Turn On / Off Driving Mode On Your Samsung Galaxy

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We all know many people that talk and press buttons on their smartphone while driving -- but that can be really dangerous! It's better for everyone on the road if you just pull over, use your phone, and get back to driving without distractions. With a Samsung Galaxy phone, there is a feature that gives you the benefit of using your phone's communication features without ever touching or looking at the device itself. This feature will announce incoming calls and read text messages to you out loud, so you won't be distracted. It's called Driving Mode, and this guide will explain how to turn it on.

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If you need help with the Samsung Galaxy S5, please read our article on how to use Car Mode.

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Turn Driving Mode ON for Galaxy S4 and Earlier

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    From your "Home" screen, select "Apps", and then go to "Settings".
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    Select "Language" and "Input".
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    Select "Text-to-Speech" output.
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    Under "General", you will see the Driving Mode setting.
    Slide it on, and you will be able to choose the items you would like to be read to you. Slide it off to turn off the feature completely. You can also turn off this feature under the Notification Bar. Just slide down the top bar, and you will see Driving Mode, where you can turn it off without delving into your phone's Settings.
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Turn Driving Mode OFF for Galaxy S4 and Earlier

If you want to turn off Driving Mode:

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    Go to your phone's "Settings" app.
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    Select "Language" and "Input".
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    Select "Text to Speech" output.
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    Turn off Driving Mode.
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Turn Off Car Mode or Drive Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Drive Mode has been changed to Car Mode on the S5, unless you're using AT&T, and then it's still called Drive Mode, except, it isn't really Drive Mode.

Drive Mode, as it was commonly known on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and earlier models, has been changed to Car Mode. If you need help using the feature, please read our article on how to use Car Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Car mode has a whole new set of features and uses, and the location of device functionality has also been changed. It's now accessed through the notifications panel, and can also be set to automatically turn on or off, as described in the linked guide above for Car Mode.

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Those of you using AT&T will find that your mobile provider has completely removed Car Mode, and instead have their own app, called Drive Mode. The AT&T Drive Mode doesn't work the same as the old Samsung Drive Mode, or the new Car Mode, and is not covered in this guide. If you're willing to root your phone, you can get the new Car Mode on an AT&T phone, but it requires a good understanding of your Samsung Galaxy S5 and how to root it.

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To access Car Mode on the Galaxy S5, from a stock phone, take these steps:

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    Press the "Home" button to get to the home screen.
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    Swipe down from the top of your screen to access the "Notifications" panel.
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    AT&T users have no Car Mode (contact AT&T for more information):
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    Metro PCS Users can tap to turn Car Mode on or off:
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    Sprint Users can tap to turn Car Mode on or off:
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    T-Mobile Users can tap to turn Car Mode on or off:
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    US Cellular Users can tap to turn Car Mode on or off:
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    Verizon Users can tap to turn Car Mode on or off:
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • NEVER operate your phone while driving unless your phone is in Driving Mode so you don't have to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel!

Questions and Answers

Why isn't my Samsung phone's Driving Mode working?

"What should I check on to see why it's not working?"

Driving Mode has been changed to Car Mode in the Samsung Galaxy S5, so if you're using the S5, you'll need to visit the above section on how to turn off Car Mode or Drive mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5. That section has screen shots of each device carrier's Android OS notifications screen. It also has a link in the first paragraph to our article on how to use Car Mode in the S5, which discusses turning the feature on and off, and setting up or disabling the other options and features.

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If you're using a Note or an earlier model S series, like the Galaxy S4, try these steps:

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    First, ensure that you have followed the correct steps above.
    You may have accidentally enabled another feature as you were looking for Driving Mode. When working properly, Driving Mode should notify you out loud that you have an incoming call, text, or email. To make sure that you have followed the right sequence to enable the Driving Mode:
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    Go to the Settings application.
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    Select Language and Input.
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    Select the Text to Speech Output on the menu.
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    You'll see the Driving Mode checkbox here.
    Check it to enable the feature.
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    After you enable Driving Mode, you can choose what types of messages you want your phone to read out loud to you.
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Driving Mode should now work. If your phone is still having issues enabling the feature, bring your device to a Samsung-certified store to have a representative troubleshoot your device; it is likely that a piece of software isn't acting properly and you'll need to get it fixed.

