Most people like keeping their smartphones switched on 24 hours a day. Back in the feature phone age, many of us preferred switching off our phones before going to sleep, but now everyone receives notifications instantly even if it turns out to be a Farmville request at 3 o’ clock in the morning. The Do Not Disturb toggle in iOS 6 can help you sleep peacefully, but it doesn’t have any positive impact on the battery life of your iPhone. After all, if you aren’t going to receive any notifications, why waste your battery by keeping internet and carrier reception on. Toggling Airplane mode on sounds like a good option in this scenario, but trying to remember doing that each day is a bit too tedious. That’s where AirplaneScheduler can help you. This handy Cydia tweak lets you map out a full schedule to toggle Airplane mode automatically, with multiple activation and deactivation times of your choice.
AirplaneScheduler is available in the ModMyi repo of Cydia store for $1.49. The tweak has to be configured through the menu it adds to the stock Settings app. To get started, enable AirplaneScheduler and hit the ‘Add new’ button. The tweak’s scheduling section offers some pretty thorough options, with the possibility of selecting particular days and exact time. Airplane mode gets activated automatically at the ‘From’ time that you have set, and is disabled when the clock hits the ‘To’ time. There is no limit on the total number of entries that can appear in your personal Airplane mode schedule, giving you complete flexibility to set it up according to your requirements.
AirplaneScheduler could have been even more useful had the developer thought of adding an alert to the whole mix. For now, the tweak quietly enables and disables Airplane mode, without giving you any notice. This might lead to some forgetful users missing important calls due to not realizing their phone has been put on Airplane mode. Though that aside, there’s no denying the fact that AirplaneScheduler is bound to help with conserving the iPhone’s battery significantly. iOS has a pretty conveniently placed Airplane mode toggle, and you can always use it manually, but automating any process always makes one’s life a little easier. Of course, the stock toggle takes precedence over AirplaneScheduler, and can be used any time if you want to bypass the schedule set through the tweak.
If you don’t have issues with its price, AirplaneScheduler is certainly worth having on your jailbroken iDevice.