Use the Notification and Quick Setting Panel on Samsung Galaxy S4 Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Jelly Bean/Kitkat

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Notifications are alerts that there are activities within your phone that are noteworthy. These alerts appear on the status bar at the top of the screen in forms of notification icons. Usual activities shown on the status bar are the alerts on missed calls, new messages, application alerts, calendar events, device status and others. This VisiHow will give you an overview of the Notification and Quick Setting panel, and how to get more out of your phone by knowing about these.

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Method 1: Marshmallow

Notification Panel

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    From anywhere on the device, swipe down from the very top edge of the screen to access your notification panel.
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    The notification panel will list all your notifications with the most recent at the bottom of the list.
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    Tap on a notification to access the app it originated from.
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    To clear your list of notifications, tap "Clear" in the lower right corner.
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    Notifications can also be accessed from the lock screen.
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    Double tap a notification to launch the app or setting it's associated with.
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    Clear notifications from the lock screen by swiping it from left-to-right.
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Quick Setting Buttons

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    From any screen on your phone, swipe down from the top edge to access the notification panel and quick setting icons.
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    The quick setting icons are at the very top of the notification panel
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    You can have up to 10 icons here, preferably settings you'll need quick access to. Tap the three-square menu icon in the upper right corner to access all the quick setting icons and to swap or rearrange them.
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    Here you can see and access all of the available quick setting icons
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    To edit or rearrange which icons appear at the very top of your notification panel, tap the pencil icon.
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    The first item inside notification panel settings is "Brightness adjustment"
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    To have the brightness adjustment slider on the notification panel, turn this on.
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    The next item inside notification panel settings is "Recommended apps"
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    This is useful when you have earphones connected.
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    Turn Recommended apps on by turning the switch on
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    You can also change which apps are displayed by tapping "edit", then selecting the apps you want to appear in your notification panel.
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    Next is where you select which quick setting icons are to be displayed in the notification panel
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    Tap and hold the icon you wish to move and drag it up to the "Active buttons" section.
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    You can also rearrange the order of the icons by dragging them into the position you prefer.
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    Reset the quick setting button layout back to default by tapping, "Reset" on the right side of the screen.
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    To search right from the notification panel, tap "S Finder".
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    Here you can search for apps, contacts, files or anything else on the device
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    Use the available filters to narrow your search.
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    To connect to devices within range, tap "Quick connect" and follow the steps on screen.
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Method 2: Lollipop

Notification Panel

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    Swipe down from the top edge of your screen.
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    All your notifications can be accessed via the notification panel, with the most recent being at the bottom.
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    Tap on a notification to view the app it came from.
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    Clear out any notifications by tapping, "Clear" in the lower right corner of the screen.
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    Notifications also display on the lock screen
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    To clear them, swipe the notification from right-to-left.
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Quick Setting Buttons

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    From any screen, swipe your finger down from the top edge.
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    You can have up to ten Quick Setting icons displayed at the top of your notification panel
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    Use them to quickly open frequently accessed settings and features.
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    To view all the quick setting buttons, tap the three-square menu in the upper right corner.
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    On this screen you can view and select any of the available quick setting buttons.
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    To edit or rearrange which icons are displayed in the notification panel, tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner.
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    The first option available in your notification panel settings is for the, "Brightness adjustment".
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    Turn this on to display the brightness adjustment slider near the top of the notification panel.
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    The next item is, "Recommended apps"
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    When earphones are connected, some recommended apps will be displayed on the notification panel.
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    To edit which apps appear on the notification panel, tap "Edit", then select available apps from the list.
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    The final area inside notification settings is to set your ten quick setting buttons
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    Tap and drag the icons you want displayed from "Available icons" to "Notification panel".
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    You can also change the order of the buttons by dragging them into place.
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    Reset your quick setting buttons back to default at anytime by tapping, "Reset".
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    To search your device for apps, contacts or files, select "S Finder" from the notification panel.
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    Type what you're looking for into the search box and use the four available filters to help narrow your search down.
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    To connect to devices within range of you, tap "Quick connect".
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    Select a device from the list and follow the on-screen instructions.
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Method 3: Jelly Bean/Kitkat

Opening Notifications

Most notifications are represented by icons on the top of the status bar. However, your phone can only handle up to its screen size, so some are displayed on the Notification panel. These are the steps to view these notifications:

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    From the top-most portion of your phone's touchscreen, do a dragging gesture.
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    This opens the Notifications panel and shows you the list of notifications.
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    Drag down to see more of the notifications.
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    Tapping on a notifications will take you to the application that triggered it.
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    Tap clear to clear all notifications.
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    Drag a single notification to the left to remove it alone.
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    Drag up the bar at the bottom of the screen to close the notifications panel.
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How to Turn off Notifications Completely

If you would like to turn off your notifications so that you are not interrupted, the Samsung S4 has a tool you can use called Blocking Mode.