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Samsung Galaxy Phone keeps reading messages I send out?

You probably have the Driving Mode on to read back your texts, calls and notifications. To turn this feature off:

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    Go to your phone's Settings app.
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    Select Language and Input.
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    Select Text to Speech Output.
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    Turn off Driving Mode.
    • If you are using a Galaxy S5, please read the first question in this Q&A for details.
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How can I turn off the Driving Mode on my S5? It drives me nuts!

It kept talking to me when I use the phone!

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    Open the Notifications Panel.
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    Tap Car Mode to disable it.
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How do I turn off the voice that tells me who is calling my phone?

Whenever I get a call a voice comes on and tells me who it is. I want the voice off. I just want to hear the ring.

You've likely enabled Driving Mode and will need to disable the feature by doing the following:

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    At the Home screen, tap Menu.
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    Tap Settings.
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    Tap My Device.
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    Tap Hands Free Mode.
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    Tap the Off-On slider to Off.
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    Touch OK on the dialog box to turn S Voice on or off.
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    For S5 users:
    Open the notifications panel, and tap Car Mode to turn it off.
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I would like to know where to find the option to turn Driving Mode on or off?

I do not have the icons or setting options described in this article on my S5.

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    Open the Notifications Panel.
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    Tap Car Mode to turn it on or off.
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    Additional information on can be found in the first question of this Q&A.
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I have a T-Mobile Galaxy S5 and can't find where to turn on Driving Mode?

There are screen shots provided earlier in this guide which show each carrier's notification panels, and what Car Mode looks like. Please reference them and the links shown earlier in this Q&A for additional details and operation instructions for Car Mode / Driving Mode. If you just want to turn it on or off, follow these steps:

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    Open the Notifications Panel.
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    Tap Car Mode to turn it on or off.
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Hi. I have an S5 and am trying to turn off speech when somebody calls me. It says the phone number out loud; how do you switch if off please?

Trying to switch off speech when somebody calls me.

We have provided updated steps in the last section of the guide above that shows how to turn Car Mode on or off, and also links to our full guide on the topic. Please reference that section, or the first question of this Q&A thread for additional details on how to change the call feature that is announcing your incoming calls.

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Can I enable Driving Mode on my Galaxy Note3?

I can't find it in my Note3. Is it there?'

Follow the steps below to enable or disable Driving Mode on your Galaxy Note3:

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    From your Home screen, drag the Notification Bar down.
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    Press the icon in the top-right corner of your screen to expand your options.
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    In the third row, the last icon should read Hands-free mode.
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    Tap the icon and make sure it turns green; once it does, Driving Mode/Hands-free mode has been turned on.
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Trying to get incoming messages read aloud?

I cannot find driving mode according to the directions on site for my Galaxy S5.

Driving Mode has been changed to Car Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5. To enable or disable it, you'll need to open the notifications panel, and tap Car Mode. For more detailed instructions on how to use Car Mode, please reference the first question in this Q&A, or the section in the guide above on the S5. There is a link there to our Galaxy S5 topic explaining how to use the features.

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My settings do not include a "my device" option?

How do I turn on driving mode?

Different versions of the Android and Samsung operating system modify device functionality. Please try the steps below:

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    Navigate to your Home screen, by pressing the 'Home' button.
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    Select 'Apps'.
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    Go to 'Settings'.
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    Select 'Languages and Input'.
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    Select the 'Text to Speech Output' option.
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    Under the 'General' tab, you will see 'Driving Mode'.
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    Select the items you would like to turn on for reading.
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    Note that you can also turn this feature off under the 'Notifications' panel.
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    You can now access Drive mode.
    • If you are using the S5, you'll need to reference the updated section of this guide for additional help and instructions.
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Don't know where to disable car mode?

