Here's how to use the Galaxy Note 4 and the Xperia Z3 with gloves on by increasing the display's touch sensitivity

Here's how to use the Galaxy Note 4 and the Xperia Z3 with gloves on by increasing the display's touch sensitivity
As you probably know, the capacitive displays that 99% of nowadays' smartphones flaunt need to detect your body's natural capacitance in order to function as intended. Strap an insulative layer of clothing (such as gloves) over your fingers, however, and the ability to control your device begins to gravitate around zero. At this point, you have no more than two options: either opt for fingerless gloves and subsequently suffer from frostbite or get an old-school, non-touchscreen device from the previous decade.

Well, it seems that neither of these is a viable option for the average smartphone enthusiast. Luckily, if you are flaunting one of the more recent Samsung or Xperia smartphones, you can enable a nifty option and increase the capacitive sensitivity of the touchscreen display, thus making it somewhat easier to operate while wearing gloves or whatnot on your hands.

This handy feature can be found on most of the recent top-end troopers of both manufacturers, namely the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and many, many others. We'll show you how to enable it on the two of the hottest troopers by Samsung and Sony, the power-laden Galaxy Note 4 phablet and the Sony Xperia Z3 battery champ. 


You should have a few things in mind while using your Galaxy Note 4 or Xperia Z3 with gloves on. First of all, both manufacturers say that the best results can be accomplished if the user is wearing leather gloves on, while other insulative materials, such as cotton, wool, rubber, latex, or neoprene might not provide acceptable results. Also, if the touchscreen initially fails to recognize your touch, try again, but this time more firmly. That should do the trick.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)

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25 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Great feature!

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Who turns their screen for friggin 10 minutes?! Just asking, trolling aside.

5. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

If you are talking about setting in 3rd picture for Note 4, than a lot of people. I for one, have the screen timeout totally disabled on my G2. I really believe that people are able to turn the screen off/lock their phone when not using it. I tried having it at lower values but it would always turn off the screen while I was doing something and Smart Screen is useless in the dark.

9. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

But how long do you spend watching something on the same screen without touching it... I mean, if its reading, even with a small font, I think 5 minutes is more than enough... The only time I have needed this was for Google Maps when not in Navigation mode and I would like it to stay on... I set Llama to keep my screen on for 5 minutes at home, and 1 minute everywhere else...

15. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Sometimes I watch football scores in browser. The page is automatically updating scores and there is no need to manually refresh it. Just sit back and follow the scores. And I play sudoku on my phone, and not being the sharpest it can take a while to solve it.

3. boss123

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Not true for z1

10. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I think the Z1 Compact do have this feature...

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

The Z1 Compact has it.

4. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

and this show lumia 920 is best phone ever made.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Why is that? (Personally I think the Lumia 1520 is better)

21. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

True. And PA doesn't even wanna mention it. We know why.

6. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Does the Z3 have the (pen mode) feature like the Z2?

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I guess so. With the Z2, it works with any metal or finger nails in normal mode too.

8. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

If your wearing gloves because its cold out but you still want to use your note 4, its simple just use the S pen.

24. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

lol what about pinch to zoom?

12. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

By being a motorcyclist, this is a great feature to have. Now I want that Z3 even more!

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow I want to see the Pope on a motorcycle :)

13. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

No mention of all of the Nokia phones that have had Super Sensitive Touch enabled screens for 2 years...

16. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, as I was reading this article, I was thinking in my head "Well there is one other option..." Nokia's been advertising this advantage with Lumias for a while now. I guess, ultimately, people just have selective attention.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Glad I live in California where it doesn't snow or get that cold to wear gloves. :)

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You can't ski :(

17. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

They sell gloves with tips so you can use your smart phone in wintery weather. Its good to know though manufacturers are taking into account all situations customers find them selves in. I live in Boston and I love winter. I lived in Cali for 5 years but it was time to go home.

22. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

next year apple is gonna do this and then it will be INNOVATIVE

23. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

i have it also in my z2

25. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I didn't even use this feature on my n3, I just use my nose, works just fine enough to answer a call or unlock the phone or Swype a VERY quick reply

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