Change the S Pen settings on your Galaxy Note

S Pen writing on a Note20

Your Note's S Pen can be customized with a touch lighter than air. You don’t even have to press your screen anymore. Just set your phone to Air view and simply wave the S Pen near your screen. You can do this and so much more in S Pen settings.

Important: Magnetic phone covers might interfere with the S Pen. Remove the cover before using the S Pen.

S Pen features and settings

Note: Available features may vary by model and software version.

Maybe you’d like to see a pointer displayed on the screen to show the path of your S Pen. Or, maybe you want an alarm that will sound if you accidentally walk away from your phone with the S Pen. Follow these steps to customize the S Pen's settings.

From Settings, search for and select S Pen under Advanced features.

Here are all of the different settings you can adjust:

A list of S Pen settings on a Galaxy phone
  • Air actions: Turn on or adjust the remote controllability features that come with your S Pen.

  • S Pen unlock: Unlock your phone without entering your PIN or Password. You just need to press the S Pen button.

  • Screen off memo: Create notes by pressing the pen button, touching the screen while it is off, and then writing on it.

  • Create note with Pen button: To start a new note, press and hold the Pen button and then tap the screen twice with the S Pen.

  • Air view: Turn Air view on or off. This feature lets you preview information, text, and images by hovering your S Pen over the screen.

  • Show pointer when hovering: Turn the pointer on or off. The pointer appears on the screen when the tip of the S Pen is hovering close enough. Holding the pointer over some features can reveal what an item is or what it does.

  • Allow multiple S Pens: Use other S Pens on your screen while your S Pen is inserted into your phone. Keep in mind that this may drain your battery.

  • Shortcuts: Add or remove shortcuts for apps.

  • Show floating icon: Minimize the Air command menu into a floating icon that can be moved around the screen.

  • Open Air command with Pen button: Hover your S Pen over the screen and press the Pen button to open the Air command menu.

  • When S Pen is removed: You can select which action will happen you remove the S Pen from your phone.

  • Pen proximity alert: Sound an alarm if you walk away from your phone without inserting the S Pen and the screen is off.

  • Sound: Play sounds when you insert or remove the S Pen or write on the screen.

  • Vibration: Sets your phone to vibrate when you insert or remove the S Pen.

Certain apps may have additional options for the S Pen. In Samsung Notes, for instance, you can change the thickness of the pen, or draw exclusively with the S Pen by selecting the option for Finger drawing off.

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