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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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Especially from Buffalo Wild Wings. :')

7. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Then I use my tongue.

22. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

14. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

4. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

9. KickRocks

Posts: 262; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

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

11. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

lmao... funny stuff above.

12. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

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13. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 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?

15. Cicero

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

16. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Thanks Guys. Tried it now ..

17. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 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.

18. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 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.

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

20. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The Moto X way is better.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 6386; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There's an app for that.

23. McLeodFuller

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss youtube.com/watch?v=lw4ueft-t_I

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