Samsung Galaxy Note 2 tips and tricks

How to Clare Hopping 11:53, Jul 03 2013

How to encrypt device and SD card on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

You can never be too safe with the data on your Galaxy Note 2, so think about encrypting your device and your SD card. To do this, go to Settings, tap on Security and then hit Encrypt SD card or Encrypt device. The on-screen settings from there will take you the rest of the way. 

How to automatically upload your photos on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

I'm a big believer of backing up your files as often as possible and there are multiple ways to have your pictures automatically upload. You can use the Google+, Facebook or Dropbox apps to automatically upload your pictures to a private folder online and all of these are free. Be sure to set your app to only automatically upload over Wi-Fi so that you won't waste your mobile data on this.  

How to use Share Shot for sharing pics on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Another neat Samsung-specific software is called Share Shot and this lets you share your pictures with others nearby in real time. In the Camera app, click on the shooting mode button and then check Share Shot. Other Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 users can get the same shots as you as long as they're within about 100 meters.

How to use Group Cast on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Galaxy Note 2 can use the Group Cast feature to let a group of people interact with a single device at the same time. To enable this, make sure users are on the same Wi-Fi network, open an image, tap on the Share button and then tap on Group Cast. This feature is compatible with the Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 units. 

How to turn on Panorama or HDR on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We like how the Galaxy Note 2 shoots as is but you can get a bit more out of the camera with HDR mode or with Panorama. To enable these, open the camera app and then tap on the Shooting mode button. Along with HDR and Panorama, this allows you to access things like Buddy photo share, Smile shot and more. 

How to take better photos on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We have multiple articles on how to use your smartphone to take better photos, so be sure to check those out. This includes a tutorial on how to better capture light and how to compose your picture.

How to use Tilt to zoom on your Galaxy Note 2

The Note 2 uses an accelerometer and gyroscope to accomplish quite a few things other phones can't. One of these awesome features is someting called "Tilt to zoom."

Of course, Tilt to zoom is gimmicky, but it works surprisingly well. The feature lets users zoom in on any Web page or image by simply tilting the phone away from you or toward you. Sounds dumb, I know, but I have used it more times than I can count. The feature can be used instead of the famous pinch-to-zoom gesture.

Anyway, if Tilt to zoom sounds like something you're interested in learning about, read on for more! We show you how to Tilt to zoom like woah! Follow our steps!

  1. Navigate to the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Motion.
  3. Put a check in the Motion activation checkbox to turn on motion features.
  4. Scroll down to the Tilt to zoom switch and flip it to the right so it is on.
  5. Next, find an images you want to zoom into.
  6. Places your two thumbs on the image and tilt the Note 2 away from you to zoom out.
  7. Tilt the Note 2 in towards you to zoom in!
  8. That's it!

How to sync your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with iTunes

Thanks to the folks at Media Mushroom, you can now sync your full iTunes library to your Galaxy Note 2 in an easy way.

You can transfer contacts, messages, photos, music and videos with ease. If this is something you're interested in doing, read our full guide below.

Note: Easy Phone Sync will only import DRM-free videos and music from iTunes

  1. From the Galaxy Note 2 home screen, head to the Google Play Store and download and install the Easy Phone Sync app.
  2. Next, head to www.easyphonesync.com and download and install the Easy Phone Sync desktop software on your PC or Mac.
  3. Install and run the Easy Phone Sync desktop software and it will automatically begin importing messages, photos, videos, music and contacts from iTunes.
  4. Now plug in your Note 2 using the USB cable to your computer and the Easy Phone Sync software should automatically recognize and open the Easy Phone Sync app on your phone.
  5. Now that the app is open, tap the sync button on your Note.
  6. That's it. Your Galaxy Note 2 should now automatically sync with iTunes!

How to format the microSD card on your Galaxy Note 2

  1. From the home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Storage.
  3. Here you will see microSD card at the bottom. Press Mount microSD card.
  4. Next you will tap Format microSD card and the card's data will be deleted.

