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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options



Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has been the phablet leader since it first announced the original Note, which had a 5.3-inch screen. Since; then every year at IFA Expo in Berlin, company has announced the successor to Note phablet. Like-wise this year too, the Note family welcomes the two variants of Note, one was the Note 4, and the other was a surprise from the South Korean electronics giant called the Note Edge.

Coming to the specification of the Note 4, it has seen quite an upgrade as this time company has introduced a Quad HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 805 SoC in India and United States. The other specs sheet includes Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear shooter, 3.7MP front snapper, and 3220mAh battery.

For the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable of doing. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.

Check – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Camera Review, Capture Samples

How to use S-Pen functionality on the Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - S Pen

Holding the S Pen over a photo in Gallery to get quick options. When you are in the gallery, you can just hover the S Pen over a picture, to see that enlarged to some extent and get quick options. And the options include “Screen Write”, Edit, Share via, and Delete.

Now adding to that, you can select multiple photos at once using the S Pen. For that, you need to use the physical button that is given on the S Pen. Press and hold the button, and then draw a box on the screen where you want to select multiple pictures at the same time.

Now you can share them at once, delete them or edit the pictures, and this is useful for those who wanted to do the same function for multiple photos at the same time. And for a random order, you can make multiple boxes select one after the other.

How to use the fingerprint scanner on my Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a fingerprint scanner built into the home button. It can be used to unlock the device via your fingerprints. To do that, you first need to register your fingerprints. When you are registering your finger, you will get ten entries. For better recognition, you should register your fingers from both ways, like horizontally and vertically. Doing this will make it easier for your device to unlock your device with a single hand.

What are the Power Saving modes available on the Galaxy Note 4?

There are three power saving modes available on the Note 4. First we have a normal power saving mode, which will restrict the maximum performance of the device. Second is the gray scale mode. Enabling it will turn your device into black and white, which will save a lot on battery juice, as Note 4 has Super AMOLED display. And then there is the Ultra power saving mode, where you get just the basic apps to call, text, etc. It will prove quite helpful in extreme conditions like when your phone is running out of power.

How to enable One-handed operations on my Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - One-handed operation

The one-handed operations on Note 4 are improved over the Note 3. There are three ways through which you can manage one-handed operations on this 5.7-inch display. Enabling the reduce screen size option will allow you to reduce the whole display quickly. For that you need to swipe from the midpoint of the left or right edge of the screen to the middle and back, all in one quick motion.

You can resize the screen and move it according to your convenience. Enabling the one-handed input, you will get the dialer in this format, which is quite easier for a single-handed usage. You can move it on left or right side, according to your dominant hand. And lastly, there is the side-key panel, which opens up the floating sidebar, where you get the recent apps, home and back buttons. You can place it anywhere for your convenience so that you don’t have to reach the capacitive buttons below. Or you can hide it when not necessary. Moreover, it allows you to add app drawer or adjust the transparency.

How to use the Multi-Window and Pop-up window feature on Galaxy Note 4?

Multi-Windows, which allow you to run two or more apps simultaneously on the big screen. With Note 4, you get the pop-up view. It allows you to use multiple apps in the form of new pop-up window. You just need to swipe down diagonally from the either corners, and then multi-task. You also get to additional features to move contents from one window to the other. It will get messy if you have more than three pop-ups opened at a time. You can just minimize these windows based on priorities.

How to change Screen modes on my Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Scren Mode

There are various screen modes for the overall better experience of the Note 4. Go to Settings, there you need to enter into the display and wallpaper options. Where you will find the screen mode options. Tapping on it will open the various options. Here adaptive display optimizes your screen for the better results. And if you want to watch a movie, you can select the cinema mode. Or else you don’t like the saturation offered by the AMLOED. Then you can go with the basic mode.

How to increase touch sensitivity on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Enabling this option will allow you to use your device with anything you have on your hand. May that be a pencil, earphone jack, or of course the gloves. In order to enable this feature, go to settings area, there you need to enter into the display and wallpaper section. Where you will find the increased touch sensitivity option at the bottom of the list. Enable it by checking the box in front of that option. When you enable this feature, the smartphone increases the sensitivity of the screen as it becomes hard for screen to detect a touch while you are using your smartphone when wearing the gloves.

How to customize my lock screen customization?

Coming to the lock screen functionality, you can easily customize yours, using these options. Starting with the screen lock security, you can choose to which information you want to see on the lock screen of your Note 4. Like weather, pedometer, your name, etc. And lastly the unlock effect, which has a new option called Abstract lines, that is quite good.

How to disable the Flipboard Briefing from the Home screen on the Galaxy Note 4?

There are times that you don’t want the Flipboard briefing, which is baked into the Galaxy Note 4’s launcher. And it is very simple to turn off the briefing. You just need to long press the blank spot on your home screen to pull up the launcher edit buttons. Now tap “home screen settings” on the right side, and you will see an extremely simple settings area. There you just need to uncheck the box called Flipboard Briefing. Now you will have more traditional home screen setup.

How to use voice commands to take pictures/video on the Galaxy Note 4?

