Ultimate Guide To S Pen Features On Galaxy S24 Ultra

Written by: Joanavi Fernan


How To Use S Pen On Galaxy S24 Ultra?

If you've got a Galaxy S24 Ultra in your hands, you're holding onto a world of creativity and productivity that's just waiting to be explored, all thanks to the S Pen. This isn't just any old stylus. It's a super tool that can help you do everything from taking quick notes to creating cool sketches and making it easier to use your phone. The S Pen and the Galaxy S24 Ultra go together like peanut butter and jelly. Together, they can make your smartphone experience smoother, more intuitive, and more fun.

But here's the thing: To get the most out of your S Pen, you need to know what it can do. Let's learn together about all the awesome things your S Pen can do with your Galaxy S24 Ultra.

1. Taking Notes on Videos

The first feature we will look at is taking notes on videos. If you're watching a lecture or video and want to jot down important points, press the S Pen button and tap the screen twice. This action opens up Samsung Notes, where you can start taking notes.

Initially, you might find the note-taking app obstructing the video. To fix this, select the blue bar, then the opacity icon. Here, you can reduce the opacity of the note-taking app, allowing you to view the video behind it while simultaneously jotting down your thoughts.

2. Screen Recording

The S Pen also lets you record the screen as you take notes. Swipe down to open the quick panel and select 'screen recorder .'A countdown will commence, marking the beginning of your recording.

3. Highlighting Key Points

If you wish to emphasize specific points in your video or notes, you can use the pen tool to highlight them. This feature can be handy when reviewing your notes later.

4. Using the Front Camera

For those who prefer a more interactive recording experience, the S Pen offers the option to use the front camera. By selecting the front camera icon, you can record yourself while capturing what's happening on your screen.

Once you're done recording, select the 'stop' option. Your screen recording will be saved to your gallery, where you can access, edit, and share it later.

5. Screen Off Memo

The S Pen also comes in handy when you need to jot something down quickly but your phone is locked. Press the S Pen button and tap the screen once to open the 'screen off memo' feature. Here, you can write down whatever you need.

After you're done, save your note to Samsung Notes or pin it to your lock screen for easy access.

S-Pen Settings on S24 Ultra

6. Circle to Search

One of the most intriguing features of the S Pen is the ability to circle an item on your screen to search for related information. Suppose you're scrolling through a website and stumble upon an interesting image. By pressing and holding the home button, then using your S Pen to encircle the image, you can obtain additional relevant information about that image.

The Circle to search feature isn't limited to images alone. You can also search for text. Open your Samsung Notes, find the text you want more information on, press and hold the home button, and then use your S Pen to circle the text. Google will then provide results relevant to the circled text.

7. Adding Important Text to Notes

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8. Auto Format Notes

The S Pen also allows you to auto-format your handwritten notes. Select the keyboard icon in handwritten notes and choose the new 'notes assist' option. You can then use your S Pen to select the handwritten notes you wish to auto-format.

After selecting, choose the auto format option and select 'meeting notes.' Your handwritten notes will be converted into text and organized into headings and bullet points. You can also choose between different formats depending on your preference. Once formatted, you can add your notes to a new note or copy them for future use.

9. Dragging Images from Websites to Notes

The S Pen takes note-taking to a new level by allowing you to drag and drop images from websites directly into your notes. Open your Samsung Notes and the internet browser in split screen mode. Search for the image you want in your notes, and use your S Pen to select the 'clip subject from background' option.

Only the image part will be selected with this option, excluding any labels. Press and hold the image with your S Pen, and you can easily drag and drop it into your notes. After you've dragged and dropped the idea into your notes, you can use various editing options to customize it further. Using your S Pen, you can highlight sections of the image or even annotate it using the pen tool for labeling. The versatility of the S Pen makes it easy to tailor your notes exactly to your liking.

Similarly, you can drag text from a website straight into your notes. For instance, if you're browsing a website and find a section of text you'd like to reference later, simply press the S Pen button and begin selecting the text. Once highlighted, press and hold the selected text with your S Pen and drag it into your notes.

10. Bringing a Whole Web Page to Your Notes

The next feature we'll explore is the ability to bring an entire web page into your notes. This can be particularly useful when you need to reference a lengthy article or want to annotate a complex infographic.

To do this, open Samsung Notes and pull out the Edge panel. Now, open your internet browser in split screen mode. Navigate to the website you want to add to your notes. Select the 'reader mode' option to view a simplified site version, free from ads and menus.
You'll notice two options: 'Link' or 'Whole Page. Choose the 'Whole Page' option to add the entire site to your notes. Give it a few seconds to load, and voila! The whole website, including all text and images, will be added to your notes.

