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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 has Blocking Mode! (Updated)

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Look! Blocking Mode on a Samsung product that was made for Verizon!

For those not familiar with Blocking Mode, think of it as a setting built-in to Samsung phones over the last few years that allows you to silence or snooze your phone during a specific time period. The idea is pretty simple, really. During those times where you actually care to get a peaceful night’s sleep or are in a meeting, you can turn Blocking Mode on, which would tell your phone to block incoming calls, turn off notifications, and even the LED indicator. Should the thought of your phone shutting down all notifications and calls completely, scare the hell out of you, you can tell it to allow favorites or important persons to pass through. 

So why throw a little celebration over this feature being included in a Verizon phone? Well, dating back to what I believe was the Galaxy S3, Samsung started including this feature in every single version of its phones. Well, except for on Verizon’s variants. For whatever reason, Big Red decided that this feature was either going to eat their network alive or use 300GB of data per month, and had Samsung bury it deep in the OS. They then did the same thing with the Note 2 and Galaxy S4. Seriously, we actually have no idea why they removed such a useful feature that doesn’t touch their network, but it happened over and over again.

There were work-arounds created to find and enable it, but you shouldn’t have had to hack your phone to find and enable a feature that was there from the beginning.

As the Galaxy Note 3 launch grew near, we started to wonder if Verizon would allow Blocking Mode. From the screenshot above, it looks like they have seen the light. It should be located in the Device area in the phone’s settings.

Update:  The WiFi toggle has returned too! The ongoing WiFi reminder and removal of the WiFi toggle is now a thing of the past, at least with the Note 3.

galaxy note 3 wifi toggle

Pop some bottles.

Cheers Kurtlon!

  • Greg

    I just got a Note 3 from Verizon and settings doesn’t look anything like my friends Note 3 from AT&T. AT&T has tabs at the top of the settings screen and allows you to search. It lists LED INDICATOR setting among other things that my Verizon doesn’t. Verizon has jacked it up again. If you have Verizon compare your settings screen to this one http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/30/30-galaxy-note-3-tips-and-tricks/#more-120905

  • Cassiejo

    I have the blocking feature on my Note 3 with Sprint.

  • The Phenom

    I love this feature on my T-mobile Relay 4g

  • Gasaraki

    Umm… The LG G2 has quiet mode and I’m on Verizon…

  • n900mixalot

    Bottles popped.

  • RisingFist

    I just got my Note3 and noticed that Google tts engine isn’t in there. Was anyone able to get that to work? I can’t stand Samsung’s robotic voice in navigation.

  • itsacardigan

    Unless I’m missing something…they removed the option to keep scrolling through your home pages…..why the hell?

  • Tweekex

    Had to comment just for the “Pop some bottles.” Made my day, thank you Kellen.

    • n900mixalot

      And your avatar made my day. Thank you, Tweekexx.

      • Tweekex

        Wisdom, power, and courage. Ha. Glad it made your day :)

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Every phone should come with Blocking Mode. This is one feature every phone maker should ‘borrow’.

  • schoat333

    This must mean that they have moved enough people away from unlimited data that they fell comfortable to stop nagging you about using wifi. Especially considering they make a ton of extra $$ if you go over.

  • Morten

    So its like Moto Assist.. just without the clever bits..

    • n900mixalot

      And without the ANNOUNCING MESSAGES WHILE YOU HAVE IT ON SILENT bit.

  • Dash Foster

    I recently noticed on my Galaxy S 4 that the wifi button is present

  • mendy817

    The Verizon version of the LG G2 has this also (it’s called “Quiet Mode” though). WiFi toggle is also there.

  • Jason Geiger

    No way! What about the s-planner widget? I can’t believe they didn’t deface the software this time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SexciiP JaQuez Avondre

    Well in that case Verizon needs to push an OTA update to enable it for the Galaxy S4. That and as well as the optical reader!!!

  • echo1030

    Did anyone notice? the ongoing WiFi notification is gone too!!

    • Tim242

      You didn’t read the article…

      • n900mixalot

        Girrrrrl!

  • e40

    The free Timeriffic (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alfray.timeriffic&hl=en) does this. Been using it since my OG Droid days.

  • RaptorOO7

    Hooray, way to go Verizon.

  • moto_guy_applemerc

    the motorola razr hd m and maxx hs all had this feature in the smart actions.

