Activate and Use Air Gestures on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Of all the innovations and features that make the Samsung Galaxy Note3 one of the best "phablets" around, the one that really stands out is the built in Air Gestures. Air gestures allow you to use the movements of your hand over the front-facing camera to control certain device functions. Read on for instructions on how to enable Air Gestures, and how to use Air Gestures.

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Enabling Air Gestures On Your Samsung Galaxy Note3

Before you can use Air Gestures on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, you will need to enable the functionality. This is done from the Settings menu, and the steps are explained below. Simply follow them to get started using Air Gestures.

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    Begin by pressing your "Home" button (located under your screen on the capacitive button panel).
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    From the home screen, open your apps menu by pressing the "Apps" icon in the lower right-hand corner.
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    From apps, navigate to "Settings" which can be found by locating the cog wheel icon.
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    Now go to "Controls" from the settings screen.
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    You will see a button type toggle switch for the air gesture settings.
    Make sure this is set to on and air gestures are now enabled on your device.
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Air Gestures: What Can I Do? How Do I Do It?

Below, we've listed examples of the Air Gestures available on the Samsung Galaxy Note3, and how to use them. It's important to keep in mind that all of the gestures need to be performed in view of the front facing sensor, which is located at the top right of your device. Additionally, Air Gestures are best performed with your hand about three inches (seven centimeters), above your Samsung Note Galaxy Note3.

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Gesture Example What Should I Do What It Controls
Quick Glance
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Simply wave your hand above the sensor on the front of your device. You will be able to view all of your recent notifications, like text, SMS, or MMS messages, incoming calls, the time and date, as well as select application and system notifications.
Air Jump
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Move your hand up or down over the sensor in a sweeping motion. This will allow you to scroll the page up or down when you are in your browser or viewing email.
Air Browse
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Move your hand to the left or to the right over the sensor in a sweeping motion. This is another scrolling type control that you can use while browsing. It can also be used to move backward and forwards between music files or when viewing images.
Air Move
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With one hand long pressing and holding an icon, use your other hand to wave left or right over the sensor. This Air Gesture will let you move icons around on the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note3. Some apps will also have added functionality for this gesture, like rescheduling events while viewing the calendar or planner.
Air-Call Accept
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Move your hand in a sweeping motion to the left and then back to the right. When you have an incoming call, this gesture will allow you to answer the phone.

Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • If your device is not registering gestures, ensure that the front sensor is not obstructed and that you are performing the gestures at around one hand width from the sensor, or about three inches (7 centimeters).
  • Certain gestures will only work in Samsung applications and don't function with third party browsers, image viewers, music apps, or other applications.
  • Further functionality may be added in the future with more app support and additional gestures
  • This article is part of our Samsung Galaxy Note3 category. For more helpful articles, please visit our page on Use Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Questions and Answers on Air Gestures with the Note3

Did all the necessary steps but the air gesture sensor does not light up?

I cannot seem to activate any of the motion sensors on my Samsung Galaxy Note3

The Air Gesture symbol on your Samsung Galaxy Note3 may not always light up, but it's important to keep in mind that this feature only works with select applications.

Make sure that you have activated the feature, and that you've gone into the settings of your device, and activated all the necessary sensors for Air Gestures. You should go to Settings > My Device > Motions and Sensors, and from there, activate all of the sensors in this menu.

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It's also important to keep in mind that the sensor will not be picking up your movements clearly, unless you're Air Gestures are made within three inches (7 centimeters) of the device screen.

For additional instructions, you can go to the tutorials tab of your device, or visit our Use Samsung Galaxy Note 3

How to use enable wave of hand in Samsung Note3?

How can I turn on wave of hand for my Samsung Galaxy Note3

In order to activate the Air Gestures feature on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, you will need to first locate the option, and then turn it on. To do that, you will need to take the following steps:

When you're ready, this is how to locate the Air Gestures feature: 1. Use two fingers to slide down the Samsung Galaxy Note3 screen.

2. Look for the Air Gesture option, and then tap it once. This should bring up the option in a green color.

Now that the Air Gesture option is ready for input, follow these steps to activate it:

1. Go to the Settings option.

2. Under the tab for My Device, tap on Motions and Gestures to select it.

3. Activate your Air Gestures in this menu by swiping to turn the option on.

I didn't see any light of the Air Gesture sensor how its works?

