Power of S Note App in Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Owning smart sleek Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android comes with a pre installed app called the S Note App. Also you have the S Pen that makes your stylish phone unique. But do you know that the S Note App does not only take notes but also have the power to do much more and make your work and business run smooth.

Sync S Note with Samsung

Run the set up guide and launch the S Note. Here is how to do:

  1. Run the Set Up Wizard
  2. Start by launching the S Note app and go into Settings.
  3. The three dot icon in the upper right opens a menu. Select Settings and view the screen below.

account settings

The Accounts setting will let you sync notes with your accounts. (Samsung Account that you may have set up when you started downloading apps from the Galaxy Apps store or Evernote)

Choose Default Notebook Covers and Pages

cover and pages

  1. Tap on Change default cover and pick one or more covers. If you picks more than one cover, then S Note will randomly pick on of the chosen covers and apply it to new Notes when they’re created. Tap Done when finished.
  2. Tap on Change default template to pick a new paper template for new notes. S Note offers a few built-in but also lets the user download many more from the Galaxy Apps store. Select one template to make it the default.
  3. S Note offers portrait mode templates and landscape mode templates. Choose one or the other to match how you use your Galaxy Note. Tap Done when finished.

more features

To get more templates tap on the three lines menu in the upper left corner. At the bottom of the menu that flies out from the left edge of the Note 4 choose MORE FEATURES. The app lists three features that you can add.

  • Idea Sketch: Makes it easy to create line art in notes.
  • Easy Chart: Makes professional looking charts in notes.
  • Background image: Lets you add new templates.

portrait templates

Tap on each and install them if you want to use them or just pick the third to add new page templates. The first two installs in one step while Background images each get installed one at a time. There are a ton of background images available. The app shows how much room on the phone the image will take up. Only install the ones you will use. You can always go back and get more later. Keep scrolling down to find the landscape templates.

Show Note Toolbar

note toolbar

Sometimes the tool bar hides itself and looks like the top third of the image above where there’s no toolbar at all showing. If there’s no toolbar, tap on the note and the toolbar shows (see the middle part of the image above). To open the full toolbar, tap on the pencil button in the upper left corner. It shows the full toolbar (see the bottom part of the image above).

Select S Pen Only Mode or S Pen and Finger Mode

S Pen M odes

The S Note app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers two modes.
S Pen only mode – this mode will write or draw on-screen only using the S Pen. Fingers and touch don’t work except to navigate around the app and choose buttons.
S Pen and finger mode – this is the opposite of S Pen only mode. The user can write or draw with the S Pen or their finger.

  • Create a new note by tapping the plus button at the top. You can also open a note already created.
  • The first time you create a new note in S Note the app shows you how to use the camera to import images. Next the app will asks you to pick a mode.


  • To change this after the first time the user launches the app, open a note or create a new note and then tap on the finger icon at the top of the S Note screen.
  • If the icon shows the circle with the line through it on top of the hand then the app’s in S Pen only mode.
  • If the circle with the line through doesn’t show up on the hand, then it’s in S Pen and finger mode.

Import Photos Into Notes

Sometimes when taking notes the phone doesn’t fit to well into a person’s usage, that’s why Samsung lets people import handwritten notes on paper or a whiteboard. To do this, use the phone’s camera within the app.

  • The first time you creates a new note by tapping the plus icon in the upper right corner, the app will show you how to insert photos from the camera or the photos on the phone.
  • On the toolbar of a note, there’s a camera icon between the big T that stands for text and the cloud with a dotted line.
  • Tap on the camera and S Note opens the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Camera app, or whatever default camera app you choose.
  • The first time you this, an overlay explains how to use the camera features in S Note.
  • Read the helpful tips and then tap on OK to clear it.

photo note

In the Camera app there are five icons as follows in clockwise order starting at the top left corner:

  • Flash button – tap to toggle between flash on or off
  • Auto or Manual – this button looks like a square with the word AUTO or MANUAL in it and it toggles between auto selection mode or manual selection mode. This is useful for importing a page and this selects the page so that the camera only imports the page and not the table or desk under the page.
  • Grid lines – this toggles the grid lines on or off to make it easier to line up a page to import into S Note
  • Camera shutter button – tap to take a picture
  • Photos app – tap to open the photos app and select a photo already stored on the phone to import it into a note instead of taking a new image with the camera

Use flash in dark rooms and set the auto/manual to auto unless the camera app can’t find the edges of the page you want to import. Turn on the grid lines because they make it easier to line things up.
If you already have an image on the phone that you want to import, tap the camera icon from the S Note toolbar and then select the Photos icon. To take a new photo tap the shutter release button.
After taking a shot, the app tries to find the edges of a page by default. If it can, then it will import the page into S Note. If not, it will put the photo in S Note ready for you to edit.

