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Optimize your inflight experience

We’ve curated tips from tech-savvy flyers around the world to create a list of our best just for you. With everything from saving battery life to viewing videos, we want to make sure you have a terrific inflight experience, wherever you travel.

Battery life

Here, you’ll find some quick and easy ways to conserve battery life on your smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet, meaning more time for digital work (or play!)

Fly under the radar

Turn off GPS on your device

iOS:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on Privacy button
  3. Hit Location Services to turn it off

Android:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on the Location Services to turn it off

Keep that charge

Turn on Low Battery Mode right at the gate to save power.

iOS:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on Battery button
  3. Switch the Low Power Mode button on

Android:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on Battery button
  3. Hit More
  4. Switch the Battery Saver button on

Dim it down

When you turn down screen brightness, you save battery life.

iOS:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click the Display & Brightness button
  3. Drag the slider to desired brightness

Android:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on Display
  3. Then Brightness
  4. Drag the slider to your desired location
  5. Hit Ok and you’re set!

Stay out of the red – turn off the Bluetooth

Who needs headsets at 30,000ft? Disabling Bluetooth keeps your phone on a little while longer.

iOS:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on General
  3. Then, hit the Bluetooth button to turn it off

Android:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Hit the Bluetooth button to turn it off
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Connect smarter

Got some work to do in a hurry? Make sure you can log on quickly and easily with these helpful hints.

Jot it down

Quickly log in by writing your Gogo account info down. It beats having to go through the password recovery process inflight.

Keep some secrets

Save passwords to your smartphone or laptop for fast login by allowing your browser to remember your secrets for you.

iOS:

  1. Go into your Settings
  2. Click on Safari
  3. Tap into your Autofill tab
  4. Slide the toggle for the Names and Passwords section to the on position

Android:

  1. Open the Chrome app
  2. Tap the Menu (those are the three dots in the upper right-hand corner)
  3. Click into your Settings
  4. Go into your Save Passwords section and slide the toggle to the on position

Put us in your top 5!

Make sure to save or favorite the Gogo in-air page – airborne.gogoinflight.com – in your browser. To bookmark it on your laptop, hold down Control+D or Command+D.

Check out fast with PayPal or Amazon Payments

If you have a PayPal or Amazon account, choose one of those as your payment option for quick, easy checkout.

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Manage data

Use your internet for what you want. Don’t waste precious time or data by letting hidden programs run and slow you down.

Try to keep up!

You want to enjoy the latest news, shopping, and other apps while in flight? Don’t forget to install and update your apps before boarding.

iOS:

  1. Log into the App Store
  2. Click Updates in the lower right-hand corner. You’ll have a choice of updating certain apps or all of them at once.

Android:

  1. Log into the Google Play store
  2. Click on My Apps
  3. Click on Updates. You'll have a choice of updating certain apps or all of them at once.

Refresh drinks, not apps

For those programs that auto-sync, make sure you pause background refresh in your iOS device or disable them in Android before your flight.

iOS:

  1. Tap your Settings icon
  2. Hit the iCloud tab
  3. Click into your storage
  4. Hit the third tab down marked Manage Storage
  5. This will lead you to your Backup options. Make sure to turn off apps that automatically backup under your device.

Android:

  1. Head into your Settings
  2. Hit the Accounts tab
  3. Select the More tab in the top right corner
  4. Click on Disable auto sync.
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Play smarter

Prep on the ground so you can play in the skies.

Get the popcorn ready

Save time inflight and download your movies, TV shows, and books onto your device before boarding for a smooth inflight experience.

Bring on the movie marathon with our app

Make sure to download the latest Gogo Entertainment app for movies and TV streamed straight to your smartphone or tablet. Before you board your flight, grab your device:

  1. Go to gogoair.com
  2. Tap the Travelers tab then Inflight entertainment tab
  3. Hit Download now (When using your laptop, make sure you also have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player)
  4. Follow the directions to enjoy the latest version!

Tune in before takeoff

Before you board, load your favorite music right onto your device, or save some tunes for offline listening for a smooth and uninterrupted trip.

Keep some apps out of the clouds

Get the best performance out of your phone or tablet by pausing auto-updates on your apps.

iOS:

  1. Tap your Settings icon
  2. Click the General tab
  3. Hit the iTunes & App Store
  4. Make sure to use the toggle button to turn Updates to the off position

Android:

  1. Visit the Play Store
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Tap Auto-update apps next
  4. Make sure to select Do not auto-update apps
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Save money

What’s better than money? Saving more money! Here are some tips to help keep some of that cash in your wallet.

Get your Wi-Fi before you fly

Save big and buy your inflight internet pass before you fly. It’s really easy to purchase your pass pre-flight. Before boarding:

  1. Log onto gogoair.com
  2. Choose a pass listed on the homepage or click on See all passes
  3. Click on the Buy Pass button for the one perfect for you
  4. Sign in (or if you don’t have a Gogo account, sign up)
  5. Redeem your pass by signing into your Gogo account in flight

Save $$$ every month

Fly often? Save when you buy an inflight internet plan.

Ground:

  1. Go to gogoair.com before you board
  2. Find the perfect plan for you
  3. Click on the Subscribe button
  4. Sign in (or if you don’t have a Gogo account, sign up)
  5. Redeem your pass by signing into your Gogo account in flight

Inflight:

  1. Head to airborne.gogoinflight.com
  2. Select the perfect plan for you
  3. Sign in (or if you don’t have a Gogo account, sign up)
  4. Enter your credit card information and hit submit. You’re all set!
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Work smarter

We want you to treat your seat like a corner office with a view with these productivity tips.

Check that (in)box

Use webmail instead of Outlook for easy work email access. Just connect with your company’s IT department to make sure you’ve got your info before you fly!

Change your Outlook

Download Headers instead of the full message for quick and easy scan-ability.

  1. First, click on the Send/Receive tab in your Outlook navigation bar
  2. Next, hit the Download Preferences in your toolbar
  3. Select Download Headers and you’re all set!

Keep your convo in the clouds!

Use cloud-based messaging systems for quick chats, like iMessage, GChat and Facebook Messenger.

Zip it closed

Make sure those large files are zipped before attaching them to emails.

Mac:

  1. Select the file in the Finder
  2. Right-click on the file and select Compress (this immediately zips the file). And you’re all done!

Windows:

  1. Right-click on the file you wish to compress (AKA zip)
  2. Hit Send to and click on Compressed folder, which immediately zips the file. And that’s it! If you need to, you can right-click on the file to rename it.
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