25 Galaxy Note 3 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

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  1. richard
    10/14/2013

    I love the note 3 , amazing in everyway! Thank you samsung!

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    • Frankie Barrios
      10/14/2013

      I completely agree with you!

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  2. Bigmouth
    10/14/2013

    This is a great list! However, I find it infuriating I can’t set the menu key to activate Google Now instead of S-Finer. Also, that magazine app they have is pretty annoying, too. Memo to phone makers: ALWAYS give me the option of disabling your features.

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    • Jessica
      10/15/2013

      You can change the phone settings to not pull up the Magazine when you push the home button. Just go into the Magazine and hit the menu button on the bottom left side of your phone. Then click on settings. Then you can uncheck the “Open using the home key” box. That helped me.

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      • blaine
        10/17/2013

        Thanks! The magazine popping up was quite annoying.

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      • Kat
        02/04/2014

        Thank you so very much! That magazine opening with the home button was my absolute only pet peeve about my Galaxy note 3!
        I completely appreciate this entire article/tutorial. I love the new things I have learned.
        Sincerely,
        Kat

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    • Yoda
      10/16/2013

      Download a free app from the market called home2 shortcut, you can configure the home button to bring up Google voice search

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    • Brian Cioffi
      10/26/2013

      Also, you can set Google now on your lock screen, by going to lock screen settings. You can open it directly w/o even unlocking your phone. Or long press the home button and it is the center icon. Just my two cents.

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  3. سهـــيل brite
    10/14/2013

    Excellent tips, Shokran! Thanks!

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  4. pintu
    10/14/2013

    Awesome

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  5. pintu
    10/14/2013

    Nice post. Great features. Love this phone with s-pen.

    Good Job.

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  6. Serena
    10/14/2013

    Just got the Note 3 on Friday and I have not been able to set it down!! I keep finding crazy new things about it everytime and people think it’s a tablet when they see it – lol!!

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  7. John Eztogive
    10/14/2013

    I would go for quality instead of quantity.
    The S-voice sound stupid.
    The magazine slide-up is annoying.
    The sound quality is terrible. I have given up listening to my audio books on the built-in speaker: too many options to tweak the sound and none of then makes the cut.
    I can’t remap the buttons. I am forced to use these awkward buttons. I wish I can have a button to launch Google Now instead of having to hold the home button for a while and then tap the Google icon.
    Except for the stylus input, I have turn everything off. I have also uninstall the one they let me uninstall. Most Samsung and AT&T software can’t be removed even though they are completely useless. This phone not designed for speed and simplicity. I am sure this is a great phone for geeks who can root and tweak to their liking.
    I am seriously thinking about returning it but I like the big screen and the stylus.

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    • Manny
      10/14/2013

      Whaaat? This phone can easily be customized for speed and simplicity (without rooting). Yes, it takes some time to go through the options and turn on and off for your personal needs. But, I’d rather have the option than not!
      S-voice: then don’t use it
      magazine: then don’t use it
      sound: yeah, not great, but that’s what headphones or bluetooth speakers are for
      buttons: there’s a menu, home, and back. why would you want to remap? that’d break a lot of app functionality. If you don’t like to hold the home button and then tap the Google icon to get to Google Now then JUST PUT A SHORTCUT ON YOUR SCREEN! Is it that hard?
      can’t remove bloat: do you run out of space? if not, then who cares? throw them into an “unused” folder and never have to look at them again.

      You don’t need to root. You don’t have to be a geek to tweak. Just spend 30 minutes going through the menus and picking what you want active. Then you can have a perfectly speedy and simple phone. That’s the beauty of Android… you get to customize it for your personal needs. If you want a big screen and no ability to customize then just wait for Apple’s eventual solution.

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      • Lord Shaz
        10/15/2013

        Well said.

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      • PS
        10/17/2013

        How to disable some App that I do not want to run, when the “Disable” buttom of these App are dim?

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      • Eazy
        12/14/2013

        You my friend are insane, you would be returning the best phone in the market period! and for those non rooters, You are seriously missing out. You can root your phone and reset your phone back to stock and reset the counter to 0 so it does not look modded. For sound quality I recommend Viper4Android. Just my .02. Ive rooted and modded my phones for years and years and have never ever bricked a phone. If you can read and take your time and have a tiny amount of pc knowledge you will be fine. Not rocket science!!!