You can scroll through the added site within your notes, and if you wish, you can edit it. Want to scribble something? Use the pen tool. Need to add or delete pages? Select the 'page sorter' option, which displays all the website pages within your notes. From here, you can select any page and use all the tools available in your notes to customize it.

S Pen Features

11. S Pen-to-Text Feature

Another powerful feature of the S Pen is its ability to convert your handwriting into text. This can be handy when searching for something, but I prefer writing over typing.
For instance, if you're looking for 'brain anatomy' information, simply write 'brain anatomy' using your S Pen. The S Pen will convert your handwriting into text. Once converted, select the search option to view the results.

The S Pen to Text feature isn't limited to just searches; you can also use it for URLs. Suppose you want to visit 'samsung.com. ' Click the URL bar, then write 'samsung.com' using your S Pen. Your handwriting will be converted into text. Select the 'go' option, and the website will open for you.

These features of the S Pen make it a versatile tool that enhances your experience with your Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Whether taking notes, browsing the web, or searching for information, the S Pen helps you do it all easily and efficiently.

12. Generative Edit

One of the most fascinating features of the S Pen is the 'Generative Edit.' Suppose you have an image where you'd like to move a subject closer to another object. 

The Generative Edit feature makes this possible. For instance, imagine you have an image of a soccer player and want to move the player closer to the ball. First, open the image and select the pen icon. Then, choose the 'Generative Edit' option. Now, use your S Pen to press and hold on to the part of the image you want to move, in this case, the player. You can then drag the player closer to the ball.

After positioning the player as desired:

  • Select the 'Generate' option. The software will then process the change and present you with the final result.
  • If you want to compare it with the original image, select the 'View Original' option.
  • Once satisfied with the edit, select 'Done', save the picture, or share it as needed.

13. Smart Select Tool

The 'Smart Select' tool is another handy feature for capturing specific parts of your screen. For example, if you want to capture a particular structure from a website, open the air command and select the 'Smart Select' tool. Use your S Pen to select the area you want to capture.

Once selected, you can make edits, write on it, or even crop the selection. Furthermore, you can pin the captured image to your screen for quick access. Even if you navigate away from the website, the pinned image remains on your screen. You can minimize it for convenience and reopen it whenever you need it.

14. Website Summarization

The 'Website Summarization' feature is a real-time-saver when you need a quick overview of a lengthy web page. After opening the website, if you want to summarize, select the 'Browsing Assist' option, followed by 'Summarize.' The software will then generate a summary of the website.

You can customize the detail level of the summary by selecting 'Summary Style' and choosing between 'Brief' or 'Detailed .'Once the outline is generated, you can copy it to your clipboard and use it in your notes.

For example, open Samsung Notes and take out the Edge panel. Scroll to the clipboard to find the website summary. Press and hold the summary using your S Pen, then drag and drop it into your notes. You can edit the summary within your notes as you please.

15. Air Actions with S Pen

'Air Actions' is a feature lets you control your device using gestures with the S Pen. It's like having a magic wand in your hand.

For example, if you're holding your S Pen and pressing and holding the S Pen button, it will turn on your camera. Yes, you heard that right! No need to fumble with buttons or swipe through screens. Once the camera is on, you can take a picture simply by pressing the S Pen button again.

But that's not all. You can also switch to video mode using an air gesture. Press the S Pen button and make a swiping motion in the air. Your camera will switch to video mode. The same air gesture principle applies when you want to access more options or switch modes (photo, portrait, etc.).

If you want to customize these air actions, it's simple. Go to your device settings, scroll down, select 'Advanced Features,' then choose Pen.' The first option you'll see is 'Air Actions'. Select this, and you can customize your air actions to your heart's content.

S Pen AI Features on s24 Ultra

16. Unlocking Your Device with S Pen

Unlocking your device is another function that can be performed using your S Pen. Lock your S24 Ultra, then press the S Pen button twice quickly. Your device will unlock, bypassing the security.

To enable this feature, go to settings and select 'Advanced Features,' then choose S-Pen.' Scroll down inside the S Pen settings and select 'More S Pen Settings .'The first option here is Pen Unlock'. Enable this feature and follow the instructions provided.

17. Screen Write Feature

The 'Screen Write' feature is another handy tool for sharing information. Suppose you're reading a book and stumble upon some interesting information. You want to share this with a friend.

