The Galaxy Note 4 is still pretty much everything we wished it would be, even six months later. But there's still a few little tweaks you can make to make the best even better. Check out our Galaxy Note 4 tips and tricks for some seriously cool ways to get even more out of your Note 4.
The Note 4's large screen is great for many reasons, but it does make it impossible to reach across the screen with a single thumb, as you would on any smaller device. Thankfully, Samsung have included a helpful feature that temporarily shrinks the screen to a more manageable size though a simple gesture.
To activate the feature, go to Settings > Display and wallpaper > One-handed operation and select Reduce screen size. Now, wherever you are on the phone, you simply swipe left and right quickly from midway up the right side of the screen to access the reduced screen size.
Use Smart stay when you're reading to stop the screen turning off
Smart stay uses your phone's front-facing camera to detect whether you're looking at the screen or not. So long as you're looking, it remains on. This is great if you want to have a short screen timeout but also do a lot of reading on your phone.
To activate smart stay, go to Settings > Display and wallpaper and press on Smart stay.
Use pop-up apps if you're a keen multi-tasker
You can really make the most of the Galaxy Note 4's screen size by using pop-up apps. The feature allows you to open up to five windows that float over anything happening full-screen. You can move them about individually, resize them and shrink them to little bubbles to regain access to any fullscreen apps.
Just long hold the back button to open a side-scroll of apps that you can then tap to open in a pop-up window.
Use auto-exposure adjustment when you focus
This is one of the best camera features to have on any phone, but surprisingly few people know about it on the Galaxy Note 4. You know how in the camera app you can tap the screen to focus in a different place? If you long press instead you'll not only change the focal point you'll also set the exposure automatically for that area. This means taking those photos on a bright day or in high contrast situations just got a whole lots easier to manage.
Get URL previews with S Pen
If you don't quite want to commit to launching the browser every time someone sends you a link, you can actually use the S Pen's hover function to preview the URL without actually opening it. It's a huge time saver and very simple to activate. Just go to Settings > S Pen > Air View and flick the switch. You'll also get a notification that the feature is available if you hover over a link without the setting enabled. The only downside is that it won't preview all links – like those in emails.
Get an activity summary of anyone calling you
This feature has a mild creep factor but a high cool factor. When someone calls you your Note 4 can provide you with a quick summary of that person's recent activity with you and any pertinent information like an upcoming birthday. You'll instantly know the last time you spoke and for how long, the contents of their last SMS to you and any other relevant information that might come in handy. Go to Dialer > Settings > Call > and make sure Show Caller Information is checked.
Get the Note 4 to listen out for you
This feature is super cool. You simply record the sound of your door bell, buzzer or even ring tone if you have multiple devices (or an actual land line), and then when you're jacked into your Note 4 with headphones watching a movie or zoning out to some tunes you will get a notification if the Note 4 hears the door bell or your other phone. No more worrying about missing the buzzer when that friend comes over, this feature is accessed through Settings > Accessibility > Hearing > Sound Detectors
Disable Flipboard on the Note 4
Unless you're fond of swiping to the right to access Flipboard on the Note 4, which is admittedly pretty cool, then you can very easily disable the dedicated home screen. You can still open the Flipboard app as you normally would from the app drawer, but you won't be stuck with it to the left of your main home screen. Just long press anywhere on a blank section of the home screen or on the recent apps button to bring up your home screen management screen and go to Home Screen Settings. Uncheck the box for Flipboard Briefing. Alternatively you can just drag the screen preview up to Remove.
Use Meeting Mode to isolate voices in a recording
This feature is great if you use your Galaxy Note 4 to record conversations or group interviews – as we do. When in the Voice Recorder you'll see arrows on either side of the ''Normal Mode.'' You scan swipe left or right to select a different recording mode, the coolest of which is Meeting Mode. This mode can record individual voices from up to eight different directions. When you play back the recording you can isolate individual voices or only listen to a particular part of the room.
Switch Note 4 S Pen tips
You might not even notice in your excitement to whip the Note 4 out of the box and start playing, but there's a little plastic bag in the box with a couple of different rubber and plastic tips for the S Pen, along with a tool to help you swap them over. Depending on how you use your S Pen, one tip will be better suited to you, so why not try them out and customize your stylus!
Tweak your Note 4 screen settings
The Galaxy Note 4 lets you adjust the settings for your display so you can get it just the way you like it. Just go to Settings > Display and Wallpaper > Screen Mode. Here you'll find options for Adaptive Display, AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photo and Basic. Try them out and see which one works best for your taste.
