How to Use Heart Rate Sensor on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Heart Rate Sensor

Recently there has been a push towards enhancing and tracking various aspects of one’s health using their smart devices and all the technology they now pack in. Samsung has pushed the envelope of health and fitness tracking with their S Health app and features built into their hardware. Check out how to use the heart rate sensor built into your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Find and open the S Health app. By default, this is located in the App Drawer.
  2. If this is your first time launching the app, you will be guided through a setup process.
  3. After setup, you are presenting the main screen of the app, which includes tiles that contain various aspects of health tracking.
  4. By default the heart rate tile is included. Scroll down and find the tile with a heart icon.
  5. Tap Measure.
  6. You see a moving line and an animation showing where to place your finger to read your heart rate.
  7. Place your finger on the heart rate sensor located next to the camera on the rear of the Note 5.
  8. Stay still and wait till the progress percentage reaches 100%.
  9. You then are presented with your heart rate BPM and asked to save the measurement to your S Health profile.
  10. On this info page, you can save a text note with the measurement, as well as one of thecurrent status icons at the bottom that cover various situations and emotional states you might currently be in.
  11. Tap either Cancel at the top to delete the reading or Save to keep it.

How to Backup Your Galaxy Note 5

How to Backup

We’ve all been there before: something terrible happens to our device (like taking a dive into the toilet, or fallen into a storm drain, or been the victim of a two year-old), and suddenly lose access to all of the data stored within. Losing treasured photos, videos, and other media can be heartbreaking. Luckily, there are ways to prevent losing that data completely. Check out how to backup and restore your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  • Open the Backup and reset menu in the Personal page of the Settings app.
  • Tap Backup Account. If you have not already done so, sign into a Google or Samsung account.
  • Switch the toggle next to Backup my data to the on position. Depending on which account you have signed into, your data will be regularly backed up to either Samsung’s or Google’s servers.
  • Switch the toggle next to Automatic restore to on. If at some point you lose the ability to use your device, signing into a new device will ask if you want to restore the new device to the same settings as your backed up device. This saves a lot of time in initial setup if you want to seamlessly switch to a new device.

How to Customize Sounds on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Customize Sounds

One of the most unique and noticeable ways to customize your phone and make it yours is changing up the sound settings. We already went over how to make and customize ringtones in our How to Add & Change Ringtones on Your Galaxy Note 5 article, but there’s tons more options we can change to even further customize the sounds on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Sounds and Notifications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • The first option under the Sound section is Sound mode. This menu gives you three options: Sound, Vibrate, and Mute. As you might expect, this changes what sounds you do and don’t hear.
    • With Sound, you get the full range of sounds and vibrations on your phone.
    • Vibrate prevents sounds, but keeps all the vibrations enabled.
    • Mute will prevent your device from playing sounds or using vibration.
  • The Volume menu has sliders for four aspects of your phone: Ringtone, Media, Notifications, and System.
    • These volume adjustments can also be access by tapping the gear icon on the volume popup whenever you use the volume buttons.
  • Below that is Ringtones and sounds, which we covered in our article How to Add and Change Ringtones on Your Galaxy Note 5.
  • Vibrations brings us into the menu to customize the vibration settings on our Note 5. We can change the vibration intensity, pattern, whether or not you receive vibration on a phone call, vibration feedback on soft keys and various other actions, and Keyboard vibration.
  • Sound quality and effects provides options to apply effects to all the sounds on the system and potentially enhance how it sounds to your ear.
  • Below this, we have the notifications section. Check out our How to Use Do Not Disturb and How to Manage Notifications articles for more information on these settings.

How to Change Default Apps on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Change Default Apps

Unlike other smartphone operating systems (ahem fruit-flavored ones), Android and TouchWiz lets you change the apps that your phone uses by default for certain applications. For example, when you tap on a link, you have the option to change the app that opens that link, whether it’s a built-in browser, or one you downloaded from the Play Store. Here’s how to change the default apps on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  • To reset and change the default apps, open the Applications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • Tap on Default Applications. Here you will see the current default apps.
  • Here you can change the default applications for the home screen launcher and Messages app.
  • For other default apps, you can tap Reset to reset the defaults for various actions that app is currently responsible for.
  • When performing an action that doesn’t yet have an action, you will see a popup at the bottom of the screen giving you a list of apps that can handle the action and asks you to pick an app to either use just this once or to be the default app for this action.

