Airplane Mode Saves Your Battery


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • switch: move to a different position
  • Wi-Fi: a wireless network that provides Internet connection
  • Bluetooth: a trademarked name for a short-range wireless connection for computerized devices
  • GPS: global positioning system, a satellite-based system that provides the location of a device or object
  • interfere: get in the way; cause a disturbance
  • charge: to restore power to something that uses a battery
  • distraction: something that causes you to take your attention away from a task or focal point

Airplane Mode Saves Your Battery

If you’ve travelled on an airplane in recent years, you’ve probably been asked to switch your mobile device to airplane mode. When you switch to airplane mode, your mobile device no longer connects with . You can’t access Wi-Fi networks or use Bluetooth. You probably won’t receive GPS signals . Airplane mode disables the wireless transmissions that could interfere with the plane’s sensors and equipment. There are times when you aren’t travelling that airplane mode can come in handy. You can save your cell phone’s battery life by it on airplane mode. Though you won’t be able to use your device to communicate or receive messages or calls, you can save the last bit of power for . You can also put your phone on airplane mode before you charge it. This helps it charge more quickly. Airplane mode is also a handy setting to use when you want to avoid distractions, but don’t want to power off.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does airplane mode do to a mobile device?
  2. Why is it important to set a mobile device to airplane mode when on a plane?
  3. How can airplane mode come in handy when you’re not travelling?

Discussion Questions: How was life different before cell phones and mobile devices? If you could go back to a life that wasn’t so dependent on batteries and plugging in, would you?

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