How to add custom words to your Galaxy Note 2 dictionary

To add words, please follow the simple steps:

  1. From the Note 2 screen, find and select the Settings app.
  2. Once inside settings, scroll down to find and select Language & keyboard.
  3. Then tap Personal dictionary>Edit personal dictionary> and then the plus symbol.
  4. Enter the word or phrase you want to add and tap OK.
  5. You're done. Your phrase or word will now show up in the auto-complete dictionary.

How to write on a screenshot on your Galaxy Note 2

With the Galaxy Note 2 and its S Pen, users have the option of manual touch input or stylus input. The S Pen is great for taking screenshots or just writing notes. The S Pen even gives users the ability to draw or write on screenshots.

This has a variety of purposes: you want to add some funny captions to a picture with your hand, add some elements to a web page and much, much more. 

Just how do you write on screenshots, you ask? It's not too difficult, but we've created this guide just for novice users. It may even help expert users, though, as the Note 2's S Pen isn't exactly easy to use. Knowing how to do it, however, is extremely useful in a pinch.

To write on a screenshot on your Note 2, follow the steps below.

  1. Hold down on the S Pen button and long tap the Galaxy Note 2's home screen.
  2. Your screen will flash and the Note 2 will take a screenshot.
  3. The screenshot will immediately open up in the image editor and allow for editing, annotations and cropping
  4. After writing on the screenshot, you can share it to various apps and services.

How to print from your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Galaxy Note 2 is a great smartphone. You can surf the Web, sign documents and take great photographs with its stunning 8-megapixel camera. You can even print to Wi-Fi enabled printers with a little app called Cloud Print.

Awesome, right? Yup, it is. Now if you're scratching your head about now wondering how to set your Note 2 up for printing, have no fear. In our post we show you how to set up Cloud Print on your computer and Note so you can print on the go with ease.

To print from your Note 2 to any Wi-Fi enabled printer, follow this guide. You won't regret it.

Note: You must have the Cloud Print app installed for this to work.

  1. From the home screen, select Google Play.
  2. Search for and download the Cloud Print app.
  3. Next set up Cloud Print on your computer using directions found here. The directions are easy to follow and thorough.
  4. After setting up Cloud Print on your computer, open the Cloud Print app on your phone.
  5. Click next and agree to the Cloud Print terms.
  6. Select a Google account to use with Cloud Print and tap on the printer you want to print to. Now click Done.
  7. Finally, select a file you want to print on your Note 2.
  8. Click Print!

How to back up your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

  1. Download install Samsung Kies to your Windows PC or Mac. Full directions can be found here.
  2. Navigate to the Kies icon and open the application.
  3. Plug your micro USB cable into the Galaxy Note 2 and the USB end to your computer.
  4. Wait for Samsung Kies to recognize the device.
  5. Select the Back up/Restore tab.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the window and click the Backup button. Kies will by default select everything to back up.
  7. When Kies finishes, click complete.
  8. That's it! You have successfully created a backup of your Note 2.

How to load music on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

  1. Download, install, and open Samsung Kies.
  2. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to the computer using a MicroUSB to USB data cable, which should be provided with the phone. The phone should be recognized once you plug it in.
  3. Once it's connected, go to notifications and select "Media Device (MTP)." Kies will now recognize your device as a media player.
  4. Go back to Kies and select Music under Library.
  5. Mark the music files you want to transfer to your device and then click Transfer to device.
  6. The selected music files will now load up on your Note 2.
  7. Disconnect the device and you're done!

How to tether from your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To set up and turn on the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on your Galaxy Note 2, follow the steps below.

  1. From the home screen, select Applications.
  2. From the Applications screen, select Settings.
  3. After selecting it, tap More.
  4. Next, tap Tethering and Portable hotspot. This take you to a hotspot menu.
  5. Now, select Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot and a mobile hotspot will turn on. Make sure you aren't on Wi-Fi.
  6. To maximize the most out of the feature, you really need to investigate all the settings on your own. In the settings you can set a password and even make your mobile hotspot private.
  7. Connect to the hotspot using your PC, Mac, or iPad.

