What is Air Command?

Last modified : Jun 09. 2020

 Air command is a menu that provides S Pen features and quick access to frequently used applications like Live Messages, Magnify, PENUP and Translate. To access the Air command panel, simply detach the S Pen from the slot or hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button. You can also tap Air Command icon with your S Pen. Drag your S Pen up and down on the Air command panel and select a function or app you want. When the Air command panel is closed, the Air command icon will remain on the screen. You can open the Air command panel by tapping the icon with the S Pen. To move the icon, drag to a new location.


To remove Air Command icon icon from your homescreen, simply drag the icon with your S Pen to Remove icon located at the top of the screen. If in the future you decide you want the floating icon to appear on your homescreen head into your Settings → Advanced Features → S Pen → toggle on Floating icon.


Select the drop down menus below to learn how to use Air Command on your Galaxy Note device.

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy Note10 operating on Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie), settings, steps and applications available may vary depending on your Galaxy device and Android OS Version.

Customising ShortcutsClick to Expand
1 When you take out your S Pen, Air Command will automatically launch.

If you haven't filled up your Shortcuts list, tap on the Shortcut Icon with your S Pen.
Tap on the Add Shotcut icon in your Air Command menu
2 With your S Pen, drag your preferred application or feature into the shortcut list.

To remove a shortcut simply tap the Minus icon button.
Drag app or feature to shortcut list
3 If your shortcut list is full and you are unable to locate or select the add shortcut icon , you will then need to long press an app you no longer wish to use and drag to the Remove icon button using your S Pen.
Removing app from shortcut list
Create NotesClick to Expand

Create notes easily in a pop-up window without launching the Samsung Notes app.

1 Pull out your S Pen and select Create Note
Select Create Note
2 Using your S Pen you will be able write up quick To-do lists that will automatically be saved in Samsung Notes
Creating a note

Pencil icon Allows you to select a wide range of colours, sizes and select between pens, pencils & highlighters to brighten up your notes.

Rubber icon Rub out any mistakes and start all over again.

Back arrow icon Allows you to undo your most recent action.

Transparency icon You will be able to adjust the Transparency of your note.

Once you have completed your Note, simply tap on Save to upload to your Samsung Notes.

Smart SelectClick to Expand

Allows you to crop a certain area displayed on your device for you to customise.

1 Pull out your S Pen and select Smart Select
Select Smart Select
2 Select your preferred action and drag the S Pen over your screen to capture content.
Using Smart Select

Square icon Rectangle - Select a large area to Extract Text or Pin to the Screen.

Cloud icon Lasso allows more freedom than the Rectangle as you are able to draw more freely to capture more texts or images.

circle icon Oval allows you to extract texts within the selected circular outline.

GIF icon GIF allows you to create High Quality or Standard Quality GIFs.

Pin icon Pin allows you to resize a particular area and Pin to your screen.

Screen WriteClick to Expand

Capture screenshots to write or draw on them or crop an area from the captured image. You can also capture the current content and the hidden content on an elongated page, such as a webpage.

1 Select Screen Write
Select Screen write
2 Your phone will capture a screenshot on the current screen and then write or colour in areas within that screenshot.
Using Screen write

Pen icon Select between a range of pens, pencils, paint brushes and highlighters to write over your screen.

Red Circle icon Choose the preloaded colours or tap on the colour wheel to change the colour of your pen.

Size of pen icon Select out of 5 different pen sizes.

Live MessageClick to Expand

Write a message or draw a picture to record your actions as an animation.

1 Select Live Message
Select Live Message
2 Choose your preferred Background and backround colour.

Once complete, tap on Start drawing
Choose your preferred background and colour
3 Using your S Pen, start creating your Live Message.
Start Drawing

Pen icon Choose from 6 different pen effects.

  Select your preferred preloaded colour or choose from the colour wheel.

Size of pen icon  Allows you to increase or decrease your pen thickness.

Pen icon  Removes your most recent action/drawing.

trash icon  Wipes your Live Message so you can start fresh.

play icon  Plays back your GIF or MP4.

4 Once complete tap on Done
Once complete tap on Done
TranslateClick to Expand

Select source and target language and then hover the S-Pen over the desired text for it to translate.

1 Tap on Translate
Tap on Translate
2 Select your preferred Source Language
Select your preferred Source Language
3 Choose your Target language
Choose your target language
4 Hover your S Pen over your preferred word and watch as it's quickly translated
Hover your S Pen over your preferred word and watch as it's quickly translated
Write on CalendarClick to Expand

Write on your Calendar to make those special events or birthdays pop out so you'll never miss any assignment deadlines or anniversaries.

1 Tap on Translate
Tap on Write on Calendar
2 Using your S Pen, start drawing on your calendar.

Once complete tap on Save
Write on Calendar

Pen icon Customise your Pen type, size and colour.

Rubber icon  Erase any mistakes using the Eraser tool.

Arrow icon  Undo your most recent action.

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