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10 Tricks and Tips to get you started on learning your Note II


I thought I would compile a short list of tricks I learned over the last few days. Here are 10. Please check out the link below for even more tips. This device has so many features, so here are just a few tricks. gsnote2.bmp

Don’t lose your pen!

Make sure you’re alerted if you walk away and forget your pen. By turning this feature on you will be alerted when you’ve forgotten your pen. That doesn’t mean the device will help you find it, so try not to lose it!

Settings > S Pen > S Pen Keeper

Make hand writing on the Note comfortable

Tweak your Pen style. You want a marker, pen, pencil, or paint brush? You want a .02 pencil or a .05, well adjust the size. Is your favorite color red or purple, and then change the color. To customize these options, open any application that uses the S-Pen, like S-Note. Tap the icon of the pen tip and customize and then save by tapping the + button to the top right. You can save as many as you would like and switch up whenever you like.

Arrange your music by moods
Open the Samsung Music player and slide the tabs at the top to the left until you see Music Square. When opened for the first time it will scan your music library. Then it arranges the tracks by mood - passionate, calm, exciting and joyful. Tap a block within the grid and a track will be played to match your mood. Amazing!

Learn quick Commands

Learning the S-Pen quick commands makes calling, texting, opening an application or basically anything fast and easy with just a few swipes of the pen.

Use your Micro USB port to stream video

With a Samsung cable (MHL-to-HDMI converter) you can output HD video and surround audio to your TV.  How cool is that!

Easily move pictures from one folder to another

Want to organize your pictures, the Note II lets you easily drag-and-drop pictures to folders of your choice (not sync pictures/albums from social sites). Open an album> Hold down on the picture you want to move and once you see the box appear around it, drag it to the folder you want to put it in.

Jelly Bean easter egg Yay!!!

If you haven’t heard of the Jelly Bean Easter egg, well then it’s time to introduce you. Go to Settings menu > About device and rapidly tap on the Android version number until a huge red jelly bean appears over your home screen picture.  Hold your finger on the Jelly Bean until it explodes into dozens of bright jelly beans. Want more fun, you can shot and flick them off the screen… what better way to pass time.

Direct Dial

Are you texting with a friend and want to call them without bringing up your keypad. Done… while in the text conversation hold the phone up to your ear and it will ring the person you were text messaging. In order to use this feature you must enable it. Go to Settings > Motion < Direct Call. While your hear check out the other motion features you can enable and use, as well as the tutorials. Have fun!

Hard Keys

Google Now

Hold down your MENU key to quickly open Google Now.

Recent Apps

Hold down your HOME key to open your recent apps, swap an app away to close it, or tap the manage apps button (looks like a pie cut into 3) to see what’s running. You can tap the “g” button to open Google Now, or the Trash Can to close all open apps.

Double tap the HOME key to open up S-Voice.

Share Your S Notes through Social Networks

Post your S Notes, with the layers, to your social networks like Facebook and Google+ for others to see. And other Galaxy Note II users to download and edit. Collaborate!

Here is a list I found online that I thought you might enjoy…

Here are some cool guides in the Play market   - Note II user guide in Play  - S-Pen user guide in Play

I hope you enjoyed my blog!