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Blocking Mode will allow you to:

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    Disable incoming calls.
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    Your phone will not ring or vibrate when someone is trying to call you.
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    Disable notifications.
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    Your phone will not make a notification sound or vibrate every time you receive a text, email, appointment reminder, etc.
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    Disable alarm and timer
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    A previously set alarm will not make a sound while you have Blocking Mode activated.
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    Disable LED indicator.
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    This will stop the LED light in the front top left corner from flashing every time you receive a notification.
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    Set a specific time range when you want Blocking Mode to be activated
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    For example, if you do not want to be disturbed at night while you sleep, you could set your phone to activate Blocking Mode during your regular sleeping hours.
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    Choose who can contact you when you have Blocking Mode activated
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    You can still allow important contacts to call and message your phone while you have Blocking Mode activated.
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    See who has been trying to contact you when you have Blocking Mode activated
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    You can go back and check who has been trying to contact you while you have Blocking Mode activated.
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How To Activate Blocking Mode

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    Open Settings
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    To enable Blocking Mode you will need to open your "Settings." You can do this from the "Menu" button at the bottom-left of your screen. You can also open your settings from the "Notifications" area, which you can find by sliding down from the top of your screen. There should also be a settings app icon in your "App" drawer, where you can access your settings.
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    Find the "My Device" Tab
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    In your "Settings," you should find a "My Device" tab. You need to tap on the "My Device" tab and look inside for the Blocking Mode option, which should be toward the bottom of the screen.
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    Configure Blocking Mode options
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    After you tap on the "Blocking Mode" option, you will then be able to customize your settings. Here you will be able to choose which notifications/alerts you would like to disable and select from your contacts list exactly who can contact you when you have Blocking Mode activated. You will also be able to choose the time range when you would like Blocking Mode to be activated. Simply check or un-check the features you would like to disable or enable by tapping the boxes.
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Know About the Quick Setting Panel

The quick setting panel allows you to view your Samsung Galaxy S4's current settings. Tap on a quick setting panel icon to enable or disable the feature on your phone. This is the easier way of turning features versus the usual way of going to the settings. Below are instructions on how to use the quick settings.

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Opening Quick Setting Panel

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    From the top most portion of your phone's touchscreen, do a dragging gesture.
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    Tap the icon to open the Quick Setting Panel.
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    This opens the quick setting panel at the upper part of the screen.
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    You should be able to see the icons and their status
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    A lit-up icon means it is activated while a gray one means it is turned off.
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    Drag to the left or to the right of the icons to see more quick setting panel icons.
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    Activate or deactivate the functions represented by the icons by tapping on them.
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Quick Setting Options