How to Use SOS Emergency Notifier on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use SOS Emergency Notifier

There are times when you are not in the safest of locations or with the most trustworthy people, and often being in these situations is a fact of daily life. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 provides a potentially life saving feature to help give you a little bit more peace of mind. Check out how to turn on and use the SOS Emergency Notifier on the Galaxy Note 5:

  • First turn on the feature by opening the Privacy and Safety menu found in the Personal page of the Settings app and turning on Send SOS Message.
  • You will see an animation showing how to use the SOS Message shortcut by clicking the power button quickly three times.
  • When the SOS Emergency notifier is enabled, triple-clicking the power button will silently send a message to a contact (or contacts) of your choice letting them know that you are in a danger and need help, and will attach your location information. NOTE: please let your emergency contacts know ahead of time that you are choosing them and discuss what to do if you need to use the Emergency Notifier.
  • After turning on the Send SOS Message option, you can then set a contact to send your SOS to. Tapping Send messages to prompts you to either create a new contact or select from your existing contacts.
  • The Attach pictures toggle will silently take and send pictures from both the front and rear cameras after performing the SOS notifier action.
  • Attach audio recording will send an audio recording from the Galaxy Note 5’s microphone to your contact.

How to Use Do Not Disturb on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Do Not Disturb

Having your phone buzz in your pocket or on your bedside table from all the calls, messages, and app notifications can be one of the most annoying parts of having a smartphone. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 provides a feature called Do Not Disturb to help curb the (sometimes constant) stream of distractions flowing from your device. Here’s how to use Do Not Disturb on the Galaxy Note 5:

  • Open the Sounds and Notifications menu in the Device page of the Settings app.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb menu.
  • Switch on the toggle next to Do Not Disturb.
  • Turning on DND unlocks additional options for the mode below.
    • Allow Exceptions lets you selectively allow notifications when in Do Not Disturb mode. You can selectively enable alarms, calls, messages, or calls and/or messages from specific groups: favorite contacts only or contacts only.
    • configure the Schedule section to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb on those days and times. This is especially useful to set for when you are normally asleep.


How to Manage Mobile Data on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Manage Mobile Data

Gone are the days of unlimited data; now most everyone with a data plan is paying for a flat rate, with exorbitant overage fees. And overseas data use fees? Yikes. Luckily, no matter how much data you’re allowed to use on your plan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 provides features to help keep you in your limits. Check it out:

Use Wi-Fi as often as possible

Mobile devices –and the Galaxy Note 5 is no exception– are configured to use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data whenever it’s available. So your first strategy to use less of your data plan is to connect and use Wi-Fi as often as possible. In the US at least, almost all Wi-Fi internet connections are unmetered, and therefore essentially free data for your mobile device.

Restrict data use

By default, apps are allowed to use as much cellular data as they want (even though well programmed apps try to limit how much data is used). To set a hard limit to the amount of data your Note 5 can use:

  • Tap on Data usage in the Connections page of the Settings app, then tap Set Mobile Data limit to set a specific amount your phone can use, and the date for resetting the counter. Make sure to set this below what you’re allowed on your plan to have a buffer in case your carrier counts your usage differently.

Make sure data roaming is turned off

Data roaming is a nifty little trick for carriers to charge through the nose for data use outside of their coverage by letting you use other carriers’ networks. The Galaxy Note 5 usually has data roaming turned off by default, but let’s make sure:

  • Open the Mobile networks menu from the Connections page of the Settings app.
  • Make sure Data roaming is unchecked.

Keep an eye on data usage

Certain apps can sometimes take advantage and abuse their privileges by eating up tons of data. Luckily, we can get some insights on how much data apps are using and we can potentially prevent them from using too much. To have a look at the breakdown of data usage by app:

  • Tap on Data Usage in the Connections page of the Settings app.
  • The screen is split into two sections: a graph showing data usage over time, and a list of apps showing data usage from each, sorted by most data to least.

