What is the S Pen and how do I use it?

The S Pen is a special stylus integrated into the Galaxy Note series, as well as some of the later Galaxy Tabs.

 

To use the S Pen, remove it from your device by pressing gently on the end. On removal, your device will vibrate briefly. You can also activate the S Pen by hovering it over the screen and quickly pressing the S Pen button at the end twice.

 

Read on to find out how to make the most of the S Pen with your Galaxy device and read our FAQ to find out what makes each S Pen unique.

Please note: New features have been introduced with each new Galaxy Note and S Pen. Therefore, some of the features mentioned below may not be available on older models.

Air CommandClick to Expand

A useful function of the S Pen is Air Command. This creates a small icon on your screen that appears when the S Pen is activated and can be clicked on to expand and show S Pen features and functions.

 

If Air Command doesn't appear when you activate the S Pen, you may need to switch it on. The path to turn it on will be different depending on your model and operating system.

 

  • Settings > Advanced Features > Air Command > Floating icon
  • Settings > S Pen > Air Command

 

Read our FAQ to find out more about Air Command and how to use it.

Use the S Pen as a remote controlClick to Expand

Using your S Pen as a remote control lets you take photos from a distance, control PowerPoint presentations, browse Gallery and more.

 

With the Galaxy Note10/Note10+ you can go a step further and use Air Actions to control your phone with six gestures (left/right, up/down, swing left/right.

 

Follow the below steps on your Galaxy smartphone to activate the S Pen remote control functions.

1 Go to "Settings", then tap “Advanced features”.
Tap Advanced Features in Settings menu on Galaxy Note10
2 Tap “S Pen”.
3 Tap “S Pen remote” or “Air Actions”.
4 Tap the switch to activate “S Pen remote".
Activate S Pen remote on Galaxy Note10

You can also activate it via the Notification panel:

1 Swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to open the Notification panel. Then, drag the notification down to expand the menu.
Swipe down from the top of the Note10 screen to reveal the Notification panel
2 Slide the notification panel to the left.
Slide Notification panel to the left on Galaxy Note10
3 Tap “S Pen remote” or “S Pen Air Actions”.
Tap S Pen remote or S Pen Air Actions
4 A message will pop-up, asking you if you want to keep using your current S Pen or connect a new one. In this example, choose “Keep using current S Pen”.
Choose whether to keep using current S Pen or connect to a new S Pen

Please note: Make sure the S Pen has enough battery for the Bluetooth connectivity to work properly.

Customise Air ActionsClick to Expand

Change and customise the app, features or actions of your S Pen button to adapt it to your preferences and needs.

Please note: This feature is available on the Galaxy Note9 and Note10/Note10+. Availability and design might vary depending on the model type and operating system installed.

1 Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification panel.
Swipe down from the top of the Note10 screen to reveal the Notification panel
2 Tap and hold "S Pen air actions".

Or, go to "Settings", tap "Advanced features", tap "S Pen", then tap "Air actions" to open the S Pen remote settings screen.

3 Under the heading "App actions", select an app to customise. In this example, "Camera".
Select an app to customise Air Actions for on Note10
4 Change actions by tapping items under the headings "Pen button" and "Gestures".
Select gesture to customise in App actions menu on Note10

Please note: Like other Bluetooth devices, the S Pen’s max range is 10m. The Note8 S Pen cannot be used as a remote control or use Air actions.

Customise the Pen buttonClick to Expand

The Pen button can be found on the side of the S Pen. You can customise the use of the Pen button in two ways:

 

  • Choose the app that launches when you press and hold the Pen button
  • Choose what you would like to happen if you single or double press the Pen button

Press and hold

You can choose which app you would like to open when you press and hold the Pen button on your S Pen for a few seconds.

1 Go to "Settings", then tap “Advanced features”.
2 Tap “S Pen”.
3 Select “S Pen remote” or “Air actions” to open the S Pen remote settings screen.
4 Tap “Hold down Pen button to”.
To customise Pen button, tap the menu called Hold down Pen button to
5 Select the app or feature you wish to be launched (e.g. Camera, Calculator, Translate), in this example “Camera”.
Select the app or feature you wish to be launch when the Pen button is pressed
6 Whichever app you select will be launched when holding down the S Pen button for 2-3 seconds.

Single or double press

1 Go to "Settings", then tap “Advanced features”.
2 Tap “S Pen”.
3 Select “S Pen remote” to open the S Pen remote settings screen.
4 In the “App actions” section, swipe to activate the apps you wish to customise, in this example “Camera”.
Select the app that you wish to customise on Galaxy Note10
5 Tap “Single press” to choose what you want to happen when you press the button once.
Tap to customise the Pen button for a Single press
6 Tap “Double press” to choose what you want to happen when you press the button twice.
Tap to customise the Pen button for a Double press
Take photos and videos remotelyClick to Expand

Thanks to the S Pen you can forget about running back into the frame after setting the timer on the camera or squeezing into the image due to lack of space. Use the S Pen as a remote control to take the perfect selfie or group photo.

 

To activate this feature, first follow the steps above in the section "Use the S Pen as a remote control" to activate the S Pen remote control settings.

 

The S Pen is connected via Bluetooth to your device and can work as a remote control camera trigger from up to 10m away.

1 Set the phone at a distance.
2 Place yourself nicely in the frame.
3 Press the S Pen button once to snap a picture.
4 Press the S Pen button twice to switch between front or rear camera.

Read our FAQ to find out how to take a photo with the S Pen.

 

Then, find out how to use air actions on the Note10 camera.

 

You can also use your S Pen to create a GIF. Follow our step by step guide to find out how to create a GIF from a video clip.

Replacing the S Pen nibClick to Expand

Your Galaxy Note device will come with additional tips inside the box, along with a tweezer removal tool.

 

To remove the S Pen nib, use tweezers to gently pull the nib out. It should slide out with little effort. Take care to only pull the nib itself and not the end of the S Pen.

 

Carefully insert a new tip with your fingers. The tip should slide in easily. Ensure that you don’t break the tip by applying too much pressure.

 

You will not hear or feel a click when the tip is installed.

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