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  1. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    Here is how to unlock developer options:

    Open the GENERAL tab in the settings.
    Tap the BUILD NUMBER 7 times.
    It should now show a pop-up DEVELOPER OPTIONS ENABLED
    Now go back to GENERAL tab and here you should now find DEVELOPER OPTIONS tab.

    Heres a video:
    Unlock Developer Options Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - YouTube

  2. Gearu

    Gearu Well-Known Member

    When you bring up the recent apps by holding the home key, you can close apps by swiping them away to the left or right.
    Not sure if this is a well known thing but I only found it today. I've been closing apps by holding+'remove from list' up to now.
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  3. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member


    but i can see using it
  4. JimSmith94

    JimSmith94 Well-Known Member

    The Note 2 had the same swipe away feature. Assuming it works the same, swiping doesn't close the app, it just just removes it from the recent apps list.
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  5. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    Have you ever wanted to change the profile picture that Google+, Facebook, or Twitter seems to force on you in Gmail? Senior member and Guest question team member RawlingsSc has found a way.

    "While viewing the contact tap on Menu then mark as default. You can then set the default in a number of categories including which picture to use." I'd just like to add that after marking as default you have to go back to the contact and tap on the picture to change it.

    Thanks RawlingsSc.
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  6. dontpanicbobby

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  7. dontpanicbobby

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    "Multi window is all very well, but it takes time to arrange your various apps each time you open them. Samsung has considered this and introduced the option to open applications in pairs, saving you valuable seconds. Simply open up any two apps -- preferably ones you like to pair together, naturally -- and then scroll down to the bottom of the multi-window panel. You'll see an arrow at the bottom -- tap this and you'll be presented with an icon showing a screen divided into two sections. Tap this to create the "pair". This newly created duo will appear at the top of the multi-window panel from this point onwards."

    Via cnet|UK
  8. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    We can have 1 more sticky in this forum so I am going to sticky this thread, as I find most of the posts very useful and informative to new Note 3 users like myself :)
  9. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    One of the new things the Note 3 has brought us is a search box in the Settings menu. Using this box you can find out what settings you need to change to preform a specific task. For example if you want to use gloves with your Note 3 (it's getting cold out there) Tap on the Menu icon, choose System Settings or Settings then type in gloves in the search box and you are brought to where you can enable Increase touch sensitivity. Want one handed operation? Type One hand in the search box and be taken to the one handed operation options. This search box function can be very useful if you want to do something and your not really sure how.

    via androidwidgetcenter
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  10. some.devil

    some.devil Well-Known Member

    Action Memo via Air Command shortcut

    When you're using the S-PEN and create a new Action Memo via Air Command, you can turn the note into a shortcut by clicking the "minimize" button on the memo toolbar.
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  11. xaelith

    xaelith Well-Known Member

    This isn't new to the Note 3, but it's still handy info. More on the multi-window drawer:

    If the arrow to open up the multi-window apps gets in the way, or you don't use it (often), while on a home screen, long-press the back button to hide the arrow. To bring it back, just long-press the back button again.

    Learned this one from my boss who owns a Note 2.
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  12. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    Some may remember, that in previous Android versions, you could expand notifications in the notification panel, by dragging the notification down with 1 finger.

    Now you can expand notifications by dragging it with 2 fingers also.
    Or one, if you like.

    EDIT! Fixed the info. Had it the wrong way around. TWO finger pull-down is new, not ONE.
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  13. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I'm so confused by this. Ever since I got my 1st android phone over 3 years ago, I have been able to expand notifications by dragging with only 1 finger. Is this something new?
  14. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    Oh? In that case I'm very sorry for the misinformation.
    This info was in a Note 3 tip/trick video I watched on youtube,
    and the person in the video said it was new thing in android 4.3 :(

    Admins, could you please delete my previous message as it is misinformative?
  15. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Dragging down with 2 fingers to get expanded notifications is new.
  16. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    Okay, I quess the guy who did the video mixed those two up. :confused:
    I'll just edit my original message and switch it the right way around.

    Really sorry for the inconvenience.
  17. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    No worries. The ability to pull the notification bar down is a standard Android function that has been around since the first android phone.
  18. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    My Note 3 has not arrived yet, so most of stuff I have submitted to this tips/tricks thread are from youtube videos and other forums.
    I havent had much to do while waiting, so I've been going trough videos etc and if I come across something not mentioned here (like the developer options enabling, flash as notification light etc), I submit it here.

    In the future, if I find something, I'll doublecheck the info from atleast 2 different sources before posting to avoid future mistakes.. :D
  19. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Well-Known Member

    Don't beat yourself up, LilianTepes. We like your enthusiasm!
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  20. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Don't even worry about it. You meant well.
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  21. dontpanicbobby

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    Set them Free! Senior member dynomot replying to Member camphill offered this solution that works for a treat;

    Open the apps drawer, then navigate to the Samsung folder and open it, now press the menu key, then edit and drag the entire folder to the bin. This will "free" all the apps from the folder and put them in the app drawer.

    You can see the original thread here.

    Thanks dynomot!
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  22. Peaches037

    Peaches037 Well-Known Member

    Hi.. How can I change the shortcuts on my lockscreen? I went to settings but I can't change anything.. Thanks

    Peaches Galaxy Note III
  23. evohicks

    evohicks Well-Known Member

    Settings/Device/Lock screen/short cuts turn on, then select which ones you need, you can move the ones already on there and choose your own.

    PS: I think this thread is for tips and tricks only so might be better asking this in the forum by either searching to see if its been asked before, or if not by starting a new thread. :)
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  24. dontpanicbobby

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    Unlike a 3rd party app like Widgetlocker where you can add widgets to the primary lock screen (the first one you see when you turn your Note 3 back on) the stock locks screen requires you to create a sperate screen for each widget,

    First tap on the Settings key and go to the Device tab. From there tap on Lock screen and make sure Multiple widgets is toggled on. Now swipe right on the clock widget and at the next screen that appears tap on the + sign. A limited list of widgets will appear and you can place one on that page. Choose a widget and tap on done. Now when you swipe right from the clock widget you will see the widget you installed. Another swipe to the right from that widget brings you back to the + sign screen. Add as many widget pages as you like.

    This function only works on Swipe Lock screen security settings. Assign any other security leve land Multiple widgets does not appear in your Device > Lock screen options.

    Thanks for reminding me Lilian
  25. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    You have to set your lock to swipe for this to work. Any other lock (PIN, pattern etc) will not allow lock screen widgets.
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