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    • Tim
      10/15/2013

      Then return it…however, I’m not sure anything is going to make you happy.

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    • ron
      10/20/2013

      Go back to your simple Iphone,,, they are made for those that want a “simple” phone, voice,text, and music

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    • JB
      11/06/2013

      wow. Amazing how complete ignorance of a phone’s features cause ignorant people like this to blame the phone instead of the user. EVERYthing, save audio quality (use headphones genius, problem solved), is tweakable and adjustable. Though I have a hunch you would complain about nearly everything you have even though the technology we have today is a friggen miracle compared to 5 years ago. You sir, are annoying.

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  8. mary
    10/14/2013

    Love my note 3. Loved the 2, but this is sooo awesome. I knew most of the tops but did learn a few ones. When I get a new device (I go thru my carrier) I spend time in the store learning it. Sometimes I teach the employees, sometimes we learn together. I have not used the voice stuff much, but since I bought the Gear I needed to learn it. Spent time at Verizon today. What we haven’t figured out (question here) is: how do I change the DEFAULT calender notification from 15 minutes (how stupid is that default?!) to, say- 1 day?

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  9. Kader
    10/14/2013

    Thanks a lot for this amazing list

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  10. Abdullah Yunos
    10/15/2013

    Thanks for the tips. It really comes in handy

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  11. bigkenny
    10/15/2013

    Note 3 is the best phone out

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  12. bigkenny
    10/15/2013

    If you don’t know how to fully use the note 3 then go on YouTube they will show you everything they got a video for everything that deals with the settings and apps EVERYTHING

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  13. richard
    10/15/2013

    To john, if you don’t. Like the the note 3 then return the dam thing. That why they allow you to return the phone within a time frame, duh! Or maybe your a iPhone lover, that explains it!

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  14. Ziobeieton Yeo
    10/15/2013

    Great one. Thanks millions

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  15. amzatha
    10/15/2013

    Great list. But, cannot use SideSync with Note 3. Earlier i had S3 which worked like charm for SideSync, but having hard time with Note3. Dissappointed on this particular item and enjoying on all other aspects.

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  16. Jarret
    10/15/2013

    i will go for Note 3…Samsung smartphone is the best preferring

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  17. Patrik Hodapp
    10/16/2013

    How many home screens can you add, I dont get the option to add a new one…

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  18. Nick
    10/16/2013

    Any one know how to set up to where you can preview the incomming message?

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    • Anthony Schimmel
      10/16/2013

      Open messaging, then hit the menu key next to the home button. Then tap settings at the top, tap more, then check the box for preview message. Hope that helps.

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      • carole
        01/29/2014

        looked for the answer to this everywhere got it now thanks heaps

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  19. pcjjk
    10/16/2013

    Just like to stay that I’m really pleased with the Note 3 and prefer it to my old iPhone 5. Still using an iPad as I have a Fitbit tracker which presently doesn’t sync with the Note 3. Thanks for all the above information.

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  20. John Blair
    10/16/2013

    Uhh… where are the HIDDEN Features? While I will admit I am a phone freak, and love discovering stuff,, I am always disappointed when an article is titled like this and then goes on to point out STANDARD features. Yes, there are LOTS of them, but isn’t that Samsungs thing, and has been for the Note and S series from the get go. Next time, how about a descriptive title like “Galaxy Note 3 COOL features or something. Stuff that is a) in the manual and b) was all covered before the phone even got released is not what I would consider “Hidden”

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  21. ironpeddler
    10/17/2013

    anyone know how to activate a sent text tone?

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  22. brian
    10/17/2013

    Your Kidding right?

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    • ironpeddler
      10/17/2013

      no I’m not.

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  23. ironpeddler
    10/17/2013

    Also, is there an easy way to transfer my music files and photos from my iphone to the Note 3? I used the bump app to transfer contacts and it worked great but it will not transfer the other files as they are too large.

