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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tips and Tricks, the ultimate How-To guide

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a powerful device packed with a large Infinity display, S Pen, dual rear camera and more useful features that make the Galaxy Note 8 far more superior in comparison of its predecessor. That’s why we created this ultimate guide to show you how you can get most out of your Galaxy Note 8.


Edge Screen

Settings and Features

S Pen





The Galaxy Note 8 is equipped with a 6.3 inch of Super AMOLED display that comes with default FHD+ (2220×1080) resolution and supports up to WQHD+ (2960X1440) resolution. Apart from its high resolution, the display also looks extremely beautiful and bright and takes good care of your eyes through different features.

Adjust Resolution:

To adjust the Screen Resolution, go to Settings > Display > Screen Resolution > Drag the slider on WQHD+ > tap Apply. Eventually, more resolution means more graphics process and increased battery consumption, so use it if only needed otherwise stick with the default FHD+ resolution.

Turn On Bluelight Filter:

To enable Blue light filter head back to Display Settings > Blue Light Filter > Toggle On/Off. You can also choose the opacity of the filter and the activation time.

Choose a Screen Mode:

Navigate to Settings > Display > Screen Mode, select a Screen mode that suits your eyes. You can also play with color schemes in the color balance section.

Edge Screen:

Your Galaxy Note 8 comes with an Edge screen to quickly and easily access apps, contacts, and other information. By default, Apps edge, People edge, and Smart select are turned on. To turn on other edge screens, touch settings in the edge screen.

Reposition Edge Screen Handle:

You can reposition the Edge screen handle up and down the side of your screen for more convenient use.
To do this Swipe the Edge Screen Handle > Settings > More Options > Handle Settings > Select a preferable position from Left or Right.

Apps shortcuts with Apps Edge:

Access your most frequently used apps quickly via the Edge screen.
To do this Swipe the Edge Screen Handle > Tap on ‘Add’/’+’ button > Touch the app you want to add to the app edge panel. Now you can use the app that you recently added in the edge panel.

Settings and Features:


When you’re catching up on news or reading a long magazine piece, you don’t want the screen to turn off on you. Enable Smart Stay to keep you and your phone tuned in.
To enable SmartStay, Settings > Advanced features > Smart Stay > Toggle the switch to turn ON the feature.

Font and Zoom:

With Screen zoom and font settings, you can adjust the visual settings of the zooming sensitivity and the font size as well as Font style.
To customize these features, go to Settings > Display > Font and screen zoom > From here you can select Screen Zoom, Font Size of the UI, and Font Style.

Game on with Game Launcher

Game Launcher automatically arranges all your games in one place and provides additional features that are useful for playing games.

To use it, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Game > Game Launcher, Toggle the switch to Turn ON/OFF. Once it’s done the launcher will appear on the home screen.

Shift to Landscape Mode:

You can set your Galaxy Note 8′ Home screen to landscape mode to watch your favorite videos, images, or any content you want by default it is set to OFF.
To activate this feature, go to Settings > Display > Home screen > Toggle Portrait mode only to Off and rotate the device. Now rotate the device to see the whole contents in landscape mode.

One Hand Mode:

Hands aching from all that corner-to-corner reaching? Enable one-handed mode to reduce the display size for easy corner-to-corner access.
To activate it go to Settings > Advanced Features > One-Handed Mode, Toggle to it ON or OFF > Select Gesture or Button to perform the action.

Finger Sensor Gestures:

This feature allows you to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to lower the notification shade without having to reach to the top of your screen and same goes to swipe up for closing the notification bar.

To activate it go to Settings > Advanced Features > Finger Sensor Gestures, Toggle the switch to ON or OFF.

Try Dual Messenger:

With Dual Messenger, you can use two separate accounts for the same app. To activate it, go to Settings > Advanced Features > Dual Messenger, Toggle to turn ON or OFF.

Apps on Full-Screen Mode:

Galaxy Note 8 comes with an Infinity display, as a result, some apps don’t use the full screen and sometimes it appears with black bars on the top and the bottom. With Full-Screen Mode, you can stretch out a single app on to capture the whole screen of Note 8 device.
To make sure it is ON, Go to Settings > Display > Full-Screen Apps > Select the app that you wish to stretch out in full-screen mode from the given app list or just set it to all apps.

App Icon Badges:

Sometimes when you have a bunch of notifications in one app, some slip by unseen – like when your friend is messaging you at rapid speed in that social media app. Use app icon badges so you never miss an alert.
Whenever there’s an app notification, a badge appears on the corresponding app icon. When you dismiss the notification, the icon disappears.

To activate this feature, go to Settings > Home Screen > App icon badges > Toggle ON the switch and select a Badge style given below.

