Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Turn On or Off Driving Mode

Using the Samsung Galaxy SIII you can do many things, from using it as a phone to make a call or send a messages up to use it to do the things you used to do using a desktop computer like sending emails, watch HD video, download any application etc. .

See also: How to Download and Install Apps Through Google Play Store on Samsung Galaxy S3

With so many capabilities and features inside it made this phone very attractive to many peoples. This phone even has the ability to keep you able to use this phone properly in a variety of conditions. One of the features that allow it to happen is the Driving mode. This feature allows you to stay using your phone without interrupting while you are driving.

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When you enable this feature on your Galaxy SIII, then this feature will notify incoming call and read incoming messages out loud to you so you do not have to look at your phone while driving.


How to enable or disable Driving mode?
To use this feature you must first activate it on your phone. As written on technipages.com, here are the steps you need to do:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap on Language and input.
  4. Select Text-to-speech output.
  5. Find Driving mode setting located under General then slide it to On to enable this feature and select the items you want to be read to you, or you can slide it to Off to disable this feature completely.
  6. Done.

Well, now with this feature you do not have to worry to miss important calls or messages while you are driving. So, try these useful features and share your experience here through the comment below :)

34 comments:

  1. Way too convoluted. Should be able to hit a driving mode icon on home screen rather than go through all of these steps.

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    1. Hi Kiri,
      Thanks for visiting my blog and leave your thought here.
      And also thanks for your useful tips. You're right, this is a convolute steps compared with yours :D But, whatever the steps I hope all these steps will be useful for all reader of this blog and especially for the Samsung Galaxy S3 users.
      Have a nice day :)

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    2. After you set up Driving Mode as directed, you can activate it by pulling down your notification screen. It's almost all the way to the right, next to Sync on my GS3.

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    3. Hi Timewalker,
      I really appreciate your willing to share your knowledge and useful tips here. Hope it will provide benefits and help to all of us.
      However, thanks for the visit and comment :)

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    4. Hi Kiri,

      I'm not sure it is a button on the notification screen by default, but you can put a "driving mode" icon in your notification screen, as Timewalker suggested by going to Settings>>Display>>Notification Panel. Driving Mode should be one of your "Available Icons", which you can drag-and-drop into one of your Notification Panel slots. If you don't have an open slot, just drop it on a button for a functionality you don't use very often.

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    5. Hi Mekhetling and All,
      I really really appreciate for all of your suggestion and useful tips. Be different is beautiful, make it to coloring our life, not to make it more complicated. When all of you found anything inside this blog is useful then take it, while if not just leave it.
      Let's continue to share our knowledge to each other to force us to be better than before.
      Whatever happens, I hope all of you have a great day and God bless you always :)

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    6. Hi , great tips if only driving mode was an option under general. For me it does not appear to be there:)
      However, fyi it appears that this problem may be something to do with the usb slot. Give it a good clean and the phone stops being stupid.
      Thanks

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    7. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you've updated your phone to Android 4.3, driving mode is now called Hands-free mode. You can enable this option through Notification panel by swiping down the top of the screen using two fingers then tap Hands-free mode icon to enable it. Or you can enable it by going to Settings> tap "My device" tab> scroll down to find "Hands-free mode", then tap it> Slide the switch located at the top of the screen to the right to enable this option. Here you can choose which option you wish to enable under Hands-free mode menu.

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  2. is "done" really a step?
    you could also post steps on how to back out of the settings screen
    you should also post screenshots if the phone was sideways. some people may be confused.

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for your advice.
      I seem to have forgotten to include in my disclaimer page that I use this blog to learn to write and improve my writting skills by reviewing Samsung Galaxy s3 from various sources. Due to this reason, may be in the article I've posted still have many flaws. Until now I have not been fortunate to have this great smartphone, so I have not been able to include steps by steps pictures in my articles. I tried to use a phrase that clearly enough to explain the steps. I also try to always be open and interactive with all visitors of this blog.
      Hopefully you will not be disappointed with this answer.

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  3. Thank you for the information. I was looking everywhere for this and you provided it perfectly. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for write a comment here.
      I'm so happy found this blog and articles inside it can provide benefit and help to you.
      Happy reading and enjoy your day :)

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  4. You can use s voice. Just say driving mode on or driving mode off.