Turn off mobile data

If you find yourself nearing your data limits and you don’t want to incur overage charges, or just want to disable mobile data for any other reason, there are a couple different ways to turn off mobile data:

  • Toggle Airplane Mode from the quick toggles in the Notification Drawer. This turns off every wireless radio on your device, including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and cellular.
  • Open the Mobile networks menu in the Connections page of the Settings app, then select a network type from the Network mode menu.


How to Customize the Lock Screen on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Customize the Lock Screen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes a few features to customize the look and functionality of your lock screen. Here’s a couple tips on how to customize the lock screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  • The first thing we see on the lock screen of the Galaxy Note 5 is the clock and weather widget. We can customize the weather section of the widget by tapping the clock and weather widget that is shown by default on your home screen to open the Weather app, then tapping on MORE at the top right, and tapping Settings. Here we have a few options:
    • Unit lets us switch between the two major temperature unit types: Celsius, and Fahrenheit.
    • Auto refresh adjusts the amount of time the Weather app waits to refresh its weather information.
    • Turning on Use current location will let the Weather app determine the weather of the phone’s current location via GPS and cell tower information.
    • The below two toggles individually lets you choose where your weather information is displayed; the lock screen and the Calendar app.
    • The presence and contents of notifications on the lock screen can also be configured. To learn more about notifications both on the lock screen and everywhere else on the phone, check out our article How to Manage Notifications on Galaxy Note 5.
  • The lock screen wallpaper can also be customized. Check out our article How to Customize Your Homescreen on Galaxy Note 5 to learn how to change your wallpaper and other useful tips.
  • Both the lock screen lock type and unlock animation effect can be changed by opening the Lock screen and security menu in the Personal page of the Settings app, then tapping on the menus Screen lock type and Unlock effect.
  • In Screen lock type, there are six options to choose from to customize how your phone is secured when locked.
    • Swipe and None provide no security and will let anyone use your phone by either swiping on the lock screen or by simply clicking the home button when None is enabled.
    • Both Pattern and PIN options provide a moderate level of security by letting you choose a unique unlock identifier: either a 4 digit code with PIN, or a customized swipe pattern on a 3×3 grid with the Pattern option.
    • Password and Fingerprints options provide the highest level of security. With Password, you set an alphanumeric password of any length, and Fingerprints will use the biometric security of the built-in fingerprint scanner. To learn how to use this feature, check out our article How to Use The Fingerprint Sensor on Galaxy Note 5.
  • The Unlock effect menu lets you choose between three unlock effects that change the animation of unlocking your phone. Select each one to see a preview of the effect.


How to Use the Fingerprint Sensor on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use the Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung introduced a built-in fingerprint scanner inside the home button for advanced biometric security in the Galaxy S series, and now the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes a fingerprint sensor for even faster and more convenient security. Here’s how to enable fingerprint scanning and add additional fingerprints to your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Open the Lock screen and security menu on the Personal page of the Settings app.
  2. Tap the Screen lock type menu, then tap on Fingerprints to require fingerprint verification when unlocking your phone.
  3. You will be guided through the process of adding your first fingerprint. This involves touching and lifting your finger on the home button several times to capture the entire print.
  4. After adding the first fingerprint, navigate back to the Lock screen and security menu, then tap Fingerprints.
  5. Here, you can add a new fingerprint by tapping Add fingerprint and repeating the process of capturing a fingerprint.
  6. Below the Manage fingerprints section, you find options to use fingerprint scanning in other locations:
    • Web sign-in lets you use your fingerprint to automatically type in saved passwords in the browser.
    • Verify Samsung account uses your fingerprints to securely log you into your Samsung account.


How to Use Motion & Gestures on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Motion & Gestures

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes a few intuitive motion and gesture-based actions that enable useful functions. Here’s how to enable and use motions and gestures on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

To enable the four motions and gestures, navigate to the Device page in the Settings app and tap on Motions and gestures.

  • In this menu, we see an animation and description at the top, and a list of toggles below.
  • Direct call will automatically dial the number of the contact message conversation you’re currently looking at when you raise the phone to your ear.
  • Smart alert will make your Galaxy Note 5 vibrate whenever you pick it up if you have a missed call or message.
  • Mute will silence phone calls and alarms if you either place your hand over the screen or flip the phone over.
  • Palm swipe to capture makes it easier to snap a screenshot by letting you swipe the side of your whole hand across the screen, capturing whatever is beneath it.