Disable S Voice shortcut on the Note 4
Unless you actually use S Voice all the time, there's not much point having it as an option for a double press on the home button. In fact, having that shortcut in place actually slows down your Note 4's responsiveness when you hit the home button once, because TouchWiz waits ever so slightly to see if a second press is coming. Launch S Voice and go to Settings and un-check the box for home button shortcut for a speedier return home.
Note 4 Download Booster
Depending on whether or not Download Booster is available on your network, make sure you enable the feature as soon as you unbox your Note 4. Download Booster lets you download content from both your data plan and Wi-Fi simultaneously, making downloading a breeze. Of course, you're going to want to know the size of what you're downloading or your capped data plan will evaporate in short order. Go to Settings > More Networks > Download Booster and turn it on (or off) as desired.
Note 4 triple microphones
You might not have noticed, but there's one pinhole mic on the top edge of the Note 4 and two along the bottom edge. These record ambient noise when you're recording audio and they can then be used to isolate and eradicate background noise. This is a pretty great feature if you're into recording sounds, so get into the Voice Recorder app and get to know the settings and functionality! Just go to Voice Recorder > Settings > Noise Reduction and check the box.
Expand Note 4 memory
I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but make use of that microSD expansion slot as soon as possible and load up all your favorite music, movies and photos so you can make the most of that amazingly good Super AMOLED screen.
Customize Quick Settings on the Note 4
There's no point having every Quick Setting available in the swipeable list in your notifications drop down if you don't really use them, so why not customize what appears there? Just doubles wipe down from your home screen to open your Quick Settings menu and then tap the little pen icon up top to see the available Quick Settings options and change which settings are active in the notifications area.
Turn off Note 4 sounds and haptic feedback
The telltale ''blup'' sound that Samsung relies on to let you know you've touched the screen may be fun for some but for the rest of us it's a nuisance. Go to Settings > Sound and scroll to the bottom. You can uncheck the box for Touch Sounds to disable the ''blup'' but you can also turn off haptic feedback, keyboard sounds and keyboard vibrations. These are all good for battery but even better for the person next to you. And trust me, you don't want to be woken up in the night by the Note 4 vibrating on your bedside table.
Set your Ultra Power Saving Mode apps
If you know you're likely to use Ultra Power Saving mode on the Galaxy Note 4, then you may as well set it up and familiarize yourself with it sooner rather than later. There's not much point if you find yourself needing it but you have to suck up precious power while you set it up how you like it. Just go to Settings > Power Saving > Ultra Power Saving Mode and turn it on to see the restricted interface and see what has been limited in the mode (better to know now than later). You can add the apps you want by tapping the + icon, so you can add Facebook, WhatsApp and Google+ to your power saving app options.
Use the volume button in the Note 4 camera
Go into your camera app and open the settings and then the advanced settings (by pressing the three dots at the end of the quick settings popup. You'll see a section for ''The Volume Key''. Tap this and make a selection using the volume key to take a photo, start shooting video or to zoom. Once you've set this up you'll use it all the time.
Set your Note 4 image quality
Speaking of the camera, make sure you are shooting photos and recording video in the quality you want. There's nothing worse than capturing that elusive UFO photo only to realize it's in the the lowest resolution possible. Also, image stabilization doesn't work in video resolutions above Full HD. So if you're a little shaky handed you might want to keep that in mind when selecting a video quality setting. Camera shots though always have image stabilization, but full 16 MP shots are only available in 16:9 aspect ratio. Fortunately you've also got a 1:1 option for Instagram fiends.
Manage vibration on the Note 4
The Note 4 can practically vibrate itself off the table, so if you're not a big fan of lots of haptic feedback then you can limit just how much moving and shaking your Galaxy Note 4 does. It also saves on battery life. You can toggle ebtween sounds, vivrate and Mute in the Quick Settings or just go to Settings > Sounds and Notifications > Vibration Intensity to change the settings for incoming calls, notifications and haptic feedback.
Customize Note 4 Settings' Quick Settings
Make sense? In the Settings menu you'll see you have a few larger round icons at the top for your Settings menu Quick Settings. If you don't like the look of it or just don't really need even quicker access from within the Settings menu, just tap the + icon and un-check all of the boxes. When you tap ''Done'' you'll be returned to your Settings menu with no Quick Settings up top anymore!
Take a good look at the Personalization section in the Settings. There's heaps of cool stuff here, like Guest Mode, Backup, Blocking and Private Mode, Accessibility options (which is great if you look into it) and the finger scanner. Register your finger prints and set up your PayPal and Samsung accounts. You can even use your digits to sign-in on the web! Once you're done with this, why not try a custom launcher and see how cool you can make your Note 4. Check out our list of the best Android launchers.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for the Galaxy Note 4? What's the best feature?