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What is the Hands-free Mode feature on my Samsung Galaxy S III?

When enabled, the device will read out incoming callers, message sender, alarms, and schedule information.

Hands-free Mode

To enable Hands-free mode, from the Home screen, touch Menu > Settings > My device > Hands-free mode. Touch the slider off to turn Hands-free mode on. Touch OK on the dialog box about turning off S Voice™ Hands-free.

To quickly turn on/off Hands-free mode, with two fingers slightly apart, swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom to access the Quick Panel. Touch the icon for Hands-free mode. When enabled, the icon will be green.

The following options are available:

  • Incoming call: When an incoming call is received, read out the caller's information.

  • Message: When a new text or multimedia message arrives, read out the sender's information.

  • Alarm: When the alarm sounds, read out the alarm information.

  • Schedule: When the calendar event alarm sounds, read out the calendar information.

S Voice Hands-free

When Hands-free mode is enabled, it turns on the S Voice Hands-free feature. Say "Hi, Galaxy" when the screen is off to wake up S Voice. After the beep, you can say a command.

If this is the first time you are using S Voice, you will need to accept the terms of service.

The following are examples of what you can say using S Voice while in Hands-free mode.


Voice Dial

  • "Call Charlie mobile."

  • "Call Joe work."

  • "Redial."

  • "Dial 6171231234."



  • "Text Charlie."

  • "Text Katie message Are you free tonight for dinner?"

  • "Send message to John How's it going?"

  • "Read my messages."



  • "Memo Send mom a card."

  • "Note to self Buy milk."

  • "Show me my shopping list memo."



  • "New Event Lunch with James July 21st at 1 p.m."

  • "What's on my calendar?"

  • "Check schedule on Friday."

  • "Add event Dance class Saturday at 10 a.m. for 2 hours."

  • "Cancel the budget review meeting."



  • "Play playlist my favorites."

  • "Play album secrets."

  • "Play next song."

  • "Play joyful music."


Hands-free Mode

  • "Hands-free mode on."

  • "Hands-free mode off."



  • "Navigate to Cambridge, MA."

  • "Direction to Palm Springs."

  • "Map of Boston."


Hear News

  • "Read the news."

  • "I want to hear the news."

  • "Next/Previous news."



  • "What is the weather today?"

  • "Check the weather forecast."

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