Samsung Galaxy Note Top Tips Collection

Posted on Feb 24 2012 - 3:25pm by Brian

This post is a Tips archive for the Samsung Galaxy Note

1. Quick and simple soft reset
2. Task Switcher/Manager Shortcut
3. Swipe to call or message
4. Scientific Calculator
5. Download Manager
6. Add and Remove Home screens
7. 3 Ways to take screenshots
8. How to use S-Pen gesture navigation
9. Resizeable Widgets

1. Quick and simple soft reset

Is your phone hanging on a process, or you wanna power cycle the device but don’t want hold power > wait for device to shutdown > hold power again? Well instead of popping out the battery, simply hold down the power and volume-up buttons for about 8~ seconds and your device will turn of and on automatically:

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2. Task Switcher/Manager Shortcut

To quickly switch between recent applications, hold down the home button to bring up the recent tasks menu; select task manager to close out of running apps.

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3. Swipe to Call or Message

This one’s and oldie but a goodie. From the contacts list, you can call or text any contact by swiping to the right or left, respectively:

Slide right to call

Slide left to text

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4. Scientific Calculator

The Galaxy Note has a very big and simple calculator but if you rotate horizontally, it will change to a scientific calculator:

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5. Lock Screen Music Player

When you run the Galaxy Note’s music player, you can still maintain control of the song selection even after you lock the screen. Simply use the navigation bar that appears at the bottom of the lock screen:

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6. Add and Remove Home Screens

When you run the Galaxy Note’s music player, you can still maintain control of the song selection even after you lock the screen. Simply use the navigation bar that appears at the bottom of the lock screen:

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7. 3 ways to take screenshots

At long last, the fabled Samsung Galaxy Note has touched down in the United States via AT&T, and we are lucky enough to have one in our possession! We, like many of you out there have been curious about what new features the Galaxy Note brings to the table, and this will be the first of many articles detailing these new features. Today we have discovered 3 ways to take screen shots with the Galaxy Note!

1. The first method is the standard Home + Power button as seen below:

This method has been the golden standard for Samsung Gingerbread devices, but Samsung has decided to make an even simpler option…

2. By simply swiping (left to right, or right to left) your device’s screen with the spine of your hand, you can activate the screen capture.

I think the idea Samsung had with this motion is the motion that a scanner/copier performs when capturing a document. Although I found this method less awkward then holding the Home and Power buttons, I had to be careful not to swipe the capacitive buttons as this would not register the screen capture action.

3. Finally there is my favorite method, which involves using the S-Pen: simply hold down the S-Pen’s button and long press the screen.

This method of screen capture will immediately take you into an editing application that allows you to add notes to the screenshot and then save them to your gallery!

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8. How to use S-Pen’s gesture navigation

I’ve been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Note for a few hours now and I must say that I am having a blast! The S-Pen is a great way to interact with the device as it provides accurate and intuitive input.

At first glimpse I did feel as though there was a slight problem: the S-Pen did not interact with the capacitive navigation buttons along the bottom of the device! I soon realized though that this was not an oversight by Samsung–they had integrated gesture commands that allow you to go Back, Menu and Home without ever taking the stylus off of the screen.

To access Menus, simply hold the pen button and drag up:

To go Back, hold the pen button and drag left:

To return Home, hold the pen button and drag down:

To quickly activate S Memo, double tap anywhere on the screen while holding down the pen button:

To take a Screenshot, hold the pen button and long press using the S-Pen.

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9. Resizeable Widgets

Samsung made made a breakthrough with widget design when they integrated resizeable widgets in their TouchWiz interface on the Galaxy S II. Lucky for us Galaxy Note users, we have some exclusive resizeable widgets as well! This is a great feature for the Note because of it’s increased display resolution, which adds an extra column’s worth of room to the homescreen. Each size setting can be adjusted by long-pressing the widget and then dragging the bottom right corner of the box to one of the designated, yellow resizing points.

1. Weather

One of my all time favorite Samsung TouchWiz widgets, AccuWeather’s widget is simple and pretty, with options to display:

  • 2 x 1: Current temperature, location, time and an icon of the weather
  • 5 x 1: Current temperature, location, high/low, description/icon of the weather, time and date
  • 2 x 2: Current temperature, location, high/low, description/icon of the weather and time
  • 5 x 2: Current temperature, location, high/low, description/icon of the weather, time, date and a 5 day forecast (shown in screenshot above)

2. Bookmark

Do you frequently access a blog or website? Try pinning it to your homepage with the bookmark widget. It can be sized so you can fit multiple pages on a single homescreen, and shows a preview of the page as well.

