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Before take-off, you’ll most likely want to put the Nexus 7 into Airplane mode. It’s the same Airplane mode you see on a cell phone: The various scary and dangerous wireless radios on the tablet are disabled in this mode. With Airplane mode active, you’re free to use the tablet in-flight, and you face little risk of the Nexus 7 causing the plane’s navigational equipment to fail.

To enter Airplane mode on the Nexus 7, follow these steps just before take-off:

  1. At the Home screen, pull down the notifications shade.

  2. Touch the Settings button.

  3. Choose the More command, found in the Wireless & Networks category.

  4. Touch the box by Airplane Mode to place a blue check mark by that option.

When the Nexus 7 is in Airplane mode, a special icon appears on the status bar.

And now, for the quick shortcut: To put the Nexus 7 into Airplane mode, press and hold the Power button and choose the Airplane Mode command.

To exit Airplane mode, repeat the steps above but remove the blue check mark by touching the square next to Airplane Mode or Flight Mode.

  • Officially, the Nexus 7 must be powered off when the plane is taking off or landing.

  • You can compose e-mail while the tablet is in Airplane mode. The messages aren’t sent until you disable Airplane mode and connect again by using a data network.

  • Bluetooth wireless is disabled in Airplane mode. Even so:

  • Many airlines now feature wireless networking onboard, which you can use with the Nexus 7 — if you’re willing to pay for the service. Simply activate Wi-Fi on the tablet, and then connect to the in-flight wireless network when it’s available.

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