Resize the photo to make it fit where you want it by dragging from one of the blue circles on one of the four corners or on one of the four sizes.
The circle just above the photo connected by a line will rotate the photo. Tap and drag it left and right to turn the photo around.
A toolbar shows up either above or below the photo. Slide left and right to show all the editing buttons.

Editing Buttons

  • Properties – shows key details about the image and lets you edit the width, height, aspect ratio and send it to the back of the page so that other objects, text or writing shows up on top of the image or pull it to the front to place over other objects. You can also put a frame around the text or add image effects like turn it into a negative, black and white, pen sketch, etc.
  • Convert to edit – converts the image into lines which you can edit. The apps will process it and then show a line art drawing version of the image.
  • Crop – crops the note so you can get rid of unneeded content in the image
  • Cut – cuts the image so you can move it to a new place in the note
  • Copy – copies the image leaving the original in place so you can later paste it somewhere else in the note
  • Delete – removes the image from the page 

Make Custom S Pen Presets

You can customize the pen presets in S Note.

pen stylus

  • Open a note and tap on the large pen icon in the upper left corner.
  • If S Note was in some mode other than pen mode, the pen icon will look like a tiny black pen.
  • In pen mode it looks like the tip of the real S Pen.
  • Tap the black icon to put the app in pen mode and tap the pen icon again to bring up the Pen settings box.
  • The available pens show up in the Pen tab.
  • S Note doesn’t ship with any presets, so configure the pen using the Pen tab and then tap on the plus icon in the top part of the Pen settings box next to the X that closes the box. This adds a Pen Preset to the Presets tab.

For Pen Styles

S Pen offers 7 pen styles. Choose one and then select the pen width using the slider below the pens. Then pick a color from the color selection section of the box. The arrows show more rows of pen colors. The rainbow-colored square lets you pick a custom color even if it doesn’t show up on the rows of colors. The eye dropper lets you select from a color in the current note. This works best when drawing or painting or to match the colors in a photo.
After adding some Pen Presets, choose the Presets tab to see the available Pen Presents. Tap on one and the box closes and you can now write or draw with the chosen pen.


There’s also an eraser pen, but you can open it from the app’s main. You can also customize it in the Pen settings box. To change the eraser size, tap and hold on the eraser button on the main app toolbar. A new box pops up with a size slider and an ERASE ALL button that clears the note page.


Text settings box

Tap on the T button which turns on the text typing tool. Press and hold it to bring up the settings box. The box shows an example of the chosen font. You will see drop down buttons for font face, font size and three buttons for bold, italics and underline font. The color selection sits at the bottom of the settings box.

three pens

At the bottom of the S Note screen there is round button with three pens on it. Tap it to bring up the Pen Presents box. This makes choosing presents faster than opening the Pen settings box from the top toolbar. This doesn’t show up if you didn’t add any pen presets.

Record Sketching

  • If you want to draw something and show someone else how to draw S Note will record the sketching.
  • Open a note and tap the three vertical dots on the toolbar to open the note menu.
  • Choose Record sketching and a tiny toolbar shows up on-screen.
  • Tap on the red record button and start writing or drawing.
  • Tap on the button again to stop the recording.
  • Play it back using the play button.
  • You can also delete the note from the toolbar.
  • Save it and then open it later to show someone how to draw something, like a picture you want to use to teach someone else how to draw.
  • The record toolbar is movable. Tap and drag on the left edge of the toolbar and move it around on the screen to move it out of the way.
  • Unfortunately there’s no way to export this recording as a video file for others to enjoy outside of S Note.

Export Notes to Other Applications

Using the Android sharing feature, one can export notes to other apps in PDF, Text or JPG format. There’s a couple of ways to do it.


From the main screen of S Note, where your notes show up, tap on a settings icon on top of the note’s cover. A menu pops up. Choose Export to export will export the note as either a JPG file or a PDF file to the S Note Export folder on the phone’s storage.
The other method of sharing S Note notes with other apps or other people is to choose Share via. You can choose from four optional formats.

  • S Note file
  • IMage file
  • PDF file
  • Text only

Pick one and the app launches the built-in Android share feature. Select the app from the options shown in the sharing menu. For example, save it to Evernote, email it using Gmail, or load it to Dropbox to name a few.

You can make good use of S Note App. If you find anything else on it share!


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