How to activate this function please tell me

The Air Gesture sensor is located near your front camera. When you first activate it, the sensor will blink on your LED to alert you that you are using one of the Air Gesture movements, however, it may not blink on every movement on your device.

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To activate the Air Gestures function, simply slide two fingers down the screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note3, starting at the top of the notification panel, and sliding down to the bottom of the screen.

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This will open the quick notification panel, and from here you will see the different features that can be activated on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.

It says turn on at least turn one related function?

In the step: "You will see a button type toggle switch for the air gesture settings. Make sure this is set to on and Air Gestures are now enabled on your device."

To enable Air Gestures on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, you need to turn on a supported function. Supported functions include Air Browse, Air Call Accept, Air Jump, Air Move, or Quick Glance. Once a supported feature is enabled, you'll be able to use Air Gestures.

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Air gesture of Samsung Galaxy Note3 not working?

I enabled the Air Gesture option but it's not working could you please guide me

If you've activated the Air Gesture function on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, and it is still not working, you'll want to check the sensor of your phone. First, make sure nothing is blocking it, and then wipe it clean with a non-abrasive microfiber cloth.

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Additionally, make sure that your hand is not more than three inches (seven centimeters) from the scree. Note that some users have reported that they experience better functionality within two inches (five centimeters).

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You'll also want to make sure that you're using Samsung applications, or supported third party apps. Many applications that are not officially released by Samsung do not support the Air Gesture feature. For the best results, when testing, use a Samsung application, such as Air Browse, Quick Glance, Air Jump, Air Call Accept, or Air Move. This way you can be certain that the application is supported, and that your sensor is working properly.

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If you've made sure nothing is blocking your sensor, and that you're using a supported application from Samsung, but your sensor is still not working, then try to switch off your device, and then power it back on. One you've done this, make sure that the Air Gesture function is turned on, and that you're using an app supported or released by Samsung. It should work now.

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See more questions like this: Sensor issue, my air gesture and calling sensor not working in Galaxy Note3, what should I do to fix it?

I can only use my air gesture while going through my pictures but any other options that has to be working on air gestures is not?

I can't use Air Gestures for anything other than moving through my pictures. None of my other apps works with Air Gestures.

Air Gestures does not work on all features of the Samsung Galaxy Note3. This means that, while you can scroll through pictures, read a book, or scroll through text on your Samsung browser, you might not be able to perform other functions on your device using Air Gestures.

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Additionally, third part apps not released by Samsung might not support Air Gestures. If you are having problems with Samsung apps that do support the Air Gesture function, make sure that the functionality has been turned on in each individual app, and then try again. You might have to restart your device as well.

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See more questions like this: My Air Gesture icon isn't in the bar above and it seems not to be working. What can I do

I have turned on Air Gesture but I am not still able to use it?

My Samsung Galaxy Note3 is not working with Air Gestures.

While you can enable the Air Gesture feature, it does not work by itself. To use it, you'll need to also enable the function in a supported application. Samsung offers factory support for the following five features: Quick Glance, Air Jump, Air Browse, Air Move, and Air Call-Accept. You will be able to view these functions by opening the Air Gesture page and tapping the feature name from the Controls tab. Samsung may release an additional supported applications in the future, and third party vendors may also have supported apps.

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Additionally, you can use Air gesture in your browser, however, it's only used for scrolling up and down the screen, which you can accomplish by simply waving your hand. Air Gesture does not work on your main screen, or any other application screen on your device at this time.

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What Controls are you referring to? Where can I find it?

I don't understand how to access the Air Gesture controls on my Samsung Galaxy Note3.

The Controls discussed in this article can be found under the Control tab, on the Settings where all of the additional control features can be enabled. To get there, go Home > Apps > Settings > and Tap the Control tab on the upper-right part of the Settings page.

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You'll find the Air Gesture option is located in your quick panel menu located on your main screen of your device.

I have turned on the Air Gesture feature on my Samsung Note3 together with the "quick glance" feature so I can access info at a quick glance when the screen is off. My problem is sometimes the feature fails to function. i.e I cannot get the quick glance of messages or battery info when I reach out over the sensor. Why is this so?

