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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Tip: How to use S Pen and Air Command (One UI 3.1.1)



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen

With the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung re-proved that it’s a champion when it comes to smartphone innovations as it’s the first time when a foldable-screen phone came with dust and water resistance and S Pen input support event without any type of screen damage.

However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra was the first non-Note phone that features S Pen support, while the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the first foldable in the world. In order to prevent the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s flexible screen, Samsung specially designed an S Pen with a rubber tip which reduces friction.

Apart from this, the all-new S Pen Pro comes with Bluetooth LE support that lets users enjoy the Air Command feature on the Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, the improved version of Galaxy S21 Ultra’s basic S Pen also supports select old Galaxies such as S21 Ultra, Note 10, and Note 20 series.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen

Not that all, aside from expectations, Samsung launched its new flagship smartphone lineup along with the new One UI version i.e. the One UI 3.1.1, replaced with One UI 3.5. It’s just a minor upgraded version and specially made for foldables for increased productivity.

Below, you can check how to use the S Pen on your Galaxy Z Fold 3 and use futuristic features such as the Air Command.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen Tip


Use the various S Pen features with an S Pen (sold separately).

  • Only use the S Pen Pro or the S Pen Fold Edition that is designed exclusively for Galaxy Z Fold3 5G. Refer to the S Pen’s user manual for more information about how to use the S Pen.
  • S Pen features are only supported on the Main screen.

Air command

Air command is a menu that provides S Pen features and quick access to frequently used apps.

To open the Air command panel, hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button. Alternatively, hover the S Pen over the screen and tap the Air command icon ( ) with the S Pen.

Select a function or app on the Air command panel.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen Tip

  • Create note: Create notes easily in a pop-up window. You can also launch this feature by double-tapping the screen while pressing and holding the S Pen button. Refer to Samsung Notes for more information.
  • View all notes: View all notes in the Samsung Notes app.
  • Smart select: Use the S Pen to select an area and perform actions, such as sharing or saving
  • Screen write: Capture screenshots to write or draw on them or crop an area from the captured image. You can also capture the current content and the hidden content on an elongated page, such as a webpage.
  • Live messages: Instead of text message, create and send a unique message by recording your actions while handwriting or drawing a live message and saving it as an animated file.
  • AR Doodle: Record fun videos with virtual handwriting or drawings on faces or anywhere else. Refer to AR Doodle for more information.
  • Translate: Hover the S Pen over a word to translate it.
  • PENUP: Post your artwork, view others’ artwork, and get useful drawing tips.
  • Bixby Vision: Use the Bixby Vision features to search for similar images, detect and translate text, and more.
  • Magnify: Hover the S Pen over an area of the screen to enlarge it.
  • Glance: Reduce an app to a thumbnail and hover the S Pen over the thumbnail to open the app in full screen view.
  • Colouring: Add colours to images provided by PENUP using the S Pen.
  • Write on calendar: Launch the Calendar app and write or draw on the screen.
  • Add shortcuts: Add shortcuts to frequently used apps to the Air command panel.

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Air command icon

When the Air command panel is closed, the Air command icon will remain on the screen for a short time. You can open the Air command panel by tapping the icon with the S Pen.

To move the icon, drag to a new location.

If the Air command icon does not appear after you hover the S Pen over the screen, launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → S Pen, and then tap the Show air command icon switch to activate it.

Pen Select

While pressing and holding the S Pen button, drag the S Pen over text or item lists to select multiple items or text. You can also copy and paste the selected items or text into another app or share them with others.

Pen Select

Screen off memo

You can quickly create memos by writing on the screen without turning on it. When the screen is off, hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button. When you tap Save after writing a memo, the memo will be saved to Samsung Notes.