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    • mary
      11/06/2013

      Evernote or Dropbox? Music – can you export from computer to a micro card and then insert into the Note?

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  24. Kirk Desilva
    10/17/2013

    how are these features “hidden” anywhere?

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  25. dineshchandgrinesh
    10/17/2013

    Amazing post. The fastest smart phone in the planet

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  26. Alex
    10/18/2013

    Is there a way to use a third party keyboard for typing and switch automatically to the Samsung keyboard for s pen? I saw an app but it requires rooting. There must be something similar without root so I can use swyftkey to type but then write with the pen automatically when I pull it out.

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    • Brian Cioffi
      10/26/2013

      excellent question!!! I want to know the same thing. Unfortunately, I don’t presently have an answer for you.

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    • Digityogi
      11/08/2013

      I use the app: quick keyboard switch

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  27. dana
    10/20/2013

    hi…love this new phone…but one aggravating feature with the texting…it routinely defaults to 2 separate groupings for messages. Ie: during conversations, my old phone would place the next message on the screen according to time received…this phone places new messages at the top of the conversation for sender and receiver? I have to scroll to top of sender…it’s frustrating! any help would be appreciated.

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  28. ron
    10/20/2013

    Most of these features are already on the Note 2…

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    • PinkBananaHammock
      10/25/2013

      True. But the Note 3 just looks sleeker. Plus, the screen resolution is more clear and you can see the screen even when there is sun glare. My Note 2, that I love dearly, fails me on that.

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  29. SNote3
    10/22/2013

    Has anyone experienced the turning on of the Hands Free mode automatically…is this really a bug that Samsung will plan to fix with a firmware update or something?

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  30. Alistair Dale
    10/28/2013

    iSyncr

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  31. steve
    10/28/2013

    I am very satisfy with note 3.
    It is very usefull piece in my pocket.

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  32. Adolfo Franco
    10/31/2013

    Great post! However, I do have to point out it is an insanely expensive device. To justify the purchase (to myself), I like to believe it is a very powerful mini-tablet that (wow) makes calls to boot. Anyways I am very happy.

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  33. Brad
    11/01/2013

    Any one had the SAN (sudden death syndrome) yet . Had to replace my note 3 yesterday after 2 weeks

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  34. Brad
    11/01/2013

    Sorry that was suppose to be SDS

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  35. yetzi
    11/03/2013

    To scroll to the top of the page, change orientation and it will auto scroll to top once you turn it back around.

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  36. yetzi
    11/03/2013

    Ps. That’s tried and tested on NEXT BROWSER.

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  37. Ina
    11/04/2013

    Thant’s a phablet to inspire!!!! Can’t wait to receive mine by the end of the week. Everyone who’s not in love with this gadget is just either too bored of living or too simple-minded to grasp the enormity of options and greatness!!

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  38. Ina
    11/04/2013

    Wow, and 10x for the great collection of features! It’s perfect to read over and over again while waiting for the true thing :)

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  39. nate conanan
    11/04/2013

    S-voice sounds ok on my Note because the S-voice is customizable. I guess you didn’t know that lol

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  40. Alicia
    11/04/2013

    Has anyone figured out how to respond or compose an email using s voice or google?

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  41. Sue Bates
    11/05/2013

    Awesome! I think I am obsessed now with Galaxy Note 3. I found it very interesting nowadays when I see it, and especially now that you reveal some hidden features of it. Terrific cellphone! BalajiWireless.com

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  42. mary
    11/06/2013

    Otterbox came out today!

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  43. mary
    11/06/2013

    Still wondering about changing calendar reminder default. 10 minutes? Get real! Also, anyone else finding that when using speakerphone the other end can’t really hear what you are saying?

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  44. Ken
    11/08/2013

    Thanks for taking the time to put this list together with the video content, very helpful!

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  45. Faisal
    11/13/2013

    First of all
    I would like to thank you for this amazing video, you shone the light on all the galaxy note 3 features, and to be honest, some of them I didn’t even know they exist

    So thank you very much for the effort and I really admire the way you arranged it all

    Last but not least,
    I got a question for you Mr. Smith,
    regarding the video posted at the “USE A USB DRIVE WITH THE GALAXY NOTE 3″ section
    look at the video at the 00:07 to 00:08 tell me if you made a mistake there or no

    Hint: Galaxy Note 3

    Regards,

    Galaxy note 3 user

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  46. Sanam
    11/16/2013

    I just can’t wait to get mine..!!!

