Use Screen off memo on your Galaxy Note

S Pen writing on a Note20

Sometimes inspiration strikes at the weirdest times, like when you’re lying in bed. If your phone’s bright screen blinds you in the middle of the night, just use your phone’s Screen off memo feature instead. It lets you write notes on a dark screen without even unlocking your phone.

Use and activate Screen off memo

If you wake up from a dream and have a brilliant idea for a new poem, just take out your phone and your S Pen. There are two ways to access Screen off memo on your phone:

  • Remove the S Pen from your phone when the screen is off, and Screen off memo will automatically open.

  • If you already have the S Pen removed, press and hold the S Pen button, and then tap the phone's screen while it is off. The Screen off memo will activate.  

When you are done writing, tap Save. If you don’t save the note and try to exit Screen off memo, a popup message will appear asking you to save or discard the note.

Enable Screen off memo

The Screen off memo feature is turned on by default, so you can jot things down in the spur of the moment. But if you accidentally turned it off, you can easily turn it back on:

From Settings, search for and select Screen off memo. Tap the switch next to Screen off menu to turn the feature on or off.

Screen Off Memo settings menu

Convert writing into text

Type no more! With your S Pen in hand, you can write text directly on your phone's screen. To test it, open any app where you can type with an on-screen keyboard, such as Messages.

Open the keyboard, tap More options (the three dots), and then tap Handwriting. Use your S Pen to write in the gray handwriting field. Whatever you write will appear as digital text in the text field!

hi written and in text form on a Galaxy phone

There are even more options available when you're writing in Samsung Notes, like editing and sharing your handwritten notes.

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