The Do Not Disturb mode is something that all smartphone users might need at some point. Those who are familiarized with this feature from the Apple iOS devices might think that Android devices feature it under the same name, which is not the case.
Since Android couldn’t use this name, it labeled it as the Blocking Mode. Needless to say, it basically does the same things as on Apple devices: it blocks notifications and calls upon your desire, by following specific rules that you get to set up from the very beginning.
As you are about to discover, it only takes a few minutes to make these tweaks. The process is extremely simple and intuitive through the options that the function provides. And just to ease your worries, you can set up some important alarms or emergency calls you’d like to receive even with this mode turned on.
If you were looking for the Do Not Disturb mode on Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus, at least now you know that you’re going to find it as the Blocking Mode. Whether you’re about to enter a meeting, go out on a super-important date or you’re just planning to take a nap without being bothered, you can activate this mode and enjoy the peace and ease of mind that it provides.
How to activate the Blocking Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus
Just like any other feature on your device, this one has a dedicated menu that you will need to identify:
- Open the Menu of your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus;
- Tap on the Settings icon;
- Browse until you reach the Blocking Mode;
- Tap on it and look for the activation toggle – it should be in the upper-right corner of the screen;
- Switch the toggle from Off to On;
- Look for the tiny circle-with-a-dash icon that should appear in the Status bar, as a sign that you have activated the Blocking Mode.
How to personalize the Blocking Mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus
The setup will be performed under the same window where you turned on this function. After you switched that toggle to On, look for the Features section.
In there, you will get to select what kind of alerts and sounds you want the Blocking Mode to filter for you. If you’ve previously used an iPad or an iPhone, you’ll notice a striking resemblance in terms of settings and options. But even if it’s your first experience of this kind, you’ll still find everything to be very intuitive.
Here are the main features you can personalize while you’re there:
- You can turn off all notifications and block any incoming calls by default;
- You have a special box from where you can turn Off or On alarm and time – if you’re planning to use your smartphone as an alarm, do not check that box;
- You can select the automatic activation of the Blocking Mode, at a given time;
- You can also create a personalized schedule for the Blocking Mode to run by, with the mention that you won’t be able to change if from weekend to weekdays, nor to automatically adjust its settings according to your calendar;
- You can also decide what contacts you want to be able to reach you and what contacts you want to block when the Blocking Mode is active:
- You can block all contacts at once;
- You can select a few of them from a list;
- You can tap on the Favorites, meaning that all contacts labeled as favorite, who have a star on the first line of the Contact details, will be able to contact you;
- You can create your own custom list and add it right at the bottom of this Do Not Disturb page.
Now that we covered pretty much everything you can adjust within the Blocking Mode page, we need to specify one important thing you cannot do. You cannot stop from blocking a repeat caller without adding it to the reject list first. So, you will have to add that particular number on your Contacts list, tap on the three-dot symbol at the upper-right part of the newly created contact, and in the context menu that will show up, add that contact to your Reject list.
All these considered, you’re ready to play around with the Blocking Mode, also known as the Do Not Disturb on Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus.