IMPORTANT: Please make sure to read Part 1 of this series FIRST in order to understand who can benefit from reading this series of articles and how to go about it. To get to Part 1, just click on the following hyperlink: 12.01-Part 1-Introduction on the unparalleled functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Note products-2014-11-30
What will you learn reading this article?
The Galaxy Note functions and settings video, presented and documented below, covers a variety of easy-to-use and productive functions listed below.
- Customize features’ dobles to simplify accessing them
- Activate Blocking mode to make sure your smartphone does not disturb you when you don’t want to be disturbed
- Disable Notifications from any particular App
- Select how you want the Apps on your Note to be organized and displayed to locate them easily
- Use Search within Settings to find the setting element you are looking for (Same as 4-08:43)
- Use the Task Manager to manage your device (Same as 4-09:11)
- Use Vibrations patterns to identify who the call is coming from
- Learn how to activate the Developer options (This is NOT recommended unless you know EXCATLY what you are doing because it can mess up your phone)
- Learn how to adjust the sound produced by your device to your ear
Part 5 on the unparalleled functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Note
This article is Part 5 of the Samsung Galaxy Note products functionality series’. Each Part describes a different set of functions, so that the whole series covers most of the important functionality available.
PLEASE NOTE: the remarks from this point up to the start of the video are the same for Part 2 to 7. Therefore, if you just read one of these articles and remember the cautionary remarks that follow, you can skip reading them again and go directly to viewing the video.
There are different ways of viewing the following video:
- TO GET AN OVERVIEW of the different functions presented and to judge, for yourself, how important these powerful easy-to-use functions are, I recommend that you get a drink, sit back comfortably and view sequentially ALL the videos in the series from beginning to end.
- TO LEARN the functions presented: view the video, function by function, until you understand each one. Use the title, the description and the “Reference” column to move the cursor to each specific function you want to learn and/or implement.
- TO REFRESH YOUR UNDERSTANDING of specific functions. If you happen to forget how to use a specific function and need to refresh your understanding: use the title, the description and the “Reference” column to move the cursor to the specific function you want to refresh your understanding of.
VIDEO NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS: Below you will find: (1) the list of the Galaxy Note features presented in this video along with (2) the “Reference” location of each function presented (the first number refers to the video Part #, followed by the elapse time on the video) and, (3) the description of how relevant this feature is and why use it. Use the elapse time “Reference” to control the video meter and move the cursor to the beginning of the description of the function you want to watch. The function descriptions on this specific video are for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 operating under Android KitKat and customized and enhanced by Samsung. Most of the functions demonstrated on this video are available, with small variations, on all the following Samsung Galaxy Note models: Note 1, Note II, Note 3, Note 3 Neo, Note 4, Note Edge, Note 8.0, Note 10.1, Note 10.1/2104 Edition, Note Pro 12.2, running the latest Android version available. NOTE: Certain earlier Samsung Galaxy Note models, such as the Note 1 and II, and certain tablets do not offer all the functions presented here. You will notice this if the settings parameters presented here do not display on your Note screen. Make sure that all the available settings parameters are activated before concluding that a function is not available. FURTHERMORE: it would seem that some features offered by Samsung are not supported by my phone provider, and that would be why some menu items do not show up on my Settings menus. This is something I have to pursue with my phone provider. Finally, make sure to install Android Lollypop version 5 that should be available shortly for download on recent Note products.
- Please note that the Settings menus may vary from one Samsung Note Android version to the next AND from one Samsung Note model to the next.
- Also know that there is a very useful Settings Search function available when you first enter Settings.
- When you start typing or handwriting a Search, a scrolling selection list will appear.
- Select the item that you’re looking for when it first appears in the scrollable list. Note that you only need to type or handwrite until you see what you are looking for appear and select it.
- I strongly suggest that you mostly use this very useful Settings Search function instead of navigating the Settings menus, as you may see done on the videos by experienced Note users. NOTE: this Settings Search function does not always find the setting you may be looking for, mostly if it involves an add-on like the Google keyboard, for example. In such cases you have to navigate the Search the traditional way.
- Therefore, to make things simple, I will mostly use the Settings Search function in this series of articles.
- Following the word SEARCH, in capital letters, I will write the text to search, in italic, for example: pen detection. Therefore, the expression will look like this: SEARCH pen detection.
