This guide will try to cover all aspects of Galaxy Note 5 S Pen. So, this guide will be helpful for you even you are a new user of S Pen.
For experienced S Pen users, the difference between Galaxy Note 5 S Pen and S Pen in previous generations is illustrated.
Because S Pens in all Galaxy Note devices share a similar design. This guide also applies to old generation Galaxy Note devices, e.g., Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note Pro.
Please note a new S Pen with Bluetooth features was introduced in Galaxy Note 9 as explained in this guide.
If something is exclusive to Galaxy Note 5, it will be highlighted.
Galaxy Note 5 S Pen components and their functions
In your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 box, you should find the following components related to Galaxy Note 5 S Pen:
- an S Pen (with an S Pen button) attached to Galaxy Note 5 S Pen slot (see Galaxy Note 5 layout here);
- 5 spare S Pen nibs (in 2 colors), and
The 5 spare S Pen nibs and the tweezers were put inside a small plastic bag in the box.
The functions of the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen nib:
- Use the S Pen to write, draw, or perform touch actions on the screen.
- Hover the S Pen over items on the screen to access additional S Pen features, such as Action button and the Air view feature.
The functions of the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen button:
- Hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button to display the Air command features.
- While pressing and holding the S Pen button, drag the S Pen over items to select them.
The function of tweezers is to remove the S Pen nib when replacing the nib.
What are the differences between the white and grey S Pen nibs?
You may notice among the 5 spare S Pen nibs, 3 are white, and 2 are grey.
By default, the S Pen attached to Galaxy Note 5 is white in most regions.
The color is not random. The white nibs are different from the grey ones.
The white one is harder, and it is easy to move it on the screen with less friction. The grey one, on the other hand, is like rubber. It provides more friction.
So, these two types of S Pen nibs give you different S Pen experience depending on your habit.
But if you apply a screen protector to your Galaxy Note 5 screen, you may find it is hard to use the grey one.
How to replace Galaxy Note 5 S Pen nib?
You may need to replace the Galaxy Note 5 S pen nib when:
- You want to get more friction (grey) or less friction (white).
- The S Pen nib is dull or not responsive as usual.
Please note, S Pen nibs are NOT reusable. So, don’t waste your S Pen nibs.
You may follow these steps to replace Galaxy Note 5 S Pen nib.
Step 1: Remove the old nib with tweezers
You need to hold the nib firmly with the tweezers, then pull it out as shown below. Do not use any other tools.
Step 2: Insert the new S Pen nib.
Insert the new S pen nib into the S pen with your hand as shown below.
Do not insert the rounded end of the nib into Galaxy Note 5 S Pen.
How to detach Galaxy Note 5 S Pen?
To detach Galaxy Note 5 S pen, you need press the end of the S Pen to disengage it. Then, pull the S Pen from the slot as shown below
This is different from detaching S Pen from previous Galaxy Note devices. The Galaxy Note 5 S Pen is loaded with a spring. And you must press the end to disengage it. For S Pen in Galaxy Note 4 and older devices, you can pull out the S Pen directly.
In Galaxy Note 5, the S Pen is fully inserted into the slot, and you cannot pull it without pressing the end.
How to store Galaxy Note 5 S Pen?
To store Galaxy Note 5 S Pen, push it back into the S Pen slot until you hear it click. You need to insert the S Pen’s nib first as shown below. Failure to do so may cause the S Pen to become stuck. Forcefully detaching the S Pen from the slot may cause damage to the S Pen and Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 5 S Pen design has a flaw: you may accidentally insert the S Pen in the wrong direction without applying much force until it is stuck. If you pull out the S Pen after it is stuck, your Galaxy Note 5 will not be able to detect S Pen anymore. You have to visit local Samsung service center to repair it.
If the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen is stored properly, the whole S Pen should be in the S Pen slot.
What can I do if I accidentally insert Galaxy Note 5 S Pen into the slot in the wrong direction?
As mentioned, Galaxy Note 5 S pen has a design flaw. You may insert the S Pen in the wrong direction without getting any warnings until it is stuck.
It is too late!
If this happened to you, you might damage the S Pen slot. Galaxy Note 5 will unlikely to detect whether the S Pen is in the slot or not from now on.
This means you cannot use screen off memo. You have to use air command by pressing the S Pen button.
As it is hardware damage, you have to visit local Samsung service center to repair the S Pen slot. Factory data reset will NOT solve the problem.
Do you have any questions on Galaxy Note 5 S Pen?
If you have any questions about using Galaxy Note 5 S Pen, please let us know 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.