Open the air command and select the 'Screen Write' tool. It will take a screenshot of your current screen. You can use your S Pen to write notes or highlight important sections. Once you're done, select the 'share' option. You'll be presented with different platforms to share your annotated screenshot.

These S Pen features truly transform how you interact with your device. The ability to control aspects of your device with air gestures, unlock your phone, or take and share annotated screenshots enhances the user experience, making it more efficient and personalized.

18. Using S Pen for Translation

The next feature we'll explore is the translation tool, which you can use with your S Pen. Imagine opening a website in Japanese and wanting to understand its content. With the S Pen and the translation tool, it's a breeze.

Open the air command and select the 'Translate' tool. Then, bring your S Pen closer to the text you want to translate. The translation will appear on the screen. This can be done for any piece of text on the website.

But what if you want to translate the whole website? That's where the new 'Browsing Assist' feature comes in. Select 'Browsing Assist' from the air command, then choose 'Translate.' The entire website will be translated into English. If you wish to view the original Japanese version again, a 'Show Original' option is available.

19. Extracting Text from Images

The S Pen also allows you to extract text from images. Open an image that contains the text you want to extract. Tap the 'T' icon, then press and hold on the text using your S Pen. Choose 'Select All' and either add the text to your notes or copy it.

To access the copied text, pull out the Edge panel. The text will be available in your clipboard, ready to be used anywhere you need it.

20. Signing PDF Files

Another practical application of the S Pen is signing PDF files. If you need to sign a document, open the PDF file and locate the line for the applicant's signature. Select the 'Edit' option, then use your S Pen to sign the document. It's as simple as that!

Translation Features of  S Pen on S24 Ultra

21. Writing on Videos

Lastly, the S Pen allows you to write on videos. Open a video you want to write on and select 'Edit .'From here, choose the emoji icon to open different tools. Select the 'Live' option, and you can use your S Pen to write anything on your video.

Once done with your writing, select 'Done.' When you play the video, your writing will appear as if it's part of the original footage. You can then share your edited video as desired.

22. Jotting Down Notes on Your Calendar

The S Pen allows you to write directly on your calendar, making keeping track of important dates and events a breeze. To use this feature, open the air command and select 'Write on Calendar .'Now, your S Pen is ready to jot down anything you need to remember, be it a birthday, meeting, or deadline.

Let's say you have a doctor's appointment on the 15th. Just hover your S Pen over that date and write "Doctor's Appointment ."And if you want to make this entry stand out, you can use different tools like the highlighter to emphasize it. Once you're done, hit 'Save,' your handwritten note will be safely stored on your calendar.

23. Opening Apps with a Flick of the S Pen

Another handy feature of the S Pen is its ability to automatically open a specific app when you remove it from your device. For instance, let's say you're in the middle of a brainstorming session and need to jot down some ideas quickly. Just pull out your S Pen from your S24 Ultra, and it will instantly open Samsung Notes, allowing you to start scribbling immediately.

To enable this feature, head to 'Settings' and scroll down until you see 'Advanced Features. Select it, and then go to Pen.' You'll find an option labeled 'When S Pen is removed .'It might currently be set to 'Create Note,' but by clicking on it, you'll see other options like 'Open Air Command' or 'Do Nothing.' Choose the one that suits your workflow the best.

24. Personalizing Your S Pen Experience

Every user is unique, and so should their S Pen experience. Thankfully, the S Pen offers a range of customization options to tailor its functionality to your needs.

To begin personalizing your S Pen, go to 'Settings' and scroll down until you find 'Advanced Features. Click on it, and then select Pen'. Here, you'll see various settings you can tweak to make your S Pen your own.

Whether it's adjusting the sound and vibration, managing shortcuts, or changing what happens when you pull out the S Pen, these settings allow you to create an S Pen experience tailored just for you.

Final Thoughts

Alright, we've covered a lot of ground here, haven't we? But remember, this is just the beginning. Your S Pen has so much more to offer, and it's all there waiting for you to discover.

The real magic happens when you start exploring and playing around with your S Pen. Feel free to get creative with it! After all, it's there to boost your productivity, enhance your creativity, and make your Galaxy S24 Ultra experience even more enjoyable.

So go on, pick up that S Pen, and start experimenting. You'll be amazed at what you can do once you unlock its full potential. And who knows? You might just find a new favorite feature or two.

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Joan F.

I'm a tech nerd who's obsessed with technology and innovation. With plenty of experience in the tech world, I enjoy sharing tips and tricks to help folks get the most out of their devices. When I'm not glued to my screen, you can find me hiking or cooking up in the kitchen.