What Happens When Someone Calls You on Airplane Mode?

Have you ever wondered what happens when someone calls you while your phone is on Airplane mode? Will the call go through, or will it be rejected? And If the call doesn’t go through, will you get a notification of that call, or will it show in your call log.

If you have any of these questions, then this article is for you. This article will explore what happens when someone calls you while your phone is in Airplane Mode, how to retrieve missed calls and voicemails, and how to manage communication effectively during this time.

We will also provide alternative method that will allow someone to call you even when your phone is on Airplane mode.

Can You Receive Calls on Airplane Mode?

Your phone must have an active connection to a cellular network in order to receive calls. When you enable airplane mode, your phone will disconnect from that network and will not be able to receive or place calls.

Phone’s Response to Calls in Airplane Mode

1. Automatic call rejection: Since the device is disconnected from the cellular network, it is unable to receive incoming calls. As a result, the call is automatically rejected.

2. Notification of missed calls: Even when you disable Airplane Mode and reconnect to the cellular network, you will still not receive notification for any missed calls that occurred while your device was in Airplane Mode.

Caller’s Experience

1. Call sent to voicemail: In most cases, when someone tries to call you while your phone is in Airplane Mode, the call will be directed to your voicemail system, allowing the caller to leave a message.

2. Busy tone or message, depending on carrier: Some carriers may play a busy tone or an automated message informing the caller that you are currently unreachable. This experience may vary depending on the caller’s carrier and your own.

What Happens when Someone Call You on Airplane Mode?

There are three possible scenarios that can occur when someone tries to call you while your phone is in airplane mode.

Remember, you can use Wi-Fi while you have enabled Airplane mode, but you cannot use your Simcard.

1. Call on Your Number

If someone tries to call you while your phone is in airplane mode, the caller will hear a message saying that your phone is unavailable or out of service.

The call will not go through, but the caller will be able to leave a voicemail.

2. Call Using a Third-Party App

If the person calling you is using a third-party app such as Whatsapp or Skype, the call will go through as long as you have enabled Wi-Fi on your iPhone.

3. When Someone Calls You Through Facetime

Facetime is a video calling app from apple availble on iPhone that uses the internet to call another person.

So, If someone tries to call you using facetime, the call will go through as long as you have enabled Wi-Fi on your iPhone.

How to Reach Someone on Airplane Mode?

If someone has their phone in airplane mode, it means they’re not receiving any incoming calls, texts, or other notifications. However, there are still ways to get in touch with them.

If you have an active Wi-Fi connection, you can still place and receive calls using third-party applications such as Whatsapp or Skype.

You can try, leaving a voicemail, or sending a message through a social media platform like Facebook etc.

If you’re still unable to reach them, just leave them a text message, and they will receive that message as soon as they disable Airplane mode. 

Wi-Fi Calling in Airplane Mode

Here’s how you can use Wi-Fi calling to receive calls while your iphone is in Airplane Mode.

If your iPhone model and carrier support Wi-Fi calling, you can enable this feature to receive calls over a Wi-Fi network instead of the cellular network.

This allows you to receive calls even when your device is in Airplane Mode, as long as Wi-Fi is enabled separately.

Wi-Fi calling is not available on all devices or with all carriers. Consult your carrier’s website or customer support to determine if your device is compatible and learn how to enable this feature.

Will the Call Show up On Call Log After Disabling Airplane Mode?

The answer to this question is no. If you receive a call while your phone was in airplane mode, the call will not show up in your call log after you disable Airplane mode.

This is because, in Airplane mode, your phone’s cellular, connections is completely disabled, preventing you from receiving calls, messages, or other notifications.

If someone tried to call you while your phone was in Airplane mode, they would likely be directed to your voicemail, and you would receive a voicemail notification once you disable Airplane mode and reconnect to your cellular network.

Difference Between Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a feature that allows you to silence incoming calls, notifications, and alerts while Airplane mode completely disables all cellular signals to your phone.

If your phone is on Airplane mode or do not disturb mode and someone tries to call you, their call will not go through.

The main difference is that the call will appear as a missed call on your call log in “Do not disturb” mode.

But on “Airplane mode,” the call will not be shown on the call log even if you disable the Airplane mode later.

When someone tries to text you when your phone is on “Do not disturb” mode, the message will go through, but you will not receive any notification of that message.

You will receive texts sent to you while your phone was on “Airplane mode” only after you have turned airplane mode off.

What Happens when You Put Your Phone on Airplane Mode During a Call

If you enable airplane mode on your iphone during a call, the call will be disconnected. Airplane mode disables all the wireless connections on your device, including cellular connection.

Since the cellular connection is responsible for transmitting voice calls, turning on airplane mode will immediately cut off the call.

The other person on the call will hear a disconnected tone or receive a notification that the call has ended.

Even if the call was on Facetime or some other app that uses Wi-Fi, it would still get disconnected. This is because your Wi-Fi gets disconnected when you enable Airplane mode. You have to manually turn Wi-Fi on again to use it.


So, in conclusion, you will not receive any call on your phone number while in Airplane mode. But, you can still receive calls from third-party apps like WhatsApp as long as you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection.

Lastly, you will receive all the text sent to you after disabling Airplane mode, but calls will not be shown in the call log.

We hope this article helped you understand what happens when someone tries to call you on airplane mode.

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