Samsung Galaxy S8 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

How to Block a Call on the Galaxy S8

Don’t want to have a certain phone number calling you anymore? No problem. You can avoid telemarketers and creepy exes with a few taps to your Samsung Galaxy S8. From unknown numbers to message filtering, you can dodge a multitude of undesirable contacts. Here’s a quick guide on how to block calls on the Galaxy S8.—Cortney Moore

Block Incoming Calls

1. When a call comes in that you want to block, simply touch the red Phone icon and dragging it to the left.

2. To refuse a call with a provided a message, touch Reject call with message and drag up.

Block Numbers via the Phone App

1. From the home screen, select the Phone app.

2. Tap the 3 dots on the top right corner of the screen and choose Settings.

3. Select the Block numbers option, proceeding with either the phone number you wish to block, specified contacts and unknown callers. (Make sure the toggle is switched to green).

Alternatively, you can select a number from your recent calls or contact list and choose Block contact from the attached 3-dot icon.

Block Numbers via Messages

1. On your phone’s home screen, select the Messages app.

2. Tap the 3 dots again in the right corner to open the Settings menu.

3. Select the Block messages option to prevent certain phone numbers or contacts from reaching you through text.

Another way you can block a person is by opening a message from your Conversations log and choosing Block number, which will also delete the message entirely.

How To Unblock

You can reverse your blocking decision by going back to the Phone or Messages app.

1. Tap the 3 dots once more to access your Settings.

2. Choose the Block numbers option and select the minus sign next to the contact name or number to remove from your blocked list.

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  • Petina82
    Hi Tom, thanks for the useful info(: so my question is:
    Can I record music on Snapchat with my earphones on?
    I could do it with my s7 but having trouble with the s8. I so hope this is possible.
  • Abel_9
    Face recognition is trash on the s8 never worked with or without glasses. Would set the face recognition and then turn my phone off wluldnt move at all and NOPE! ...and the fingerprint sensor is confusing with the camera on the back. LOL oh well atleast its the newest samsung out, so i got that going for me lol
  • My_Name_is_OK
    what about hidden features? to turn on or off
  • Trigga13
    Umm should the apps that I have put into the secure folder still be accessible when I bring up the apps screen??
  • Alex_480
    When I transfered my app to secure folder I could not launch it. Why?
  • rastergrafx
    This article doesn't work for me. Privacy and Emergency doesn't appear in my settings.
  • sciancaleporejoe
    I was searching google for that same question ,Trigga13 ,when I found this article (which DOESN'T EVEN answer the question) lol anyway, it makes no sense to lock something in a secure fodder if it can still be accessed from the app drawer
  • rakeshcbhardwaj
    Seriously thanks Tom for your tips ? Turn off NFC. Turn on flight mode, reduce GPS accuracy, lower your screen resolution? Why not just turn the damn thing off. Battery will last a long time then. These kinds of articles are pointless. You've spent a shed load of money on your phone. It has wireless charging that allows you to conveniently charge it. It has fast charging. Here's an idea. Enjoy your phone and charge it in a few minutes when it's running down. Finger print sensor works fine for me. As does Iris/face recognition.
  • maricela.disch
    Hi, I am a new Galaxy S8 owner. I am having trouble connecting my phone to my cat via Bluetooth. I found another chat page and it seems many users are having the same issue? Can you provide an advise to solve this problem? Thanks, Amy new user
  • diannabry
    I hate this phone. I hate Bixby and now my text is messed up.
  • tambahsirahmumet
    It has been a while since I have updated my mobile phone and was awk'd with all the new features (display, security, applications, communication, etc) on the Galaxy S8+.
    In the past, it was always a chore to switch to a new phone due to all the re-configuration and re-installation steps. There are now tools that come on the phone that helps you get all your old applications reinstalled and configured. Makes getting a new phone a 'good' experience. Happy with my new Samsung...
  • shanes1972
    Hi Tom, l have had my galaxy 8 for 7mths and at present have a problen. When l click on a message the lacation button comes up and l don't know how to get rid of it. Can you please help?
  • abpc.biz
    Accuracy of the S8 fingerprint sensor is very poor; to vastly improve recognition, add and scan the SAME finger 4 times ;)
  • krisstie228
    I have the s8+ and when I try to turn on the bixby voice commands in the setting on bixby home screen it keeps telling me to do a software update... when I click setting and view all updates it says there are none... I have already done the voice recognition but I can't get it to work and respond back.... can someone please help me
  • k3n273
    Sure let me just disable and downscale all the features of my expensive flagship phone sandbagging it when I could have just bought a cheaper phone in the first place.