Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with upgraded hardware and software which lets you do more than a regular smartphone. Along with the Samsung One UI features (currently running One UI 2.1), the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ also have S Pen capabilities.
Whether you’re a new Note user or an S Pen pro, here are 10 best things to do with your Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+.
1. Air Command
The Air Command menu gives you quick access to a customized selection of tools to get the most out your S Pen, whether that’s the Smart Select feature that lets you snip interesting content to share or Live Translate for translating languages on the fly.
- To open the Air Command menu, take out your S Pen and tap the pen icon at the side of your Note10’s screen.
- From there, you can easily customize the tools available.
- To remove an app from the Air Command menu, tap the minus sign on its icon.
- To add more tools, scroll to the bottom and tap Add Shortcuts.
- Now, simply drag the app you want from the left-hand side of the screen to the Air Command menu.
- When you’re done customizing your Air Command menu, just tap the home screen button.
2. Samsung Notes
You can use your S Pen to jot down quick sketches and ideas using Samsung Notes.
- To do so, pop out the pen, open the Air Command menu and choose Create Note.
- The Samsung Notes app will open up and you can start writing right away.
- When you’re done capturing your ideas, simply save your note and you’re all set.
You can also convert your handwriting to text. Within Samsung Notes, tap on the handwriting to text icon at the bottom right, select the handwritten passage you want to convert and it will instantly transform into text. From there, you can copy and paste it into any application you like.
Converting your handwritten thoughts into a Word document is also a snap. Jot down your ideas with your S Pen and Samsung Notes, then tap on the Share option at the top right. You can export your notes directly to a Word file, sharing them with colleagues or saving them for later.
Note: You can also choose to have the Samsung Notes launch whenever you pop out the S Pen, or when you press the S Pen button. To set these shortcuts, go to Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen.
3. Samsung DeX
Samsung DeX lets you use your smartphone as the desktop. Just plug your Note10 into an HDMI-capable display and pair it with a mouse and keyboard to get started.
DeX gives you access to all your mobile apps in a desktop environment complete with multiple resizable windows, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop mouse convenience. Even apps that aren’t fully optimized for DeX can be resized and maximized if you turn on the DeX Labs feature. You can keep using your Note10’s apps without any interruptions, all while enjoying the full flexibility of a desktop experience.
This feature is perfectly suited to a hot-desk environment, allowing employees to nimbly switch from one desk to another — even in different buildings, campuses or cities — with minimal disruption.
4. Transfer Files in a Snap With DeX for PC
With the Note10, you can now take that flexibility one step further with DeX for PC. With a simple USB charging cable, you can now access DeX on your Windows PC or Mac.
DeX for PC lets you bring together your PC and mobile worlds, accessing everything on one screen. You can quickly transfer files between your Note10 and laptop, and interact with your phone apps on your desktop and even get notifications right on your PC.
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5. Setup Fingerprint
One of the first things you should do when you unbox your Galaxy Note 10 is set up security features — especially the Ultrasonic Fingerprint ID. Find all of your security options and their configurations in Settings under Biometrics and Security. With advanced biometric security at your fingertips, you can access your phone and get to work in an instant. Simply touch the screen with your finger and you’re back to work.
Once you’ve registered your fingerprint, use Samsung Pass to automatically log in to your apps and websites with your fingerprint, instead of an old-school password.
Access Samsung Pass by opening the Settings menu and then choosing Biometrics and Security. Once set up, Samsung Pass will prompt you to replace your login and password with your biometrics every time you visit a site.
You can find this setting by opening your Edge Panel and tapping Edit. Sometimes you need to quickly reference one app while you’re working in another. For example, you might want to check your calendar while composing an email to a client.
- To set this up, open the app you’d like to glance at — in this case, your calendar.
- Then, open the Air Command menu and tap Glance.
- Your calendar will appear in a small preview window at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
- You can then open up Outlook to get started on that email.
- To glance at your calendar, simply hover your S Pen over the preview window.
- Just move your S Pen away to minimize it once more.
7. Intelligent Battery Features
You just need to set the Power Mode to Adaptive Power Saving and your Note10 will do the rest. You can still switch to specific settings later if needed. For example, you can select the high-performance battery setting if you’re watching a movie and want maximum brightness and resolution, or you can pick the maximum power saving option if you need to save as much battery life as possible.
8. Use Microsoft Office Natively
Office Mobile is preloaded, giving you access to all your standard files. Simply sign in to your Microsoft account or create one to get started. Outlook is also now the default email application on the Note10. Cloud storage is another key benefit that mobile workers and business owners will find useful. OneDrive is natively integrated and helps you stay organized, making sure any files you create or update while on the go with your Note10 will be accessible when you next open them up on your laptop or desktop.
9. Link to Windows
Link to Windows lets you view your most recent smartphone photos and text messages from your PC. You can also view your phone screen on your PC as it appears on your device.
- To set up Link to Windows, you’ll need to download the Your Phone app on your PC from the Microsoft store.
- On your Note10, pull down the top menu and tap Link to Windows, then sign in using the same Microsoft account you’re using on your PC. Once you’ve successfully linked your Note10 and PC, the name of your PC will show up right underneath the Link to Windows menu option.
10. Bixby Routines
Bixby Routines can create smart routines based on where you are and what you’re doing. All you have to do is choose the routines you want to set up and your Note10 will do the rest.
Just go to Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby Routines. You can pick from a list of recommended routines that are tailored to key moments in your day or, if you have something specific in mind, create your very own.