Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has several new features. One of the most useful S Pen feature is Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo, which allows you to write on a locked screen like on a blackboard using your S Pen without unlocking the phone.
This guide tries to explain to you what is Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo, and how to use Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo.
What is Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo?
Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo is a special S Pen feature introduced in Galaxy Note 5. You can quickly create memos by writing on the screen with S Pen without turning on it.
In other words, when the screen is still locked and black, you can use S Pen to write on the screen like on a blackboard.
You can edit or erase what you wrote. Then save what you wrote as an action memo.
The tricky features of Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo include:
- the screen is still locked.
- Galaxy Note 5 screen turns into a blackboard and your S Pen is the chalk.
- you cannot use your finger.
- you have a eraser to remove part or all of what you have written.
- you can choose to delete without saving.
- you can choose to save what you have written as an action memo.
You probably should not worry about too much battery usage, because the super AMOLED screen on Galaxy Note 5 does not consume battery for black color (the black pixels is not lit up).
How to use Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo?
To use Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo, you can follow these steps.
Step 1: Enable Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo
By default, Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo is turned off.
To use Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo, you need enable it. In Settings—S Pen, you can enable screen off memo as shown below.
Once Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo is enabled, the switch will be shown as green as shown below (if you are using the default Galaxy Note 5 theme).
Please note, you need enable Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo only once. The feature will be available until you manually disable it.
Step 2: Make sure Galaxy Note 5 screen is locked and turned off
Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo only works when the screen is off (black).
By default, you can press the power button to turn off the screen and lock the screen.
Step 3: Pull out S Pen
When the screen is off, you can detach S Pen from Galaxy Note 5. Please do NOT touch home button or power button to turn on screen.
To detach Galaxy S5 S Pen, you need press the end of the S Pen to disengage it. Then pull the S Pen out of the S Pen slot as shown below..
You may check this guide to detach and store S Pen on Galaxy Note 5.
Step 4: Write what you want on the screen
Once S Pen is detached from Galaxy Note 5, and if the screen is off, you screen will now become a blackboard as shown below.
There are 4 buttons on the top:
- S Pen mode. You can use S Pen to write on the screen, just like a white chalk on a blackboard.
- Eraser mode. In this mode, you are make corrections. You can erase any strokes. Please note, the eraser erases one stroke at one time. It is NOT based on pixels.
- Discard the memo. You can tap this button to discard the memo and turn on the screen.
- Save the memo. Tap this button to save the memo and turn on the screen.
By default, you are in S Pen mode. You can write straightaway after pulling out the S Pen as shown below.
After finishing your memo, tap SAVE button to save it as an action memo in S Note as shown below.
Step 5 (optional): Edit Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo in S Note.
Once you save the Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo, the memo will be saved as an action memo in S Note (see above).
You can edit it further in S Note app later.
When the memo is saved, you will also get a notification message in the notification panel as shown below.
How to access Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo in S Note app?
All memos created and saved in Galaxy Note 5 screen off memo are saved as action memos in Galaxy Note 5.
You need start S Note app to access action memos.
Once S Note starts, the default view is “All” as shown below.
You can tap ALL button as shown below to switch to action memos as shown below.
You can edit and link an action to the memo by tapping MORE button after opening the memo.
The detailed usage of action memos will be covered in this guide (coming soon!!).
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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.