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Samsung Galaxy S4 Navigation & Gestures

Learn the basics of your Samsung Galaxy S4 plus the special features for multitasking and easier use. We'll show you how to use two apps on the screen together with Multi-Window™. Use Air View™ to preview content before opening it so you waste less time opening content. Turn on Air Gestures™ and Smart Screen to have your phone respond to you without touching it and more.

  1. Galaxy S4 Tips and Tricks

    Shortcuts for sound, video and the notification panel

    Tips & Tricks

    If you use a lot of media on your phone, like music and video, you'll want to check out this video for your Samsung Galaxy S4. Learn how to change shortcuts in the notification panel so you can quickly adjust the sound settings. You'll also see tips for videos.

    Length: 1:28

    Transcript

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  2. Change Motion and Gesture settings

    (ID 79344)
    1. From a Home screen, tap Apps (located in the lower-right).
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Motions and gestures.
      Note If unavailable, tap the Menu icon Menu (located at the bottom-left) then tap Switch to list view.
    4. Select one of the following:

     

    Air Gesture

    Note Air gesture allows control of the device by performing motions above the screen sensor. The air gesture sensor is positioned at the top right of the device above the screen. The sensor can recognize gestures from a distance of under 3 inches at normal speed.

    1. Tap the Air gesture switch to turn on Note or off Note.
    2. Tap any of the following switches to turn on:
      Quick Glance
      When the screen is off, reach towards the device to see important information at a glance
      Air jump
      Scroll web pages in screen-sized jumps
      Air browse
      Move between pictures, pages, or music tracks
      Air move
      Move app shortcuts or Calendar events to different pages
      Air call-accept
      Wave a hand over the screen to accept incoming calls

     

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    Motion

    Note Motion allows control of the device by performing natural hand movements.

    1. Tap the Motion switch to turn on Note or off Note.
    2. Tap any of the following switches to turn on:
      Direct call
      Call contact currently displayed on screen
      Smart alert
      Catch missed calls and messages
      Zoom
      Zoom in or out of the screen when in Gallery
      Browse an image
      Move around an image when zoomed in
      Mute/pause
      Mute incoming calls and pause playing sounds when screen on

     

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    Palm Motion

    Note Palm Motion allows control of the device by touching the screen with the palm of a hand.

    1. Tap the Palm motion switch to turn on Note or off Note.
    2. Tap any of the following switches to turn on:
      Capture screen
      Capture screen by swiping it from right to left or versa with the side of a hand
      Mute/pause
      Catch missed calls and messages

     

    Top



    KB ID 79344

  3. Galaxy S4 Using Multi Wndows

    Using Multi-Windows

    Multi-tasking on your Samsung Galaxy S4 is easy with Multi Window. This video shows how to turn on Multi Window, and walks you through seeing movie times and then texting them to a friend at the same time.

    Length: 2:01

    Transcript

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  4. Enable Multi-Window

    (ID 79320)

    Note Notes:

    • The Multi-Window feature allows multiple apps to be run on the current screen at the same time.
    • The Multi-Window feature can also be enabled and disabled from the Window Shade Settings Bar.
    • The Multi-Window tab can be hidden/displayed by selecting and holding the Back button from any screen. This action does not enable/disable the app. For further assistance refer to Multi-Window.

     

    1. From a Home screen, tap Apps (located in the lower-right).
      Note These instructions apply to Standard mode only.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Display.
      Note If unavailable, tap the Menu icon Menu (located at the bottom-left) then tap Switch to list view.
    4. Tap Multi-Window to enable or disable.
      Note Enabled when a check mark is present.


    KB ID 79320

  5. How to use Multi-Window

    (ID 79322)

    Note Notes:

    • Ensure Multi window is enabled.
    • The Multi window tab can be hidden/displayed by touching and holding the Back icon Back button icon (located at the bottom right) from any screen. Hiding the tab does not disable the Multi window app.

     

    Launch Multiple Apps
    Adjust the Size of Apps in Multi Window
    Switch Multi Window App Positions
    Make a Multi Window App Full Screen


     

    Launch Multiple Apps

    1. While using one app, tap and hold the Back icon Back button icon.
    2. Tap and drag a second app to the screen.

     

    Top

     

    Adjust the Size of Apps in Multi Window

    1. Tap and hold the white dot between windows.
    2. Adjust (up or down) as preferred.

     

    Top

     

    Switch Multi Window App Positions

    1. Tap the white dot between the two windows.
    2. Tap the Switch app icon Switch window icon.

     

    Top

     

    Make a Multi Window App Full Screen

    1. Tap the window to be removed.
    2. Tap the white dot between the two windows.
    3. Tap X.

     

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    KB ID 79322

  6. Adjusting Air View settings

    (ID 79358)

    Note Air view allows info or details to display when a finger is hovered over the screen.

    1. From a Home screen, tap Apps (located in the lower-right).
      Note These instructions apply to Standard mode only.
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Air view.
      Note If unavailable, tap the Menu icon Menu (located at the bottom-left) then tap Switch to list view.
    4. Tap the Air view switch (located in the upper-right) to enable On indicator or disable Off indicator.
    5. If applicable, tap the following Air view switches to turn ON/OFF:
      Information preview
      Information previews, extended text, or enlarged images are shown when fingers hover over the screen.
      Progress preview
      Preview a scene or show the elapsed time when a finger hovers over the progress bar.
      Speed dial preview
      Show the names of contacts assigned to speed dial numbers when a finger hovers over them.
    6. Tap Sound and vibration feedback to enable or disable.
      Note Play sound and vibrate when hovering over air view items.
      Note Enabled when a check mark is present.


    KB ID 79358

  7. Galaxy S4 Air View™

    How to use Air View

    Hover your finger over messages, pictures and more so you can decide whether to tap to open it without touching the screen on your Samsung Galaxy S4. One useful shortcut is to hover your finger over a number on the keypad, to see your speed dial assignments, so you're sure to call the right person. This video covers how to use this advanced feature.

    Length: 1:27

    Transcript

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  8. Adjust smart screen options

    (ID 79352)

    Note Smart Screen allows the customization of screen settings so the screen is more responsive.

    1. From a Home screen, tap Apps (located in the lower-right).
    2. Tap Settings.
    3. Tap Smart Screen.
      Note If unavailable, tap the Menu icon Menu (located at the bottom-left) then tap Switch to list view.
    4. Select the desired Smart Screen options:
      Note Enabled when a check mark is present.
      Note If prompted, tap OK.
      Smart stay
      When the screen is off, reach towards the device to see important info at a glance
      Smart rotation
      Scroll web pages in screen-sized jumps
      Smart pause
      Move between pictures, pages, or music tracks


    KB ID 79352

  9. Galaxy S4 Air Gesture™

    How to use Air Gestures

    With just a wave of your hand on your Samsung Galaxy S4 you can answer a call or move to the next web page, email or photo. This video shows how to change settings so that you can get started with air gestures. Why not give it a try?

    Length: 1:28

    Transcript

    Show Transcript ∨

  10. © 2015 Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC. Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Modified: 09/03/2015

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