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A quick guide to the Samsung Blocking mode

A quick guide to the Samsung Blocking mode

Samsung has been very keen on adding extra features to their devices. Not only do they skin the interface with TouchWiz, they also include a multitude of Samsung developed features. Some of these features actually make it to the default Google Code. Google is always looking at developments from their OEMs and merging it to the code if they find it good enough to be on stock.

Samsung’s current flagship model, the Galaxy S3, began with Ice Cream Sandwich. Even then, the device has been jam-packed full of features, which undoubtedly set it apart from other devices with similar specs.

One specific feature we will get to know today is an evolution of a simple “notifications” toggle found on the ICS version of the Galaxy S3 – the Blocking Mode.

Blocking mode is a part of their new Jelly Bean ROM for the Galaxy S3 as well as the Galaxy Note 2. This feature evolved from the disable all notifications feature found on ICS and Honeycomb devices. It is a cool feature that allows you to block calls and other notifications without the need for Root access.

When you toggle this option and turn it off, all notifications stop with no exception. Your phone won’t ring nor vibrate when it receives a call. Other devices will achieve a similar effect by simply turning off wireless communications by using Flight mode, or placing the phone on silent mode. This feature allows you to still have sound, and still receive calls and texts even though you don’t get notified anymore. This is perfect when sleeping, or maybe when playing games or doing something important that you don’t want to be disturbed.

When Jelly Bean arrived for Samsung, they evolved the feature into Blocking Mode.

Blocking mode is a more customizable and intuitive mode of managing notifications on your device. Let’s go deep into this feature and discover how it works.

How to turn on Blocking Mode

If you look at the images above, it will be painfully simple to realize how you activate blocking mode. Simply toggle it, and it will turn green. That means it will be on, and will start blocking notifications depending on your preferences.

Another way of turning the feature on and off would be to go to the settings app. The Settings app is accessible through the gear symbol on your notification panel, through the Settings app in your app drawer, or through your menu drawer while in the home screen.

When you reach the settings app, you will see the Blocking Mode option right away at the bottom. You can simply slide the option on or off as required.

Changing Blocking Mode Settings

Going back to the settings app, when you see the Blocking mode option, you have the ability to quickly turn the feature on or off. The setting menu hides a more significant function. Tapping on the option name would take you to the Blocking Mode preferences menu.

We’ll go through the many options found on this list and elaborate further on what they do.

Disable Features

The disable features menu is pretty straightforward. Unlike the previous notification mode, where everything is always just disabled, you can now customize which notifications you want to turn off.

Disabling calls is may seem very basic, but it isn’t. As the little snippet above the disable features list says, you can still receive calls from a special list of people you allow. That is called a “white list”, meaning you allow these people to contact you through calls anytime. We’ll touch more on that later.

Disable notifications is rather broad in my opinion. It disables every other notification not covered by the rest of the options in this list. This includes messages, Facebook notifications, Viber calls and messages, requests, and emails. This one is certainly useful and straightforward. In case you are waiting for an important email, don’t enable blocking of this feature.

Disable Alarm and timer is very useful when you want nobody to disturb you but still be able to hear alarms and timer notifications. You wouldn’t want to be late for a meeting, or fail to wake up because you simply don’t want to be disturbed during your sleep, right? For that purpose, when you have blocking mode on, you leave this unchecked. If you would rather not receive notifications about alarms and timers as well, then you can simply leave that ticked.

Turning off all LED indicator notifications is one step to saving a bit of battery life, but it doesn’t really eat up that much. If you want to stop notifications and calls, yet still have a LED light to look at just in case you want to check up on it, then you can disable this feature so that it will still blink when there is a pending notification.

In case it is not entirely clear, having a check mark means the specific feature is blocked, while having no check means that the feature will still run during blocking mode.

Setting Blocking Mode Schedule

The best thing about technology is the way it automates things for us. We are all fans of technology that performs automatically for our own benefit. Technology is built in a way that is convenient for the end user and leaving the operations and interactions out of the consumer’s mind space.