I would like my phone to be on vibrate instead of chiming when I receive messages. Whenever I attempt to change the volume settings it however tells me that it is unable to change sound mode while car mode enabled.

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You can turn off Car Mode / Drive Mode by swiping down from the home screen. This will let you access the 'Notifications' panel, where you can disable Car Mode. There are also updated steps provided earlier in this Q&A, and the guide guide above if you need more information or encounter additional difficulties.

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I want to disable Car Mode On my Galaxy 5S, should I jailbreak the phone?

I want to disable car mode, or remove it.

Technically all Android phones are 'Jailbroken', though depending on your carrier, such as AT&T or Verizon, you may have limited access to certain functions if you have not rooted your Samsung and installed a clean version of Android. Just swipe down from the 'Home' screen to access the 'Notifications' panel, and tap the drive mode icon to turn it off. You can also reference the updated sections of this guide for steps to turn it off completely.

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The instructions on this site don't match up to the menu options on my S5?

I want to disable car mode. Every time I walk away from my phone, car mode comes back on

We have updated this Q&A and the associated guide with steps for using Car Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and linked to our new guide on the topic. If Car Mode, or Driving Mode, is enabled, you can simply swipe down from your home screen, and access the 'Notifications' panel. From there, you will be able to simply tap and disable Car Mode. If you are still having problems, and you are on AT&T, you will need to contact your carrier, as they have removed Car Mode, and replaced it with their own Drive Mode (which is different that Samsung's earlier versions of Driving Mode). The AT&T service does not have the same functionality as Samsung Car Mode or Drive Mode.

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No "Car Mode" or "Driving Mode" available to me from "General Tab"?

My phone does not have "Car Mode" or "Driving Mode" available under the "General Tab"

Please let us know the model of your phone, the carrier, and which version of Android you are running. This will help us to provide more targeted support. Currently there are several major releases of Android, with various carriers disabling and changing features for a number of reasons.

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Also, let us know if you're trying to turn on car mode or driving mode, or turn off car mode or driving mode on your Samsung Galaxy. Thank you for your help with this, and we look forward to getting you some answers as soon as we get more detail.

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Has drive mode been taken away?

I am thinking that drive mode was eliminated on last update.. I only had this phone for 1 month and that feature was there when I got it but it is gone now. My carrier is Verizon.

If you're using the Galaxy S5, Driving Mode has been changed to Car Mode, and is available from the Notifications Panel. Just drag down the Notifications Panel, and you'll be able to access it by tapping 'Car Mode'. We've updated this VisiHow guide with screen shots to help you see what it would look like on a stock S5, and have also linked another article discussing Car Mode for the S5.

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My auto response doesn't work anymore?

Hi, I have a Note4 and my auto response does not get forwarded to texter anymore while I am driving. The Drive mode is on though. Thanks.

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For now, this is the length of my 'details.' I'll ask more questions in a few.

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If I can get rid of Car mode enable will I be able to use hands free in a car?

This is a terrible product. If I don't turn it on, it starts up. If a call comes in I have to enter my pin while driving and usually miss that call, next it works fine. If I don't turn it off when I get out it stays enabled and loudly tells me and the world, who is calling or texting me. I want it to be when I get in the car the Bluetooth connects and becomes hand free and when I get out it disconnects from Bluetooth and acts like a normal phone. Have to say this but that is how iPhone works. Is it possible to make this happen?

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My Samsung shows NVRAM warning error in WiFi networks. How to remove it

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My S4 Mini's Original Charger Is Incompatible?

The original charger and three others did not work. I tried two different batteries in a different device, but my phone won't charge either one. Also, car mode is turning on and off randomly.. I have tried: New Chargers, New Batteries. I think it was caused by: No Idea

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