How to claim 48GB of DropBox storage on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

One of the best features of the Galaxy Note 2 is that you can claim up to 48 additional GB of free storage from DropBox. With the 2GB you get from signing up, that means you can get 50GB free for absolutely no cost.

What exactly is DropBox you ask? Well, it's a cloud storage service that lets you store almost anything on DropBox's servers for easy access. You can store music, documents, movies, as well as most other digital files. The service is easy to use and inexpensive.

While claiming additional free DropBox storage might be easy for some, we've given you specific directions so you can't screw it up. Luckily, claiming it is pretty darn easy.

Note: Only Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint Galaxy Note 2 can claim 48GB of storage in the U.S.

  1. From the Note 2 home screen, make sure the DropBox app is pre-loaded.
  2. Tap Applications.
  3. After tapping Applications, find and tap on the DropBox app.
  4. Sign in to Dropbox and create a DropBox account.
  5. After signing in you should be sent an email offering the option of accepting 48GB of free space.
  6. That's it!

How to add widgets to your Galaxy Note 2 home screen

To add widgets to your home screen, follow the steps below:

  1. From the Note 2 home screen, select the Apps in the bottom right.
  2. Once inside, select Widgets on the right.
  3. Tap and hold on the widget you want to install.
  4. Select where on the screen to place the widget, by dragging your finger across the display.
  5. That's it! You're done.

How to block annoying callers on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To block callers on your Note 2, read on for the full breakdown.

  1. Go to the Samsung Phone app.
  2. In the app, tap the Menu button.
  3. Next tap Call settings then Call rejection.
  4. Slide the Auto reject call switch to the right.
  5. Select Create.
  6. Type in the phone number you would like to block and give it a category
  7. Select Save.

How to turn your Galaxy Note 2 into a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

 To set up and turn on the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on your Galaxy Note 2, follow the steps below:

  1. From the home screen, select Applications.
  2. From the Applications screen, select Settings.
  3. After selecting it, tap More.
  4. Next, tap Tethering and Portable hotspot. This take you to a hotspot menu.
  5. Now, select Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot and a mobile hotspot will turn on. Make sure you aren't on Wi-Fi.
  6. To maximize the most out of the feature, you really need to investigate all the settings on your own. In the settings you can set a password and even make your mobile hotspot private.
  7. Have fun!

How to change lock screen apps on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To add your own apps to the lock screen simply follow our short step-by-step guide below:

  1. From the Note home screen, navigate to and open the Settings app.
  2. Now scroll down the settings menu and tap Security, then Lock screen options.
  3. Once inside, confirm that the shortcut button is turned on and then tap Shortcuts.
  4. Now you will be presented with four icons. Drag to the trash those that you want to remove from the lock screen and use the + symbol to add new app shortcuts.

How to connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Wi-Fi

To connect to Wi-Fi on the Galaxy Note 2, follow these steps:

  • From the Note home screen, navigate to and tap on the Settings app.
  • Once inside settings, scroll down and tap Wi-Fi. It should be near the top.
  • Next, switch Wi-Fi networking on.
  • After a few moments all of the nearby Wi-Fi hot spots will pop-up for you to see.
  • Select the Wi-Fi network you wish to use and tap connect.

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Sorry, what does mean "eek out" the line before section 18?

Hi. Im having trouble saving images from the internet. I dont know how to enable this feature again. Please help me

Squeeze out. Get a little more out of.

Do a long press on the image and the option to save should pop up

I have a very frustrating problem!

I wanted to download my phone bill off my email and when it was completed it asked me to "open with" and I pressed on the wrong thing AND saved it! And now it doesn't open it properly cuz obviously that's not the right program. Now for the love of me I can not find settings where I can change it to open with the other one or at least erase the other one!

