Activate and Use Air View on Samsung Galaxy S5

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This article is part of the VisiHow series of tips and tricks on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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How to Enable Air View on your Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 has a tactile screen that detects when your finger is near it.

This tactile screen functionality works even if your finger does not touch the display. This lets you to take a 'sneak peak' of content you are about to tap or open. The feature is called 'Air View', and is available on Samsung's latest line of Galaxy phones and tablets.

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To enable Air View on your Samsung Galaxy S5, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your phone's Home screen, by pressing the 'Home' button.
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    Now, tap the Apps icon on the lower-right of the Favorites tab.
    Tapping on Apps will take you to the application list on your phone.
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    From the list of applications installed on your phone, locate Settings.
    Tap it to open the settings menu.
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    From Settings, scroll down to the Motion tab.
    This is where you will set up the motion options on your Galaxy S5.
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    From the Motion tab, tap on Air View to open the feature page.
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    On the Air View page, tap the upper-right ON/OFF switch to activate Air View.
    The switch should light up green when activated, and display the word 'ON' to indicate that the feature has been enabled. You can also enable or disable specific Air View features by tapping the selected feature's switch to turn them on or off.
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    • These are the Air View features:
    • 'Information preview' - allows you to preview information on a folder, extend text, and enlarge pictures by hovering your finger over the screen.
    • 'Progress preview' - allows you to preview a scene from a selected time on any video by hovering your finger over the video progress bar.
    • 'Speed dial preview' - allows you to see the speed dial contact saved on a specific number by hovering your finger over the number on your screen's keypad.
    • 'Webpage magnifier' - allows you to enlarge text and other contents on a webpage by hovering your finger over the screen.
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    You have successfully enabled Air View on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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How to Use Air View on your Samsung Galaxy S5

Air View adds new functionality to your device, and some things work differently.

Once you are done enabling Air View, you can use the feature by following these procedures:

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    Go to your phone's Home screen.
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    Now, tap the Apps icon, on the lower-right part of the Favorites tab.
    Tapping on Apps will take you to the application list on your phone.
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    From the list of applications, locate one that supports Air View.
    Tap the application icon to open it.
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    • For this example, tap on the messaging application icon.
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    Now, hover your finger over information that you want to expand.
    Since you are on the messaging application, hover your finger over a truncated message. You will now be shown a longer version of the message on your screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to use Air View on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Applications that Support Air View on the Galaxy S5

Not all applications support the enhanced functionality of Samsung Air View.

The following pre-installed applications from Samsung are supported with the Galaxy's Air View feature. For other applications, check the application to see if it is supported. Note that this list is constantly being added to with new applications.

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    S Planner - Go to S Planner and hover on a date with a saved event, task, or list.
    You will be shown with the details for the selected date.
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    Gallery - Go to Gallery and hover over a picture to see an enlarged version of it.
    You will not need to open the picture. You can also hover over a folder to see the contents of it.
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    Messages - Go to Messages and hover over a truncated message.
    This will allow you to see more detail without needing to open the message.
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    Video - Go to any Video and hover over a specific time on the timeline.
    This will show you a preview of that part of the video.
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    Keypad - Go to Contacts and tap on Keypad.
    Then, hover over a number to see what contact information is saved on it for speed dial.
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    Internet - Go to Internet and hover over selected details to magnify them.
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Questions and Answers

Why does my hover feature in text app only open text, instead of allowing me to preview the entire message?

I was able to hover over the truncated text messages before, and view the entire text message without actually opening the message. But for some reason it quit working altogether. I followed the instructions to set the AirView, but it was still turned on. It would seem the feature has stopped working in my text app but still works in my calendar, video, gallery & phone.

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Why does Airview only let me preview certain text messages?

I can only preview certain text messages using Airview. I hover on the first one on list, it previews it same with 2nd on list, it won't preview the 3rd, it will the 4th but not numbers 5 through 8

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