Samsung Galaxy S5 help: Blocking mode

Samsung's do-not-disturb option is oddly named but easy to use

Sometimes Galaxy S5 features need quite a bit of explanation. This isn't one of those times. Blocking Mode is a poorly named but extremely useful function that serves as the phone's do-not-disturb mode. You'll find it in Settings>Personalization, or as one of Samsung's numerous quick settings in the notification pull-down.

Once there, you'll need to start with the main toggle switch. Off is off, on is on. Once on, you've got a few options:

  • Block incoming calls.
  • Turn off notifications.
  • Turn off alarm and timer.
  • Set time (ie set what time you want blocking mode to turn on automatically).
  • Allowed contacts (a whitelist of contacts who can get through to you).

You can mix and match the options as you see fit. Want to kill notifications but allow any and all calls? Have at it. Kill calls and notifications but let your alarm clock still wake you? Sure thing.

Really, Blocking Mode has just about everything you need in this sort of feature. We'd like to see an option to set schedules based on the day of the week, but that's not a deal-breaker.

So if you're looking for a do-not-disturb function on your Galaxy S5, this is the place to find it.

For more Galaxy S5 help, tips and tricks, check out this page.