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Day 71: Incoming call notifications (Note 3)

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve had over the last few years is the incoming call on my Galaxy Notes, starting with the Note 1, and now on the Note 3. When someone calls, the black full screen pops up and interrupts whatever it is you’re doing. You then either have to answer the call or reject it before you can go back to using the phone. It’s made even more annoying by the fact that I get quite a few spam calls every day.

But today, I found out there’s something you can do about it (kind of). I’m on the Note 3, so I can’t say whether this is a feature of any other Samsung phones, and it most certainly won’t be of any relevance to iPhones (sorry, Apple users. At least you’ve got a nice shiny new watch to look forward to).

So, instead of having the whole screen come up when someone calls, you can change the setting so that a much smaller notification pops up, which only slightly gets in the way, but more importantly doesn’t interrupt what you’re doing.

To change the setting:

  • Click on the Settings icon (the one that looks like a gear) on your main menu.
  • Select Device from the top of the settings menu.
  • Scroll down to Call.
  • Scroll down again to Incoming call notifications. The check box next to it will be blank. Click on the option to add the check box and you’re done.

Here’s what the screen looked like before when someone called:


And here’s what it looks like now:


In the second screen, I can continue browsing without interruption and simply click the reject button if I don’t want to answer the call. This is going to make those spam calls the tiniest bit less annoying. I can’t believe it’s taken around three years to figure this out.

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This entry was posted on March 12, 2015 by in Tech and tagged , , .


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