Change the S Pen settings on your Galaxy device

S Pen settings on Galaxy S22 Ultra

Your Galaxy phone's S Pen can be customized with a touch lighter than air. For example, simply wave the S Pen near your screen and the Air view feature will give you a preview of information, images, and so on. You can do this and so much more in S Pen settings, like enabling S Pen unlock, customizing remote commands, or adjusting the pen's shortcuts.

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. Some of these features may only appear on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. 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.

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 without the S Pen. Follow these steps to customize the S Pen's settings.

From Settings, tap Advanced features, and then tap S Pen.

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.

    Note: Air actions may not be available on certain models.

  • Air command: Select your desired Air command options, such as Menu style and Shortcuts.

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

  • S Pen to text: Use your S Pen to write in search fields, address bars, and other areas. Your handwriting will be converted to text!

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

  • Screen off memos: Create notes while the screen is off by removing the S Pen and writing on the screen.

  • Quick notes: To start a new note, press and hold the Pen button on the side of the S Pen, and then tap the screen twice with its nib.

  • About S Pen: View your S Pen's MAC address.

  • Tap More S Pen settings to access the following:

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

  • 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.

  • Keep S Pen connected: Keep your S Pen connected so it's ready for Air actions as soon as you remove it from your phone. This increases battery use.

  • Warn if S Pen is left behind: Show a warning if you walk away from your phone without inserting the S Pen and the screen is off.

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

  • Vibrations: Set your phone to vibrate when you insert or remove the S Pen.

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