How To See Missed Calls When Phone Is On Airplane Mode?

Whether you’re using an Android phone, an iPhone, a tablet, or any other device, putting the device on airplane mode prevents it from receiving calls and texts. But is there a way to see the calls you’ve missed while in that mode?

Depending on the features included in your service plan,once you turn off flight mode you may get a notification from your carrier with the calls you’ve missed while in airplane mode. The carrier network has the ability to save that information and send it to you once your device is back online.

In this article, we’ll answer all of your queries concerning airplane mode, aka flight mode.

Will missed calls show up on airplane mode?

You will not be notified while your phone is still in airplane mode as it effectively disables all network operations, much like a dormant or switched-off smartphone. 

Some carriers offer a missed call alert service. With this service, your carrier sends you a message about the number of calls you received while your phone was in airplane mode. This is a carrier-specific service and might be a paid option with your carrier. 

What happens if someone calls you when your phone is on airplane mode?

When you enable airplane mode, it transmits a request to your network operator that your device is about to get into the ‘power off’ status. When someone calls you, they will listen to a message from your network operator declaring that your phone has been “switched off.” 

In a nutshell, you will not get any calls while on airplane mode. Your phone will not ring when it is in airplane mode. 

Why am I getting airplane mode calls?

It is possible to receive calls in airplane mode if Wi-Fi is enabled on your device. You can get calls directed through the internet, from sources like instant messengers, or if you have Wi-Fi calling enabled. There are two types of airplane modes – Absolute airplane mode and Wi-Fi only airplane mode: 

1. Absolute Airplane Mode

Absolute flight mode blocks all the signals from every source. It puts your device in a complete lockdown state concerning calls, messages, and the internet. 

You can enable this mode by sliding down the notification panel on your phone and tapping on the airplane mode icon.

Absolute Airplane Mode

2. Wi-Fi Only Airplane Mode

The state of the total block is changed when you use Wi-Fi only airplane mode. You first need to turn on airplane mode on your phone by bringing down the notification panel. 

Once your phone successfully enters flight mode, you can again bring down the notification panel and tap on the Wi-Fi icon. This will activate your Wi-Fi-only airplane mode. 

 Wi-Fi Only Airplane Mode

After turning on the Wi-Fi-only airplane mode, you will receive messages from instant messengers (like WhatsApp, iMessage) and calls if you have Wi-Fi calling activated on your device. 

One of the most asked questions concerning airplane mode is, can you use the Internet in airplane mode? The answer is yes. You can use the internet in airplane mode by turning on the Wi-Fi-only airplane mode

Remember, this will only work for Wi-Fi internet, not your cellular internet. 

What happens when someone texts you on airplane mode?

The message will not be delivered to you instantly if your phone is in airplane mode. For the sender of the message, no status will be shown, not even “not delivered,” just a blank status. 

However, the message will get through to the receiver as soon as they turn off airplane mode. When delivered successfully, the sender will also see the “delivered” status. 

When your phone is in airplane mode, sent messages are kept on hold. They get sent as soon as you disable airplane mode. It works the same way for both incoming and outgoing messages. 

How can you tell if someone’s phone is on airplane mode?

In general, it’s hard to know if someone’s phone is on airplane mode. 

You can of course try to call them and see if you get an “off coverage” voice message from the service, or send a text and see if the message doesn’t show a “delivered” status. However, this could also mean the recipient’s phone is turned off or the battery is dead.

Also, just because you’re able to send web messages (Messenger, iMessage, Whatsapp etc) to the recipient doesn’t mean their phone is not on airplane mode, since some devices allow you to keep a wifi connection when on airplane mode.

Do you get a missed call notification if your phone is off?

Depending on whether you have this service activated, you may get a missed calls notification after you switch your phone back on. 

The information about the missed call alert is saved on your network server when it is in the switched-off state. As soon as you switch the device back on and it connects to a cellular network, the network detects it and may send you a text message about calls you missed. 

If you have voicemail service activated, your phone will save the recorded message. Similarly, text messages sent to your phone will be put on hold until you switch on your phone. They will get delivered to you as soon as you switch on your phone. 

See also: What Is The Difference Between Power Off And Airplane Mode?

If my phone is dead does it still register a missed call?

Similar to when your phone is turned off, your carrier may register a missed call when your phone is out of battery. 

The carrier network server saves that information, and assuming you have the service activated, will send it to your phone as a message as soon as your device connects back to the network. 

Why do you see missed texts but not missed calls when the phone was powered off?

If you’re not seeing your missed calls when turning your phone back on after it’s been powered off, it generally means your carrier does not offer that service, or you don’t have it activated (it might be a paid option).

Some carriers do save information about missed calls for devices which are turned off or on airplane mode. Once the device is turned back on and connects back to the network, the carrier service automatically notifies the device of the missed calls through a text message.

Some carriers may even notify the caller that your device is back online and available again for them to call you.

Is there an app that can notify me about missed calls when my phone is switched off?

There is no app that can notify you about missed calls when you turn on your phone. Apps cannot register a call when your phone is locked out of the cellular network. 

Although there is no dedicated app for missed call notifications, you can reach out to your network carrier and check if they have an SMS service to notify you about missed calls during airplane mode. 

Is airplane mode the same as Do Not Disturb?

Airplane mode is not the same as Do Not Disturb mode. In Do Not Disturb mode, you let the device restrict all types of unsolicited calls and alerts from bothering you. 

You may, however, modify the settings by allowing the phone to deliver notifications from select contacts. Likewise, you may enable essential apps to deliver push notifications.

Airplane mode, on the other contrary, completely disabled cellular and internet connectivity for your device. However, after selecting flight mode, you may still use certain functions such as browsing photos, playing offline games, playing music, and performing other tasks that do not require a phone network.

Is airplane mode the same as safe mode?

Airplane mode is not the same as safe mode. They are two different features on a device, used for distinct purposes. 

Safe Mode

Safe mode is a booting mode that allows the operating system to restart in troubleshooting mode rather than regular mode. It is generally used to debug a device experiencing bugs and functioning issues after installing a new software update. 

Safe mode blocks third-party apps from running and helps detect any issues on the device. 

Airplane Mode

Airplane mode, on the other hand, blocks wireless transmitters on the phone, such as the cellular radio and Wi-Fi. On some devices, flight mode may also deactivate Bluetooth and GPS. 

Its ultimate goal is to prevent any radio or wireless interference with critical equipment aboard commercial flights.

See also: Is Power Saving Mode Harmful On A Smartphone?