Screen off demo

If this feature is not activated, launch the Settings app, tap Advanced features → S Pen, and then tap the Screen off memo switch to activate it.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


One UI 6.1: How to activate Auto Blocker feature on Samsung devices



Samsung Half-screen darkening issue

In today’s era, ensuring our online activities remain secure is very important. For that, Samsung has a powerful feature called Auto Blocker, which enhances user privacy and protects devices from cyber threats effectively. You can easily activate the Auto Blocker feature on your Samsung One UI 6.1 devices.

Auto Blocker feature is mainly valuable for safeguarding against malware and viruses that often infiltrate your device via applications outside the official platform such as the Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store.

It prevents devices from downloading applications without user confirmation from suspicious sources. Users can enjoy a safer browsing experience with minimized exposure to potential threats.

Moreover, the feature also blocks unauthorized commands attempting to access the device through the USB port. This feature is especially useful when connecting devices to transfer files.

You can easily activate Auto Blocker on your One UI 6.1 Samsung device, just need to follow a few steps:

  • Navigate to the Settings app on your smartphone.
  • Scroll down and select Security and Privacy from the list of options
  • Find the Auto Blocker menu. From there, toggle the feature on to enable its protective functionalities.

Samsung One UI 6.1 Auto Blocker feature

Users can also customize settings further, such as activating the Messaging app protection option or blocking software updates via USB, depending on their security preferences.

By enabling Auto Blocker, users significantly reduce the risk of malware and viruses infiltrating their devices through untrusted sources. This feature not only safeguards your personal data but also enhances the overall security of your Samsung device.

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One UI 6.1: How to use Maintenance Mode on your Samsung device



Samsung One UI 6.1 Maintenance Mode

Samsung has updated several Galaxy devices to One UI 6.1, with plans to extend this update to all eligible devices soon. This latest update not only enhances the overall performance but significantly boosts the device’s security. If you want your Samsung One UI 6.1 device to remain safe even during servicing, you can use the Maintenance Mode.

Maintenance Mode is an innovative feature that safeguards users’ personal data during device repair. As smartphones store increasingly sensitive information, it is important to protect this data when giving the device for repairs.

This mode allows service technicians to access the necessary functions of the phone without exposing any personal information. It enhances the privacy and security of Galaxy devices.

The feature also ensures that applications installed by the user are not removed. Any data or accounts created while in Maintenance Mode will be automatically deleted once the mode is turned off.

To activate Maintenance Mode on your Samsung One UI 6.1 devices, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your device.
  • Select Device Care.
  • Choose Maintenance Mode.
  • In the menu, select the Secure Wi-Fi option.
  • Click on Turn On to enable the feature.
  • Restart the device as instructed to secure your personal data.

Samsung One UI 6.1 Maintenance Mode

You’ll need to unlock your phone to turn off Maintenance mode. When you do, everything will go back to the way it was when Maintenance mode was first turned on.

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One UI 6.1: How to turn on App Protection feature on Samsung devices



Samsung One UI 6.1 App Protection feature

In an age where digital security is more important than ever, Samsung keeps Galaxy devices secure with its App Protection feature. Let’s see how you can enable the App Protection feature on your One UI 6.1 device and keep your Samsung smartphone more secure.

Samsung’s App Protection Feature scans your device to save it from the unseen dangers of malware and viruses. It works seamlessly in the background, automatically scanning all applications and files on your device.

If a security issue is noticed, you can uninstall or stop the download process of the related application to avoid data theft.

Here’s how to activate the App Protection feature

You can activate the App Protection feature on your One UI 6.1 device with just a few taps.

  • Open Settings and select Device Care.
  • Turn on App Protection within the Device Care menu.
  • After enabling, the device will start scanning.
  • For additional settings, tap the More icon and go to Settings.
  • Enable options such as Auto-scan apps daily and Auto-scan when installing apps.
  • By enabling Auto Blocker, App Protection will also be activated.

By following these steps, you can set up your Galaxy smartphone to automatically monitor and protect your device. This feature simplifies the process of maintaining your digital safety, allowing you to focus on your day-to-day activities without worry.

One UI 6.1 App Protection feature

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