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    WiFi.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the WiFi feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    WiFi allows you to connect to the net or share files via WiFi.
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    GPS.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the GPS feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    GPS allows you to be notified of your location.
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    Sound.
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    Tapping on this icon will turn on or off the sound of your Samsung Galaxy S4
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    You have an option for a complete mute or put a vibration on your device.
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    Screen rotation
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the auto-screen rotation feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. Auto-screen rotation automatically rotates your phone to the current phone position (portrait or landscape).
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    Bluetooth
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Bluetooth feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. Bluetooth allows you to share files with other Bluetooth users.
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    Mobile data
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the data connectivity feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. Mobile data allows you to use the internet via network service provider. This option seems to have been deleted in recent software releases (approx. March 2014).
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    Blocking mode.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the notification blocking feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    To select what notifications you prefer to block, go to Home > Applications > Settings > My Device > Blocking Mode.
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    Power saving
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Power Saving feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. This allows you to extend your battery juice.
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    Screen Mirroring.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Screen Mirroring feature of Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Multi-Window.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Multi-Window feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Multi-Window allows you to view two Windows at the same time on your phone's screen.
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    Hotspot.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the WiFi Hotspot feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    WiFi Hotspot will allow your phone to act like a WiFi router and share your internet connection.
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    S Beam.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the S-Beam feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    S-Beam allows you to share files with other S-Beam users by putting your phones closer so as it touches both of your phone's backs.
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    NFC.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Near Field Communication feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    This allows your phone to act like a walkie-talkie.
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    Air View
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Air-View feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. Air View allows you to preview a magnified portion of your screen for easier reading.
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    Air Gesture.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Air Gesture feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Air Gesture allows your phone to detect your eye and head movement and act upon programmed responses.
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    Driving mode
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Driving mode feature of Samsung Galaxy S4. Driving mode allows you to safely use your phone while you are driving.
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    Smart Stay.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Smart Stay feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Smart stay programs the sensor not to turn your phone to lock mode by detecting that your eyes is still looking at the screen.
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    Smart scroll.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Smart Scroll feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Smart scroll programs the phone to do automatic scrolling up or down by detecting your head movements.
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    Sync.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Auto-syncing feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Auto-sync allows you to automatically sync your phone's data to the Google servers via the internet.
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    Flight mode.
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    Tapping on this icon will activate or deactivate the Flight-mode feature of Samsung Galaxy S4
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    Flight mode allows you to turn all of your radio receptors of your phone (infrared, Bluetooth, NFC, GSM, GPRS, GPS, network connections, WiFi).
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How to Add Smart Pause

This nifty and amazing Smart Pause feature available on your Samsung Galaxy S4 enables you to stop video playback by simply closing your eyes or looking away from the phone! It's ideal for those of us who like to watch videos in bed but end up falling asleep halfway through. Not only does this feature automatically stop the video after you look away, it also starts playing it again from where you left off as soon as it detects you facing the display screen. How to turn on Smart Pause:

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This feature can be accessed by clicking the quick on/off toggles found on the notification shade, or you can follow these directions:

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    On the Home screen, select "Settings" menu.
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    Tap "My device".
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    Select "Smart screen".
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    Scroll and tap "Smart pause".
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  • It's important to fine tune your settings for the app to work effectively.
  • This feature is very dependent on light, so avoid averagely lit areas. You can forget about it working in a dark environment.

Notification panel has disappeared, no longer responding to touch

If your Notification panel has disappeared and your phone is not responding to touch, just turn off your phone for a few minutes. When you open it again, your Notification panel should be back. There's no way to disable or hide the Notification panel in Samsung Galaxy S4. If restarting your phone did not bring back the Notification panel, then you can try to Factory Reset your device. Doing a Factory Reset will erase (or wipe) all of the saved files and applications on your phone, so make sure that you have a backup before doing the process.

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    On your phone's home screen tap "Apps".
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    Go to "Settings".
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    Tap "Accounts".
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    Tap "Back up and Reset".
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    Select "Factory Data Reset".
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    Select "Reset Device".
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    Tap "Erase Everything".
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After the Factory Reset, open your phone and the Notification panel should be back on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can rearrange the options on the notification's panel by opening the panel and tapping on
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    , then dragging it to another location.
  • Some of the features may use battery power. It is always wise to turn them off when not in use.
  • Depending on your region and service provider, available icons on your quick setting panel may vary.

Questions and Answers

How to turn off automatic notifications of my xfininty email and Exchange emails?

I feel that it is draining my battery life. I would rather download manually.

Visit the mail account of your XFINITY and while you are in this window, press the menu button so that you open up the settings option where you will now be able to change the time and amount of emails that can be downloaded to your email account.

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You have to stop push notifications and go for manual fetching option instead. You can find this under settings and then go your mail settings. You can even customize the settings for each of your email accounts.

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What happens when you just opt for manual fetching is that your emails will only come in, once you actually open the mail application. This will allow you to control on when you'd like to receive your messages. The only downside of this is that if you are receiving a very important message, you won't be able to get notified about it right away.

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See more questions like this: I do not want certain application being displayed on notification panel for example, I am using blocking mode and I do not want that it should appear in my notification panel. How can I remove this

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Mobile Data button disappeared with latest 4.1.1. update?

