Airplane Enhancer+ takes iPhone battery preservation to the extreme

By , May 3, 2016

Airplane Mode Icon

Airplane Mode is a feature built into your iOS devices that makes your devices airplane friendly by disabling all the wireless radios that could be a nuisance to on-board plane equipment, but it can also be used to increase your battery life.

Since the wireless radios are put to rest when your device’s Airplane Mode option is enabled, you’ll burn through less battery on a single charge with the feature turned on, and this is basically the idea behind a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Airplane Enhancer+.

How Airplane Enhancer+ works

Because Airplane Mode is something you can use for a number of things, whether it’s boarding an airplane or saving power, a clever iOS jailbreak developer has thought up a way to use the feature on demand without going through the hassle of toggling it on and off all the time.

Airplane Enhancer+ basically turns Airplane Mode into a power-savings tool that can be configured on a very unique schedule or configured based on your device usage. For example, you could set Airplane Mode to remain on for 55 minutes every hour, and off for 5 minutes every hour, in order to allow for notifications once every hour throughout the 24-hour day.

Alternatively, you might prefer to have Airplane Mode turned off until you open specific apps, such as the Phone app, or other internet-based apps. Either way, Airplane Enhancer+ comes with all the customization features you will need to configure Airplane Mode in a convenient way for your own use.

As far as battery savings goes, since internet usage is a huge part of your device’s battery consumption, you will notice gains in battery life; there’s no doubt about it.

Using and configuring Airplane Enhancer+

When you’re ready to use Airplane Enhancer+, just toggle it on from the preferences pane in the Settings app. When you do, it’ll start to work its magic.

Airplane Enhancer+ preferences pane

As you can see, there are also some other options to configure, such as:

  • Toggling on or off Low Power mode along with the tweak when you’re using it
  • Picking the apps that will disable Airplane Mode when they’re launched
  • Picking the apps that (when running in the background) prevent Airplane Mode from being enabled when locking  your device
  • Setting Airplane Mode schedules, configuring up to three different settings profiles

Airplane Enhancer+ More Prefs

Under the apps that deactivate Airplane Mode, you can turn on any app that you wish to have Airplane Mode disabled for when opened. So, if you want to make a Phone call, you might want to have Airplane Mode disabled when launching the Phone app, for example.

Under the apps that lock override, you can turn on any app that will keep Airplane Mode disabled as long as the app is running in the background. This might be useful for apps that need to run in the background while the device is locked, such as music-streaming apps like Apple Music or Spotify.

The scheduling features are also really useful, because you can choose times throughout the day when you want Airplane Mode to stay enabled, and then choose specific times throughout the day when it’s okay to disable Airplane Mode so the device can actively check for notifications.

Lastly, the profiles will allow you to have up to 3 settings configurations. This may be useful if your schedule is constantly changing. You may want to configure a profile for when you’re at work, a profile for when you’re off at home, and a profile for the weekend – each will have its own settings tied to it.

The tweak also integrates with Activator via Flipswitch and will allow up to 55 minutes of Airplane Enhancer activity every hour, and shut it off for 5 minutes every hour. This will let your device refresh for notifications every hour at least once.

Airplane Enhancer Flipswitch

Synopsis on Airplane Enhancer

This tweak is for those of you that want battery life over performance. You, of course, have the option to check for notifications manually, or to use Flipswitch to let notifications pile in every hour with a timer.

I think this tweak is a great way to extend your battery life if you’re desperate to gain more, but do keep in mind that you use your iOS device for internet-based activities a lot, or rely on notifications, this may not be the tweak for you.

That said, there are people out there who are much more serious about their battery life than I am, and this tweak may fit those needs more so than mine.

Conclusion

How desperate are you for additional battery life? If you’re jailbroken, give Airplane Enhancer+ a try. It’s available for $2.99 in Cydia’s BigBoss repository and it might just be all the help you need to keep your device alive for a day.

What are your thoughts about Airplane Enhancer? Share in the comments!

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  • Joaquim N.

    That’s genius! To be honest, I haven’t felt the need to jailbreak my iPhone in a long time but that tweak just changed that now.

    • Joel Page

      Hey,

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m thinking AirplaneEnhancerPlus will be good to go if there is an iOS 9.3.x jailbreak soon!

  • nyangejr

    After that nobody will be able to reach you at all until it’s off, and that’s a problem. Dumb phone

    • Joel Page

      I’m only trying to do what I feel is the best way to conserve battery…..

      Obviously, if someone calls you, they won’t be connected (exactly like if your iPhone was switched off). But, if they leave a voicemail, you will get a notification about that during the time you have Airplane Mode disabled.

      I’m limited by the service providers, the hardware, and iOS (or Android would be the same limitations)

  • Al Fresco

    The solution for bad battery life is to find an ingenious way of using the phone with as little of its actual wireless connectivity systems as possible, thereby limiting a users ability to be reached on their cell phone. In my opinion, software like this seeks to help but what we are really dealing with is hardware inadequacies that have arrived since the death of the flip phone.

    • Shinonuke

      Nicely out

    • Joel Page

      So correct…

      In a perfect world, your iPhone battery would last well over a day, receiving push notifications and phone calls!

      We know that the world is not perfect, I am just giving everyone the opportunity to maximise battery life by limiting a few unnecessary features eg while sleeping, do you need push notifications directly, or if it’s an hour or so later, is that ok? The choice is up to you!

      • Great job on that tweak. Not something I would use (because I don’t need it really), but this is my favorite tweak released this month.

      • Joel Page

        Thank you

        We will be sure to give it a nice revamp for when iOS 9.3.x is jailboken

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I thought jailbreak stuff wasn’t gonna be on the app? Im reading this on the app right now. I mean im not complaining obviously but just wanted to look out for you guys.

  • Congrats! Great tweat! Now you are on the top just like BattSaver 😉

    • Joel Page

      Thanks a lot! I haven’t ever used any other tweaks to try and save battery. I think Apple iPhone stock has the ability (if used correctly)

      We are just trying to make it easier for people to utilise this standard feature!

      I’m highly anticipating the iOS 9.3.x Jailbreak so that more of my jailbreak brothers & sisters can use this idea too!

      • Sleetui

        Can you do a tweak similar to BattSaver? The current one has a terrible UI and sometimes I feel like it doesn’t work.