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    1. Hi Samuel,
      Thanks for share your useful tip here. I really appreciate it.
      May God always bless you :)

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  5. Awesome! This is JUST what I was looking for! Thanks! :-)

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    1. Hi Lib,
      I'm so happy to see you was helped with this post.
      Thanks for coming here and wish you a nice day :)

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  6. Thanks, that's the precise information I was looking for. You know the hard way. Haha.

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    1. Hi conejo4000ojenoc,
      I'm so happy to find this article is useful for you.
      Thanks for coming and enjoy reading :)

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  7. My s3 has started knocking itself on and off driving mode by itself while it is just sitting with nobody near it? Any ideas?

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    1. Hi, Michael coyle.
      Try to disable S-Voice on your phone, then see whether you still have a problem or not.
      Hope it helps :)

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  8. On the Galaxy S3, is there a simple step, app, or widget - that will activate Driving Mode when a bluetooth device connects, and turn it off when disconnected??
    Sounds SO simple, but I've been unable to solve this dilemma.

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    1. Hi Mark Young,
      Thanks for the visit.
      Unfortunately, till now I still don't know how to do this. But, if you want, you can try third-party app named Tasker. This apps will help you to automatically turn on driving mode when you connecting the phone with Bluetooth device and turn off it when disconnected. I've find useful site that explain it clearly, may it helps you. Here's the link:http://markschlegel.com/post/2012/10/22/Automate-Driving-Mode-with-Bluetooth-Connections.aspx
      Hope this helps :)

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  9. Driving mode is automatically invoked when the Galaxy S3 is inserted into the Samsung Infuse charging cradle I mounted on a Kuda phone console in my car.

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    1. Hi Jim Halley,
      Thanks for coming.
      From what I've read on androidcentral forum that Samsung car dock has a port that will automatically enable driving mode once you put your phone into the dock. So, there are two option available that you can do:
      1. Replace the dock with the new one which is not Samsung dock.
      2. Try to use third-party app that will prevent the car and dock desk dock applications from starting up. This app called DockNothing apps. It's free. Here's the link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mozicodo.docknothing.free&hl=en

      Hope this helps :)

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  10. Does anybody know, how I can read/write current state of Driving Mode programmatically from my Android-application? Please let me know if you know.

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    1. Hi Pavel Belov,
      Thanks for coming.
      Here I've find a link that might be useful for you:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1559801
      Hope this helps :)

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  11. Mekhetling and Rehan,
    I tried putting the Driving Mode icon on my pull-down notification menu as you described, however, I don't have a 'notification panel' menu in my options in the 'display' menu.....any ideas?

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    1. Hi Dolly Anderson,
      Thanks for coming.
      First, can you please tell me what the Android version are you using now? ICS or Jelly Bean?
      Also, have you ever tried to slide the notification bar to the right or left to see the Driving mode button?
      And about the notification panel menu, unfortunately some service providers restrict and/or doesn't include certain functions--such as notification panel under display settings menu-- with their updates.

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    1. Hi Panagah,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that you can find something useful here :)

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  13. Hi
    I'm using docomo sumsung galaxy S3 alpha but cannot find driving mode under text-to-speech output. Please help me because I want the phone to stop speak ing the names of my caller ID.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Tutu,
      Thanks for coming.
      Usually the driving mode option also can be accessed through the notification panel. However, what the option available under text-to-speech output on your phone? Also, have you ever checked whether talkback mode is enabled on your phone? If so, try to disable it then see whether it solve the problem. Another way, you can try to call your carrier to ask them how to stop the phone speaking the name of caller ID due to each carrier might have different option in their devices.
      Hope this helps :)

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  14. asking for help,
    Is there any way to use apps on my phone like youtube, facebook, slingplayer etc. i have s3 and a jvc nsx700 stereo, please help!

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    1. Hi Jaime Lobo,
      Thanks for coming.
      I have no idea about it. But, I've found a useful link that might be able to help you. Here's the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP_rKedg1lo
      Hope this helps :)

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