How to Put Your Nexus 7 Tablet in Airplane Mode - dummies

How to Put Your Nexus 7 Tablet in Airplane Mode

Like taking a cell phone on a plane you have to follow certain rules with your Nexus 7 tablet. Though it isn’t a cell phone, you still have to heed the flight crew’s warnings regarding cell phones and other electronics.

First and foremost, turn off the Nexus 7 when instructed to do so. This direction is given before take-off and landing, so be prepared.

Before take-off, you’ll want to put the tablet into Airplane mode: 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 can rest assured that you face little risk of the Nexus 7 causing the plane’s navigational equipment to fail and the entire flight to end as a fireball over Wyoming.

To enter Airplane mode, follow these steps:

  1. Pull down the Quick Actions shade.

    You need to pull down starting from the right half of the screen, otherwise you pull down the notifications shade.

  2. Touch the Airplane Mode box.

  3. Touch the Back icon to hide the Quick Actions shade.

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


To exit Airplane mode, repeat these steps.

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

  • Airplane mode can also be activated from the Device Options menu: Press and hold the Power Lock key to see that menu.

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

  • Many airlines 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.