What is Samsung Mute With Gestures?

Mute With Gestures (also known as Easy Mute or Turn Over to Mute) is a Samsung feature that allows you to mute incoming calls and alarms quickly by placing your hand on the screen. You can also mute the calls and alarms on many Galaxy smartphones by turning the smartphone face down onto a flat surface such as a desk or table. This feature is available on Samsung devices running Android 6 and up.

Illustration of a muted phone held in a hand
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Set Up Mute With Gestures on Your Galaxy Smartphone

Mute With Gestures may not be activated by default. The feature only works after your smartphone starts to make noises from an incoming call or notification.

Follow these steps to set up Mute With Gestures:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe down the window shade or go to your apps and tap Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Advanced features.

  3. Tap Motions and gestures.

    On Galaxy Tab S3 or S2, tap Easy Mute on this screen to turn on the Mute With Gestures feature.

  4. Tap the toggle next to Mute With Gestures (or Easy Mute, or Turn Over to Mute, depending on your device) to turn it On. The toggle switch should be blue instead of gray.

    You can also tap Mute With Gestures to open a short demonstration of the feature.

    Advanced features, Motions and gestures, and Turn over to mute in Samsung Galaxy settings

Go back to the Advanced Features screen by tapping the left arrow icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, or return to the Home screen.

Test Mute With Gestures

There are two easy ways to test Mute With Gestures to determine if it works as it should. You can set up an alarm to go off a minute after you set it on your smartphone or tablet. When you hear the alarm sound, place your hand on your screen to turn off the sound. You can also call your phone using another phone (or ask someone to call you) and then place the smartphone face down on a table or desk after the smartphone starts ringing.

Turn Off Mute With Gestures

If you decide you don’t want to use Mute With Gestures, turning the feature off is easy. On your smartphone, follow the steps above to access the Mute With Gestures screen. Change the status to Off by moving the toggle switch from right to left.

What if Mute With Gestures Doesn’t Work?

If Mute With Gestures doesn’t work for some reason, it could be caused by another problem with your smartphone or tablet. Visit Samsung Support to see if there are other solutions in the knowledge base or message forums, or you can chat live online with a support representative. You can also call Samsung Support at 1-800-726-7864.

When you call or chat online, have your smartphone or tablet with you and turned on in case the support representative asks to work with you to test Mute With Gestures or other features on your device.

  • Where can I find the mute button on Samsung Galaxy phones?

    On Samsung Galaxy phones running Android 11, you can control volume and sound settings, including turning off audible alerts, from Settings > Sound & Vibration. You can also snooze all notifications phones on Samsung phones from Sound & Vibration > Do Not Disturb.

  • How do I mute contacts on a Samsung phone?

    To block numbers on your Samsung Galaxy phone go to Contacts > More > Block contact > Block. You can also silence notifications from all but select contacts by enabling Do Not Disturb > Allow exceptions > Favorites contacts only.

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