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What is the Notification Panel, and how do I use it on my Samsung Galaxy S4?

Notification Panel

The Notification Panel is a great place to quickly access alerts and shortcuts. The Notification Panel also provides a quick shortcut to your device's Settings menu. Touch Settings in the top-right corner of the panel.

The Notification Panel is at the top of your mobile device's screen. It is hidden, but can be accessed by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom. It is accessible from almost any menu or application.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

You can touch a notification to view additional information, open the related application, or interact with features on your device.

Touch Clear to clear all notifications except the ongoing ones. You can clear individual notifications by touching and swiping the notification to the left or right to dismiss it from the list.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel


Expandable Notifications

Expandable notifications give more information without opening the application. Using two fingers slightly apart, touch and drag the notification to expand it for additional information.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

To disable further notifications from the application, touch and hold the notification. Then touch App info, and uncheck the option for Show notifications.

Quick Panel

Through the Notification Panel, you have access to the Quick Panel. The Quick Panel contains shortcuts to several feature settings options so you can quickly turn a setting on or off. When a feature is turned on, the icon and the bar below the feature name will turn green. If a feature is turned off, these areas are shown in gray.

Touch and hold the shortcut icon for one to two seconds to open the feature's settings menu.

When you open the Notification Panel, the first five shortcuts from the Quick Panel are displayed in a bar at the top. You can swipe the bar to the left to view an additional five Quick Panel shortcuts.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

You can open directly to the Quick Panel. Using two fingers slightly apart, swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

Or you can touch Quick Setting from the Notification Panel to display all of the shortcuts available.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

The following shortcuts are available in the Quick Panel:

  • Wi-Fi®: Turn your device's Wi-Fi transmitter on or off.

  • GPS: Turn your device's GPS function on or off. Location services, except E911 services, will not be available.

  • Sound: Switch between sound on, vibrate only, and mute.

  • Screen rotation: Turn automatic screen rotation on or off.

  • Bluetooth®: Turn your device's Bluetooth transmitter on or off.

  • Reading mode: Set your device to adjust the screen for optimized reading. This mode will be activated only for selected applications, such as Google Play™ Books.

  • Blocking mode: Set your device to block incoming communications. You can adjust the Blocking mode settings and add contacts to the allowed list in the Blocking mode settings.

  • Power saving: Turn power saving on or off.

  • Multi window™: Turn the Multi Window feature on or off.

  • Screen Mirroring: Set your device to mirror your screen with supported Smart TVs and other Samsung accessories.

  • Turn On Smart Stay

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Stay Feature

    From the Home screen, touch Menu > Settings > My device > Smart screen. Mark the Smart stay checkbox to turn on the feature.

    Smart stay may not work in the following situations:

    • When the device is docked or is not held upright.

    • When the front camera fails to detect face and eyes.

    • When the source of light is behind you or you are using the device in the dark.

    • When the front camera is being used by another application.

    S Beam™: Activate the S Beam NFC function. NFC will also be turned on.

  • NFC: Turn your device's NFC (Near Field Communication) transmitter on or off.

  • Air view™: Turn Air View on or off. You can adjust the Air View features active in the settings menu.

  • Air gesture: Turn Air Gestures™ on or off. You can adjust the Air Gestures features active in the settings menu.

  • Hands-free mode: Turn Hands-free mode on or off.

    Hands-free mode: Turn Hands-free mode on or off.

  • Smart stay: Turn Smart stay on or off.

  • Smart pause™: Turn Smart Pause on or off.

  • Smart scroll™: Turn Smart Scroll on or off.

  • Sync: Turn all account sync functions on or off.

  • Airplane mode: Turn Airplane mode on or off. When Airplane mode is on, all radio transmitters are turned off.

From the Quick Panel grid view, you can edit how the shortcuts are displayed in the Notification Panel and Quick Panel. Touch.  Alternatively, you can access the Notification Panel settings menu from the Home screen. Touch Menu > Settings > My device > Display > Notification panel.

To reorder the shortcuts in the Quick Panel, touch and hold a shortcut to select it. Drag the shortcut to the new location, and release it. Touch Reset to return all of the shortcuts to their default locations.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Notification Panel

Touch Brightness adjustment to mark or unmark the checkbox. When the checkbox is marked, the brightness adjustment shortcut will be displayed in the Notification Panel. This feature is turned on by default. You can swipe the brightness bar to the left to decrease the display brightness, or swipe the brightness bar to the right to increase the brightness. Mark the Auto checkbox to have the brightness controlled automatically using the device's sensors.

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