8 essential S Pen tips for Galaxy Note 20
PCWorld|November 2020
Even if you’ve been using an S Pen for years, you’ll want to know where Samsung has added new features and functionality.
RYAN WHITWAM

Some of us just never got over our love of pens and pencils, and Samsung’s latest Note 20 phones (go.pcworld.com/nt20) are here to scratch that itch. They cost a pretty penny ($1,300 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra), but now you can do even more useful things with the S Pen stylus, assuming you can sort out the myriad features Samsung bundles with the phones. Here are eight awesome features of Samsung’s new S Pen to get you started.

1. AIR ACTIONS

Air Actions, one of Samsung’s signature S Pen features, is back on the Note 20 with even more functionality. You can use the S Pen button to launch the camera (long-press) and snap photos (short-press). It also supports more apps, including Samsung AR Doodle, Samsung Gallery, Snapchat, and Spotify. The gestures vary by app, so make sure to check the details under Settings > Advanced Features > S Pen > Air Actions.

The S Pen can also control media when you’ve got something playing in the background. Simply press the button and draw a line going up in the air to increase the volume. Go down to lower the volume, right to skip a track, and left to go back.

2. UNLOCK WITH S PEN

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