Have you ever received a phone call while watching TV and couldn’t find the remote or press the mute button in time? It’s probably happened to all of us at some point, whether you’re the one receiving or making the phone call. And if you were the latter, you probably know how unpleasant it is to be greeted by the background noise of the television. Not a great conversation starter, to say the least. Fortunately, A user interface devices offer a solution.
Samsung has thought of a way to fix this problem, and the workaround is available for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users through Samsung’s Smart Home app, SmartThings. The solution: The app can automatically mute your Samsung TV or speakers/soundbars every time you make or receive a phone call through your Galaxy phone or Galaxy LTE/5G tablet. If that sounds like something you’d want your Samsung smart TV to do, here’s everything you need to know.
Automatically mute your Samsung TV during phone calls using SmartThings
For this feature, you need to install and configure SmartThings on your Galaxy smartphone or LTE/5G tablet. As always, you can find the app on the Galaxy Store.
Assuming you already have the app, open it, navigate to the “Menu” screen and press “Companion Apps”. Then select “Call” in the list and press “Configure”. You will then be asked to enable location and allow SmartThings Framework to use location services on your device and to make and manage phone calls.
You may be required to enable other permissions for this SmartThings feature to work. Just follow the instructions in the pop-ups and tap “Allow”. When finished, you should see your Samsung TV listed in Devices that can mute automatically when you make or receive calls on your Galaxy mobile device.
Note that this auto mute feature may not work with all Samsung Smart TVs. Similarly, results may vary depending on the type of audio output you are using on the TV, and the feature may not work with TV speaker setups that rely on optical audio output.