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Adjusting Samsung-Specific Settings

On top of the regular Android features, Samsung has added some that only work on their phones. Here is how to set those settings. For this section, assume that all screens start on the Settings screen.

Home Screen Mode

Home Screen mode changes which widgets are placed on your Home screen and how many you have on the Home screen. Easy mode places a lot of widgets that have shortcuts to many apps.

  1. Touch Home Screen Mode under the Device section.
  2. Touch to choose Basic Mode or Easy Mode.
  3. Touch to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Blocking Mode

Blocking mode enables you to choose a time period when notifications are blocked. This would normally be while you are asleep, but it could be anytime you choose.

  1. Touch to enable or disable Blocking Mode.
  2. Touch to configure Blocking Mode.
  3. Touch to enable or disable blocking all incoming calls while in Blocking mode.
  4. Touch to enable or disable blocking all notifications while in Blocking mode.
  5. Touch to enable or disable blocking all alarms and timers while in Blocking mode.
  6. Touch to enable or disable blocking the LED indicator while in Blocking mode.
  7. Touch to set the Blocking mode to Always. Uncheck to set it for a specific period.
  8. Set the period of time when Blocking mode is automatically enabled and disabled.
  9. Touch to configure which contact’s calls will get through when Blocking mode is enabled.
  10. Touch to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

Motion

Motion has a number of features that enable you to use hand movements and phone movements to show information and perform certain functions.

  1. Touch to enable or disable Motion.
  2. Touch to configure Motion.
  3. Touch to enable or disable Quick Glance, which displays key information such as number of missed calls, number of unread emails, and battery percentage if you reach toward your phone while the screen is off.
  4. Touch to enable or disable Direct Call, which enables you to lift the phone to your ear to automatically place a call to a contact whose phone number is on the screen.
  5. Touch to enable or disable Smart Alert, which vibrates the phone as you pick it up if you have missed any calls or messages.
  6. Touch to enable or disable Double Tap to Top, which allows some apps to scroll to the top of a list if you double-tap the top of your Galaxy Note II.
  7. Touch to enable or disable Tilt to Zoom, which enables you to tilt your phone to zoom in and out of images.
  8. Touch to enable or disable Pan to Move Icon. To use this feature, touch and hold an icon to start moving it, and instead of moving it left and right, move the phone left and right to scroll between Home screens.
  9. Touch to enable or disable a feature that allows you to move around a zoomed-in image by moving your phone rather than swiping around the image.
  10. Touch to enable a feature that enables you to shake your phone to manually update content when in certain apps or settings screens. Examples include checking for new email, scanning for Bluetooth devices, or scanning for Wi-Fi networks.
  11. Scroll down for more settings.
  12. Touch to enable or disable a feature that mutes your phone when you turn it over.
  13. Touch to choose what information is shown when Quick Glance is enabled in step 3.
  14. Touch to enable or disable a feature that allows you to take a screenshot by swiping across the screen with the side of your hand.
  15. Touch to enable or disable a feature that allows you to mute or pause sounds by covering the screen with your hand.
  16. Touch to save your changes and return to the previous screen.

S Pen

The S Pen Settings screen enables you to configure how your S Pen behaves and even makes it possible for your Galaxy Note II to alert you if you leave your S Pen on the desk and walk away.

  1. Touch S Pen.
  2. Touch to change the dominant hand from left handed to right handed.
  3. Touch to change the sound that is played when you detach your S Pen.
  4. Touch to enable or disable a feature that opens Popup Note, which is a mini version of S Note, when you detach your S Pen. This can be useful for writing quick notes.
  5. Touch to enable or disable S Pen detection, which saves the battery. S Pen detection enables your Galaxy Note II to detect when you remove the S Pen from its holder.
  6. Touch to enable or disable S Pen Keeper that alerts you if you leave your S Pen lying around and walk away without it.
  7. Touch to enable or disable Air View. See the Prologue to learn more about Air View.
  8. Touch to configure which Air View settings are enabled.
  9. Touch to enable or disable sound and haptic feedback while using the S Pen.
  10. Touch to save your changes and return to the previous screen.
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