With this in mind, Samsung enabled blocking mode to be scheduled. While this may not be useful for those who live very varied lifestyles, those of us who live by a routine can get a kick out of this. Simply put, you can enable blocking mode for a set time period you desire.

This would be very useful when you have a specific part of the day that you normally need blocking mode on. Let’s take the earlier example of sleeping. Many of us with regular jobs usually sleep at roughly the same time every day, right? This option allows you to set blocking mode to be on during your sleeping hours automatically. Beyond the time set, none of the features will be blocked.

To set a schedule, simply untick the “Always” option, then proceed to set the time range you want Blocking mode to be active.

There is a slight hitch though. It would seem that the time range will not be followed if the blocking mode toggle is off. That means that if you want to take advantage of the automatic blocking of notifications during a set time period, you have to leave the blocking mode toggle on.

Setting up Allowed Contacts

This is the part I told you about back when we were disabling incoming calls. Sometimes, there are important people in our lives from which we will take calls regardless of the situation. Be it a meeting, or during sleep, calls from loved ones or immediate family is important to keep active.

With such thoughts in mind, Samsung enabled the creation of Whitelists where you can add people you want to receive call from even during blocking mode, while keeping any other call blocked.

To add a contact to the allowed list, simply tap on the option that says “Allowed contacts”. This will take you to a list of actions.

None: Basically means no calls get through at all during blocking mode.

All Contacts: This means that all calls from registered contacts will get through, but calls from unknown numbers will definitely be filtered.

Favorites: Only calls from your set of Favorite contact list can get through. Calls from other contacts and other unregistered number will not get through.

Custom: Allows you to make your own list of people you want to get calls from in case none of the other three options give you what you want.

Choosing custom from the menu allows you to choose a set of contacts you want. Maybe it is one number, maybe three or a whole dozen of them. You get to choose. If you choose custom, you get to a page that looks like this:

From here, you can press the add button to choose a contact you want. It will then take you to the following page:

Select which contacts you want to allow calls for during blocking mode, and choose done when you are finished with your selection. It will then display the previous page like this to reflect the changes:

Are you wondering how to remove a contact from this list? Well, Samsung failed to be simple and intuitive in doing this, because the option is not as obvious as the other options. You have to press and hold on any one of the contacts you have in this list, and it will take you to this page:

Simply select which contact you want to remove from the list, and choose delete. It will then take you back to the previous screen.

Closing words

Now that you know more about this new feature in Jelly Bean, go right ahead and make use of it. It definitely is a very situational type of feature, much like many of the other features found in any smartphone. The important thing is that it is available and usable when the time comes for you to need it.

85 Comments

  1. Kensays: December 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Great article about Blocking mode! Unfortunately blocking mode does not disable the phone from vibrating when email comes in using the default mail client – Samsung Note II

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I can’t seem to replicate the issue on my Galaxy S3. The email comes in silently and it doesn’t vibrate.

      • AndreaNsays: February 5, 2013 at 1:24 am

        My husband’s SIII still vibrates with an email incoming on the phone’s default email app – but works fine for the Gmail (he uses the default mail app for work emails only). I have no problem with blocking mode working fine on my SIII and the settings look the same on both phones – plus I have the default mail app setup with my Hotmail account and two Gmail acounts.

        • John Michael Sol Cruzsays: February 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

          That’s odd. How about trying this out:

          Go to your application manager and look for that default Email app. Force close it and clear all the data from the app. Restart the smartphone and start the default email app like normal. It should be empty and there should be no linked accounts yet.

          At this point, just connect your email accounts to that app again and observe for a while with Samsung Blocking mode on. Unless you change any other settings, the app should behave in the same way as your Galaxy S3.

          Good luck!

  2. Georgesays: December 24, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Question for you: I added a contact to the ‘allowed’ contacts list, but when I have blocking mode turned on, I still miss their calls. And no, they do not block caller ID……any idea what’s wrong?

