7 Best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 S Pen Features and Customization Tricks
Until recently, the S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note series was just a stylus. This changed with the Galaxy Note 9 when Bluetooth was introduced. In 2019, the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 10 not only has an accelerometer but also a gyroscope.
Needless to say, the features and customization tricks have greatly increased. With a swish, the job will be taken care of. However, the S Pen is not like Harry Potter’s wand.
Samsung has continued to add features to the S Pen, so we have gathered all the tricks and customization features, both old and new. These tricks will help you get the most out of this modern stylus and increase your productivity.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Control the Screen like a Boss
The new S Pen features gesture-based Air Actions that allow you to change camera modes, zoom on pictures, control playback on YouTube and Spotify, and skip through songs and videos. Additionally, you can use the S Pen to scroll slowly through long articles on Chrome. To change camera modes, open the camera, tap the S Pen’s button, and swish the stylus vertically like a wand.
Similarly, for media playback, a horizontal gesture plays the next video and a vertical gesture changes the volume levels. You can learn more about this in the S Pen settings. Go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen and select Air Actions.
Tap on any app under App actions to see all supported gestures and related actions.
The next time you watch a show on YouTube, use the S Pen to work its magic.
2. Long-Press Action
Default, pressing the S Pen button opens the Camera. The camera shortcut is already assigned to the double-press action of the Side key. Why not use this action for something more meaningful?
For example, you can assign an app like Gmail or your favorite note-taking app to the long-press action of the S Pen. Instead of searching for the app, simply long-press the button. Exciting, isn’t it?
Making the change is easy. Go to Air actions, tap on the ‘Hold down Pen button to’ option, and select your most-frequented app from the list. You’re good to go.
3. Convert Handwriting to Text
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a feature available in apps like Google Keep, Microsoft OneNote, and now, the Samsung Notes app and the built-in keyboard of the Note 10. Simply write a series of words or phrases in legible handwriting and single-tap on the words to convert them to text. The converted text will appear at the top of your notes.
Alternatively, you can click the Translate text icon at the bottom ribbon to well, convert your text.
When it comes to the keyboard, the new Samsung keyboard is quite apt at converting handwriting into text. Whether you’re writing a series of WhatsApp messages or scribbling short keywords into Google Search.
However, you’ll need to enable the feature in the keyboard settings. Open the app’s Settings page and toggle the Pen detection switch.
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4. Add Shortcuts to the Air Command Menu
The Air Command comes with many unnecessary default apps. You won’t use the AR Doodle or Glance features every day. It’s best to replace some of these apps with ones you use regularly. For instance, if you use the S Pen more often with apps like Chrome or Evernote, you can easily replace the default ones.
To make your S Pen more efficient, go to the S Pen settings and select Shortcuts. Then, choose your new apps from the panel. That’s it. Hello, new S Pen.
Speaking of Glance, did you know you can view all your videos and thumbnails without opening them? With the Galaxy Note 10, it’s possible.
Open the Gallery app and hover over an image or video with the S Pen, and a thumbnail of the image will pop-up.
Hit the image to open it in full-screen mode. Gesture up to view image details. To switch to the next image, make a horizontal gesture.
6. Edit Video like a Pro
Trimming a video on a phone can be difficult due to our large fingers. Fortunately, the S Pen makes it easier by providing finer and more precise control. Whether you are cutting the ends of a video, combining multiple clips, or adding transitions, this small Pen simplifies these tasks.
The built-in editing suite of the Galaxy Note 10 is excellent and includes many features like Music, Trim, CC, Filters, etc.
Don’t forget to have fun with the AR Doodle feature. This S Pen feature uses the camera to help you draw on pictures and videos, and is great for Instagram. You can do a lot with funny stickers and cool doodles.
To open AR Doodle, open your camera’s video mode and tap the icon in the upper-right corner.
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword
The S Pen sets the Galaxy Note devices apart. It’s no different with the Note 10 and Note 10+. Just make a habit of using it whenever possible, and things will fall into place. Confused between Samsung Internet Beta and Google Chrome? Read the comparison below to find the right app.
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