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How to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Kennedy

Looking for how to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode, you’re at the right place cause I will show you the way on how you can know if someone put it’s mobile phone on airplane mode.

Though I must confess it is quite difficult to know if someone’s phone is on the airplane mode, but there’s a way I usually found out though it doesn’t work all the time, and that is what I’m going to show you, on how to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode by simply using this very method.

So let’s proceed.

How to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode

To find out if someone’s phone is on airplane mode, make a cellular call, send an sms text message, imessage or whatsapp message and see if they will all go through. Now if cellular calls and text messages never went through but imessage and whatsapp messages gets delivered, then it simply means that the recipient phone is on airplane mode. 

Once a mobile phone is on airplane mode, cellular network will be disconnected and this will affect both calls and sms text messages. However, internet can still work in the phone and thanks to Wi-Fi connection.

But if the recipient is using a cellular data, that means both calls, text messages and internet will not be available on the phone. 

In order to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode, you need to make calls, send sms text messages and use any of the instant messaging apps and services like the imessage and whatsapp to send a message to the recipient. 

Let me explain a bit more of this statement using the likes of imessage, whatsapp, Skype, telegram, etc to call the person.

When a phone is on airplane mode, it doesn’t disable or prevent Wi-Fi on the phone, you can use Wi-Fi while your mobile phone is on airplane mode.

So in some cases or most cases, you will see a person whose phone is on airplane mode browsing the internet or watching videos online, this is because airplane mode do not disable Wi-Fi when activated.

How to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode in this type of situation is by calling the person’s whatsapp number, Skype number, telegram, Facebook messenger, or any other social messaging application.

This is after you must have tried contacting the person through cellular network and it didn’t go through. Honestly, it is quite difficult to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode if the person isn’t using the Wi-Fi.

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Looking at the question once again, how to know if someone’s phone is on airplane mode, maybe you’re trying to know what it is like when a phone is on the airplane mode. Below picture shows you a typical example of when a mobile phone is on airplane mode.

how to tell if someone's phone is on airplane mode

When you look at the top of your screen where it shows cellular network, what you will see a plane icon just like on the above picture.

But if the person’s phone is not within to your reach, how to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode is by calling or sending messages to the person’s social apps and check whether it will go through.

How to call someone on airplane mode

To call someone on airplane mode, you will have to use a social messaging app like the whatsapp, Skype, Google duo, etc to call the person using the Wi-Fi network.

For those using iPhone, facetime comes in handy if both parties are using iPhone or iPad. As long as there’s an active Wi-Fi connection on the device, any of the instant messaging service will be good to make a call while on airplane mode. 

Just like I said earlier, airplane mode does not disable Wi-Fi, as you can use the Wi-Fi network while your phone is on the airplane mode. So to call someone on airplane mode, you only have to use any of the social apps though I prefer whatsapp as most people are using it, to call the person.

However, this will go through only if the person is using a wifi network while it’s phone is on the airplane mode.

If the person uses mobile network data, I’m sorry there’s no way to reach someone on airplane mode. The only way is by using WiFi and bypass the airplane mode, and this is why I said how to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode is by simply calling the person using a social app.

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Will I get a missed call if my phone is on Airplane mode?

You won’t get a missed call if your phone is on airplane mode for cellular network. However, you will get a missed call if the call is from any of the instant messaging apps and services like whatsapp, Facebook, Skype app, etc and you have an active Wi-Fi while your phone is on airplane mode.

If you’re talking about getting a missed call from a cellular call, I’m sorry that will never happen cause on the caller’s side it will look as if you have your phone turned off.

If a phone is on airplane mode and someone’s calls the number in the phone, what the caller will hear is, sorry the number is switched off  or not reachable though this depends on the carrier network. 

Putting your phone on airplane mode will prevent any cellular network services apart from Wi-Fi, and it will look like you have turned off your mobile phone.

So there’s no cellular network will work, and you cannot receive calls and messages or make calls and send messages while your phone is on airplane mode. The only missed call you will get is missed call from social app but only if you have an active Wi-Fi while your phone is on airplane mode.

What does the caller hear when your phone is on Airplane mode?

When the phone is on airplane mode, the caller will hear sorry the number you’re calling is not reachable or currently switched off.

how to know if someone's phone is on airplane mode

It is left for the caller to leave a voice mail or probably shut off the call and call back later. On the callers side, it will probably look as if your phone is switched off, and this is why some people make use of airplane mode to completely avoid disturbance. This is another method on how to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode.

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How to see missed calls when phone is on airplane mode

There’s no way you will see missed calls when calls when your phone is on airplane mode because there will be no incoming calls from cellular network.

The only missed calls you will see is the ones from social app like whatsapp, but the case is very different from cellular network and this is applicable both android and Iphones.

I repeat this again, you cannot see missed calls if your phone is on airplane mode cause there will be no incoming calls from any cellular network, you will only see missed calls for whatsapp and other social messaging apps.

How to tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode is quite difficult except if you use WhatsApp or any other social app and call the person, and only if the person’s wifi is active. If the Wi-Fi is not active, then it will simply look as if the person’s phone is turned off.

This is why you will hear sorry the number you’re calling is currently switched off or not available, which is same thing you will hear when you called a number or phone that is switched off.

What does airplane mode do when someone calls you?

Airplane mode will prevent the call from going through as it will automatically block the call because there is no active cellular network connection on the phone.

However, if the person use the likes of facetime, whatsapp, Skype, etc to call someone, the call will go through but only if the recipient has an active internet connection through Wi-Fi.

Talkimg about airplane mode, please bear in your mind that Wi-Fi works perfectly fine even when the phone is on airplane mode. Only cellular network will be cutoff from the phone and which prevents calls, sms text messages, and cellular or mobile data from working in a given phone.

Why am I getting airplane mode calls?

You are getting calls when your phone is on airplane mode simply because you have an active Wi-Fi connection. Calls from any of the instant messaging apps and services like whatsapp, Skype, facetime will go through irrespective of the fact that your phone is on flight mode.

Also Wi-Fi calls will go through as long as you have an active Wi-Fi connection on your phone and your network provider supports it.

To prevent any sort of calls and text messages from getting to your phone while it is on airplane mode, kindly turn off Wi-Fi and it will prevent calls from going through when your phone is on airplane mode.