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

      It worked fine on my end. I was able to test it with my dad’s number and he was able to call me fine while my mom couldn’t.
      Try removing the contact from the allowed list and then set the “Allowed Contacts” option to “None”.
      Turn off blocking mode. Wait 10 seconds. Turn on Blocking mode again.
      Set the “Allowed Contacts” options to “Custom”. Tap on “Add”. Then choose the contact you want to allow.
      It should work this time. To save you the hassle, make sure to test it as soon as possible while you are paying attention to the phone. I hope this helps!

      • Blumpsays: July 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

        I had that happen also. You have to make sure the contact number is entered in the same format as incoming calls from other people. IE: area code then number. Fixed my problem.

  3. Mikesays: December 26, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I’ve noticed the same problem as Ken. This seems like a failure of the blocking mode. I would like to have emails vibrate and alert during the day, but be blocked at night with blocking mode, but I have to disable vibration from within the email client or else all emails vibrate, regardless of the sender being on my white list or not.

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

      To confirm, you are using the default email client, not the Gmail client, right?

  4. Philsays: January 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    does anybody else’s phone screen light up briefly when phone calls or texts come through?

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

      The notification comes in as normal. Calls are automatically rejected and your phone generates an automatic “Missed Call” notification after rejecting the call.
      The Messages are also received normally, but the notification sound will not ring.
      Our phones are set to light up momentarily for calls and texts, a feature that is not disabled by Blocking Mode.

  5. Arthursays: January 15, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Same as Ken and Mike.

    I would think that if a notification is turned off, the vibration should be turned off as well, or at least an option should be provided to turn off sound and / or vibration for each item.

  6. PDADocsays: January 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I’m curious about something: I understand the concept behind blocking mode, especially after having used call blocking apps in the past. But what I’m not clear on is this: when you block a call, exactly what is happening? For example, in a call block app, there are options to drop a call, pick up and hang up, etc.

    Is the call being blocked completely, or is it simply being routed to voicemail, or something else?

    Clarification on this would be helpful.

    • John Michael Cruzsays: January 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

      As far as my experience, it auto rejects the calls.

      • lssays: June 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        It sends it straight to voicemail. I am having an issue with receiving calls from my allowed contacts. they are not even coming thru. the people on the list say that it will ring once on their end and then go to voicemail, but it doesn’t ring on my end.

  7. Vancesays: January 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Blocking mode doesn’t do anything. I still get all things coming in. All notification , calls. I am using Nova Launcher Property, is that why?

    • John Michael Cruzsays: January 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Are all items under “features” checked? Did you make sure you didn’t set a time for it work, and if you did, did you make sure you set the right time? A lot of factors could be at play here but it is definitely not because of your launcher.

      • Joannesays: June 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        my enable blocking won’t ring through on texts just phone for my list of exceptions? Samsung galaxy S111

  8. Sigmarsays: January 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Hi, when i do have blocking mode actived…i still will received all my notifications but in like silent mode…i have tried it several times..all things are checked…times are right but yet i would still received notification(without sound)….very strange

    • Andreasays: January 26, 2013 at 4:43 am

      That’s the point…no sound so you won’t be disturbed.

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 5:55 am

      That is how it is supposed to work. It doesn’t block the actual notifications, it just prevents the phone from bothering you while the Blocking Mode is on. If you want to completely block the calls of texts from a certain number, Samsung supports a call blacklist as well as a text blacklist.

    • tomsays: March 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I’m not sure if this was the point of the question, but my issue is that in addition to no sound or vibration I also want to turn off the led at nighttime. There should be any easy nighttime mode to keep the phone on for emergency calls, but no other sounds, vibrations or lights.

  9. Andreasays: January 26, 2013 at 4:44 am

    That’s the point…no sound so you won’t be disturbed.

  10. tonysays: January 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

    the option to further customise forweekends would make it almost perfect

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 5:57 am

      I guess it would, but it is also pretty easy to just turn the option on through the toggle buttons on your notification tray, pretty much like turning on your Wi-Fi and your Bluetooth. As long as it is already set, you simply need to toggle the option.

