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

Note that new features have been introduced with each new Galaxy Note and S Pen. Some of the features mentioned below may not be available on older models.

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.

S Pen features include:

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.

For newer devices, it will be at Settings > Advanced Features > Air Command > Floating icon, and at Settings > S Pen > Air Command for older devices.

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.

Where can I get a replacement S Pen or replacement nibs?Click to Expand

You can find replacement nibs here, and replacement S Pens here.

Where can I find the settings for the S Pen?Click to Expand

On newer devices, S Pen settings can be found at: Apps > Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen

On older devices, S Pen settings can be found at: Apps > Settings > S Pen

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