Many users will call it the Do Not Disturb mode, but the truth is that this is a feature of all the Apple iOS devices out there. Android smartphones, in general, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, in particular, cannot use the same name, which is why they have opted for the Block Mode label. They are one and the same thing and people will use them interchangeably. What it matters is that you know the difference between the two of them and, just as importantly, you learn how to use it.
The Blocking Mode was projected to give users more control on the calls and notifications that they want to receive in particular circumstances. Whether you’re attending an important business event or just want to enjoy a quiet nap, it’s your right to block unwanted calls and it’s our job to show you how to do just that.
Before delving into details, we should probably mention one last thing – activating the Blocking Mode will imply tweaking some settings and permissions – like for the emergency calls or the important alarms that you still want to be notified about, even with the Blocking Mode enabled on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus.
The three simple steps on turning On the Blocking Mode on Galaxy S8:
- Go to Settings;
- Tap on the Blocking Mode;
- Tap on its switch from the upper right corner, to toggle from On to Off and the other way around.
That’s all it takes to activate or deactivate this feature that benefits from a dedicated menu under the general settings of the device.
To tell if the Blocking Mode is On or Off…
You just need to look at the Status Bar. While active, this mode will display a circle with a dash icon. You cannot miss that one, so it’s easy to tell that you’ve blocked the calls and notifications.
Best practices when using the Blocking Mode on Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus…
This feature, the way it works, and the options you can personalize are very similar to the ones from the iPhone and iPad devices. So, right under the Features section, you should be able to choose what kind of sounds and alerts are blocked when the mode is active.
Most users will go for turning off the notifications and blocking the incoming calls. If you have an alarm clock set to ring during the time when the Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, make sure that the option labeled as “Turn off alarm and time” will remain unchecked!
As far as the time intervals are concerned, the Blocking Mode for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus could have used a bit more flexibility. All that users can do is to set up a start and a stop time, without being able to make automatic adjustments based on whatever they add into their calendars and without even enjoying a differentiated schedule from weekdays to weekends.
Contrary to what many would believe, this mode has nothing to do with the auto reject list that blocks repeated callers from bugging you! To do so, all you have to do is to tap on the annoying caller’s contact name or phone number, use the 3-dots menu, and select “add to auto-reject list”.
Back to our Do Not Disturb/Blocking Mode on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, you do have the handy option of selecting particular contacts that you want to be able to reach you even with this mode turned on. By default, this mode will let you select the Favorites contacts, which means that any contact from your Favorites list will not be blocked by the Blocking Mode. At the same time, you can create your own personalized list, right at the bottom of the dedicated Do Not Disturb page.
The customizing options are more than decent and you should really personally have a look, to better understand what you’re offered. You might discover it’s precisely what you were looking for!