Samsung Galaxy Note 8: tips and tricks

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a powerful big phone with a beautiful, 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual camera and an S Pen, along with a top-grade Snapdragon 835 system chip, but how do you make the most of it?

We have taken a deep dive in the Galaxy Note 8 to come up with some tips and tricks that will unleash its full potential.

The list of Galaxy Note 8 tips and tricks below includes shortcuts and time-savers for the Samsung Experience user interface (formerly TouchWiz), a few neat S Pen functionalities, a few interesting advises on making the most out of that dual camera, and a couple of battery tips to get through those longer days. Read on...

S Pen tips


Iris Scan unlock

With the rather inconveniently located fingerprint scanner of the Note 8, you might look for a different method for unlocking the phone.

Samsung allows you to register your eyes and simply look at the phone to unlock it. With an infrared sensor built in the device, the feature will even work in the dark, but it's slower and less reliable than the traditional fingerprint reader. Thankfully, it is still here on the Note 8, as hard as it is to reach.

Samsung Experience tips

Bixby tips and tricks

Press and hold the Bixby key, then start talking 

You need to hold down the physical Bixby key while you are talking for the voice assistant to register what you've said. You can also use a voice command to bring it up, something along the lines of "Hi, Bixby" will do.

Make your own Quick Commands with Bixby

One of the best aspects of Bixby is that it can look inside of apps and do some really advanced, in-depth voice searches.

Remember, that you can also use the built-in Google Assistant

Long hold the home key to bring it up. It's faster and is more knowledgeable than Bixby, but does not support the detailed in-app actions that Bixby has.

Camera tips

Samsung Keyboard tips

Enable Swipe to Type

Gesture typing is a quick, fun and easy way to type, but it was turned off by default on our Galaxy Note 8 unit, so here is how to get it to work. Once you start typing something in the Samsung Keyboard, look for the Gear icon near the space bar and tap it. There look for Keyboard Swipe Controls and select the Swipe to type option. Go back to the keyboard and start swiping those words away.

Customize or Disable Predictive Typing

Predictive text can be a great thing, and it can be a disaster. If you are not used to getting that kind of automatic correction to what you type, tap on the Gear icon in the keyboard and under Smart Typing, select the Predictive Text option. Tap it and there you can turn it on or off, as well as create your own custom shortcuts.

Battery tips

Related phones

Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'With the rather inconveniently located fingerprint scanner of the Note 8' LOL I find that location of the FPScanner is much better now, than the FPS on the home button before. Good luck to use FPS on the home button one-handed, without to drop down the large phones.

10. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Bulls**t. I see you suffer from Stockholm syndrome. The placement of the home on the galaxy is awkward as hell. Even Samsung knows that. Everyone knows it.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Muscle memory dude, you just get used to it.

2. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

#1 Tip = Don't buy this phone. It's trash ROFL

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Alpha Tip - Don't listen to your dumbass.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Another tip: don't eat lead paint chips. A shame no one gave you that one years ago.

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You Don't Say what should we buy.

3. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thank you You_Dont_Say... I was about to buy this phone but after reading your insightful and facts based comment I have decided against it and I am sure a lot of others would do too. Whatever would we do without you showing us the light?

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1573; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Tip 1. Wait for the true Android King, Pixel Xl 2.

7. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

See comment 6.

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1573; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So what are the sale numbers on the preorders? Has anyone said anything on that?

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1133; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So, what are those to you? Unless you are a shareholder, what do you need them numbers for? Grown ass dude acting like a toddler. Numbers!

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1573; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If even if you’re a Samsung FAN numbers should be important, that’s how companies make a profit dumb ass. With out profit they can’t continue to operate, but since you’re ass hurt about the numbers I’m assuming you’re a bitch ass Sammy boy and sales are lacking. So......hahahaha!!

14. AxelFoley unregistered

Let me get this straight: The quarter the Note 7 was recalled, Samsung Electronics made $2 billion in profits. They followed that up with a record 2nd quarter. Then, had the highest profits of ALL companies in the 3rd quarter. And your assessment is that Samsung Cheil (parent of Samsung Electronics) could stop making phones based on Note 8 pre-orders? Really? Well, I guess that when you read the article on pre-order numbers that "hahahaha" smile of yours will turn upside down.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

So you are saying that Samsung will stop making phones if it does not sell as much as devices in their pre-order. Lol If a company stops making phones based on preorders than hTC & SONY might have stopped way back in 2015.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All I've seen is 400,000 in South Korea, which is more than the S8 at this point.

8. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

2. Disable the App Drawer for an iPhone-like look *insert Robert Downey Jr. eye roll meme*

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


15. Syedafzal.shah

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

What happened to Ask us anything article? You didn't answer my question in that.

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