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Use Samsung Notes features and settings

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Everyone relies on their phone and their personal notes. Well, you can get the best of both with the Samsung Notes app on your phone. It lets you take notes on your phone whenever you want, and it also has some important features and settings that you should know about.

Samsung Notes features and settings

If you’ve taken tons of notes on your phone, Samsung Notes may have become a mess. Don't worry, it has features that will make organizing your notes much easier.

For example, you can place your notes into different categories for simpler navigation. Or, you can search for notes with specific titles or subjects instead of sifting through all of your notes.

Here are some of the most helpful features in Samsung Notes:

A list of different notes displayed in Samsung Notes
  • Quick highlight: You can quickly highlight a section of text and select an action. With your S Pen, press and hold a word, and then drag your pen to highlight more text. A list of actions will appear: Cut, Copy, Paste, Dictionary, Clipboard, and Share.

    Note: This feature is only available on the Note series.

  • Zoom in and out: Simply pinch the screen to zoom in or out. When you want to zoom, tap the Edit icon, and then tap Pen mode.

    Note: Zoom is supported up to 300 percent.

  • The search function:  Use this feature to search for and find the exact note you need. Tap the Search icon, and then enter the words you want to search for.

  • Organize your notes: You can use several different features to organize your notes. Tap More Options and then tap Edit. Select your desired notes and then choose your desired option. You can tap Move to place them in a different category, tap Lock to send to your Locked notes, or you can tap Share to send them elsewhere. Finally, you can tap Delete to remove them from your phone.

  • Lock your notes: If you want to keep some notes private (like your poetry collection), you can lock them. Open your desired note, tap More Options and then tap Lock. Next, follow the on-screen prompts to create a password for your note.

    Note: If you want to change the password, navigate to Samsung Notes' settings, tap Lock notes, and then tap Change password.

  • Sort your notes: You have so many notes, you don't know what's what. To help you figure it out, you can sort them. Tap More Options and then tap Sort by. Choose your desired option, such as Date created, and then tap Done.

    You can also change the overall layout of your notes. Tap More Options, and then tap View by to change the layout of how the notes are displayed.

  • Action icons: This feature creates icons in your handwritten notes. Just tap the different icons to make calls, send emails, solve equations, and go to websites straight from icons. Tap the Menu icon located at top left, tap the Settings icon, and then tap the switch next to Action icons.

    Note: This feature is only available on the Note series.

Save your notes

Maybe you've been writing a short story in Samsung Notes and you're scared of losing your progress. Don't stress, you can back up your notes using Samsung Cloud or the different sharing options.

Tap the Menu icon, and then tap the Settings icon. Tap Sync with Samsung Cloud, and then allow permissions.

Tap the switch next to Sync on to turn it on or off. You can also tap Sync using to choose whether syncing happens through Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Samsung Notes settings

If you want to share your note as a Microsoft Word file, tap the note that you want to back up, and then tap the Share icon. Next, tap Microsoft Word file, and then select how to share your new Microsoft Word file.

Import data to Samsung Notes

Maybe you have notes saved in Google Drive that aren't showing up in Samsung Notes. No worries, you can easily import them to your phone, so they show up in the app.

To import data to Samsung Notes, tap the Menu icon, tap Settings, and then tap Import data. Tap the source you want to import from, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

import data to Samsung Notes

Update Samsung Notes

You should always make sure to always keep Samsung Notes updated, in case any new note-taking features are added.

Tap the Menu icon and then tap the Settings icon. Tap About Samsung Notes, and then tap Update if one is available.

Notice displaying the latest version of Samsung Notes

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