10 remarkable features that will make your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 work like a Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is so far working smooth (it was a disaster last year for Note 7) and comes with many outstanding features and cool stuff to make this Android really work like a pro. Also addition to S Pen the mobile works more efficiently. Here below are the 10 remarkable features that will make your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 work like a Pro.
1. The display adjustments work really cool
As Samsung itself says see more do more with the edge to edge infinity display, things are really big here to explore. With one of the best displays available on a smartphone, you can make a few adjustments to tweak it just right the way you want.
- Open settings and find Display > Screen mode.
- You will that there are four different modes from which to choose, including Adaptive, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo, and basic.
- To see how each look you can view the demo picture at the top of the screen
- The Adaptive mode gives you the most options.
- Also at the bottom of the list you’ll find a slider to make the colors cooler or warmer.
- When you tap the advanced checkbox you get sliders for the red, green, and blue channels.
If you check out the “Screen zoom and font” menu you will find that the default zoom level is a little large for a device as big as the Note 8. If you want you can lower it by dragging the slider left so more content fits on the screen. If you have trouble seeing everything at the default zoom, you can also make it larger by dragging the slider to the right.
2. Change the working way of the navigation buttons
As in Samsung Galaxy S8, the Note 8 has on-screen navigation buttons. You can change the way these buttons work in Settings > Display > Navigation bar. There’s a “Hide” button on the far left of the navigation bar that makes the buttons accessible only with a swipe up. So, if you don’t intend to use this feature, turn the button off in this menu. Also if you prefer the standard Android button order rather than Samsung’s you can change that here as well.
With a bit of practice you can use the pressure-sensitive home button, which works even when the phone is in full-screen mode or asleep. The default pressure level is 3 out of 5, but you can make it easier or harder to trigger. You can also set the hard-press home button to skip the lock screen entirely when your phone is not securely locked.
3. Access your favourite apps with air command
With the Note 8’s Air Command you can access all your favorite apps and features for the phone’s S Pen. All you need to do is remove the S Pen from its holder to bring up the floating Air Command icon.
Also if you don’t want it to always be there on the screen then to make changes to how Air Command works, go to Settings > Advanced features > S Pen, and then scroll down to the Air Command section.
If you want to keep Air Command from opening every time you take out the S Pen, change the Removal option to “Do nothing.” You can still open Air Command at any time by pressing the side button on your S Pen. It’s also a good idea to take a look at what shortcuts are included in Air Command. Tap the Shortcuts link in this menu, and drag whatever apps and S Pen features you want over to the right and to remove it just tap the minus icon.
4. You can edit the edge panel
The Edge Panel is always available on the Note 8 as a translucent bar on the right side of the display. If you want to move it or change what’s available or edit it do the following:
- Go to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels to see what’s currently enabled.
- Samsung includes almost a dozen panels, and you can get more from the Samsung app store.
- Tap the checkbox above each panel to turn it on or off, and long-press on any panel to enter reordering mode.
- Many of the panels like weather and the clipboard manager have additional settings to configure.
- Look for the edit button at the bottom to access those settings.
- To change the appearance or location of the edge panel handle, tap the menu button and select “Handle settings.” This screen lets you change the location, opacity, and size of the handle.
5. Create animated GIFs with smart select
The S Pen feature in Samsung Note 8 lets you grab a cropped screenshot in just a few seconds. After launching Smart Select, you’re shown a selection bar at the top of the screen with options for square, round, lasso, and GIF selections. The first three are just regular screenshots, so use the S Pen to highlight what you want. You can also draw on the resulting image before saving.
Once you capture the GIP you can share the quick video clips with friends and it works similarly to the static capture methods
- Move the selection box where you want to capture the GIF and check your quality setting at the bottom.
- Tap on record when you’re ready to go, and stop when you’ve recorded what you want.
- You can then draw directly on top of the GIF, and save or share the resulting animation.
6. Use the handwriting input
Samsung has built handwriting input into the core of the Note 8, so you can use the S Pen in almost any text field.
To open handwriting input mode, simply hover the S Pen over a text field and tap the blue icon that appears. A writing area will replace your keyboard.
As the Samsung’s handwriting recognition system is extremely accurate, so feel free to go as fast as you like. Whenever you pause, the input field will transcribe what you’ve written into text. Just make sure you leave enough room between words to make it obvious there’s a space. When you’re done adding text, tap the Done button, and it will all be dropped into the field you selected previously.
7. With screen-off memo make notes without unlocking the phone
Now no need to unlock the phone to jot down a quick note as just take out the S Pen, and the Note 8 automatically enters screen-off memo mode. You get a black screen with a basic pen tool and an eraser. Write your note, and tap the button in the corner to save it to the Samsung Notes app. You can set up this app to sync to the Samsung Cloud so you don’t lose your notes.
8. Pop-up view for more powerful multitasking
In Samsung Note 8 you can open almost any app as a resizable floating window in Pop-up View. There are two ways to launch this.
- The easiest is to open the overview screen and long-press on the app you want to open in a window. Drag it down to the middle of the screen and release in the indicated box to launch it as a Pop-up. Alternatively, you can open an app in Pop-up from split-screen mode.
- Tap in the middle between the two apps and press the Pop-up View button.
- When an app is in Pop-up View, it can be moved and resized freely just like a window on your computer.
- The buttons at the top of the floating window let you close, maximize, and minimize the app.
- Minimized apps stay on the screen as a floating icon, which you can tap at any time to re-open.
9. You can turn off Samsung’s Bixby button
Now in Samsung Note 8 you can control accidental Samsung Bixby activation as its very annoying when accidental press opens the Bixby Home panel, interrupting what you’re doing. In Bixby Home, check your settings and activate the Bixby Voice features. This can be accessed by a long-press of the Bixby button. Back on the main Bixby screen, tap the settings icon at the top, and turn the toggle for launching Bixby via the button to off.
You can long-press the Bixby button at any time to issue a voice command, although it doesn’t work in all apps. A single tap of the button doesn’t do anything, but you can still access Bixby Home with a short-press followed by a long-press.
10. The one-handed mode is quite convenient
As Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a big phone, so it can be difficult to use one-handed. Still, there’s an option for one-handed mode under Settings > Advanced Features > One-handed mode.
In addition to turning it on, you should check the options for activating it. You can use a gesture where you swipe up from the bottom corner of the screen or a button press where you triple-press the home button. One-handed mode shrinks the display down into the corner, making everything easier to reach. The arrow button switches the screen to the other corner, and tapping outside the screen area returns to normal mode.
With these 10 wonderful features you can get your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 work more efficiently and the way you like.