3. S-Memo

The S-memo is a nifty little widget that allows you to post resizeable stick notes on your homescreens. As you can see from above, the S-memo widget is the most resizeable of the bunch, allowing you to fill any gaps left by other widgets.

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10. Add your own custom ringtones and notifications

Thanks to Graham Kellighan who commented on our Galaxy Note Tip Collection for this article idea. For many first time users, it is not clear how you can add your own custom ringtones to your shiny new note, but for us hardened Samsung Galaxy veterans, we just simply have to think back to how we did this on the Galaxy S devices.

1. The first step to adding custom notifications and ringtones must be done on our computers. First, making sure your phone is not on debug mode (Menu > Settings  > Applications > Development > Debugg off), connect your Note to your computer via USB and navigate to the Notifications folder:

  1. My Computer > SGH-I717
  2. Choose the Note’s Phone memory
  3. Select the Media folder
  4. Select the Audio folder
  5. Select the Notifications folder
  6. Drag and drop your notification files into this folder

2. Now onto the Note–fire up Menu > Settings> Sounds

3. Select Notification ringtone and your newly placed notifications should appear on the selection list

To add your own custom ringtones, simply create a new folder and name it “Ringtones,” and place it in your Note’s directory like so: Media/Audio/Ringtones.

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21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. calston November 12, 2012 at 9:52 am -

    I have a galaxy tab and now a note the first one. I play airport city on my tab an would like to continue my progress on the note without starting over, how can i do this

  2. shilz September 11, 2012 at 2:29 am -

    hi…i hate having any lock on my to remove swipe screen lock permanently from my note?

  3. Ankit September 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm -

    @Yoonus: You can try Sygic Navigation for Galaxy Note. Its one of the best I’ve tried till now on my Note. The good thing is you can download the maps of any region just once using wi-fi or packet data, and then enjoy the navigation even if you are offline. It works only with GPS 🙂

  4. mary July 29, 2012 at 6:01 am -

    How can i delete a ringtone from sounds folder in samsung galaxy note. when i open sounds to change ringtone, many ringtones are shown in duplicate?

    anyone can help me?

  5. Brian July 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm -

    sburhannon, unfortunately the Galaxy Note does not have a designated notification LED. I would recommend trying the NoLED app:

  6. sburhannon July 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm -

    my led light thing has never blinked since i got my phone it doesnt even turn on when my phone is charging…any suggestions?

  7. Brian May 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm -

    Is Google’s built in navigation not doing the trick for you?

  8. Yoonus May 31, 2012 at 8:09 am -

    Please guide me which is the best road map navigation software for my Galaxy note.

    Thanks & regards

  9. Ravindra Joisa May 28, 2012 at 1:06 am -

    I have got galaxy Note and would like to know if there is an app which would help me to resize any of the apps existing old apps instead of just the preinstalled Note apps to 5X size.

  10. vanezza May 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm -

    Hello.. Can someone please help me?
    Does Samsung Galaxy Note has a hole to put keychain on?
    If yes.. Can someone tell me how ? Please..
    Thanks (:

  11. Jorge May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am -

    How can I resize default gmail widget on Galaxy note (ICS)?

    Thanks in advance,

  12. Kel May 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm -

    hi lucette to remove any icon off your home screen just tap and hold your finger on the widget until the remove icon shows up on the bottom of the screen then drag the widget to there.

  13. Lucette May 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm -

    Hi, could you correct your tip#6 for removing home screen items – when you get to the view as per your screenshot above, you cannot hit the delete icon, it just takes you back to the home screen!

  14. Lucette May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm -

    hi, as a reasonably happy note owner, still having a lot of hassle getting rid of the accu weather icon off home page! i now have 2 copies and cant get rid of them! no right click > delete to K.I.S.?

  15. Brian May 1, 2012 at 9:37 am -

    Hi Felix, if you go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Updates, you can check for OTA updates

  16. Felix May 1, 2012 at 7:24 am -

    Hi, do you know how to check for firmware update using the samsung note? The kies air does not have that function… or I couldn’t find it.

    Can anyone clue me in please.


  17. Lon March 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm -

    your #5 and #6 read the same… proofread, moron.

  18. Case March 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm -

    Hey, Graham. You got a personal service. I envy you.

  19. Brian March 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm -

    Here ya go Graham, a step by step guide to adding your own notifications:

  20. Graham Kellighan March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm -

    Hi I’ve just got myself a Samsung Galaxy Note & I’m trying to add my own custom notifications I’ve tried adding folders but am still having no luck.

    Can you please help?


    Graham Kellighan

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