What is Galaxy Note 4 air command?
Air command is a unique S Pen feature in Galaxy Note devices since Galaxy Note 3. You can access some features very quickly by hovering the S Pen over the screen. It can dramatically increase your productivity for some tasks.
In Galaxy Note 3, as discussed in this air command explained post, there are 5 commands: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window.
In Galaxy Note 4, Samsung re-organize the actions into 4:
- Action memo: Write memos quickly and link actions to them. You can make calls, send messages, search the web, and more. This is almost identical to that in Galaxy Note 3
- New! Smart select: Collect content from the screen quickly. You can collect content from webpages or music and videos during playback.
- New! Image clip: Draw around an area of the screen you want to save or share. You can also crop part of an image.
- Screen write: Capture, edit, and write memos on screenshots, and then share them. This is actually one of the preferred method to take screenshot on Galaxy Note 4 as discussed in this guide.
For the usage of these 4 actions in Galaxy Note 4 air command, we will create individual guide.
How to access Galaxy Note 4 air command?
By default, when you remove the S pen from the S Pen slot, Galaxy Note 4 air command will be shown on the screen.
This is due to the default settings in Settings– S Pen –Detachment options as shown below.
As you may notice, actually, you can set the S Pen detachment options to action memo or none, instead of the air command.
Some owners are not aware that you can access Galaxy Note 4 air command at any time. I noticed some Galaxy Note 3 owners keep removing S Pen just to access air command.
Another way to access Galaxy Note 4 air command is hovering the S Pen over any part of the screen and press the S Pen button. So, you can access the air command whenever you want without putting back the S pen.
Please note, you need release the S Pen button after pressing it, i.e., NOT holding the S Pen button.
How to enable/disable Galaxy Note 4 air command?
Sometimes, Galaxy Note 4 air command does not pop out when you take out the S pen or hover the S pen over the screen with S Pen button pressed. You may accidentally disable the air command in your Galaxy Note 4.
To enable or disable Galaxy Note 4 air command, you can go to Settings–S Pen –Air command as shown below.
You may drag the switch to left to disable Galaxy Note 4 air command, right to enable it.
Why air command is grayed out?
Some accessibility settings are NOT compatible with Galaxy Note 4 air command.
When you enabled such accessibility settings, there are the warning message. But most of time, nobody read it.
Anyway, if you find out air command in Galaxy Note 4 or Note 5 was grayed out, you can check the accessibility settings. You need to turn off these settings to use air command.
Can you access and use Galaxy Note 4 air command now?
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More how-to guides , tips and tricks for using Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are available at Galaxy Note 4 how-to guides page.