  11. hamidsays: January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Hi , I did by mistake all the Features unselected , now the blocking mode is not working and ask to enable at least one function .In setting I can not select a feature to be selected .Please advise .

    Many thanks

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

      In the Settings App, go to the “Blocking Mode” settings. If you have unchecked all options previously, it automatically grays out and turns off Blocking Mode completely.
      To reenable Blocking mode and be able to check an option again, simply swipe or tap the power switch on the upper right corner of that settings page. It will reenable Blocking Mode. You will notice that the options can be touched again.

  12. Vanessasays: February 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, during blocking mode why can’t people who call leave a voicemail. I don’t want to hear the phone ringing however I still need the voicemails so that the calls can be returned later. Is that feature disabled as well.

    • John Michael Cruzsays: February 3, 2013 at 6:11 am

      The way Blocking Mode works is it automatically rejects the call. It registers later as a missed call, but the call only rings for less than a second on the caller’s end then it will turn into a busy tone. Calls never actually goes through completely.
      The best way to simulate this is to have someone call you while blocking mode is turned off. Naturally, your phone will ring. Try rejecting the call using the reject swipe. This action is automated by Blocking Mode for you.
      Most providers only reroute to voice mail if the call rings out or if the call rings for a set amount of time with no answer. This doesn’t even allow the call to ring, so the Voice mail feature never kicks in.

      • Ravensays: December 19, 2013 at 3:12 am

        I am curious, why it doesn’t give the caller a simple message. Something like the person you have reached has do not disturb turned on. Or something like that…

  13. Bethsays: February 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    So, is there a way to make a list of people whose calls go directly to voicemail? For some people on some days (or times of day), I’d like to have no idea that they called, but I do want to hear their messages later on.

  14. Tonisays: February 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    When blocking mode is enabled will notifications and messages still come through, just like in silent mode so you can still actually read them, just without any sound bothering you? Or is this disabled and all notifications come through at once when blocking mode is switched off?

    • lijahsays: April 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      i would like to know the answer to that as well..

  15. Rhoda Georgesays: March 4, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Block mode works well wit my Facebook notifications, emails text calls but it doesnt blocky whatspp notification. They still come thru.

  16. John Granackisays: March 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Garbage. It has a whitelist but no blacklist. Until it can specifically tag and block unwanted callers it is just another useless bit of fluff in a phone that already has too many useless bits of fluff.

    • John Doesays: April 12, 2013 at 4:01 am

      You mean, you want *anyone* within/out your contacts list to be able to call, except some unwanted numbers you *do* know from getting through? Weird guy. This is NOT about blacklist. This is another thread for another function for another guys. You misunderstood so much. Go search and rant, somewhere else.

    • Roxisays: April 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Actually its really helpful. At night I only want to receive a phone call from someone in labour (having a baby), so I add those women who are close to due dates to the whitelist and they can call if they need me. anything else (messages from friends in different time zones, or family members up very early) doesnt wake me.

  17. Josays: March 26, 2013 at 3:56 am

    The add list does not show all of my contacts and won’t allow me to add any that aren’t showing on that list.

  18. Cetwsays: March 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    My will go to sleep mode and when it does you can not get a call to ring through to the phone unless you wake it up by making a call out. But the phone can be right with you and you can use the house phone or a different cell phone and if it has been minutes since your last call and phone goes to sleep mode it will NOT ring but go straight to voicemail. help anyone

  19. Cetwsays: March 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I am NOT in blocking mode it is OFF

  20. Annasays: April 3, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Okay so when it comes to messaging and calling, i understand you wont get messages or calling when your blocking mode is on. Does this mean that if you turn off the blocking mode would you automatically receive those messages that would have been seen on your phone if you hadn’t put your phone on blocking mode and if u had a call during the time u blocked your phone would u have a notification saying you did have a missed call once you turned off the blocking mode? Or does it actually block all messages and calls like they never happened even after you disabled blocking mode?