Someone pleasr help I'm so frustrated!

Use QuickOffice app

I know it's just that now it doesn't give me the option anymore. It just opens it wih html readwr automatically and o don't know how to remove that from the saved setting

Go into Settings, then go to the Applications, then manage applications. Tap on the HTML Readwr app, go to the Application info menu and then Clear Defaults.

Next time you're trying to download the bill, you should get the "open with" menu again. Just use the one you want

Omg it worked! You're a genius thanks so much hun! :)

Glad to help. Just spread the love of The Full Signal :)

An even easier way to take a screen shot: turn your hand sideways and drag the edge of your hand across the screen from right to left:~)

hey, i can help you with that, Go to Settings and click on application manger, then slide to the far right to ALL and look at the application you want. scroll to the bottom and clear default. i hope that I have help you with this.

Yep. I think you have to turn that on in the settings though, right?

I have samsung galaxy note II and downloaded itunes to get an app from a website and it won't let me open download. Any suggestions?

Hi, I accidently sync my friend yahoo address book when he sign in with his YM with my samsung galaxy note II, now I cant erase his address book in my contact list, when i tried there's a sign that say you cannot delete contacts from read-only account but you can hide them in contact, the problem is his contact now in my Line and Whatsapp. I already remove his YM account in my phone but the address in still in my contacts. please help me. thanks

My sister send me a text with a picture when I got it it said download to be able to see it so I go download it and nothing had to ask her to send it to my email what can I do to be able to see pictures that I get on ny messages

You describe how to disable bloatware, but when I go into the Applications Manager on my recently purchased Verizon Note 2 and click on the apps, there's no "Disable" on any of the apps. My choices appear to be "Force stop" or, for the apps that came pre-installed "uninstall updates" but no disable option. Any recommendations? I'd love to disable a lot of that pre-installed stuff. Thank you!

You first hit "uninstall updates" then you will see the "disable" appear were the uninstall updates was at

Hi was wondering if you could help accidentally chose always when making a phone call on the complete action using option when making a call too choose from phone or other phone call apps such as skype. Now I cant get this option back do you have any idea how to bring back that option without resetting the phone. Thanks

Hi,
I am using Galaxy Note 2 and I have configured my Google mail box but I can't attach the file (except video and pic) while composing the emails.

Pls help me with this issue.
Thanks!!.

I have problem in Samusung Note II mobile for all contact name shows name with UNKNOW ( Approx 1340 Contact ).So help me how i can take back my all contact with name.All this contact 1340 shows in phone memory
Jatin patel

go to settings, application manager, manage applications, select skype and clear defaults.. there you go

How do u take a picture with the front facing camera? Answer please

When you open the camera app, hitting the icon on the top right corner will let you switch between front and rear camera.

I have a Note ll model SGH-1617. When i tether the phone to my pc in Kies, it states "Your device's current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via Kies." Help. Jim

Hi,I just updated my note 2 ,but after I update why can't open my contact list??

Is thr ny way so tat I cn keep track of no.. of txt messages I send. .?

I have updated my note 2 to version 4.3 and now I cannot make a call plzz any help !!!!

How do I link sync my Apple Address Book with my Note II?

I am using an iphone 4 (personal) and a Galaxy Note 2 for work I want to back up my data from each phone to cloud but I do not want my contacts or notes to be shared can this be done?

me too and i realy need help for this ( bad update )

Hi. When I upload photos from my galaxy to my pc, it loads about four different sizes of the same picture. This doesn't happen when I use my ordinary camera, so I don't think it's the settings on my pc. Any suggestions would be really helpful, as I've got hundreds of photos to load up.

On the Note 2 I have, it is not saving my preference for what program I want to use to open something, so I have to choose each time. Anyone run into this? Any way around it?

Hi, please how can I use voice control for my camera on with my samsu g galaxy note 2. Thanks

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