There are various options of camera settings, but the one I liked on Note 4’s is that you get to have voice commands to take pictures as well as record videos. For me, that is pretty interesting feature as I can even use my rear camera to take selfies. To do that, go to settings in the camera app, there you will find voice control options, tap on that option to enable. Now you can use the given voice commands to take photos or record videos as well.

What is Private mode on my Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Private Mode

Private mode is where you can keep all of your documents, pictures and media contents safe. You can hide docs and media contents directly from the gallery or file manager. Select the ones you want to hide add and move them to a private folder.

What are the functions of Smart Mute/Pause on Galaxy Note 4?

There are some motion gestures you would definitely like to use. Like the Smart Pause and Mute functionalities on Galaxy Note 4. It allows users to mute the incoming calls, alarms, as well as pause the media with gesture. It comes pretty handy in some situations and if you are going to use it. You need to enable the features. Now you can easily carry out these functions just by covering up the screen with your hand. And if you are not going to use them, you better turn it off, as it will save a lot of battery juice on your Galaxy Note 4.

What is the Airview feature on the Galaxy Note 4?

It is a magnification tool on your device, which allows you to preview the media contents. Like a scene from a movie clip or contacts from the dialer pad. For instance, you can just hover a finger over the image in the gallery, and it will show you a preview of that image. It is a pretty convenient feature that you might like to use.

What is Toolbox feature on the Galaxy Note 4?

Another thing that is quite convenient is the toolbox feature. It is a floating bubble that has five of your favorite apps available to access quickly from anywhere. You can also customize the available apps in the toolbox from the settings area. Check the ticker against the app that you want in your toolbox. The feature is quite interesting as it doesn’t bother you while browsing on the phone. As it fades away automatically after couple of seconds.

How to use magnification gestures on the Galaxy Note 4?

Now there are the magnification gestures. They can be enabled from the accessibility area, where you need to go to the vision there you will find magnification gesture options. Enabling it will allow you to zoom in anywhere by tapping three times. Besides there is also an option, where you can double tap and hold, which will allow you to move through window, as it will zoom everywhere. This feature might be useful for some of you.

What does Blocking mode do on the Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Blocking Mode

There are various interesting modes to personalize the experience on Galaxy Note 4; Blocking mode is one of them. What it allows you to do is that you can simply block the incoming calls and turn of the notifications. It can be further customized based on the period and the functionalities that you don’t want. In that time interval, you can still allow some contact’s calls to pass through, as in emergencies. It is quite useful whenever you are busy or in long meetings

How to insert the SIM card on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

It is one of the basic and most asked questions about any android smartphone in general. Samsung has provided SIM card slot on the back of the device. First you need to remove the back cover carefully. Then, turn of the device and safely remove the battery in order to insert the SIM card. Now you can slide down the SIM in the given slot, and then put back the battery correctly. Close the back cover and turn on the device, as it will boot with SIM functionality.

How to share your Data network via Tethering?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Tethering

Data sharing via tethering is quite useful if you are carrying two handsets, or just want to share your mobile data with your family or friends. To do that, there are two options. First you can directly go to the quick settings in the notification panel. There you will have to enable mobile data and mobile hotspot, to enable data sharing. And if you want to configure, you need to go to settings area, where you will find the Tethering and Mobile hotspot option under the connections section. Enable and configure the password, and you are good to go.

How to take a screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

It is another easiest and most widely used feature of the Android operating system. On Note 4, you have to press the power button (found on the right side) and the home screen physical button to take a screenshot. Now view the saved screenshot directly from the notification panel.

How to check for Android Updates on Galaxy Note 4?

Every flagship smartphone user is eager to get latest updates on their handsets and if you are one of them. You need to go to the settings area on your Galaxy Note 4, and then tap on the About device option. First ensure that your device is connected to the internet connection. Now open the software updates options and then tap on the first option, to check for the system updates. If there are updates, make sure that you do it over the Wi-Fi connection only.

How to Install external apps with apk files on the Galaxy Note 4?

It is fairly easy to bypass this feature on the Galaxy Note 4. You just have to go to the security options, where you need to go to the settings. Now tap on the option aptly named, “Unknown sources.” You need to check the box in front of the option. Now you can easily install the apk files directly from your device. Though, remember that installing the apps from unknown sources might damage your new device.

How to customize the Quick settings in the Notification Panel?

On top in the notification panel, you get quick settings; here you can customize those options. You can add things that you use most. Go to settings area, there you can find quick settings option, where you can as many nine options. It will make things easier for you as you can access them very quickly.

How to Manage App Drawer – Sort, Uninstall, Hide apps?

There are many customized user interface out there in the market, and TouchWiz is Samsung’s launcher. It is one of the controversial UI’s you will see, however it has its advantages too. Now if you want to manage the app drawer on TouchWiz, it is fairly easy. Go to the app drawer, there you will find settings option, on the top right corner of the screen. Where you can edit, uninstall, hide, as well as sort the app drawer. Or if you need any extra help regarding it, there is an option called help.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 get Android 5.0 Lollipop update?

Yes, it is slated to get a major upgrade to the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Though, it is not clear in when it will get that major upgrade. But since, it is a high-end smartphone from Samsung, we hope to see the Lollipop update on Note 4 pretty soon.


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