How to enable airplane mode on BlackBerry 10

Airplane Mode
By Adam Zeis on 16 Feb 2013 09:18 am EST

Airplane mode is a handy feature for when you need to use your device during air travel. It lets you easily kill your network connections without having to go through one by one.

It's also nice if you are having network issues and want to quickly reset your connections - just turn on airplane mode, then turn it off again. 

I feel that the setting should be right in the dropdown menu on the home screen, but unfortunately it isn't. It's a bit deeper in the settings, but still easy enough to get to. It's sitting in the network settings screen along with your other options like mobile network, Bluetooth, NFC and mobile hotspot. 

If you use Airplane Mode often, you'll get some good muscle memory and be able to get to it no problem when the flight attendants tell you it's time to power down. 

Keep reading and we'll show you how to enable Airplane Mode on your BlackBerry 10 device.


  • Tap the settings icon
  • Tap Network Connections
  • Toggle Airplane Mode On
BlackBerry 10 Airplane Mode  BlackBerry 10 Airplane Mode

That's it! When you're done flying (or whatever it is you're doing) tap the toggle again to turn it off and restore your network connections.  

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Reader comments

How to enable airplane mode on BlackBerry 10


When you turn airplane mode off, does it only turn on the connections you previously had on or does it enable all of the connections at once?

Too bad it doesn't pop up on a menu when holding down the power button like my mom's EVO does. That's a great place to keep it, I think

Sometimes I wonder what the purpose of airplane mode is anyway, because whenever I fly they tell the passengers to make sure cell phones are always off during the flight, not on in airplane mode but off...

I never turn mine off at all. Just wait for them to walk past and then pull it out again. Old myth around planes crashing because of cellular phones.

The more I look at the BB10 OS the more I like Windows 8. There are somethings that BB10 can learn from windows 8. Like having the airplane mode, display brightness, master volume all available in their main side menu. Honestly I miss my Windows 8 tablet a lot :(

Windows 8: Different overlay, same old windows that can get muffled to death when malware hits it and slows down after a while.

I am going to be heading to Mexico tomorrow and my question is that if I put my phone into airplane mode and turn on wifi will my BBM work through wifi?

I would like to see a Network toggle in the settings quick menu. Would make sense to customize the quick settings per user.