How to Disable an iPhone While on Vacation

by Randall Blackburn
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Disable the calling and data services on your iPhone while you're on vacation to save money on roaming charges. International roaming charges can mount up quickly when you're traveling abroad. Fortunately, you can disable the Data Roaming and Cellular Data features to stop your iPhone from checking your email and accessing the Internet when traveling. To disable only the iPhone’s ability to make and receive calls and text messages, place the device in Airplane Mode. Of course, you can always turn off your iPhone while on vacation to completely unplug and rejuvenate.

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen to open the Settings app.

Step 2

Tap the“Cellular” option. The Cellular settings menu opens.

Step 3

Slide the “Cellular Data” toggle to the “Off” position.

Slide the “Data Roaming” toggle to the “Off” position. Data services are now disabled.

Step 1

Press the “Home” button to return to the iPhone home screen.

Step 2

Tap the “Settings” icon in the home screen to launch the Settings app.

Slide the “Airplane Mode” toggle switch to the “On” position. Airplane mode is enabled.


  • To silence calls, and disable notifications and alerts, enable Do Not Disturb mode in the Settings menu. Your phone is still active in this mode, but all audible alerts, rings and tones are silenced.
  • Airplane mode disables all cellular data and calling services, but leaves Wi-Fi and Bluetooth available for in-flight use.


  • Information provided in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0 and above. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of iOS.

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