You look down at your iPhone and see that it’s got 19% battery left; a bead of sweat appears on your brow. You’ve got a 20 minute car ride to your next appointment and you know full well that you’re going to need your phone for the rest of the afternoon. A brief charge in the car isn’t going to make a great deal of difference. You could always try to drive slowly but that will only make you late. Besides, in Atlanta traffic you’re more likely to cause a wreck or get an unpleasant gesture from another driver whom you might be inconveniencing.
So avoid either of those scenarios and instead turn to ‘Airplane Mode’. Airplane mode was designed to comply with Federal Aviation laws when travelling by air. Essentially it turns off the following services on your cell phone: Cellular (voice and data), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Location services so as not to interfere with the operation of the aircraft.
Well, fortunately for you, in doing so this means that because your phone isn’t really running anything it can receive a faster charge because no other services are drawing from the battery. To give you some perspective, I tried it and found it charged my phone about 50% faster – your results may vary. Speaking of charging; here’s a previous tip about where to be careful when you are looking for a quick charge.
The quickest way to turn to Airplane mode is to swipe up from the bottom of screen to get to the Control Center (as shown left).
Tap the button with the airplane image (circled in red) and voila! Remember you can’t take calls, text or surf the web while in this setting but then you shouldn’t be doing that anyway while in Atlanta traffic.
So, if you’re a busy doctor headed back from the hospital and you’ve got 20 minutes before your next appointment – get 30 minutes of charge by turning to Airplane mode.