SplitScreen Multitasking / Multiwindow:

With help of SplitScreen feature, Apps that support Multi-window are displayed one on top of the other on a parallel view. You can switch between the apps, adjust the size of their display on the screen, and copy information from one app to the other.

To use two apps in split screen mode, touch Recent (located to the left side in the navigation bar by default) to launch the app in the split screen view, touch the Multi Window icon, which is located to the left of the X icon in the desired app’s window. If the Multi Window icon is not available, that app does not support split screen view.

The app is now pinned to the top window. A list of your recently used apps will be displayed in the bottom window. To open the second app in the bottom window, touch an app, or touch APP LIST to view all apps available in split screen view. Select the app you want to open as the second app.

You can also create an app pair by pressing the + icon on the toolbar or can close the split screen mode anytime by pressing the ‘X’ button.

Create App Pair:

App Pair is a convenient way to streamline your multitasking. By pairing two apps you often use together in Multi Window mode, it makes it easy to open those two apps at once from the Home screen.

To create an app pair, swipe out the Edge Panel > Tap on ‘Add’/’+’ button > Touch Create App Pair > Select the first app that’ll open on the Top and a second app that’ll be launched on the bottom in the split screen mode > Tap Done. Now you can go back to the edge panel to launch the app pair that you created.


Want to capture the screenshot? here comes the solution.

To capture a screenshot, press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time. Another way to capture screen is ‘Palm Swipe’, To use this feature make sure it is activated in Settings > Advanced Features > Toggle On/Off.

After this open, the content screen that you want to capture, place the side of the palm of your hand on the edge of the screen and swipe it across to the other end in a decent motion.

In addition, you can also take the screenshot of a scrollable content or page and to do this take a screenshot from one of the above-mentioned steps and after that, a toolbar will pop up just above the navigation bar. There, check an option called “Scroll Capture” click on that to capture screen contents in a scrollable manner.

S Pen:

The S Pen unlocks Galaxy Note 8’s powers to help you do things faster, better and create what you want. Whether it’s jotting down ideas on the fly or sketching what inspires you, it raises the bar on whatever you thought was possible.

Air View:

Air View lets you interact with your phone’s screen without touching it. With the feature on and the S Pen held near the screen, you can preview picture albums, view calendar details, or scroll through lists.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Advanced features.
  4. Touch S Pen.
  5. Touch Air view.
  6. Swipe to the left to access descriptions of the Air View feature.
  7. Press the Home key to return to the Home screen.
  8. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
  9. Touch Gallery.
  10. Remove the S Pen and then touch an empty area to close Air Command.
  11. Hover the S Pen over an album for an expanded view of the pictures in the selected album.

Air Command and Settings:

Another related feature of S Pen is Air command, which can be activated the moment you pull out the S Pen and grants an even greater degree of functionality by providing useful shortcuts to speed up your workflow. You can select any app from the shortcut and can also add/delete an app from the S Pen settings. Follow the instructions below.

Edit Shortcuts, go to Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen > Shortcuts. from here you can select the apps and delete previous ones.

To turn on/off the Air command Floating Icon, go to Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen > switch the toggle on Floating icon to ON/OFF the feature.

Create A GiF:

Using the Smart Select feature, you can create 15-second animated GIFs of on-screen content. GIFs you create are saved in Gallery > Animated GIF.

  1. For this example, we’re going to create a GIF from a video clip. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
  2. Touch Gallery.
  3. Select a video to play.
  4. If necessary, advance the video to the section you want to record.
  5. Remove the S Pen to open Air Command and then touch the Smart select icon.
  6. Touch Animation.
  7. Touch and drag the edge of the frame to adjust the size of the recording window.
  8. Touch Record to start the video.
  9. Touch STOP to pause while recording, or wait 15 seconds for each video to be recorded.
  10. Touch Save.
  11. Press the Home key to exit.

Create a Note:

With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Notes app replaced S Note (old version). It lets you create notes using the keyboard, S Pen, or both. You can add pictures, voice memos, videos, and much more. Choose from predefined templates or start with a blank note.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.
  2. Touch the Samsung folder.
  3. Touch Samsung Notes.
  4. To skip the tutorial, touch SKIP.
  5. Touch Create.
  6. Touch Pen mode.
  7. Select a pen type, pen size, and ink color. Touch CLOSE to exit the menu.
  8. Use your S Pen to write or draw across the screen.
  9. Touch SAVE to save the Notes file.
  10. Touch Back navigation key to view your saved Notes files

Live Messages:

Create a short animated message by drawing or writing with the S Pen.