  • Michael Suriel

    I must say, this note 3 is truly amazing. This is a worthy replacement to my GNex

  • Jason

    I wish I had that feature on my GS3 :( …. anyone know what weather app that is in the second pic?

  • Tim242

    Verizon30: I just called and got $180 credit for my two Note 3’s that I had preordered. I had to get a supervisor to do it.

    • Jason

      Did anybody else buy the Note 3 today online for store pick up using the code VERIZON30, then when you went in to get the phone, Verizon only charged $89.99 instead of $209.99? After they only charged me $89.99 for the phone, my wife decided to buy it too, and it was the same price for her as well.

      • Tim242

        Damn! Congrats on that. I can’t even be mad at ya for that haha

      • JustinD2473

        Yep! I don’t know how it happened…but I ordered the phone online today while using the VERIZON30 code and selected in store pickup. When I picked up the phone, the discount showed a $210 discount instead of $90. The rep even called the manager over to see it and he just said “wow, that’s a good deal! what promo code is that”….I kept my mouth shut and signed my name and got out of there.

      • Nick Bell

        Yep!! I ordered online too using a different lines upgrade and asked for store pickup.. My total came to $89.. I just shut up and signed away.. Unlimited Data on a Note 3 is bad ass. I looked at the guys tablet to make sure that my unlimited stayed and everything went well.. I will watch my next months bill to make sure they didnt tag me with anything else or make me pay monthly for it..

      • LionStone

        Another bonus glitch? Cool :-)

    • Alix8821

      That’s so awesome! What exactly did you say? Is worth a shot, obviously…

      I pre-ordered the first day it was possible (9/6). Had to shipped to store. Paid today… Guy said no coupons…

      • Jason

        When they said it was $89.99 plus $30 for activation. I kind of hesitated in shock but went with it. They never said anything about the price being low. They either didn’t care or didn’t know better.

        • Alix8821

          Not yu, I was asking @Tim242… I pre-ordered and already activated phone. As I said…

          But congrats to yu as well! That’s INSANE

          • Jason

            Oh sorry. I’m new. :)

      • Tim242

        The rep tried to tell me that the only way I could get it, was to return them to a store and reorder them. Supposedly, it isn’t valid for preorders. I told her that a lot of people online said they were able to get the credit applied and that a chat rep told me it would not be an issue. When she still refused to apply the credit, I politely asked to speak to a supervisor. After about 4 minutes, she came back and said that her supervisor approved the credit of $180 to cover both phones. Good luck!

        • Alix8821

          No dice…. Supervisor & everything

          • Tim242

            I was ready to escalate further, but thankfully it wasn’t necessary. They are never all on the same page.

          • Alix8821

            Called back. Got much more helpful rep…. Trying again

      • Jason

        By the way, my order confirmation email said $209.99. They just only charged $89.99 for some reason.

    • Jim890

      Tim, you are so lucky. I called and explained that there was a promotion going on that saves you 30%. So he told me what’s the code and so I told VERIZON30, he typed it in the system nothing came up. He couldn’t applied it. :(
      Nevertheless this note 3 is amazing!

      • Tim242

        It’s a shame that they are never on the same page. It all depends on who you get.

    • imaletufinish

      I called to get the Verizon30 discount and all they did was wave the $30 upgrade fee. Oh well, at least it’s something…

  • woobaker

    How about the inductive charge posts?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    don’t worry, 1 update that doesn’t have to go through any testing will fix this.

  • Armus

    They will find some way to mess this model up — oh wait, BOOTLOADER!

  • Tim242

    I’m wondering why settings shortcuts have been removed. I had to use Nova activities to use them.

  • Bigsike

    All I’m waiting on is Root, I hope devs can come through! :)

  • Godzilla

    Right now my wife is cooking Bacon, eggs, and bagels for dinner. Who wants to come over to my house?

    • n900mixalot

      *sigh*

  • dannyWHITE

    This is a nice feature. My use it all the time on my G2.

  • BSweetness

    Samsung now has enough clout to be able to tell Verizon “no” on more things, like blocking mode, the WiFi toggle, and branding the home button.

    • Adrynalyne

      Nope. Only Apple has that kind of clout. Samsung isn’t willing to lose out on a huge chunk of change by telling Verizon ‘no’. Apple is willing to take that risk because they know they will win.

      Which doesn’t really make it a risk at all for Apple.