Sensor for the Air Gesture sometimes appears to be not working on Samsung Galaxy Note3

Sometimes the Air Gesture sensor will not immediately work due to oil or dirt over the sensor. Other times, it can be due to the proximity of your hand to the sensor. While the sensor can occasionally detect Air Gestures at distances greater than the recommended three inches (seven centimeters), you will experience problems when operating outside of that range.

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In practice, many of users in the VisiHow community have reported that Air Gestures works best for them within two inches (five centimeters). Additionally, it is a good idea to restart your device from time to time, particularly when you've installed a number of new applications, or edited core functions.

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You can also disable Air Gestures, and restart your device, and then turn Air Gestures back on to see if this helps.

If you're not afraid to get a little technical, you can also take a trip down to your local electronics store, and buy a $5 can of compressed air. Attach the hard plastic tube to the can of compressed air, and aim it from about three inches away (7 centimeters) from the sensor. You can then blast the air in three to five rapid bursts of about half a second or less each.

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This doesn't work for everyone, but some members of the VisiHow community have reported that it fixed their device. Remember, all sorts of things can get in your Samsung Galaxy Note3 and dirty up the sensor, like lint from your pants, or oil from your hands. Dirt then sticks to these items and can reduce the effective range of your Proximity Sensor.

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Disable Air Gesture/Proximity Sensor. How to do it?

I don't want the air gesture to function and it's not activated in settings.

If you want to disable Air Gestures on your Samsung Galaxy Note3, you can simply follow the steps provided in this article to enable it - except you'll be disabling the options instead of turning them on.

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However, if you are wanting to disable the Samsung proximity sensor during calls, or because the sensor is broken, then you'll want to follow the steps listed in the questions below.

How To Disable the Samsung Proximity Sensor During Calls.

I'm having problems with Air Gesture and the Proximity Sensor during calls.

If you need to disable the proximity sensor during calls, with a device that has not been modded, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Samsung Phone Dialer

2. Select the Menu Button

3. Tap on Call Settings

4. Scroll down until you see the option to 'Turn Off Screen During Calls'

5. Uncheck this option to turn off the Samsung Proximity Sensor during calls

How To Disable a Broken Samsung Proximity Sensor

My Proximity Sensor is broken, and now my screen goes black when I make calls. Help!

This one is a bit more difficult to fix because it requires a rooted phone. If you don't know what that is, or how to do it, then don't attempt this fix or your phone might stop working. Otherwise, if you're an advanced user, follow these steps:

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1. Download and install the Android Sensor Box from the Google Play Store: Android Sensor Box - Disable Proximity Sensor

2. Select the Proximity Sensor, and use it to locate the driver name of your sensor by clicking the icon on the bottom left when you open the app. Your sensor name should look something like 'apds9702' - for example.

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3. Download and install the Hardware Disable App from the Play Store (root required): Hardware Disable App - Disable Proximity Sensor

4. Once installed, select the menu button, change your menu to the root level by typing / and scan again.

5. Locate the driver name for your device from step 2 above, and select it.

6. Reboot your device, and when you restart, the Hardware Disable app will ask if you want to disable the device.

7. Select Yes and your Proximity Sensor should be disabled.

How To Fix My CyanogenMod Proximity Sensor

I'm running the CyanogenMod and my Proximity Sensor has problem what to do

They say that for every mod, there's another mod. This is no different. The problem happens when you take a call, and the Proximity Sensor blacks out your screen, as it should so that your ear or cheek doesn't activate device functions.

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Unfortunately, for a few of us running the CyanogenMod, the screen will stay black until your call is finished. There is no way to reactivate it until the call ends, and this can make it difficult to take down numbers or notes, read instructions, or look up data to give someone while you are on the phone or in a speakerphone call.

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The only fix we've found is to install the i9505 Proximity Sensor App, however, it's new. Obviously use it at your own risk, and only if you know what you're doing - but then if you're running the CyanogenMod, you probably already know what you're doing.

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Here's a link, but let me repeat - it's a new download. I tested it, and it works, but as of early July, only a few other people have downloaded it, so USE AT YOUR OWN RISK: CyanogenMod - Proximity Sensor Fix

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