  1. Remove the S Pen to open Air Command.
    Note: When the S Pen is removed, Air command is set to open by default. You can change the settings to Open Air Command, Create a note, or Do nothing. Learn more about Open Air Command.
  2. Touch Live message.
  3. To adjust the effects, touch Pen effects.
  4. Select the desired effect.
  5. For this example, touch Sparkle.
  6. To adjust the thickness, touch Thickness and swipe the slider.
  7. To change the color, touch Color and select the desired color.
  8. Use your S Pen to write or draw across the screen.
  9. When finished, touch DONE.
  10. To share the animation, touch SHARE.
  11. Select the desired method and then follow the on-screen instructions to set the recipients.

Off Screen Memo:

The Screen-off memo feature lets you write memos while the screen is off by detaching your S Pen.

To Jot a Screen Memo, Remove the S Pen while the screen is turned off > Write anything you want on the screen, you can add more pages if you like by tapping on the More icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Once finished tap on Save Notes and you can review it any time by jumping back to the Notes app.

Choose What to When S Pen is Removed:

You can also choose whether what you want to do when you remove the S Pen from inside the Note 8 or just do nothing.

To select an action, go to Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen > tap on ‘When S Pen is removed’ > from here you can select an action that you prefer best.


With Galaxy Note 8 you can monitor your phone’s battery life and also prevent it from a quick drain. There are options that could help to achieve this goal.

To use optimize battery, Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery, here you can check your phone’s battery usage and activate the Power saving mode which allows you to extend battery life through selecting a power saving mode (OFF/MID/MAX), time of the power saving based on these three modes.

Below above-mentioned options, there’s an “App Power Monitor” feature that puts selected apps to sleep so they do not use battery power when it is not being used.


It’s better to put a screen lock to increase your phone’s security. Pattern, PIN, Password and Biometric locks provide better protection than Swipe lock and are all configured from the Screen lock type menu. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also supports fingerprint scanner and iris scanning. These all provide a full-fledged security for your Note 8 flagship. Follow along with the instruction below.

Security Lock Type:

To activate these securities, Go to Settings > Lock screen and security, Here you choose the screen lock type you want to use.

Store secretly with Secure Folder:

The Secure Folder allows you to keep your private files, images, and even apps in a separate secured folder. You can store content in and out of the Secure Folder, and personalize the lock type used to access the folder.

To create a Secure Folder, go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Secure Folder. After this, you need to sign in/create a new account and after that set up a security method whether it is a Pin, Password, Fingerprint or Iris type. Congratulations your secret vault is now set to store any personal data.


In the mood for some screen decoration? Customize the themes and icons on your phone to your taste. You can change the wallpaper, adjust icons, and download themes to your phone. In addition, you can also customize and add options like a widget to your Lock Screen alongside Always on Display feature.

Download and Apply: Theme, wallpaper, icons, and AODs:

To download a theme, Go to your Home screen, touch and hold an empty area, and then touch Themes. Select the desired theme, view the details, hit download and then tap APPLY. This process goes the same for downloading Icons, Wallpapers, and AODs.

Customize: Always on Display, Clock Styles and Facewidgets:

Always On Display: This feature allows you to take a glance access to the time, calendar, notifications and more, all without unlocking your phone. Moreover, it’s fully customizable.

To activate Always On Display: Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Always On Display > Toggle the switch to turn Always On Display ON or OFF. To show the Home button and a clock or information on the standby screen, select the Home button and clock.

Clock Style: You can customize the clock’s color and style that will appear on the AOD such as – horizontal, digital, analog, even a world clock or photo can be displayed.

Follow these steps and never ask for the time again. Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Clock and FaceWidgets. Touch Clock style, and then select the desired Clock style or color.

Face Widgets: With this Facewidgets, you can get quick access to useful information on the lock screen/Always On Display, even when you’re using a secure screen lock type.

To use face widgets, Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Clock and FaceWidgets > FaceWidgets. Select Face Widgets and you can also position of the Facewidgets. Moreover, you can also rearrange the order of facewidgets from top to bottom.

Customize Navigation Bar:

The Navigation bar on your phone gets you where you need to go, and you can make it work for you even more. Make the background your favorite color, or rearrange the button order if it’s not to your liking. Any way you want it, you got it

Go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar, here you can customize the navigation bar.

Customize HomeScreen:

When it comes to your Home screen, customization is the name of the game. You can change it up by switching the layout, resizing the grid, and you can even bring back the old All Apps button. So, you get to do you.

    • Home screen layout: You can choose to remove the separate Apps page. All of your apps will be added to a Home screen.
    • Home screen grid: You can change the grid structure of the Home screen. The available settings are 4×5, 4×6, and 5×5.
    • Apps screen grid: Choose a dimension option to determine how icons are arranged on the Apps screen. The numbers indicate how many icons can be placed horizontally by how many icons can be placed vertically.
    • Apps button: You can add the old All Apps button to the Home screen. This will replace the right button on the bottom of the Home screen.
    • Hide apps: You can hide the apps what you want.

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