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Top 5 Tips How to Use Your iPhone on a Cruise Ship

Have you ever gone on a cruise and wondered why your iPhone is not working the same way it does at home? Here I am going to tell you my top 5 tips on how to use your iPhone on a cruise ship.

I get asked a lot of iPhone questions onboard and at home. I am not an IT expert, but I know how to use my iPhone! Probably because I cannot put it down and couldn’t imagine my life without my precious phone! My husband says I need to go to therapy! Ha Ha Ha!

Back to how to use your iPhone! Why doesn’t your iPhone work the same way onboard as it does at home? This is mainly because when you are travelling on a cruise ship you are not going to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day.

Once you have left shore the 3G/4G will only stay connected when you are near land or if there is a satellite above you. There is Wi-Fi onboard, but on most cruise lines this is a paid extra or you have a package of minutes or MBs included in your ticket.

When you are on land, 4G and your home Wi-Fi is always connected to your phone. So, you have no idea which apps require the internet to function.

We really do not realise how much we rely on our phones these days, so I am going to tell you my top 5 questions and hopefully give you some answers!


The time changes onboard when arriving in different countries. Sometimes it is a few hours difference so you may be changing the time over a few days at sea and your phone will not set automatically to ship time!

How do you change the time?

  • Go to Settings App
  • Press General
  • Press Date and Time
  • Switch off, set automatically
  • Change time zone to city you are going to be in or just change the time manually

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If you have a Fitbit or another fitness tracking device and you would like to sync your daily steps you will need to do the following:

  • Change the time if there has been a time change
  • Make sure your Bluetooth is on and your phone is connected to your Fitbit
  • Log on to the ship internet
  • Go to the Fitbit app
  • Pull down the home screen of the Fitbit app to sync
  • Wait for the sync to finish
  • Log off the internet

Airplane Mode

While onboard and sailing put your phone on airplane mode to save the battery and stop receiving calls or use your data when you are close to shore. This way you will not receive phone calls in the early hours that you may not want to answer! As your hometown may be in a completely different time zone.

To put on airplane mode on, go to:

  • Settings
  • First option airplane mode
  • Switch on

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Background App Refresh

Switch off background app refresh as if you are using the ship WiFi, this will eat a lot of your data plan! You can update your apps when you return home.

How to switch off background app refresh:

  • Go to Settings
  • Press General
  • Press Background App Refresh
  • Switch off background app refresh
  • It is also best to keep this switched off, as it eats into your cell phone data plan.

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Saving the Battery Power

Phone batteries do not last like they use to, due to using the camera app, the internet, playing games, etc.

There are a few ways to save your battery power while ashore and onboard:

Switch off the location services (just switch it back on when you would like to use maps or set your location for your Facebook photos!)

  • Go to Settings
  • Press Privacy
  • Press Location Services
  • Switch off location services

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Put the battery on low power mode

  • Go to settings
  • Press Battery
  • Switch on, Low Power Mode

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If not using 4G, switch it off

  • Go to settings
  • Press Mobile Data
  • Switch off Mobile Data
  • Then press on Mobile Data Options
  • Press Enable 4G

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If not using your phone for phone calls or data while ashore, put on airplane mode.

To put on airplane mode on, go to:

  • Settings
  • First option airplane mode
  • Switch on

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Also, investing in a portable phone charger is a life saver! I always carry one when going ashore. I love this one as it is small and charges your iPhone quickly when out and about:Also, remember your iPhone charger with the right country adapter and cable: 

If you love your selfies, bring your selfie stick!

I hope these tips have helped you. Do you have any top tips for using your iPhone whilst on a cruise ship? I would love to hear them, just comment below.

If you enjoyed reading about these iPhone tips, please share on Facebook and Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

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Top 5 Tips How to Use Your iPhone on a Cruise Ship

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