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Sure, airplane mode is a smartphone function that’s meant to be used when you’re at 30,000 feet, but there are plenty of other situations where toggling the switch can change your life. Here are six.

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WHEN ALL YOU NEED IS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

It’s the perfect plan for some solid rest: Switching on airplane mode means you can disconnect knowing you won’t be woken up by a late night text message or email notification, but you can still use your smartphone as an alarm clock. It’s a win-win.

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WHEN YOU NOTICE YOUR BATTERY IS RUNNING LOW

Airplane mode helps you preserve the percentage you have left on your phone for emergencies later on (like calling a cab) instead of wasting it on automatic activities you don’t really need at that moment (like refreshing your email inbox in the background).

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WHEN YOU NEED YOUR PHONE TO CHARGE FASTER

It’s always right when you’re about to walk out the door when you realize it: Your phone is at 4 percent. Plug it in and turn on airplane mode for 10 minutes and watch it charge at warp speed. (The reason: It’s a lot easier for the phone to power up quickly when it’s not constantly searching for service.)

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WHEN YOU WANT TO LIMIT DISTRACTIONS

For those times when all you need is 15 uninterrupted minutes to think, you can shut out the world (or really just your friends who keep annoying you on Facebook) with the tap of a button. Just because your phone is flipped over doesn’t mean the temptation to continually check it is gone. Disabling data, though, does.

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WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY

Unless you arrange for an international data plan, you’re almost guaranteed to rack up a crap-load of roaming charges. Turn on airplane mode and you eliminate that function (and worry) but can still use your phone as a camera.

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WHEN YOU’RE AT THE MOVIES

Switching the ringer to silent still allows that bright light to shine whenever someone likes your last Instagram post. No service means no taps on the shoulder from fellow (and now irritated) moviegoers.

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