  21. Renata kiwangasays: April 5, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Block my samsung wifi gt s3353 now

  22. scsays: April 10, 2013 at 8:19 am

    My smasung galaxy s3 in blocking mode gives the caller a single ring then routes through to voicemail – it also immediately shows a missed call on the screen if the screen is on – if not on then the missed call shows when I next turn the screen on. This is a UK samsung s3 3g version on latest jellybean

  23. Donnasays: April 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    How do I block just one person at a time? I don’t want to shut my phone down completly or go thru all this for one person.

    Thanks!

    • John Doesays: April 12, 2013 at 4:07 am

      Hi.
      That is called blaclist. You can block a person by selecting his number on your contacts list and choose add to blacklist (add to reject list)

  24. Nasssays: April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hi,
    I live in greece n hv samsung s3. I hv this caller fr india who keeps calling
    me, Is it possible to block him on my blacklist
    kindly help

  25. Maureen Groblersays: April 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Can someone please tell me how do I block silly notifications like “want to meet single girls”? It pops up under my notifications and when I click on it, it takes me to the website. I must have done something stupid to turn it on and can’t find a way to take it off… Thank you!

  26. Elisasays: April 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Does anybody know if there is a way to just block calls while I’m on the web only? When I go to the web it’s mainly to download or upload things and every time someone calls it stops the download and I have to start all over again. Please help! Thanks!

  27. Jane Janesays: April 24, 2013 at 3:08 am

    i have allowed my favorite list to be enabled and it still brings in notifications as silent… they use to be allowed to ring before i dont know what happened please help

  28. Mariesays: April 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What happens to the blocked messages? Can you read them later on? Or you don’t receive them at all?

  29. Roxisays: April 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Hi,
    This has been working well for me, but for the first time while blocking mode was on I received a What’s App message and it still made a sound. I have double checked the settings
    SGS3

  30. Jacob Armonsays: May 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I learned a lot from this article.
    But I do not know how to set the galaxy 3 mini to auto answer a call when on Bluetooth Car-Speaker?

  31. ryansays: May 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    the blocking mode is no working on my wechat…. ~~~~~

  32. danasays: May 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I turned this mode off in all of a sudden stop getting texts and phone calls how do I fix that. people will send me a facebook and say that they sent me a text me but I don’t receive anything

  33. anwarsays: May 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    How to set emergencey contact on my galaxy s dous mobile.

  34. Ofersays: May 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Can I use blocking mode, but allow email notifications from certain contacts? or only phone calls?

  35. Jbsays: June 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    My Samsung galaxy 3 will not allow my custom list to ring notifications through when on enabled mode. The phone rings but my texts are silent and I would like them to come through with their personally assigned ringtones. V
    Can anyone help. I have turned it on an off.. Tried all suggestions and I need to have my kids messages come through ww
    Hen they are out at night and aim sleeping. Worked like a charm on my black
    Berry.

  36. Nehalsays: July 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hey everyone ..

    Me and my sis. having a problem in our SIII blocking mode !
    when the blocking moide is enabled .. notifications like whatsapp, facebook, twitter, viber, and all the other apps keep ringing normally .. i’ve checked the settings manyyy time and make sure that it is working but nothing happened !!
    I’m forced to manually reduce the notifications volume to zero.
    Is it a bug or am I missing something?
    I’ve tried setting the blocking mode with both time range and “always”, but no differences at all.

    Plzz i neeeeeeeeeeeed help .. the blocking mode is very important to me when i’m @ work .. so i need a solution ASAP Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!

  37. Cassandra Bakersays: July 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    i’ve a galaxy s3 and theres a block on a number that i didn’t put there. and i thought i removed it and i even deleted the contact and re entered it but its still there. i’ve tried to remove this block but with no luck. please tell me what to do. the number that is being blocked is my daughters and i really need to get her calls. thanks.

