Blocking Mode is a Samsung feature added to Jelly Bean that allows you to disable all kinds of notifications and sounds, even alarms and the LED notification light. It can even be set to a certain time, like when you are sleeping. It is one of many very useful features that Samsung includes with their phones, but strangely, Verizon seemed to have removed all traces of it from their model of the Galaxy Note II. We can’t imagine why they’d remove a useful feature like that (Verizon works in mysterious and inconvenient ways).
Luckily, it isn’t actually removed. It’s just hidden from the settings menu, and it’s quite easy to access it. Using an app called QuickShortcutMaker, you can add a shortcut to Blocking Mode to a launcher of your choosing. It’s not quite as ideal as having it in Settings, but it’s better than nothing. Hopefully Verizon decides to add it back into the Settings menu in their next OTA 6 months from now (zing!). Here are some instructions for making the shortcut:
- Download QuickShortcutMaker from the Play Store (Play Store Link).
- Open the app and search for “blocking mode.”
- Two results should pop up, tap on the first one.
- On the next screen, name the shortcut and then tap “OK.”
- You will now have a shortcut to Blocking Mode on one of your home screens.