Your beloved Galaxy S5 ceased talking after the latest android update? Fear not, for this is a common problem due to one of the new features of Google operating system’s fifth installment: we’re talking about the improved Blocking Mode, featuring a new option not present in the previous versions. As you probably already know, the Silent Mode option blocks the ringtones and the notifications for all of your contacts, while placing a “no parking” icon to the upper left.
To make this feature even more useful Lollipop added a new Priority option, which gives the user the chance to activate the Blocking Mode while excluding the contacts present in the Favorite list. This means that your phone won’t react to any incoming call or notification, except those sent by our own priority list.
A very useful feature indeed, let alone the fact that it tends to auto-activate itself after many upgrades: that’s why many user have seen their device suddendly stop working, without giving any visual evidence of what is actually happening: the new feature’s icon, which resembles the favorite star, is also rather misleading and doesn’t really help to understand what’s going on.