  38. markbcsays: July 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    - Blocking mode seems hit or miss in its effectiveness on my SGH-I337 (ATT Galaxy S4).

    - Blocking mode does not stop notifications from Samsung Calendar for events.
    - Even when I have all blocking features enabled and( even) have turned off “show notifications” in apps management.
    -I think the only way to mute the calendar notifications is to simply turn off notifications in the calendar app.

    - I had the same problem with Google Play or perhaps some other app- which played a notification sound when it updated in the middle of the night, during the period when blocking mode enabled on the phone.

  39. zimilsays: July 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

    is there any option in blockingmode for whatss app nd hike ???
    it seems msg nd notification when blocking mode is enabled.

  40. Beaches12says: August 10, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I have the Galazy 3 and the blocking mode was working great. I had it set to disable notifications and disable incoming calls. Then under allowed contacts I had all contacts checked off therefore if someone in my contacts called I got the call and if someone called that wasn’t in my contacts the phone wouldn’t ring.
    Now even calls from people who are not in my contact list ring through. I have turned the block off then on. I created an allowed list and that works but allowing all contacts (which I take to mean anyone I have stored contact information for in my contact list/address book) even people I do not have in my address book get through.

    Any ideas?

  41. RGraysays: August 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Blocking Mode time set to start at 2230. Disable Calls unchecked. Calls do not ring whether BM is on or not after 2230.
    Had a third party app I used for this purpose at one time but have deleted since the update offered the BM feature.
    Help??

  42. miguelsays: September 30, 2013 at 6:09 am

    My phone was blocked. Is it possible that i may lose my information, photos and everything i had on it?

  43. valeriesays: September 30, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I was using my friends note 2 phone and by accident it got blocked and the power shut down, he was able to unblock it but now he is saying all his important information such as photos and work reports are gone, can this happen?

  44. syamilykrishnasays: October 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I developed an android application for call blocking but it is not working in my Samsung SDuos .But it works on other lower version samsung smartphones….I need a solution…

  45. Brittany johnsonsays: October 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    HEY MY NAME IS BRITTANY JOHNSON I HAVE BEN GETTING PRIVATE PHONE CALLS COMING TO MY PHONE GOT A ANDROID PHONE CANT BLOCK UNKNOW NUMBERS

  46. iqasays: November 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    hi, how do i block only 1 contact? i tried the reject list but when i test it with my 2nd number (added it on the reject list and tried to call) it doesnt work..the call got through as normal..

  47. vhinzkysays: November 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I really not satisfied with this new softwape update (BLOCKING MODE) because even without this you could customize your own phone for your convinient in order to not be disturb at some specific time. I’ve just suddenly update my phone when this new software update came knowing tat it might be the jelly bean but it isn’t. Now my prolem was……. on how to remove this new update which is the “BLOCKING MODE”. Is there any of you out there who will guide me how to down grade or how to set my phone back to the previous without this blocking mode. Your help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  48. Nanhen Gauravsays: December 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Hey…I am using samsung galaxy s2…i do recieve a call o msg from all the number apart from one…when that person calls me, my phone vibrates for a second and then it automatically gets disconnected…..neither the msg from that person gets delivered to me….but i can call or message him….i have even checked the block list as well ,he is not there…what may be the reason????
    Please help!!!

  49. Robsays: December 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I was just wondering if there is a way to allow for vibration/ringing on only certain contacts (however without blocking other calls and sending them directly to voicemail? I will explain why I ask below as this is probably a pretty unique situation….

    I work for a software company that focuses on integration between phone and web. One of our services we both use and sell, is Unified Messaging. What this does, is allows us to give out one number, that connects both to our desk phones, as well as our cell phones. If a call is missed on our desk phones, it is then sent to our cell phones. If by some chance we do not answer the call on the cell phone (after 4 rings), the call is then sent to a virtual voicemail box which transcribes the voicemail into an email message. The key here is that my work voicemail is different than my personal cell phone voicemail. This way if someone calls my work number they do not get my personal voicemail, and vice versa. Plus I do not have to give up my personal cell phone number and risk leaving the company and being forced to change my number.

