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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: How to Enable and Use Doorbell Detector Feature in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Doorbell detector is one of accessibility features in Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge that will let you set your phone to notify you with vibration, visual cues, and light when it detects the sound of a doorbell ringing that you record in advance. This feature is basically designed to help those who have hearing impairment to easily know when there's someone rings the doorbell.

How to enable the doorbell detector feature?
You can do so by using the following steps:
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap to go to the settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to find Accessibility and then tap it.
    FYI, if you have enabled the direct access feature and selected the accessibility option, you can quickly access the accessibility menu from any screen by pressing the Home key three times quickly to open up the direct access menu and then tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Hearing.
  4. Tap Sound detectors.
  5. Slide the ON/OFF switch next to Doorbell detector to the right to enable it. FYI, this feature cannot be turned on while you're playing sound or using apps/features that use your phone's microphone, e.g., voice recorder app, voice dictation feature, etc.
  6. A Disclaimer window appears on the screen. Scroll down the screen to review it and then tap Confirm to continue.
  7. A pop up window contains with some information about the doorbell detector feature appears on the screen. Read it and then tap OK to continue enabling this feature.
  8. Tap and ring your doorbell to record it. Your phone will detect and record the doorbell. For the best result, keep your phone within 50cm of the doorbell and make sure the area is quiet.
  9. When the doorbell sound has been recorded, tap and ring your doorbell again to confirm and check recorded doorbell sound.
  10. When your phone detects your doorbell sound, tap OK button. This icon will be displayed on the status bar as a sign that the doorbell detector feature is enabled and ready to use.
  11. If you'd like to change the doorbell sound, tap Change doorbell sound in the sound detectors menu and then follow the on-screen instruction to complete the configuration. This will delete the current doorbell and replace it with the new one.

How to use the doorbell detector feature?
As a note, to make this feature works, make sure to place your phone within 3m of your doorbell with no background noise. See the following steps as the example of using this feature:
  1. When your phone detects the doorbell sound, your phone will vibrate and give you a visual notification as well as flash the camera light(in condition that the flash notification feature is enabled). If you have a Galaxy Gear smartwatch and have paired it with your phone, it'll also vibrate.
  2. Tap to disable the doorbell detector feature and stop your phone from vibrating.
  3. Tap to re-enable and start using the doorbell detector feature.
  4. If you'd like to view the log(date and time) of the alerts, you can view it in the Recent alerts section in the Sound detectors menu.


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