Turn off Voice During Incoming Call or Message in Galaxy S4

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The S Voice by Samsung for the Galaxy S4 is intended to make life easier so that you don't have to struggle to check for incoming calls and text messages while involved in an activity such as driving your car, jogging, doing chores, or walking. It also is a wonderful audio assistant that will read text messages to you aloud if needed. It is especially effective in keeping everyone safe from distracted divers on the roads in this age of constant mobile device communication. Today, as a matter of fact, there are more teenagers in the United States killed or injured as a result of distracted driving, (on their cells talking and texting), than any other reason. Using the S Voice with the Driving Mode on the Galaxy S4, is one way of preventing this situation. However, there are times when you may wish to turn off the S Voice on incoming calls and text messages on your Galaxy S4. Below, are the steps you can follow to shut off the S Voice when receiving a text message or call.

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Ways To Turn OFF the S Voice on your Galaxy

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    From your "Menu" go to "Accessibility", then left click "TalkBack".
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    Do this even if it says it is "Off". Then click off "Speak Caller ID".
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    If this does not turn off the S Voice, try this solution:
    Scroll to Settings > Voice Input & Output > Text to Speech. Then select "Driving Mode" and slide the switch to "Off".
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How to Turn OFF Automatic Answering for Incoming Calls on your Galaxy S4

  • If you have any of these issues with your Galaxy S4 -- incoming calls are answered aloud, it rings only once and instantly picks up an incoming call, and calls are answered aloud even if you do not swipe your screen to take it -- you can take steps to stop it from happening.
  • This happens because the S4 comes with an "S Voice" and an "Accessory Auto Answer" app that is set to automatically answer all calls coming in. There was an update to the Android OS to disable the automatic answer feature if desired.
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    Either the S Voice or Accessory Auto Answer were built in and come to you enabled, right out of the box.
    To turn off the S Voice, take these five steps:
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    1. On your home screen, touch the "App" tray.
    2. From the App tray, tap the S Voice option.
    3. Tap the "Menu" key.
    4. Tap "Settings".
    5. Select "Control Apps", and with your finger, switch to "Off".
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    To disable the "Accessory Auto Answer" app (note that your incoming calls are automatically answered if your headset is plugged into the Galaxy S4), take these several steps:
     
    1. Tap "Phone" on your home.
    2. Touch the "Menu" key.
    3. Tap "Call Settings".
    4. Tap "Accessory Settings for call".
    5. Be sure to uncheck "Automatic Answering" at "Headset Settings" for incoming calls.
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    To prevent inadvertent answering incoming call from a hand movement near your S4, follow this procedure"
     
    1. First, go to "Settings" on your home screen.
    2. Touch "Motions and Gestures".
    3. Touch "Air Gesture".
    4. Lastly, be certain that "Air call �" accept" is switched to "OFF".
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Now you know various ways to make sure that you have no annoying voice answering incoming texts or calls. To turn the "S-Voice" back on for incoming calls or texts, just follow the above steps, and check or turn the virtual On/Off switch to "ON".

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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • If you are driving a vehicle, it is recommended to either have your Samsung Galaxy turned off, or use the S-Voice set to Driving Mode. Either of these options will ensure your safe driving.

Questions and Answers

My Samsung Galaxy S5 does not answer incoming calls, doesn't play music and there's totally no sound.

No sound, does not play music, no ring tone and does not call and receive incoming calls

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I would really appreciate it if you can help.

My phone tells me every time I have a new message. I must have changed a setting but I haven't been able to turn this voice notification off.

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I cannot find Control Apps in settings?

I need to turn off voice incoming call

You can do this by performing the following steps below:

1. Go to Settings.

2. Go to Calls.

3 Go to Call Rejection.

4. Tap on Auto Reject mode.

5. Tap on All Numbers so that all numbers will be rejected from calling.

Lack of audible S-Voice prompts?

Normally, S-Voice has a "talking head" icon at the lower right corner of the S-Voice screen. I only have a small circle with a slash through it. I cannot find the "setting" to change that. Any ideas? Thanks

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How do you turn of the voice when incoming calls and texts are coming in?

The voice is annoying, I want to turn it off for everything

If you are using an Android smartphone, there's 2 possible methods to turn this feature off. Go into your phone's settings>accessibility and then turn off TalkBack. The other possibility is in settings>language and input>text to speech output and then turn off Driving Mode.

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Annoying voice for phone, message and e-mail notifications?

I would like to turn off the voice notifying me of phone calls, messages and e-mails.

You have more likely activated the driving and handsfree profile, that's why it has those voice notifications. It reads through the commands so you won't have to look at your device while you drive, but you'll know what messages have been received. Just turn off that profile and switch to regular mode.

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I want to turn off S Voice on my Galaxy S4?

I want to turn off S Voice on my Galaxy S4

I have also had a problem with S Voice on my S4 device and I stopped it from opening itself up in the future, unless I want to open the app on the device. In order to disable it from running in your background, you can follow the steps below to perform this process:

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-Go to Settings.

-Go to Application Manager.

-Slide under the Tab All.

-Scroll down to S Voice.

-Tap on the app and select Force Stop.

-This will disable the application from running, without you going to manually activate the app yourself.

I am on 4.4.2 and I am receiving a voice reading the caller's name and would like to stop it?

The settings have been updated and the titles have changed on some of the settings.

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Why does my phone turn off when I pick up calls?

My Samsung Galaxy S4 turns off or freezes when I answer an incoming call

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Thank you for solving turning off voice notification.

Just wanted to say thank you. Yours was the only site, after trawling through so many the past few hours, that has solved the issue and enabled me to switch off the voice notification (driver setting) on Samsung phone. Many thanks.

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I can't find voice Input/Output under settings?

My phone tells me who's calling, how many voice mails I have. I don't want people around me to know, especially in meetings. It won't stop. Answer number 1 did not work.

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I want to shut off the sound notification that tells me who just texted me.

How to turn off sound notification

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It will not let me do anything, but it announces everything, Hands-free and Driving modes are turned off, but the smartphone will not let me scroll down or up.

How do I turn off this mode? There is a hand in the left corner.

You need to disable the TalkBack mode by using our article (click here). To scroll up or down, use two fingers (or swipe left and then right or right and then left) and to select items, triple-tap them.

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I just got hearing aids with Bluetooth and I want to turn it ON the voice giving me the name instead of the number?

I just get the number from the voice. I want the name.

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On Galaxy S5 my phone announces number?

My phone announces numbers of incoming call. I just downloaded commander app to work with Google now. Is that causing it? Or is it S Voice?

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MY HTC E9x is giving me problems?

My Phone keeps switching off when I get incoming calls or when I make calls. What could be the problem and how can I solve it?

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