How to activate the 'Write on PDF' functionality for Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon

How to activate the 'Write on PDF' functionality for Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon
Not long ago, Samsung filed a patent application with the USPTO for a feature that allows to edit PDF documents directly on a smartphone screen with your handwriting. The option is called Write on PDF, and apparently consists of “computer application software for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, portable media players and handheld computers, enabling users to annotate and save PDF documents, images and files.”

At the time, it was thought that the feature was meant to make a cameo during the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet, prompting speculation that we might see an upgraded S-Pen stylus with new features to be taken advantage of. Well, the Note 5 unveiling came and went then, and it indeed had the usual direct screen write function that this time included PDF files. You no longer had to first take a picture of them (or use a screenshot for the ones already in), and then unleash your doodling might on the unsuspecting PDF file.

The Write on PDF feature, however, was only available for the Note 5 versions that are not on Verizon, so Samsung decided to take the matter in its own hands, and wiggle its way into enabling the feature on the sly. Here's what you need to do to activate it:

1. On your Verizon Galaxy Note 5, download Samsung's Write on PDF app from the Play Store; 

2. Install it on the phone, as the app now supports Verizon's model, and fire it up;

3. Once the app it installed, the Write on PDF option will be enabled on your Verizon Note 5, and you can easily scribble on, annotate, and otherwise edit away with the help of the venerable S Pen stylus.


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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is one of th3 reason I moved most of my lines from VZW. I get so sick of them disabling or not supporting stuff for what they charge. It's my phone, leave it the way the OEM intended it to be.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

defeats the power of android if everything has to be OEM based. Just download Xodo and move on.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's not the point, if it's there then leave it alone.

4. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

You can do this on a sprint note 5 the app is already there and it works

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"You no longer had to first take a picture of them (or use a screenshot for the ones already in), and then unleash your doodling might on the unsuspecting PDF file." Haha, I don't think you ever had to do that on the Galaxy Note line, apps like PDF Max have long supported annotating on PDF files. Regardless, nice for this function to be now built-in, though, I don't think it's worth a patent, especially as it's basically just a shrunk-down version of what Windows tablets have long been offering...probably there merely for defense against rotten patent trolls, as I have yet to any news about them stupidly suing competitors.

6. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

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