How to Put Mac on Airplane Mode

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who frequently travels by air? If so, you may have encountered situations where you need to put your Mac on airplane mode.

Airplane mode is a handy feature that disables all wireless connections on your device to comply with airline regulations. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of putting your Mac on airplane mode.

Step 1: Access the Menu Bar

To start, locate the menu bar at the top of your screen. The menu bar contains various options and settings for your Mac.

Look for the Wi-Fi symbol, which looks like a series of concentric arcs. Click on it to open the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Enable Airplane Mode

Within the dropdown menu, you will notice an option called “Turn Wi-Fi Off.” This option allows you to disable Wi-Fi connectivity on your Mac. Click on “Turn Wi-Fi Off” to enable airplane mode. Once selected, the Wi-Fi symbol in the menu bar will be grayed out and display an “X” symbol.

Step 3: Verify Airplane Mode

To ensure that your Mac is indeed in airplane mode, look for an additional indicator in the menu bar. This indicator resembles an airplane Silhouette. It signifies that all wireless connections are disabled and that your device is compliant with airline regulations.


In addition to disabling Wi-Fi, enabling airplane mode also turns off other wireless functions such as Bluetooth and cellular data (if available). This helps conserve battery life during flights and prevents interference with aircraft systems.


No Wi-Fi Symbol in Menu Bar?

If you don’t see the Wi-Fi symbol or any other wireless indicators in your menu bar, don’t worry. It’s possible that the Wi-Fi icon is not enabled to appear in the menu bar. To enable it, follow these steps:

  • Go to “System Preferences” by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Select “Network.”
  • In the Network preferences window, click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner and enter your administrator password.
  • Check the box next to “Wi-Fi” in the left sidebar.
  • Close the Network preferences window.

The Wi-Fi symbol should now appear in your menu bar, allowing you to access airplane mode as described earlier.


Enabling airplane mode on your Mac is a simple and useful feature that helps you comply with airline regulations and conserve battery life during flights. By following these steps, you can easily toggle airplane mode on or off whenever necessary. Remember to always respect airline policies and regulations regarding electronic devices during air travel.

Safe travels!

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