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Use Air Actions with your S Pen and Note10

Man pointing S pen at phone while presenting a drawing on Note 10

If you thought the remote control feature on the Note9 was awesome, you'll love the new Air actions on the Note10. It lets you control apps and use all kind of commands with your phone's S Pen. However, there are two kinds of Air actions: App actions and Media gestures. App actions only work with certain apps, and the available commands vary depending on the app. On the other hand, Media gestures all use the same commands no matter what media app is being used. Either way, you'll have fun flicking your S Pen.

Perform App actions

App actions are preset commands that come with certain apps, like Camera or Gallery. For example, flicking left or right in Camera app will change the camera mode. Remember the available actions will vary depending on the app you're using.

Every compatible app comes with 6 possible S Pen gestures that perform different actions. The gestures include flicking the S Pen:

- Up, down, left, or right
- In a clockwise or counterclockwise circle

To perform a gesture in a compatible app, flick your S Pen in the appropriate direction while holding down the S Pen button.

Person with tattoos doing air actions with S Pen

To see what apps and commands are compatible, please see the next section.

View and customize App actions

Like we said, the App actions only work with specific apps. But which ones are compatible? And which commands can you perform? No worries, there's an easy way to check all of your Note10's App actions.

Open Settings, and then search for and select Air actions under Advanced features. Tap your desired app under App actions. Here you can see all of its default gestures. You can also customize the gestures. Just tap your desired gesture (e.g. Left), and select a new command.

You can also view commands by opening a compatible app, and hovering your S Pen over the blue Air command icon. The app’s default actions will appear in a small window.

App actions displayed in S Pen settings

Perform Media gestures

Media gestures are a little different from App actions. They can be used to control songs or videos in an array of media apps, like YouTube or Spotify. And unlike App actions, the commands are the same for every compatible media app. 

Here are the gestures you can use with all compatible media apps:

  • Single press: Play and pause a song or video.

  • Double press: Skips to the next song video.

  • Flicking up: Volume up.

  • Flicking down: Volume down.

  • Flicking left: Previous track.

  • Flicking right: Next track.

S Pen button being pressed to play song on Spotify

When you want to perform one of these gestures, flick your S Pen in the appropriate direction while holding down the S Pen button.

Customize Media gestures

We already explained that Media gestures are the same for all media apps. But that doesn't mean you can't customize them!

If a certain gesture isn't intuitive, you can simply change it.

From Settings, search for and select Air actions under Advanced features. Then, swipe to the Media section at the bottom of the page. From here, you can customize what each gesture or button press does. Just tap your desired command (e.g. Volume up), and select a new command.

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