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How to unlock the screen of the Galaxy S5 without touching it

Imagine this - you are halfway through a chicken wings bucket, and you get a message on your Galaxy S5 that's laying on the other end of the table, then the screen goes off before you glimpsed who it is.

This certainly can be counted as a situation You are in a pickle now, as you want to see if it's something important, but you are too lazy to go and wipe or wash your hands.

Yet another scenario - you simply want to check what time it is, with the phone lying flat next to you, but, again, you are elbow-deep in chicken wings with a barbeque sauce. Well, you catch our drift, but frustrate not, as your Galaxy S5 has a way to deal with these scenarios:

1. Go to the phone's Settings>Personalization>Accessibility>Dexterity and interaction>Air wake up menu;

2. Switch the Air wake up slider to the "on" position;

3. When the phone is lying flat with a locked screen, simply hover your palm briefly over the front camera and sensors area, and the Galaxy S5's screen will turn on for your preset amount of time, simple as that.

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posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:44 6

1. Elusivellama (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


What a useless feature. I have this on my SGS4 Active.

The last time I was elbow deep in chicken grease stuffing my face like a hog and needed to check my phone, I simply licked a pinky clean, dried it off on a napkin then asked someone else what time it was.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:50 5

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8235; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And if you get a message or a phone call, then what?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:53

5. tech2 (Posts: 2032; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Ofc, he would wipe his pinky clean, dry it off on a napkin and will ask someone else to answer it.

It was a joke.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:54 9

6. Planterz (Posts: 752; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


No message or call can be so important to interrupt a greasy chicken binge.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:03 2

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8235; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Especially from Buffalo Wild Wings. :')

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:56 2

7. Elusivellama (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Then I use my tongue.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 01:10

22. chocolaking (Posts: 438; Member since: 22 May 2012)


this is a super useless feature..
way to go samsung!! load more of these useless feature in to your big thingy..

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 11:48

14. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I feel this feature is very useful and love it.
Sadly, both of my Note 2 and GS5 cannot detect my hand waving every time.

This feature also decreases the click times a lot therefore prolongs the life of the physical buttons.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:49 5

2. Planterz (Posts: 752; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Wouldn't it be more prudent to enable this BEFORE eating your greasy chicken? :D

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:51

4. dushyant (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


So you want me to go through all the settings just to check the time??
No thanks I'll just click the home button and wipe it afterwards.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:09 7

10. tech2 (Posts: 2032; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


You do realize you need to do this once as against wiping your home button everytime when dirty !

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:04

9. KickRocks (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Lmao. You guys are nuts......

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:47

11. HTCOE (Posts: 467; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


lmao... funny stuff above.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:52

12. Rizchy (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


.....

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 11:13

13. twens (Posts: 610; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


It's a simple feature. If you won't use it turn it off, it's there for you when you want it. It's better to have it than need it and not have it. How can we advance when we keep finding everything sammy does as gimmick?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:03

15. Cicero (Posts: 346; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


On my S4: swiped two fingers down from top, on the settings menu push air gestures, that's it. Better?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:12

16. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 200; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Thanks Guys. Tried it now ..

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:26

17. rantao333 (Posts: 230; Member since: 21 May 2013)


yeah. globaly, samsung spend 4 x more than apple in ads, samsung spend $4 billion (>3% of its total revenue) on ads, whereas apple spend $1 billions ( $400 million yearly on ads, whereby apple in its homeland, spend around $ 333 million only.

IF we count together with marketing campaign, promotion & ads, samsung spend more than $14B per year which is more than any company in history.

to be exact, samsung is the GREATEST MARKETING company in the world

i wonder why still no one know HOW GREAT samsung product are. and all these APPLE'S intensive marketing hype around the web, "brain washing ads of apple" come from.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:26

18. rantao333 (Posts: 230; Member since: 21 May 2013)


yeah. globaly, samsung spend 4 x more than apple in ads, samsung spend $4 billion (>3% of its total revenue) on ads, whereas apple spend $1 billions( $400 million yearly on ads, whereby apple in its homeland, spend around $ 333 million only.

IF we count together with marketing campaign, promotion & ads, samsung spend more than $14B per year which is more than any company in history.

to be exact, samsung is the GREATEST MARKETING company in the world

i wonder why still no one know HOW GREAT samsung product are. and all these APPLE'S intensive marketing hype around the web, "brain washing ads of apple" come from.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 22:17

19. gigaraga (Posts: 894; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


So awesome! Does the Note 3 have this? I don't want to use the home key to wake it up all the time.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 23:39

20. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 280; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


The Moto X way is better.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 06:30

21. Leo_MC (Posts: 515; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


There's an app for that.

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