Use and manage the Air command menu on your Galaxy Note

S Pen partially inserted to a Galaxy Note20

If you’re flipping through a fashion website on your phone and see something you want to buy, don't hesitate. You can snatch up a screenshot quick with Smart select on your S Pen. It’s just one of the features you can use with Air command on the Galaxy Note series. You can also edit and adjust what apps or features show in the Air command menu for faster access.

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

Air command features

Draw a heart around that cute picture of your dog or translate a foreign language: just two cool things you can do with Air command.

To see all of the Air command's features, hover the S Pen over the screen, and tap the floating Air command icon.

You can access the following features in the Air command menu:

A list of Air commands on a Galaxy Note phone
  • Create note: Open Samsung Notes to jot down a quick note with the S Pen.

  • Smart select: Allows you to collect content quickly. You can also make your own GIFs from content on the screen.

  • Screen write: Write and draw on the current screen.

  • Live message: Draw your own emojis, make animated GIFs, or write handwritten messages on photos. Live message allows you to express your feelings and send them to people you care about.

  • Translate: Hover the S Pen over a word to translate it.

    Note: Currencies and units in a sentence can be converted in accordance with the system language that you’re currently using.

  • Bixby Vision: Identify landmarks, translate foreign languages, and shop for products online. The option will vary depending on the image.

  • PENUP: Let your creativity run wild. Draw, color, and much more. 

  • Setting icon: Change the Air command settings.

  • Add shortcuts: Add shortcuts for your frequently used apps to the Air command panel.

Add or remove app shortcuts

You love the default Air command shortcuts, but there are other apps you're always using as well. Add all your favorite apps to Air command shortcuts for quick and easy access.

Open the Air command menu using your S Pen. Scroll to the bottom of the Air command features, and then tap Add shortcuts. Select the app you would like to add to your Air command menu. That's all there is to it.

A list of Shortcuts for Air command on a Galaxy Note phone


Got a little ahead of yourself and added too much? Tap the red Delete icon next to the app you want to delete.

Note: The amount of apps you can add to the Air Command menu may vary by device.

Turn the Air command icon on or off

Maybe you keep accidentally touching the Air command icon by mistake. No worries, you can make it disappear if you prefer.

With Air command open, tap Settings, and scroll to the Air command section. Then tap the switch next to Show floating icon.

If you need to access the Air command features, just take the S Pen out of your phone. The Air command menu will automatically open.

A list of S Pen settings on a Galaxy Note phone

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