What’s air command? and What’s new in Galaxy Note 5 air air command?
Air command is a unique feature of S Pen. It allows you to quickly access some S Pen related features.
Samsung first introduced air command in Galaxy Note 3 with:
- action memo;
- screen write;
- S Finder, and
- Pen window.
In Galaxy Note 4, air command was updated. There are 4 functions in Galaxy Note 4 air command:
- action memo;
- image clip;
- smart select, and
- screen write.
S Finder has been moved to notification panel since Galaxy Note 4.
Galaxy Note 5 air command introduce a new feature: use your own app shortcuts in air command.
You can add up to 3 apps to air command so that you can launch them quicker. Although you can add any apps in the phone to Galaxy Note 5 air command, it make sense to add some apps that use S Pen, for example S Note or some image editor apps. By default, S Note was added already. But you can remove it from air command if you want. Please check this guide on how to add and manage apps to Galaxy Note 5 air commnad.
Galaxy Note 5 air command also introduced a floating icon for air command.
This is very useful for new S Pen users. A lot of new users are not familiar with the S Pen button. The floating icon gives a new option to access air command on Galaxy Note 5.
In addition to the new customizable app shortcuts, Galaxy Note 5 air command has other 3 functions (as shown below):
- action memo;
- smart select;
- screen write.
Obviously, Samsung is trying to load only relevant and popular functions in air command. Image clip is merged into smart select in Galaxy Note 5 air command.
3 different ways to access Galaxy Note 5 air command?
By default, there are 3 different ways to access Galaxy Note 5 air command:
- Use S pen detection;
- Use S Pen button;
- Use air command floating icon.
The first 2 methods are identical to those in Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3. The third method using floating air command icon is new in Galaxy Note 5.
Method 1: Pull out the S Pen to access Galaxy Note 5 air command
this method works on Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 as well.
Please note, if Galaxy Note 5 screen is turned off, you will get the screen off memo when S Pen is pulled out.
Of course, this method of launching Galaxy Note 5 air command replies on the S Pen detection feature. Galaxy Note 5 can detect it when the S Pen is pulled out.
If you really want, you can turn off air command when the S Pen is pulled out.
You can change the settings in Settings—S Pen —Air command — Detach S Pen to turn on as shown below.
Method 2: Press the S Pen button to access Galaxy Note 5 air command
If the S Pen is detached from the S pen slot already, you can hover the S Pen over Galaxy Note 5 screen. A circular cursor will appear on the screen.
Once you can see the cursor on the screen, tap the S Pen button once. This will bring up Galaxy Note 5 air command interface.
Please note, you tap the S Pen button once, not holding the S Pen button. This is a common mistake for many new S Pen users.
This method of launching air command works on Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5.
Method 3: Tap air command floating icon to access Galaxy Note 5 air command
In Galaxy Note 5, a floating icon for air command was introduced.
By default, when S Pen is detached from the S Pen slot, Galaxy Note 5 air command will pop out. At the same time, a semi-transparent floating icon will be available on the screen as indicated above.
After dismissing the air command interface, you can move the floating icon freely to any location on the screen.
To access Galaxy Note 5 air command, tap the floating icon with S Pen as shown below.
Please note, you can only use S Pen to tap the floating icon. The floating icon does not respond to your finger.
It is possible to disable the air command floating icon in Settings–-S Pen—Air command—Floating icon as shown above.
How to enable Galaxy Note 5 air command when air command is grayed out in Galaxy Note 5?
Some owners reported that air command in Galaxy Note 5 was grayed out.
The cause of grayed out Galaxy Note 5 air command is usually due to some accessibility settings.
Actually, when you enabled such accessibility settings, there were the warning message on air command. But most of time, nobody reads it.
If air command was grayed out in Galaxy Note 5, you can check the accessibility settings. You need to turn off these settings to use air command.
Can you use Galaxy Note 5 air command now?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on using Galaxy Note 5 air command, please leave a comment in the comment box below.
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For other Galaxy Note 5 features and detailed Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides , please check Galaxy Note 5 how-to guides page.
You may also download and read the official Samsung Galaxy Note 5 user manual here.