To mute calls by flipping your Android phone

Pixel 6 Pro face down.
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Smartphones have ended the days of slamming your phone down to end a call. If you have an Android phone, you can flip your phone to do the same. It’s not quite as satisfying – but still practical.

Turn to pose with the Google Phone App

The Google Phone app comes pre-installed on Pixel devices and can be selected as the default calling app on other Android devices. If you have a Pixel, the function is called “Flip to Shhh.” It mutes calls and activates “Do not disturb” when the phone is facing down. On non-Pixel phones, the “Flip to Silence” feature is called and only mutes incoming calls.

To get started, open the “Phone by Google” app and tap the three-dot menu icon at the top right.

Select “Settings” from the menu.

choose "Settings."

Scroll down and tap “Turn to Shhh” or “Turn to Silence” in the “Advanced” section.

Press "Turn to Shhh."

Switch the switch to “Use Flip to Shhh” or “Flip to set.”

Switch on the switch.

That is it! Simply place the phone on its face and the call is muted.

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Turn to pose with the Samsung Phone App

The standard phone app on Samsung Galaxy phones also has a “flip to silence” -like feature. However, it is found in the system settings rather than in the phone app settings.

To get started, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings tiles. Tap the gear icon to open Settings.

Scroll down and select “Advanced Features”.

choose "Advanced features."

Now go to “Movements and Movements.”

Go to "Movements and movements."

Turn on the switch for “Mute with gestures”.

Switch on the switch.

Besides muting by turning the phone on its face, you can also place your hand across the screen to do the same.

That’s all there is to it! Both of these methods work very easily. Of course, pressing the “Reject” button is not difficult, but movements are often easier and more intuitive.

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