The transmitting and receiving capabilities of a device are turned off when it is put in airplane mode. As a result, a device in airplane mode is unable to transmit information about its location to an external entity, e.g., that tracks its whereabouts to help find the device when it is lost or stolen. This disclosure proposes techniques for smart auto-deactivation of airplane mode of a device without explicit user action. The auto-deactivation is based on one or more user-permitted signals, such as device sensor data, user’s calendar and context, information from airline sources, time, device battery charge, etc.
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Roth, Gregory B., "Smart auto-deactivation of device airplane mode", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 14, 2019)