    The issue is, if I put my phone on “blocked mode” then all of the calls would be sent directly to my personal voicemail and not my office voicemail. There are definitely downsides to this service as this means I can never hit “ignore” on an incoming call otherwise It forces it to my personal voicemail.

    I would like to set it u where for all calls/notifications it is on “silent” (especially at night), however have a small list (really just one contact mostly) as an exception to this.

    I guess to summarize, is there any way that I can just put 1 contact (or group if needed) on ring/vibrate, and everything else remain on normal silent mode?

    I apologize for the long post, just wanted to share my reasoning.

    Thanks,

    Rob

  50. SriRamsays: January 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    i dint get information about how to cancel the vibration while receiving messages

  51. Stevesays: February 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I want to be able to stop all notifications APART from calls and texts from numbers on my “allowed” list. This BLOCKING MODE is still quite basic and doesn’t allow this level of control. It blocks ALL notifications or allows ALL notifications. I need to be able to recieve texts from allowed numbers because I have security alarms that send texts out when they are triggered, so I need to know about these at night. But I don’t want the chirps of emails and facebook etc.. throughout the night.
    I have a Note3
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Steve

  52. Carlsays: February 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I am experiencing a serious problem with blocking mode on my Galaxy S4.

    I have set blocking mode on from 11 PM until 8 AM. In the morning, after 8 AM, my phone is always muted. I have to turn sound on if I wish to hear any calls or notifications every day.

    What could I have set incorrectly?

    Thanks,

    Carl

  53. nigelsays: February 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This needs to allow use to tell it to pick up and hang up. Sending to voicemail doesn’t block persistant auto-spammers.

  54. vanessasays: March 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    My samsung galaxy s3 keeps going to block mode. When I do turn off the block mode its fine till I put it on the charger the it puts block mode right back on please help!! Ps i never put it in block mode to begin with :-(

  55. Stella Youngsays: April 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    My boyfriend’s number seems to be blocked but we don’t know how to unblock it. When he calls he goes straight to voice mail. We’ve been on the phone with Sprint and Straight Talk and have tried everything but I’m now wondering if this is a Samsung issue. I don’t have the Call Rejection option on the S4 Mini and this is driving us crazy! He’s not showing as blocked in my phone anywhere but I am still unable to receive a call from him. Sprint and Straight Talk can’t figure it out either. Can anyone help???

  56. samiasays: April 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    hello
    i dont have a blocking mode in my setting. its like the arrangement is
    wi fi
    bluetooth
    data usage
    more
    amd after it conect and share.
    when i go to my device
    options are
    Lock screen
    display
    LED indicator
    Audio Profiles
    Sim management
    Accessibility
    and after it
    input and control> motion and gestures etc

    its the problem with samsung Galexy S4.. is there any system issues? can anyone guides me in this regard?

  57. finishsays: May 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    is it possible to get disconneted the present call while another call is interrupting…????

  58. Mayursays: May 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I have a Samsung s 7562 And I put a phone number into the rejection list but then I removed it but I cant receive calls from that number again…pls help….

  59. T Yugandharsays: June 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi I using Samsung Galaxy Grand (DualSIM card), I am able to receive call from all other persons but only from my parents call not receiving my it always says “User Busy” but after each their attempt i am finding a notification sysmbols like Block Symble & Alphabet “A”. Pls suggest how to resolve that.

  60. Umarsays: June 10, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Dear frnd..
    I’m using samsung ace mobile .. I hav nt add any number to call rejection list.. Bit some number automatically reject.. How to solve this problem? Pls help me

  61. Susansays: June 15, 2014 at 6:56 am

    When I get a phone call from my allowed contacts when SIII is in blocking mode, the phone will only vibrate which is no good to me as I want to be able to hear it. How do I set this so allowed contacts will ring, not just vibrate?

    Thanks

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