How do I mute email notifications on my Samsung phone?

With Samsung phones running the Android operating system, users have granular control over app notifications. While notifications can be helpful for staying updated on the latest messages, emails, and app alerts, too many notifications can become distracting and disruptive. Muting select notifications or even turning them off completely on a Samsung phone provides a way to minimize distractions and focus. This guide will explain the basics of managing notifications on Samsung Galaxy devices.

Notifications on smartphones serve important functions like alerting us to new messages, emails, and app updates. However, the constant stream of notifications from numerous apps can disrupt productivity and attentiveness. Muting notifications reduces digital distractions without completely losing touch. Samsung’s One UI interface provides customizable notification settings to mute sounds/vibrations, turn off visual pop-ups, set priority interruptions, and alter LED light behaviors. Optimizing notifications to match personal preferences and habits can improve focus and balance.

Locate Notification Settings

To locate the notification settings on your Samsung Galaxy phone, you first need to open the Settings app. There are a couple different ways to open Settings:

From the home screen: Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification shade. You will see a gear icon for Settings in the top-right corner. Tap the gear icon to launch Settings.

From the app drawer: Swipe up from the bottom of the home screen to open the app drawer. Scroll down and tap the Settings app icon, which looks like a gear.

Once you have the Settings app open, you can navigate to the notifications settings to customize your notification preferences.

Open Notifications Menu

To access the notifications settings on your Samsung Galaxy device, you’ll first need to open the Notifications menu. Here are the steps:

1. From any screen, swipe down from the top of the display to open the notification shade.

2. You will see quick toggle buttons at the top for various settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Below that is a list of recent notifications.

3. At the bottom of the notifications, you will see a button labeled “Notification Settings.” Tap on this button to open the full notifications settings menu (source:

App Notifications

You can control notifications on a per-app basis on your Samsung phone. This allows you to mute notifications from specific apps that are sending too many notifications or that you don’t want to be notified by.

To mute notifications from a specific app:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap the app you want to mute.
  4. Toggle off “App icon badges” to disable notification badges on the app icon.
  5. Toggle off “Notifications” to mute all notifications from this app.

You can also long-press a notification from that app and toggle off “Show notifications” to mute.

This will stop notifications from that app from making sounds, lighting up the screen, showing notification badges, etc. The notifications will still appear in your notification shade but won’t interrupt you.

To unmute the app again, simply re-enable notifications in the app’s notification settings.

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Blocking Notifications

If you want to completely block notifications from a specific app, you can do so through the Settings menu. Open the Settings app and tap “Notifications.” Here you will see a list of apps that have recently sent notifications. Tap the app you want to block. On the next screen, toggle off “Allow notifications” to block that app’s notifications entirely. As Samsung notes, this prevents any notifications from the selected app from appearing on your phone.

Keep in mind that blocking notifications from an app completely will prevent you from receiving any useful alerts or updates from that app. You may want to customize the notification settings instead of fully blocking the app if you still want to receive certain notifications. However, if you find an app’s notifications are consistently irrelevant or annoying, blocking them entirely can help eliminate distractions.

Priority Interruptions

You can customize your notification settings to allow certain interruptions while keeping other notifications muted. This is called Priority Mode or Priority Interruptions on Samsung devices. With Priority Interruptions, you can choose to allow alarms, media sounds, calls or messages from specific contacts, and other urgent notifications to still make a sound or vibrate even when Do Not Disturb is activated.

To enable Priority Interruptions on your Samsung phone:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Notifications.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb and select Priority only.
  3. Under Allowed interruptions, check the options you want to allow through, such as Alarms, Media sounds, Calls or Messages.

You can customize Priority Interruptions to fit your needs. For example, you can set certain contacts whose calls or messages will still notify you even when Priority Interruptions is on. You can also block visual disturbances by disabling the LED indicator for allowed interruptions.

According to Samsung (source), Priority Interruptions is useful for gaming or other immersive activities where you don’t want to be disturbed but still need to receive certain urgent notifications. Just remember to turn off Priority Interruptions when you are finished focusing.

Setting Sleeping Hours to Mute Notifications

You can schedule specific hours where you don’t want to receive any notifications from your Samsung phone. This is a useful feature for muting notifications while you sleep.

To set up sleeping hours when notifications are muted:

  1. Open the Notifications settings menu.
  2. Tap on “Do Not Disturb”
  3. Toggle on “Turn on as scheduled”
  4. Tap on “Set schedule”
  5. Set your desired start and end time for when notifications should be muted.
  6. You can choose every day of the week, or customize it for just weekdays or weekends.
  7. Tap “Done” when finished setting the schedule.

With this schedule set, your Samsung phone will automatically mute all notifications during the sleeping hours you specified. You won’t be disturbed by sounds or vibrations from notifications while you’re trying to rest.

Customizing Sounds

You can customize the notification sounds and vibrations for each individual app on your Samsung Galaxy phone. This allows you to set unique sounds and vibrations to identify notifications from specific apps.

To change the notification sound for an app:

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications.
  2. Tap the app you want to customize.
  3. Tap Sound and select a sound from the list or tap Add to use your own audio file.

To change vibration patterns:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Vibration pattern.
  2. Tap the pattern you want to assign to that app.

You can also change the vibration intensity and length under Sound and vibration settings. This allows you to create distinct vibration patterns for different apps.

Some Samsung phones also have an LED indicator that you can customize to blink different colors for specific apps. Go to Settings > Notifications > App icon badges to customize these LED notification colors.

With customized sounds, vibrations, and LED colors for each app, you’ll be able to identify different notifications without even looking at your phone. This allows you to mute notifications by app as well.

LED Indicator

The LED indicator is the blinking light that flashes around the edge of your Samsung phone’s screen when you get a notification. While some find it helpful, others may want to disable it if they find it distracting or unnecessary.

To turn off the LED indicator light on your Samsung Galaxy phone:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap “Accessibility”.
  2. Tap “Hearing enhancements”.
  3. Under “Flash notification”, toggle the switch off to disable LED notifications.

With this setting disabled, your phone’s edges will no longer flash when you receive notifications. Keep in mind other visual effects like Edge Lighting may still occur. To customize those, go to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge lighting. You can choose what color edges light up, enable people edge effects, and more.

If you ever want to re-enable LED notifications, simply return to Accessibility settings and toggle “Flash notification” back on.

For more information, refer to Samsung’s guide on Edge lighting and LED notifications.


In summary, muting email notifications on your Samsung phone can be easily accomplished by accessing the Notifications settings. Here you can control notifications on an app-by-app basis, set priority interruptions, configure sleep hours to mute notifications, and customize notification sounds and LED indicators.

For more information, refer to Samsung’s official support documentation on managing notifications:
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