After searching the internet, I was lucky enough to locate outstanding videos done by an India specialist and efficient presenter: Rohit Khurana who works for Intellect Digest and lives in Delhi, India. Click on the following video title to start the YouTube video produced by: Intellect Digest and published on Nov. 20, 2013. Part 5 -Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Most Useful Features, Tips And Tricks Video
Reference / Galaxy Note features with summary description
5-00:00 – Intro
5-00:12 – Customize features’ dobles to simplify accessing them
- Access features’ dobles buy sliding two fingers from the top of the device down.
- Click on the edit symbol (Pencil like symbol) on top, then touch and move a doble were it would be most useful for you to access the dobles you use most often.
5-00:45 – Activate Blocking mode to make sure your smartphone does not disturb you when you don’t want to be disturbed
- If you don’t want your phone to disturb you while sleeping, for example, disable Blocking mode: go to Settings SEARCH Blocking mode. There you can: Block incoming calls, Disable notifications, Disable alarm and timer, Turn off LED indicator, Set a period of time and select exceptions form certain Contacts.
5-01:53 – Disable Notifications from any particular App
- Long press on the App, move it to App info on top and it should open this App’s info screen. Uncheck Show notifications. That’s it!
5-02:14 – Select how you want the Apps on your Note to be organized and displayed to locate them easily
- First, got to your Apps screen (Where you see Apps & Widgets at the top).
- Click on the Menu button and select View type. You can customize the grid OR have them displayed sorted in an Alphabetical list or Alphabetical grid format. Picking Alphabetical grid makes it easy to scroll through different screens to easily find the App you are looking for.
5-02:52 – Use Search within Settings to find the setting element you are looking for (Same as 4-08:43)
- Since there are so many functions to use or customize on the Note, there are also many settings to find and adjust. Using the Search function within Settings helps resolve this issue.
- Go to Settings: enter the setting name you are looking for in the search box, at the top, to directly get to the setting you are looking for. The setting spelling must be accurate.
5-03:18 – Use the Task Manager to manage your device (Same as 4-09:11)
- To access the Task Manager, long press on the Home button then press on the pie chart symbol, bottom left corner of the screen. Select Active Applications in the top scrollable menu. You can end each App individually or all at once by pressing End all.
- Select Downloaded in the top scrollable menu, to view all downloaded Apps. You can select to delete one. Touch the App name and a detail menu of options will appear. You can decide to move this App to your SD card or from it, for example.
- Select RAM in the top scrollable menu, to view the RAM storage usage. You can decide to clear the RAM, if necessary. You rarely need to do this.
- Select Clear defaults in the top scrollable menu, to decide to Clear the Apps launched by default or add new ones. This can be quite useful since many Apps set themselves up to launch by default.
- Select Storage in the top scrollable menu, to view the System and the SD card storage usage. This can be useful to see how much storage space is available on each one media to decide to add a large file, for example.
- Finally, if you only want to end ALL Apps, long press the Home button and select the bottom right line with garbage can symbol.
5-04:37 – Use Vibrations patterns to identify who the call is coming from
- In Settings you can activate Vibrations to notify you when the phone is ringing or a Message has arrived. To do this, go to Settings SEARCH Vibration intensity and adjust intensity accordingly.
- In certain situations, you may want to customize a certain vibration pattern to alert you of a specific expected call. To do this, go to Settings SEARCH Vibrations, tap Create, and tap in a pattern to create a custom vibration pattern.
- Save it, give it a name and assign it to a Contact and you will know when that Contact calls you by the vibration pattern.
5-05:51 – Learn how to activate the Developer options (This is NOT recommended unless you know EXCATLY what you are doing because it can mess up your phone)
- To activate the Developer options, go to Settings SEARCH About device, then tap 7 times on Build number. You can confirm that the Developer options are enabled by going to Settings / General, and Developer options should appear above About device, at the bottom.
5-06:18 – Learn how to adjust the sound produced by your device to your ear
- Since we all have different earing sensitivity patterns, it is nice to be able to adjust the sound produced by our device to our ear. To do so, go to Settings SEARCH Adapt sound. Click on Adapt Sound and a screen will show up.
- Connect your ear plugs or your headset.
- Notice: 1-Close all multimedia Apps before testing your personalized sound. 2-Make sure you are in a quiet place. 3-To find the best sound level for you, the device will beep continuously. Tap YES whenever you hear the sound, and Tap NO whenever you do not. 4-Tap Start when you are ready.
- After reading the above instructions, start the process.
- At the end of the process your device should be adapted to your ear plugs or your headset, and your earing pattern.
This concludes the description of the functions presented in this module. You can access the presentation of other functions by accessing other modules in this series. Remember that the reference list of all the functions presented in this series can be found at the end of Module 1.