      • BSweetness

        No, Samsung has that kind of clout now. It’s not as far reaching as Apple’s, but it’s the closest of any other phone manufacturer right now. Samsung knows they won’t lose out on a huge chunk of money, just like Apple. Practically everyone has heard of the two main Galaxy lines (S and Note), and if they haven’t, Samsung’s massive marketing campaign will make sure they do. And because of that, it’s actually Verizon that wouldn’t want to “lose out on a huge chunk of change” with the S line and the Note line by saying no to Samsung.

        Samsung has actually been dictating to carriers in the U.S. with their two main lines of phones since the Galaxy S3 (all carriers had the same form factor, which was a first for the S line in the U.S.). And with each subsequent release in those series – Note 2, S4, Note 3 – Samsung has been able to have more control over their devices on all carriers.

        • Adrynalyne

          Except that the Note 2 had more logos than the S3 so…

          I don’t think form factor has anything to do with it either.

          While I would like to believe that what you are saying is true, the lack of a logoed button, blocking mode, and ongoing wifi notification is not a true indicator of this, especially when there are Verizon logos elsehwere still.

          That and:

          Moto X has no ongoing notification.
          LG doesn’t either.
          Droid Mini/Ultra/Maxx do not either.

          Neither Moto nor LG has any clout anywhere.

          So apparently that was going away regardless.

          The buttons without logos and blocking mode could just be Verizon actually *gasp* listening to complaints.

          • BSweetness

            Samsung devices were pretty much the only ones with the ongoing notification on Verizon. They didn’t have that on any other carrier, so clearly it was a Verizon thing. So it’s absence is either Verizon changing their mind or Samsung telling them no.

            And form factor has a lot to do with it. That’s one way that carriers in the U.S. like to differentiate themselves from other carriers. That’s why you see exclusives and different versions of the same phone. It’s because the carriers want to have something different from the rest. It was a pretty big deal for Samsung to stop doing that, and it certainly wasn’t because the carriers wanted it. LG is still doing it, and Motorola is still making Droid phones for Verizon.

          • Adrynalyne

            You sure about that re: wifi notifications?

            HTC had ongoing notifications too, and I don’t think the HTC One does. At least I don’t see any reviewers moaning about it.

            Point taken about Moto never using it. I wasn’t aware of it.

            I still think it is just a fad and they realized it wasn’t helping. The OEMs probably charged Verizon for the addition too.

  • Ali I.

    The toggle came back on the S4, but the ongoing notification stayed..

    • michael arazan

      Got an S3 replacement from asruion for a gnex, why does the GS3 automatically connect to wifi when I am near one?

      You guys know how to stop it or turn it off, can’t find a way with verizon, only sprint ones.

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        I think there’s no way other than ‘forget’ting the network.

        • michael arazan

          Ty, was hoping for another way

  • jbdan

    Amazing…it took this long. And it might even be a mistake. (love you VZ guys/gals :))

  • findjaysee

    Makes me love my new At&t Moto X even better! Play catch up everyone!

    • Tim242

      You lowing that at&t logo in your status bar?

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        Better in the status bar than all over the front and back of phones like Verizon does.

  • Sporttster

    Just got my N3 from the ‘get a upgrade, keep unlimited’ weekend and they changed my plan on me! It says ‘you recently changed your plan’. I’ve got proof I did not in a email stating with unlimited. Need to call these suckers! It was on the sheet that came with the N3 too. If I can’t get unlimited back, back she goes….this is bs!

  • p0k3y

    How about the good old power button? How is this cool unless it’s smarter, or at least work on a schedule???

    • Chris Wallace

      Turning off the phone means turning off any alarms also.

      • Ryan O’Neill

        Have you tried Airplane Mode?

        • Fozzybare

          have you wanted to block notifications…but not all of them. not specific phone numbers calling you, texting you…what have you. blocking mode works wonders

    • BSweetness

      It does work on a schedule, and you can allow certain contacts to still ring through even when it’s enabled. It’s not just airplane mode.

      • LionStone

        Silent mode works for me, no vibrate, then when I’m ready to be available I will change it. It’s instant, right from the vol toggles and I can be assured in Silent mode I will not have any ring or vibrate which is exactly what I want. If I’m in an appointment or meeting or power nap or class, movie, I would never need/or want any one to disturb that ‘blocked’ session. Anyway, works for me :-)

        • BSweetness

          I’m glad that works for you.

          It doesn’t work for me though. Silent mode silences everyone. There are some people who, if they call me in the middle of the night, I want to know they’re calling because it’s probably an emergency. That’s where something like blocking mode is incredibly useful. It allows you to be bothered by people you don’t mind being bothered by.

