Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.
I was flying cross country to visit my daughter in Maryland a while ago. I’d stocked my phone with Kindle books so was rather enjoying the flight, ignoring everything but the joy of reading. As the hours passed, I noticed my battery drop precipitously until I began to worry I wouldn’t have enough power to call her upon landing. Being a total nerd, I’d prepared for that by bringing my iPad, fully charged, with a Kindle reader.
When I got there, my daughter explained ‘airplane mode‘ to me so I wouldn’t worry about running out of battery ever again (she’s as much of a nerd as I am).
Because its primary purpose is to place calls, my phone constantly searches for internet connections in case I want to dial out. Sure that uses battery power but since the closest cell tower typically is quickly found, the affect is minimal. In the air, not so much (no satellite phones here). Airplane mode stops your phone from searching for an internet connection. If you don’t use it on a long flight, you’ll find your battery drained by the time you land because your phone ran through its power searching constantly for a signal that didn’t exist.
If you’re not flying but know you aren’t using the internet for a period of time, switch your phone to airplane mode. It’ll save your battery.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.