Using S Pen on your Galaxy Note device

Last Update date : Jul 25. 2022

Discover the most powerful S Pen yet, with incredibly low latency for a realistic writing experience and Bluetooth for wireless control of your phone. The S Pen is not compatible with other Note models and is made to be used specifically with your Note phone. To know more about the new S Pen features, check out our page Air actions with enhanced S Pen of Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra and  S Pen integration on Galaxy Z Fold3 5G for detailed information.

Before you try the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps: 

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

Basic function for using S Pen

How to charge the S Pen

When you insert the S Pen into the slot, charging will start automatically. If the Air action feature is deactivated, the S Pen will be charged only when the device is charging. Even if the S Pen has been fully discharged, you can use other S Pen features, such as tapping the touchscreen, or the Air command features.

Note: The S Pen must be charged before you can control apps remotely by using the S Pen button.

Reset the S Pen

If your S Pen won’t connect to your phone or if it doesn’t seem to be charging, resetting the S Pen is a quick fix.  

Step 1. To reset it, open Settings, and then search for and select S Pen.

Step 2. Tap S Pen remote or Air actions.

Step 3. Tap More options (the three vertical dots).

Step 4. Tap Reset S Pen and wait for the S Pen to reset itself.

How to detach the S Pen 

You can easily disengage and reinsert S Pen. Press the end of the S Pen and pull out from the slot. To store the S Pen, reinsert it into the slot and push it until it clicks into place.


Connect your S Pen to your phone

To pair your S Pen, simply take it out of the case and begin using it on the screen

Step 1. First, make sure the pen is toggled to the device you want to use

Step 2. Press the Pair button on the S Pen to connect it to your phone.

Step 3. A popup will appear on your compatible phone; tap Connect to proceed.

Step 4. Begin writing on the screen with your S Pen.

Note: If the connection between the S Pen and your Note is lost, just insert the S Pen into the Note for a couple of seconds. It will pair instantly, and the connection will be re-established.

Change remote controllability commands

You can change the S Pen's actions and commands to make them more natural for you. You can also change which app opens when you hold down the S Pen button.

Change which apps opens

Open the Air command menu using your S Pen, and then tap Settings in the lower left-hand corner. Next, tap S Pen remote or Air actions and then tap Hold down Pen button to. Choose an app to open when you hold down the S Pen button. 

Change App actions for the S Pen

To change the S Pen commands for supported apps, open the Air command menu using your S Pen, and then tap Settings in the lower left-hand corner. Next, tap S Pen remote or Air actions, and then scroll down to App actions. Tap your desired app (such as Camera), and then tap the command you want to change (such as Switch cameras) listed under Single press or Double press. Finally, choose your new desired shortcut from the drop-down menu.

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