          • LionStone

            Oh, sleep mode is even easier, vibrate mode. I never get calls after hours, unless of course if it’s an emergency, then, any of the select few that have my # can call if they need me. Even though it has never happened, I don’t see why I would block anyone.

  • zwade

    Don’t take any updates!

  • Jason

    Been using assist on my moto x for this. Works really well.

    • MichaelFranz

      Same except on maxx…

      • Lucky Armpit

        I needed Assist to silence my ringer during the day, not at night. I’m using Llama to simply set my phone to vibrate during the day, and it works very well.

    • JRUIV

      I have not figured out how to get it to stay silent during a meeting time. The night time function works but I’ve never seen the meeting icon appear And silence my phone. I thought it might pick up on my calendar meetings but its not. can you tell me how to get it to work?

      • Jason

        Its very picky about the meetings but the following from the Moto site might help explain how it works.

        Motorola Assist looks at your calendar to figure out if you are in a meeting. Motorola Assist follows a complex set of rules to filter out things on your calendar that may not actually be a meeting (e.g. birthdays, reminders, etc). We consider the user to be in a meeting if the calendar event:
        is from a calendar visible on device
        is from a calendar that you are the owner
        has been accepted
        is not deleted
        is not cancelled
        is not all day (all day event box checked) or duration < 24
        has one or more guest attendees

        • JRUIV

          thank you very much…wish me luck

  • Jon Kruse

    How do you enable it on the S3?

    • joder

      By getting a GN3… doubt they will enable it on the S3 anytime soon.

      • Jon Kruse

        No, I mean the workaround to get it enabled.

    • PrDawg

      Search XDA. There is a hack for that.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I would say verizon has come to there senses, but we all know that would be a huge lie.

    • Adrynalyne

      A momentary lapse.

      They will remove it.

      • joder

        Or charge a fee for it.

        • Adrynalyne

          Or maybe just charge you for it.

          Troll.

          • DonnaAAdams

            what Steve implied I am stunned that anyone able to get paid $5205 in 1 month on the internet. official website .,., http://www.Bay35.cℴm

          • Adrynalyne

            No wai!

          • joder

            Holy shiyza!!! I want to make that.

          • Adrynalyne

            Shut up, troll.

          • Guest

            Literally the one trolling is you, come on Adrynalyne you are better than that.

          • Adrynalyne

            Except that, joder is a friend of mine and we pick on each other.

    • Michael Hunt

      I would say *their

    • Stephen Cox

      I dunno, this, letting people keep unlimited during the glitch… something strange is afoot at Big Red.

      • Godzilla

        it was a glitch………

        • Adrynalyne

          Sure it was. A planned glitch, that is.

          • laheelahee

            a welcome glitch (that i f-ing missed! T_T)

    • valkyrie743

      wont be surprised if they release a “update” going “improvements” which really just removes blocking mode lol.

      i want to go back to AT&T (on verizon) i want me some nexus love

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Okay…half the battle. . . NOW. About that WIFI Toggle in the notification tray. Is it there?

    • Thomas

      It is no longer in the “ongoing section”. Thank you Jesus!!!

      • Philip J. Fry

        Wonderful! Does it have the wifi toggle in the pull down?

        • Thomas

          Yes Sir it is !!!

          • viewthis66

            so it no longer has the ongoing notification and they put the wifi toggle up top?! FINALLY! thanks for info kind sir.

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            Yes wait…we need confirmation!

          • Guest

            ok, i will reserve my celebration until we get actual evidence.

          • Thomas
          • viewthis66

            YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the confirmation!

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            BOOM! . . . This sht drives me INSANE on the S4! (even though I no longer use the S4). Finally they fixed it.

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            Yes!

          • Tyler James Edward Hills

            After they kept the WiFi toggle on the G2, I dared to dream it would reach the Samsung devices. Still sad that we’re celebrating this though. DAMN YOU VERIZON FOR LOWERING OUR EXPECTATIONS

          • sr_erick

            That’s nice to see. Can you remove ALL the quick toggles? I find that I wouldn’t need them to be there if I had quick access to them using the toggle flip button thingy. I found that the notification shade was way too cluttered on the Note 2. I decided to cancel my Note 3 preorder because of the uncertainty and decided to try out a Moto X, which I must say, is quite nice so far.