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Galaxy Note9 and Note10 S Pen remote control features

The better Note9 S Pen

Imagine the S Pen with all of its awesome features, like the Air Command menu. Now, imagine it with even more cool features. If that sounds too good to be true, you're mistaken - because the Note9 and Note10's S Pen is even mightier than before. Not only can you write on the screen, you can control apps remotely and unlock your phone. 

Note: The Note8 S Pen can be used with the Note9 or Note10, but it will not include the Remote Control features. Available screens and settings may vary based on wireless provider or software version.

Remote controllability

The Note's S Pen can act as a selfie stick, but probably in a different way than you're thinking. You can't mount your phone on it, but it can take photos on your phone remotely with just a click of its button. And it can do other cool things too, like browsing photos and pausing music.

Here are the different actions you can do with Remote Controllability: 

S Pen Remote settings
  • Open Camera and Take Pictures: Hold down the S Pen button for about 2 to 3 seconds to open the Camera app on your phone. Then, press the button once quickly to take a picture! You can also press the button two times in a row to switch the Camera from Regular mode to Selfie mode. 

  • Browse Gallery: Instead of swiping through all your pictures, press the S Pen button once to view the next picture. Press the button twice to go back to the previous photo.

  • Play, Pause and Skip Songs: While a media app, such as Samsung Music or Play Music, is open, press the S Pen button once to play or pause a song. Double press the S Pen button to skip to the next song.

    Note: The function will not work if you open up music files from My Files. It needs to be through a compatible app.

Change remote controllability commands

You keep pressing the S Pen button twice instead of once, and you're getting mixed up. No worries, 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 upper left-hand corner. Next, tap S Pen remote and then tap Hold down Pen button to. Choose an app to open when you hold down the S Pen button. 

Hold down S Pen button settings

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 upper left-hand corner. Next, tap S Pen remote and scroll down to App actions. Then, tap your desired command (such as Take picture) listed under Single press or Double press. Choose your desired shortcut from the drop-down menu. Some apps, like the Samsung Internet app, have additional commands, such as "Scroll down."

Disable or reset 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 upper left-hand corner. Next, tap S Pen remote and scroll down to App actions. To enable or disable an app action, tap the slider next to your desired app. You can also tap More Options and then tap Reset S Pen to make all of the app actions return to their default actions.

Unlock your phone with S Pen

Important: This feature is only available when you have a Lock screen set up.

Oh no, your phone locked while you were daydreaming. Instead of typing in your PIN for the millionth time, just use your S Pen. That's right, if your phone locks while you're using your S Pen, just press the S Pen button to unlock it.

This feature may not be on by default, so follow the instructions below to set it up. Open the Air Command menu using your S Pen and then tap Settings in the upper left-hand corner. Then, tap Unlock with S Pen remote. Choose your desired option, and then tap OK. If you have a lock screen set up, you will be asked to enter your security information.

Unlock with S Pen remote selected

The next time your phone locks and you've got the S Pen in your hand, just press the S Pen button and it will unlock instantly.

Note: This action only works if the S Pen is currently connected to the phone.

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