I'm going overseas soon and bringing my "usual" personal phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5, with me. I mostly just want to use it for Internet access. But one of the reasons I'm bringing my own phone instead of buying a temporary one is just in case there's an emergency I want to be able to call and text with my regular number. I don't want to get most calls and texts on vacation though! Is there a way I can turn off calling and texting from my phone but leave WiFi and NFC working? Just turning off receiving would be best but turning off sending would be fine too.

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Just check your QuickSettings:

QuickSettingsKK QuickSettingsLP
QuickSettings (Kitkat / Lollipop; click images for larger variants)

They will look a bit different on Samsung devices (and newer Android versions), but the basic elements should be there. In the first screenshot, see the last icon in the second row, titled "E-Plus+"? It will have a different title for you (as that's the network provider) or no title at all, but look similar. This icon is for your cellular connection. Tap to turn it off, and you'll have no cellular connection anymore – that means no calls, no SMS, no mobile data. Still, the first icon in the same row (WiFi) will be unaffected by that – so you'll still have WiFi available (and NFC too, of course).1

Now, when your mentioned "emergency" comes, simply swipe down the notification bar to get to the QuickSettings, and tap that icon again – a few seconds later you should have calls and SMS available again.

Just in case this does not work (e.g. because that icon is missing), take the hint Mord gave: Tap the airplane-mode icon in QuickSettings, and then tap the WiFi icon to switch WiFi back on. Same effect – and for your emergency case, simply deactivate airplane mode again.

1Corresponding icons in the 2nd screenshot (Lollipop): 1st row #3 (labeled "o2 - de+") & #1


On the s5 you can turn on airplane mode, and you'll still be able to use wifi.

So actually the wifi will turn off when you turn on airplane mode, all you need is just turn back on WiFi.

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    Whoa. I did this in the past and the first thing that happens when Airplane Mode goes on is WiFi turns off. I just figured you couldn't turn it back on. Because if that was allowed then why would it shut off in the first place? But sure enough you can. You just have to do it manually. Just FYI for future readers who read this answer and think "uh no you can't."
    – Europe2015
    Jul 17, 2016 at 20:09

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