Samsung’s S-Pen is a central part of the Galaxy Note experience, but if your stylus is acting a bit wonky it can be quite frustrating (especially for an artist). Here’s a couple of quick tips courtesy of WonderHowTo that show how to fine-tune the S-Pen for the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Note 10.1.
First things first, slam your S-Pen on the nearest hard surface. No, seriously. Not only will you take out a bit of pent up rage but it also works surprisingly well at jolting the stylus back into working order. Tap (with a bit of force) the nib end of the pen on a table a few times and see what happens.
If hulking out on your expensive new toy doesn’t sound like the approach you want to take (or if it doesn’t produce the intended results) a quick and simple hardware tweak will work wonders. Now this might sound like its pushing into something only for skilled users, but it’s actually quite simple. You need only to pop off the S-Pen’s click button using a razor or small screw driver (just be careful not to break it) and then adjust a potentiometer.
You’re aiming for the potentiometer closest to the tip of the S-Pen (the one on the left in the above picture). Turn clockwise to decrease sensitivity and vice-versa to dial it up. You can do so with the same screwdriver or razor blade you used to pop off the click button. Once you have honed in the perfect level of sensitivity simply replace the button and you’re on your way to the Galaxy Note experience you always dreamed of.
AndroidForums user Calligrapher was able to turn a problematic S-Pen into a finely-tuned writing instrument. Here’s a look at what you can do with a properly calibrated stylus:
Alright, so not everyone will go from doodler to expert calligrapher, but you will hopefully have an S-Pen that is more usable than when it came out of the box. Have some great Galaxy Note-created artwork you want to share? Head on over to the forums and show it to the world! We might even post some of the best art here on the main page of Phandroid.
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