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How To Activate Priority Mode (Silent Mode) On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus, you’ve probably bumped so far into the so-called Priority Mode, just like you noticed that the Silent Mode is no longer available.

At first, you might be tempted to believe that these two are one and the same. While the Priority Mode indeed replaced the old Silent Mode, it actually comes with a new feature and some new settings that make all the difference.

Some of our readers complained that using this new feature is a bit more challenging than the option they had before. Nevertheless, once you learn it, you will feel more comfortable with it and you will definitely appreciate the chance of using it.

Before we get into details, you should know that the whole point of this mode is to let you filter the kind of notifications you want to receive. It could be that you don’t want to get the Facebook notifications or you don’t want to get the calls from your boss. In a nutshell, you can set priorities and block apps and people from sending you notifications while you’re keeping the Priority Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus.


More on how you set it and how you use it, coming up next:

  • Accessing this feature is quite simple – you just need to tap on the volume button of your smartphone. You will see a dialog box popping up, from where you can select the Priority Mode.
  • But the fun part is all about configuring the numerous options displayed in there. You can select specific periods of time when you want the Priority Mode to automatically turn on and off. You will get to select specific Days, the Start and End time, and use the Plus and Minus symbol buttons to adjust how long you want the Priority Mode to stay active. Of course, you also have to option to manually activate or deactivate the feature.
  • This running mode allows you to decide from what applications you want to receive notifications and from what contacts in your list you want to receive calls and messages. The moment you turn it on, you should see a Star icon displayed with the notification bar. As long as you have selected the Priority Mode to stay active, you will only receive updates, messages, and calls from the people and the applications you have granted access.
  • If you decide to block a contact, it doesn’t mean that the contact will no longer be able to call you. When that person calls, your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus won’t make any noise until the Priority Mode is turned off. The same goes for applications, the notifications are received, but not displayed with sound or vibrations.
  • The Android software allows you to control individual apps right from the Priority Mode window. First, you will have to access the Sound & Notifications screen, tap on the App notifications, and once in there, toggle the desired apps and switch them to Priority.
  • If you’re interested, there’s more than one way you can customize or change the Priority Mode. You can select the cog icon displayed when you activated the Priority Mode and you’ll have access to its settings. Alternatively, you can use the toggle switches to change whatever reminders, events, messages or calls you want to block or unblock. And you also have the Priority Mode wall of silence, as a handy tool for selecting people you don’t want to hear from when they call or text you.


All in all, the Priority Mode is a way more complex function than the previous Silent Mode. Taking the time to explore it and learn how to tweak it will consistently improve your experience with any Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus.



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