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  47. David Chandler
    11/17/2013

    How can i get the spen removal and replace sound to change to that of a lightsaber? I already have the sound files :-)

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    • Phonenvision
      11/20/2013

      Full information and tips for SG Note 3, learned a lot from here, thanks for the awesome works!!

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  48. Jafry
    11/29/2013

    I have this Note 3 for 1 month and only now after reading this article I came to know how nice and powerful the device is. Thank you so much for the author and for the readers additions.

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  49. Wini
    11/29/2013

    Does anyone know how to customize notifications. I would like to hear a sound notifying me of a text message but not for incoming emails.

    Thank you for the help. I am new to the android world.

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    • John Blair
      11/30/2013

      If you want different notification tones for email and texts, start by going to settings. On the Device tabbed section, select sound , then Default Notification Sound. That will be for texts. Now go into your email client. For the built-in email and gmail go to settings then your account. Sellect notifications and options like what sound, vibration etc. If you want different notification tones for Facebook messenger the settings are in the app as well. Just explore like crazy. You can do most anything, but need to spend time poking around.

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  50. Donald Bender
    11/29/2013

    I can’t find the “reading mode” icon on my note 3. When I contacted Samsung support they didn’t know anything about it and suggested that it might only be on some international models. Any ideas?

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    • John Blair
      11/30/2013

      That’s ridiculous, not that you can’t find it, but that Samsung couldn’t help! Reading Mode is under Settings, Display, exactly where it should be. Once you set up what apps use it (Kindle, Nook etc.) you can toggle it on and off from the notification bar. If the toggle isn’t there pull down notifications with two fingers. That shows ALL toggle switches and lets you chage which ones appear normally. Finally, if you cant find some setting in the future (and that is not unusual with a Samsung Flagship, I find deeply buried settings sometimes months into ownership) just go to settings and type what you are looking for in the search box for settings. Yep. Samsung realized how ridiculous the sheer number of options were so they addeda special search box just for settings. It works really well, providing links that take you directly to the setting. Thers no longer much need to rely on tech support that knows less than the customer.

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      • Leif
        04/08/2014

        I have Reading Mode, where you said it was Settings>Display>Reading Mode, but it is not on the pull down notifications on my Note3 (Verizon)

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  51. Rob
    11/30/2013

    I’m not a big fan of the calendar month mode. If I’m not mistaken you must touch the day of interest for the pop up to come on and then hit another day, or back key to get out of it. This may be a deal breaker. I love on the S3 and 4 how when in Month Mode you see the days events listed down below and can fly through look at each day without having to double tap. Uggh, got rid of Windows phone because of this same stupid layout, looks like Note 3 might go bye-bye as well.

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  52. John Blair
    11/30/2013

    Wow. People are really struggling with the Note 3. It’s not much different than other Samsung devices. In your case just select month. Then hit menu (bottom left), and select settings, View Styles. Then choose “Month View Styles”. I think what you want is called “calendar view +list) it gave me what you described. I am not trying to be rude, but it was reasonably easy to find this.

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  53. Phl Offf
    12/14/2013

    Where is the search for %^&*ing moron?

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  54. Jon
    12/24/2013

    I loved the note from the note 1 to the note 3.each one continues to get better. I love the fact that hidden features keeps you finding out new things all the time.

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  55. Andrey
    12/25/2013

    Love the Note 3. But don’t like the headphones(not comfortable and slip out of the ears). Iphone’s headphones are better. Just personal opinion.

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  56. mike
    12/28/2013

    My bose sei2’s work fine. If you are in the market for for a note 3; buy some good headphones. And note 3 blows away anything else i’ve touched.

