Google is making a small but very useful change to Android devices. If you enable the Wi-Fi connection while in Airplane ‘airplane’ mode, the first time you’ll see a message saying “Wi-Fi is on in Airplane mode. If you keep the Wi-Fi connection, it will automatically connect the next time you activate Airplane mode.”
If you click on this message, you will be redirected to a support page titled “Keep your Android device wireless in Airplane mode”.
Google says that when you turn on Airplane mode for the first time on your Android device, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections are disabled. Previously, Google allowed users to re-enable Bluetooth connectivity while in Airplane mode, so that they could use wireless headphones or Bluetooth-enabled smartwatches.
Now, Google is offering the same feature for Wi-Fi. If you’re in Airplane mode and Wi-Fi is on, your Android device will automatically save this setting and keep the Wi-Fi connection active the next time you activate Airplane mode. There are many airlines that offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity, so this feature will help you stay connected to the internet while your cell phone is off.
According to Google’s support page, this change will be applied to all Android devices. However, right now, Pixel smartphone users will receive the latest updates and experiences.