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Initial post: 30 Oct 2012 15:15:35 GMT
Can someone please explain what 'aeroplane mode' is?
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 15:17:02 GMT
Sarah O says:
When Airplane Mode is on, it stops all incoming and outgoing connections with your Kindle, minimising any interference with plane guidance systems/fancy schmancy computers.

When it's off, it allows you to establish a connection via WiFi or 3g to download books, or use the web browser on your Kindle.

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 15:17:13 GMT
Simply Dee says:
Its how you turn wi fi off.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 15:18:05 GMT
Simply Dee says:
And what Miss Ord says too :-)

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 15:21:30 GMT
Thank you. Do I assume that as long as I have wifi turned off anyway, that this is the same or am I missing the point? Pardon my ignorance just wanted to get it straight

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 15:23:55 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
Yes. Aeroplane mode ON means that your WiFi is turned OFF. Safe on a plane you see.

If Aeroplane mode is OFF - Your WiFi is turned ON. and can send and receive via WiFi.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 15:23:55 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Aeroplane mode is wi-fi.

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 15:40:34 GMT
THANK YOU . All is now sorted in my mind,

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 16:03:58 GMT
G. Heywood says:
Does the fire have GPS? If so aeroplane mode will turn that off too, and Bluetooth etc. Basically it will turn anything like that off.

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 09:40:45 GMT
Max Munro says:
This is so stupid. Now there is a permanent aeroplane icon in the top right???

How do I remove it without enabling wifi?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 09:41:45 GMT
Damaskcat says:
You don't remove it without turning wi-fi on. If you're talking about e-readers it disappears when you start reading a book.

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 09:45:44 GMT
Max Munro says:
Is there a way to root/hack it out?

I guess I'll just dump my Kindle and use my Nexus 7 instead. Well done Amazon for shooting yourself in the foot, and creating a problem where there wasn't one.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 09:48:24 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Aeroplane mode is appearing on a great many devices - what is your problem with it? We have two android tablets in this house and both have an aeroplane mode - it is soon going to be the norm for all electronic devices as I understand it.

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 09:50:49 GMT
Simply Dee says:
Why are people complaining about this again. Aeroplane mode has been around since June. Its nothing new. you dont see the mode on when youre reading. So why complain?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 09:59:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2012 09:59:36 GMT
If you take a look at other posts you'll see that 'airplane mode' was made mandatory by the US Federal Aviation Authority for devices used on their planes. We get it over here with anglicised spelling.

As Damaskat points out it should disappear once you start turning the pages.

Otherwise, given the column inches of frustration evident in this forum, we could redefine putting a Kindle into aeroplane mode as something like 'launching an e-reader across a room in a manner reminiscent of a Frisbee'.

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 10:04:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2012 10:06:00 GMT
Max Munro says:
The problem is not with Aeroplane Mode. The problem is the icon it forces on the screen.

Android devices have a Settings option to disable wi-fi. Disabling wi-fi will not put the device into Aeroplane Mode. There should be an Aeroplane Mode, and there should also be a seperate "disable wi-fi" option as before.

And the update has only just rolled out in certain areas. Hence the new thread.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:07:55 GMT
Damaskcat says:
The point is that aeroplane mode turns wi-fi off - which is what it's designed for as explained above by Spiracle. If you separate the two it defeats the object of the exercise.

I'm sorry but I really cannot see what your problem is - maybe you can explain it so that I can understand.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:09:24 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Max it's on the screen only on the Home page and in the Store. It's not forced on you all the time.

If you could remove it permanently what would you replace it with to stop users accidentally leaving Wireless on permanently and reducint battery life?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:12:33 GMT
Max Munro says:
Aeroplane Mode would actually turn wi-fi and everything else off, such as a radio, if the Kindle had one. It's a catch-all.

A wi-fi option lets you turn wi-fi off. Simple. Why would I want Aeroplane Mode if I'm not on an aeroplane?

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 10:13:59 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
I quite like the plane icon - it's on my new basic Kindle and as soon as I see it I know I am not wasting battery power.

My KK has the word OFF showing instead of the plane icon but the plane stands out more.

With Kindle Touch I still have to go inside settings to check WiFi is off. May be the plane will arrive on it one day.

Cannot see your problem.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:13:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2012 10:14:44 GMT
Max Munro says:
I would replace it with empty space, just like with every single other device such as Android phones/etc. The wi-fi signal icon not being there shows it's off...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:17:56 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
Beg to differ, My Touch and my KK can use Text to Speech and thus use their speakers while in aeroplane mode. All it turns off is the WiFi capability.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:19:24 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Maybe it would suit you to have it like that but if it was like that how many people are going to leave wi-fi on when on a plane? Maybe you would always remember - others won't. I last went on a plane 20 years ago - it's highly unlike I will go on one in the near future but aeroplane mode doesn't annoy me at all - why would it? It is such a minor thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 10:20:51 GMT
Damaskcat says:
My Android tablet shows the plane symbol when it's in aeroplane mode - I tried it to check because I don't usually turn it off.

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 10:21:17 GMT
Tigger's Mum says:
I had a Nokia phone/ fax in the 1990s and that had aeroplane mode so its not at all NEW.
New to some people perhaps.
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