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7 Hidden Galaxy Note 2 Features

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Samsung packs a number of Galaxy Note 2 features into their category leading phablet, many of which are hidden in menus or settings.

These Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hidden features allow users to do more with their smartphone without the need to buy apps or accessories.

Though we do have a great roundup of Galaxy Note 2 accessories that will help users be more productive and enjoy the Galaxy Note 2 better.

For more check out our guide to Mobile productivity on the Galaxy Note 2 and our full Galaxy Note 2 review.

Here are some of the lesser known Galaxy Note 2 features we discovered while using the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

Turn Over to Cancel Calls & Pause Music

The motion sensor in the Galaxy Note 2 can sense when the phone is turned over and can mute an incoming call or turn music off. This feature is great for dismissing a call while in a meeting or grabbing lunch with a friend.

Turn the Galaxy Note 2 over to mute a call or pause music.

Turn the Galaxy Note 2 over to mute a call or pause music.

To turn this on, go to Settings -> Motion -> Turn over to mute/pause -> Check this box.

While you are here, lets turn on several other Galaxy Note 2 features that are tucked into the Galaxy Note 2 settings.

Dial by Picking Up the Phone

Galaxy Note 2 users who are constantly jumping between messages or contacts and the call screen should turn on Direct Dial. With Direct dial, the Galaxy Note 2 senses when the phone is close to your face and will call the contact or person who you are messaging with.

Make a phone call by picking up the Galaxy Note 2.

Make a phone call by picking up the Galaxy Note 2.

To turn this on, go to Settings -> Motion -> Direct call -> Check this box.

Use Two Apps at Once

The Galaxy Note 2 lets owners use two apps at the same time with Multi-Window View. If this mode is not turned on, pull down the notification window and slide the settings widget right to left and tap on the Multi-Window icon. The video below shows how to use Multi-Window view on the Galaxy Note 2.

Hold the back button and a Multi-Window View tab should show up, pull this out and tap and drag an app to the screen to use two apps at once.

Depending on the Galaxy Note 2 model you own and the apps you have installed, you may see different apps in the menu. Not all apps are supported.

Best Photo for Better Group Pictures

The Galaxy Note 2 includes a very nice camera feature that takes several photos of a group and allows the user to pick the best face for each person. This way, if a subject is blinking in one photo and smiling in another the user can select the best face for each user.

To use this, open the camera and tap on the Shooting mode selection, then tap on Best face. Take the photos and then pick the best faces.

Use the S Pen without Touching the Display

The Galaxy Note 2 S Pen is a very handy feature that allows users to control the Galaxy Note 2 without touching the display. By hovering over the Galaxy Note 2 display users can move through screens and can view more information about a message or text.

If this feature is not turned on, tap on Settings -> S Pen -> Toggle Air view On. It’s worth turning off sounds and haptic feedback unless you enjoy extra alerts.

Check Alerts Without Touching the Galaxy Note 2

With Quick Glance, the users can move their hand over the screen while the Galaxy Note 2 is on a table and the screen will turn on showing missed calls, text messages and battery life.

To turn this on go to Settings -> Motion -> Quick glance -> Check this box. After doing this, tap on Advanced settings to choose what items are shown. Users can pick from missed calls, messages battery life, current music and the status bar.

Automatically Share Photos

With Share Shot the Galaxy Note 2 can automatically share photos to other Samsung devices as you take them. Link up the Galaxy Note 2 to other compatible smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S3.  Once linked up the photo will go to the other smartphones automatically.

To set this up, open the camera app on all the phones and select Share Shot from the Shooting mode menu on the left. Follow the instructions to link up all of the phones. Then start taking photos and the Galaxy Note 2 and they will automatically share to the other phones. Even after the connection is over the photos will remain on the other devices.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

14 Comments

  1. Bhavna Singh

    02/27/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Great Post!!! It helps in exploring some hidden features of samsung note 2…

  2. Manoj Gendley

    03/03/2013 at 2:52 am

    All the seven features are exciting and wonderful in Samsung galaxy note 2 but battery life and heating problem of set is very much disappointing. Somebody can solve my problem, then it is best phone.

    • Todd

      03/04/2013 at 8:22 am

      Try Juice Defender! It’s unbelievable.

      • blaze

        03/06/2013 at 3:51 pm

        Why would you want that program on this Beautiful phone? From my past experiences with that program, battery drain . The unit already has great battery life. I’ve had 16hrs on low and up too 1d8hrs on high if not too much activity.

        • Todd

          03/06/2013 at 9:47 pm

          Very good, then you don’t need it. The person who wrote the question, however, apparently could use it.
          Different strokes…

          • blaze

            03/07/2013 at 4:20 am

            Sounds like you need it w that weak ass comment

        • Manoj Gendley

          03/07/2013 at 8:01 pm

          I leave my house from early morning around 6 AM to office and return to my house around 9 PM within these period i use Sam gal Note 2 phone, movie and music. Its battery drain off within these period and if i want to call then it becomes very difficult to make call due to battery problem.

          One another problem in alarm. i put a alarm for morning and switch off the phone to save battery back up. So in off position alarm does not ring in its schedule alarm time.Does alarm does not work in off position of phone ? but in other phone it alarms in even off position also.

          • blaze

            03/08/2013 at 9:24 am

            Take it back to your provider and get that fixed or a new one. Mines has no problems like this. You should be getting at least 13 hours min on this phone. Make sure your apps like mail are not running in background etc. And make sure gps is off. Close all apps not being used.

    • tanerjay

      04/12/2013 at 10:48 pm

      You need to take it in my note 2 has fabulous battery time and has never over heated. My note 1 did that all the time and the battery was awful.

  3. Maree

    05/21/2013 at 7:04 pm

    I think you have a lemon Manoj. I use my phone constantly throughout the day including power sucking games and I get a minimum of 13 hours, generally over 24 hours. Only charging every second day. No heat problems either.

    I did have the heat issues with my HTC and that turned out to be a faulty motherboard so get them to check that.

  4. Maneesh

    06/07/2013 at 2:56 pm

    They should have a solar panel installed on the back of the smartphone, or the touch screen glass should be heat and UV absorbing material that can transform the external solar energy into electricity. This will give the smartphone some regenerative capabilities, and less plugging in….and also more time utilized on the phone than recharging it every day. I thought these guys in Samsung would have figured this out, but then again….how are they going to market their new products if they make a single perfect device which you wouldn’t mind using for the next 10 years? (giggles)

  5. Jason P

    10/03/2013 at 8:42 pm

    I really want to get the NOTE 3 but its $350 the NOTE 2 is $250, and with the NOTE 3 being so new OTTERBOX company doesn’t know when there will be an OTTERBOX DEFENDER case made for it. So with all that being said ill just probably go with the NOTE 2 (priced cheaper and there is an OTTERBOX DEFENDER case available for it.)

    • blaze

      10/04/2013 at 7:41 am

      yes good choice,stay w the note 2 unless your in need of a new phone. im going to wait for up date ,and see if the price of the watch goes down or if that can be considered.an upgrade. I really think$300 is to steep for a watch thats not quality materials like some other brand watches,that you just use for time pieces.jmo..what ever your choice is ..good luck.

  6. hargun singh

    04/18/2014 at 4:32 am

    when will the kitkat version of note 2 launched

    i m using the note 2 and it is the best phone ever

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