Note 3 tips and tricks an ongoing project...Tips


  1. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    2 finger pull down of the Notification bar...



    Brings up all the possible options that are at the top of the notification screen.

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  2. dontpanicbobby

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    Hold down the button on your s-pen and press it to the screen for 1-2 seconds until you hear a click or see the screenshot taken. This is old hat to Note 2 users but I wasn't one of those. Used to have to go through all kinds of hoops to get one on my Galaxy S2.
  3. jwither

    jwither Well-Known Member

    Hold down the S Spen button and lasso/cut out a section of the screen, then send it to Scrapbook, Picasa, Email, a text message, Dropbox, bluetooth, Facebook, Gmail, Google+, S Note, Sketchbook, or Wifi Direct.

    I seem to remember this feature was part of the TV commercial for the Note 1 or Note 2, and was one of the first things I wanted to try with my new Note 3.

    It's a little different from the Air Command/Scrap Booker function, that will copy a rectangular section of the screen, even if you draw a circle around something.

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  4. dontpanicbobby

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    Open the camera, turn of the flash by tapping on Settings then the Gear icon, scroll down and set Flash to off. Now tap on the Camera icon, Scroll Down and Turn on Smart Stabilization. Tap on the Back button and you will see the Moon and Star icon in the upper left corner indicating Night Mode is active. Switching your flash to auto mode keeps night mode on as needed,

    I took this Picture in Night Mode.
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    This one with Smart stabilization off.
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    tip via The Daily Note II/3 on Facebook
  5. bonerp

    bonerp Well-Known Member

    blurry pics seem to be a trade mark of the n3! :(
  6. bonerp

    bonerp Well-Known Member

    couple of my favourites....
    • screen shot can also be done by side swiping across the screen with the side of your hand.
    • press and hold the menu button is great to show history and search items on the device.
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  7. chimphappyhour

    chimphappyhour Well-Known Member

    Not really. I've done just as well so far with my N3 as I have with my N2 or GNex before it. As they squeeze more MP onto the sensor, your hand holding technique has to get that much better. Same thing happened to a lot of photogs who moved from the D70 > D80/D200 > D300/D700 > D600/D800/D7000/D7100.

    Of course, the other side of it is noise reduction which smooths over details in photos sometimes. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any camera phone that handles this well.
  8. bonerp

    bonerp Well-Known Member

    well theres a couple of threads going on where people are having problems. I personally don't believe the n3 is as easy to take good shots with as the n2. I'm on my second n3 and it still comes up with 'processing' and the detail isnt as sharp.

    I dont want to lean on a wall to take a good picture. I just want to pull it out of my pocket and shoot. The n3 isn't as good at this as my n2. In any way, this is disappointing.
  9. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Thanks for pointing that out, Bobby! At first, I was disappointed, since I prefer using NOVA Prime, but then I looked through the Gestures on NOVA Prime and the option was there for me (without realizing it)!

    For those using NOVA Launcher Prime, you can set the gestures to do the same thing too, so if were hoping to use that function without having to switch back to the Touchwiz UI, just switch the 2 finger swipe down gesture to "Expand Quick Settings".
  10. dontpanicbobby

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    Try to stay on topic folks. As bonerp said there arerother threads discussing problem issues with the various aspects of the Note 3. This thread is about various ways to get the most out of your new Note 3. I'm particularly interested in getting input from s-pen/s-view case users at the moment. Using the s-pen is definitely not my forte.
  11. dontpanicbobby

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    One of the coolest features on our Note 3
  12. dontpanicbobby

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    If you're using Swipe for your Lock screen and have the time displayed you can see the weather and your appointments by long pressing on the clock and pulling down. You go back to the clock by reversing the process. No need to unlock your phone.

    Thanks to Android Forums member jwither for this tip.
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  13. bonerp

    bonerp Well-Known Member

    you can also set up lots of different views on the lock screen itself. Emails, calendar, shortcuts etc. I also added a "If found, please email xxxxxx.xom" message to the lock screen in the vague hope that if I lost it some benevalent soul might retunr it. All in settings.

    I got an Sview cover and hated it - the window is a bit cheap and prone to marks.
    I've today received the Spigen Neo hybrid. Didnt like it at first but definately growing on me and the quality is very good.
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  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Just FYI, for those that do BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for work (like me), using exchange forces me to use pin lock only, so the stock swipe lockscreen can't be used. I used to be able to have both, but the security on my exchange prevents that.

    I haven't explored using Knox yet because of the stipulation that incorrect password input would wipe the device, which would not be good for me.
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  15. dontpanicbobby

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    Fixed night mode tip to include switching to auto flash setting keeps night mode on as needed
  16. xaelith

    xaelith Well-Known Member

    That's odd, because my work uses exchange and I'm able to use swipe unlock just fine. I wonder if your IT department has things set to allow pin or password only. :what:
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  17. zombdroid

    zombdroid Well-Known Member

    I have found a way around this. Works on the s4 as well. On the lock screen, change the keyboard to Swype. Then put in your code, such as ghjkl9 into a text message and you will be allowed to add this string to your custom dictionary. Now swyping from the g>>>>>> over puts this string in the lockscreen. Works with Exchange 2010. Are you using a BYOD software package in front of Exchange that prevents this?
  18. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Probably is my IT department that disallows both.





    No need for workaround anymore, but good info to know. Widgetlocker was updated and am happily back on that in combination with password, which only activates after 30 minutes inactivity!
  19. dontpanicbobby

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    Android forums member kathyayes asked and xaelith answered;


    kathayes:
    Is there a way to make a memo with the s pen and have it stay open on one of the home screens?

    xaelith:
    Check the Widgets tab in the App drawer. So long as you are using the default launcher, there will be a 4x3 widget available. If you have multiple memos, you can switch from one to the next by swiping up or down on the widget itself.

    Great interaction folks! keep this up and we'll tame this beasty. :pcguru:
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  20. anote3fan

    anote3fan Member

    I find this method very hard and tricky. My hand always accidentally activate widgets/programs/emails/turn page/etc.

    Anyone has the same problem?
    Any tutorial/youtube how to do it right?
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  21. chimphappyhour

    chimphappyhour Well-Known Member

    I never could get it to work on my Note 2 and ran into the same problems. I was just able to get it to work on my Note 3 but in the process, I opened a side menu of the program I was in. So instead of a screen shot of the page I wanted, I've got a menu instead. I'd just stick with the S-pen method as it is just the easiest screenshot method I've seen yet on any phone.
  22. Lee5000

    Lee5000 Active Member

    YouTube videos are a big help in finding hidden tips and features for me. I tend to learn and retain stuff faster if I actually see it. There are many different videos to chose from, some good, some bad. Nice thing about YouTube is that it's free so if you click on a bad one you just close it and click on another. Here's a link for a guy that did a two part video. Some of the stuff is obvious but many of the features he shows were new to me.
    Galaxy Note 3 Software - Tips & Tricks, Hidden Features & Everything Else - Part 1/2 - YouTube
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  23. runamonk

    runamonk Well-Known Member

    In order for this to work you need to make sure motion is turned on in the options and then the individual option for palm swipe capture is checked.

  24. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Just take s pen out, hold button on s pen while pressing s pen on screen. Easiest way to do screen shot.
  25. shutterman

    shutterman Member

    The arrow in the middle of the screen would get in the way of me going to other screens as it was located directly in the middle of the screen and therefore the path of my thumb swiping back and forth.

    If you hold down the arrow of the drawer while the drawer itself is hidden, you can long hold the arrow and move it up or down.
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