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Complete guide to the Galaxy Note9 S Pen and its settings

Using the S Pen to Play and Pause Video on the Note9

Your Note9 has tons of features! For the remote command features to work, it's important to keep your S Pen paired and connected to your phone. Learn the signs that tell you when your S Pen isn't paired so you'll know when to reconnect it and keep getting the most out of your phone.

Note: The Air Command menu will still work when the S Pen is disconnected because that feature doesn't use Bluetooth. However, the remote control features will not work.

S Pen settings differences

Your Note9's S Pen has two main features: the Air Command menu and the new Remote Control features. Air Command lets you write on your screen and use classic Note features. The Remote Control features let you do cool new things like take photos with the S Pen.   

The Note9 S Pen is powered by Bluetooth, which lets you use Remote Control commands. To adjust these commands, open the Quick Settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Swipe left, and then touch and hold the S Pen Remote icon.

The S Pen Remote settings page will appear. This is the hub for everything that involves Remote control commands. You can turn the remote feature on or off, check your battery life, reset your S Pen, and set up your desired commands.

S Pen remote settings on Quick Settings panel

The normal S Pen settings are where you control everything else, such as Air Command settings and other S Pen features. To access these settings, take out your S Pen to open the Air Command menu, and then touch the Settings icon in the upper left corner.

Here, you can decide if the Air Command menu opens when you remove the S Pen, edit your S Pen app shortcuts, and turn the floating icon on or off. You can even set an alarm to go off if the S Pen wanders too far from the phone and have your phone display the last time your S Pen was detached. 

Touch About S Pen if you want to see the special S Pen apps. You can also update the S Pen apps from here, if needed.

How to tell if the S Pen is connected

The Note9's S Pen can interact with your phone from up to 30 feet away, but not if it isn't connected. Here are some tips so you’ll know right away whether your S Pen is connected or disconnected.

  • The Status Bar: The easiest way to tell if your S Pen is connected is to take it out. Yep, it's that easy. Take out your S Pen and look at the status bar at the top of your phone's screen. When the S Pen is connected, a solid white S Pen icon displays in the status bar next to important information like your network status and time.

    If you see an S Pen icon with a line through it, the S Pen Remote feature is on, but the S Pen is not paired. Pop your pen back in and it will pair automatically. The same S Pen icon will flash as it connects and disappear once connected. 

S Pen connection indicator in status bar
  • The Air command icon: The Air command icon is the small circle with the S Pen icon in the middle. When the S Pen is connected and you are using an app with remote control features such as Camera or your web browser, the Air command icon will glow blue around its edges.

    When your S Pen is disconnected, the Air command icon will remain gray in apps with remote features. The icon will also appear gray if the current app doesn't support remote control features via the S Pen.

    Note: If you don't want the Floating Air Command icon on your screen, just touch and drag it to REMOVE at the top of the screen.

S Pen status in Air command active vs inactive
  • S Pen remote settings: Your S Pen’s current status displays in the S Pen remote settings. Open the Air command menu, touch the Settings icon, and then touch S Pen remote.

    If your S Pen is connected, “AVAILABLE” will display at the top of the page and the S Pen animation will glow blue. 

    If the pen is not paired, “DISCONNECTED” will display and the S Pen animation will appear gray.

  • Notifications panel: When the S Pen disconnects from your phone, you will receive a notification that says “Connect your S pen.”

S Pen Remote Settings S Pen disconnected

Change the S Pen Color

    If you have two different colored S Pens, you might notice that it only writes in one of the colors. This is because the Note9 can only recognize one S Pen color. So, even if you have two S Pens, it will only write in one color. If you want to change the default color to the other S Pen, all you have to do is pair it to the phone.

Replacement S Pen directions

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