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  57. mike
    12/28/2013

    Some complaints or its my ignorance. I have heard i can group apps. I need a simple way of doing that. And when i hit the back button i dont want my spen window to be full screen,

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  58. ThemeBowl
    01/04/2014

    Thanks for sharing these tips

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  59. Khalid
    01/08/2014

    First of all thanks for the great list you compiled it is well written and helpful. A minor question on apps I don’t see calculator icon. How can I add just a calendar (as in windows gadgets) and calculator among keys on home page.

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  60. des
    01/22/2014

    my phone just started talking when i open up my browser. i tried turning talk back on then off again and it is still talking. i have tried disableing my talk back and that doesn’t work. can anyone help this only happenes when i open my internet.

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  61. carole
    01/29/2014

    I have downloaded Kies to have access on my pc, so i can view my galaxy note 3 I can get my photos up in the library but cannot view the contacts under the connected devices can anyone help

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  62. dw
    02/08/2014

    I hope I didn’t miss it somewhere but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to stop mobile versions of websites from opening. I prefer desktop or standard versions of websites but can’t figure out how to turn off mobile sites. I have Sprint if it matters. I tried looking for it by opening the menu swiping down from top & do not see the option. Solution?

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  63. harrybollocks
    02/16/2014

    Is it possible to set up the Note 3 so that I only have to enter the password once a day, or, every 24 hours? I dont like having to enter a password every time I want to unlock it. But, I would, for security reasons, like to have it set so that everyday the password must be entered.

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  64. gshillitani
    02/28/2014

    Skiplock on the Google Play store will keep your phone unlocked as long as you are connected to wifi. You can add as many networks as you need to.

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  65. Evren
    03/13/2014

    Thank for great tips. Regards from TURKEY.

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  66. Arshed
    03/13/2014

    Can anybody help me out, Whenever my WIFI catches a signal S voice will open automatically..

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  67. Shawwal
    03/31/2014

    Thanks for everything in this article. found it more awesome than I thought.
    Enjoyed

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  68. seirah
    03/31/2014

    Can’t wait to handle this device. Am getting a quick rush to own it.
    thanks

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  69. Mariam
    04/12/2014

    Hi, I did not follow the instructions to add pages to the home screen. I did not see any option to add more pages. nor did I see any option to adjust the settings. plzz help

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  70. Denise
    04/29/2014

    How can I change how unknown callers numbers are saved in my phone. When I get an unknown caller it enters their number with a preceding + sign. How is this changed?

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  71. werner
    05/09/2014

    I changed my pin for my screen lock and now I cant remember it.
    How can I get back in to it, I don’t mind resetting the whole phone at the moment I am just playing around with it, I am still using my old IPhone

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  72. stephanie
    06/13/2014

    I love my note 3. the only thing I don’t like is that you cant see anything when you’re in sun light. Is there something in the settings for that???

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  73. joe
    06/16/2014

    Mariam, just download ‘nova launcher’ or ‘Aviate’ launcher for a much smoother experience.

    Your welcome.

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    • Raaj
      06/25/2014

      thanks joe, Aviate Launcher is just AWESOME

      Reply

  74. Frank
    07/12/2014

    When I open a video it opens small.It used to open and fill the screen.Can any one help.
    Thanks

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  75. Anil Khatri
    08/04/2014

    I am not able to see hidden photos in my gallery as I try to open show hidden items it goes to main gallery page. Can anyone please help me on this.

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  76. Katie w
    08/27/2014

    Can some 1 help I only just set up back up on phone but the problem is I recorded a video early and means a very lot when I went to watch it carnt find it and don’t no if I delete it please help is they anyway at all that I can restore it back on the phone pls pls help

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  77. BoOmEr
    09/23/2014

    Hi …. my Samsung note 3 open directly the new notifications that i receive just when i relay it … hw can i stop that .. plz help thank you

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  78. prashant
    11/18/2014

    Guys i am using the note 3’s N-900 model and i can not find the slow motion and the fast motion option’s in camera so please some one help me

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  79. Jessica
    12/03/2014

    Hello all, question to anyone who knows. My old Galaxy had a feature to set up different settings shortcuts on the home screens, like Battery, Sound, Display, etc. I’ve been looking all over but can’t figure out how to set up shortcuts for specific settings with the Note 3. Does anyone know if this can be done or not? And if so, how? Thanks =)

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