when Airplane mode is enabled, you cannot use any apps installed via the paired iPhone, because they rely on the Bluetooth connection to the iPhone in order to operate.

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  • I wish that when you turn on airplane mode on the Watch, it would do the same for the phone! That would be most convenient I believe. In the plane, the watch is usually on your wrist… and the phone could be in the bag, or in your vest stowed away…