The S Pen is a practical tool that helps you perform tasks on your Samsung smartphone faster and with ease, whether that’s translating text or annotating documents. We’ll explain exactly how to use the S Pen’s latest features and explore its unique capabilities for you to take full advantage of.
What Is the S Pen?
The S Pen is an integrated stylus that can be found on a range of Samsung handsets. Its primary purpose is to provide you with more control over your smartphone, enabling you to conduct a range of actions, from simple shortcuts to unique modes like note-taking or sketching.
The Air Command feature is a useful shortcut that allows you to quickly access various S Pen functions.
This can be done by removing the S Pen from your device, which automatically triggers a small floating icon to appear on-screen. When you tap the icon, your complete list of S Pen features and functions will expand. What’s more, you can customise your list by tapping and dragging apps over from your main menu and into your Air Command favourites.
If Air Command doesn’t appear, you may be required to switch the shortcut on. One way is to go into your ‘Settings’, scroll to ‘Advanced Features’, tap 'S Pen’, and then enable ‘Floating icon’ or ‘Show Air Command icon’. It’s worth noting that switching on your shortcut may differ depending on your model and operating system.
Remote Control Capabilities
The S Pen is also equipped with Bluetooth connection, permitting you to use your Samsung smartphone as a remote control. This transforms the way your handset operates and provides you with a whole host of features to explore.
One highlight is how the S Pen makes taking photos with friends effortless. All you have to do is open the Camera app, smile, and press the S Pen button once to capture your photo. It’s easy and it means you can get the perfect snap every time - from up to 10 metres away too.
Another high point is the S Pen’s ability to pause and play media. By using the S Pen button, you get full control over your favourite Netflix show, even when your phone isn’t in your hands, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment.
To activate this feature, go to ‘Settings’, tap ‘Advanced Features’, select ‘S Pen’, then ‘S Pen Remote’.
Easy-to-use, convenient, and quick – Air Actions allow you to manage your device by performing basic gestures. For instance, when listening to your weekly podcast, you can pause, play, skip, and adjust the volume without even touching the screen. Much like a magic wand, you can move on to the next episode by swishing right, or swish left to go to the previous one.
You can also customise your gestures to suit your personal preferences. To accomplish this, go into ‘Settings’, select ‘Air Actions’ (ensure it’s toggled on), and scroll to ‘Anywhere Actions’. You can then decide which gestures you’d like to use for a specific action.
Take Notes and Sketch Onscreen
Perhaps one of the most popular ways to use the S Pen is by taking notes and sketching on your Samsung smartphone’s screen. The S Pen provides an authentic pen and paper feel, so if there’s something on your mind, or you’re cultivating a shopping list – you can jot it down in an instant. You even have the option of converting your handwritten notes into text, making it easier than ever to share content.
Courtesy of its highly responsive design, the S Pen can also register every nuance of your hands’ movement during a sketch or illustration. The ideal tool for any keen artist.
The S Pen also gives you the option of translating any text you come across into a language you can understand, this includes articles, documents, and social media posts. On top of that, the S Pen provides you with accurate currency conversions for when you’re abroad.
To use this function, open ‘Air Command’ by clicking the S Pen twice in quick succession and scroll down to the ‘Translate’ icon. Once tapped, you’ll then be able to hover the S Pen over any text you’d like to translate, as well as any currency you wish to convert.
Another tool you can find in Air Command is Smart Select. This feature gives you the power to collect and save a range of content, like text and images. Simply tap ‘Smart Select’ from your Air Commands list and then draw a box around the content you’d like to save.