Used to always use the pull down bar and select mobile data, allowing me to conveniently turn it on or off to save data. However, after updating my S4 the button disappeared. How do I put that button back in place?

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Depending on which variant of the S4 phone that you have, the 4.3 update may or may not have gotten rid of the mobile data toggle. Go into your phone's settings and look for notification panel options. There, you can set the toggles available for your drop down panel. Check screenshot here:

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http://screencast.com/t/SxfeEXOw

An alternate fix would be to install a third party app, like Notification Toggle. Check the apps details here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.j4velin.notificationToggle

In my Samsung mobile notification panel is not opening?

In my Samsung mobile notification panel is not opening

You need to use two fingers in order to bring the quick notification panel down on your phone. If you use one finger you will only be able to bring down the standard notification panel on your device.

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Add text to notification center?

Texts do not have the first 2 sentences or the contact

This is more likely because you did not enable the preview function on your notification center for the text. Most apps function that way. They will just alert you that there's a message at the notification center but it will not show you the exact content and sender if you did not enable the preview function.

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The preview function is mainly intended for convenience. However, if you are extremely concerned about privacy, it is not ideal to have that setup because anyone can actually see that on your lock screen.

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No more "mobile data" on my notifications, Galaxy S4, since upgraded to Android 4.4.2. Thanks for your help?

"Mobile data notification, Galaxy S4, no longer existing after upgrade to Android 4.4.2.

Unfortunately, they removed the data connection icon on the latest update. You will have to do the following to turn it on or off:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap more networks.
  • Tap mobile networks.
  • You can enable or disable the mobile data from here.

Is there a notification screen icon that takes me directly to "mobile networks" instead of having to go to settings, etc., etc?

I like the fact that I can go to notification panel and turn wireless off/on; that's only a few clicks. I'd like to be able to do the same with 1) mobile networks, and 2) call forwarding. But I don't see any icons I can add to the notification area (not sure that's correct nomenclature) to let me do that.

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Unfortunately, for this particular case, you really have to go through settings in order to make any changes to these. It is mainly because compared to WiFi, you do not need to change mobile networks that often and it is often automatic depending on your service provider. The only time that you may need to select a mobile network is when you are on roaming. Therefore, there are no particular shortcuts for this one.

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Where did the "mobile data" quick setting options icon go?

I'm looking at the page "Use the notification and quick setting panel on Samsung Galaxy S4" page on your site. Under Quick Setting Options, item 6 is Mobile data. I don't have that on my phone. I suspect a newer update to my phone got rid of it. Any way to get it back?

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Yes, because of the new software update on your device the option of getting to mobile data is no longer there meaning that you cannot toggle this option using the quick notification panel anymore on your Samsung Galaxy S4 as I have done in the past.

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In order for you to be able to toggle your mobile data you will need to got to:

1. Settings

2. Connections

3. More networks

4. Mobile networks

5. Uncheck mobile data in this option

This is the only way with the new update to toggle the mobile data option on your current device.

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My phone sounds an alert every 5 minutes. There is no new text message. I turned the notification sound off, but then I don't get alerted when I have a text?

I can't turn off notification sounds, because I would like to be alerted for a text, for a missed call, or for a voice mail. I don't want these mysterious alerts every 5 minutes.

Those alerts are more likely for other apps that are running in the background. You have to check all notifications for all apps to see what are the settings for each. You do not need to turn off your call and message notifications but you need to make adjustments for the others instead.

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Keep in mind that for most smartphones, it allows you to customize the notifications for each app.

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Missed call and message notification?

I have a Galaxy S4 on Verizon, running Kitkat. When I get a message or a missed call it vibrates and shows on the lock screen. when the screen goes dark, it immediately vibrates again and lights the screen again. If I don't look at the message for awhile, the phone gets hot and the battery drains fairly rapidly, from the screen being on so much. How do I make this stop?

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You have to check your notifications if you have set your phone to repeat notifications several times. You can choose "never" for this so that once you get a notification, that's it and it's just up to you to open it again.

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On the other hand, in regards to your phone getting hot easily, you may want to have it checked, especially the battery. This is a most common sign of battery defect. It is best to have it checked right away because if you don't, it will more likely damage your device.

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