Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Screen View Options Guide: using Motions and Gestures, Multi Window

You can use additional motions and gestures along with other features like Multi Window, to maximize your productivity and enjoyment with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device.

This content will inform you about the basics how to control your Note 4 using Motions and Gestures and Multi-window features.

Using Motions and Gestures on the Galaxy Note 4

Motions and Gestures is a feature that will let you control your phone by making specific gestures with your hand above the device’s screen. Among the options you can use with this feature include the following:

  • Direct Call – this option allows you to call the contact whose recent call log, message or contact details are shown by lifting the phone to your ear.
  • Smart alert – this option allows the phone to vibrate for missed calls and notifications that transpired since the last time you picked up your device.
  • Mute/pause – this option is used for muting incoming calls and pause playback by turning the phone screen side-down or by covering the screen with your hand. To have the device pause video playback when you look away from the screen, you can use Smart Pause.
  • Palm swipe to capture – this option is used for creating a copy of the current screen by swiping the side of your hand across the screen, starting from left to right or vice versa. By default, the screen shot will be saved to the clipboard, inside the Screenshots folder.

How to enable Motions and Gestures on the Note 4

To enable this feature, tap Apps from the Home screen, tap on Settings, then select Motions and gestures.

Next, tap an option to view its description and then tap the ON/OFF button to turn the feature on or off.

Using Multi Window on the Galaxy Note 4

You can use two applications on the same screen, in separate, resizable windows on your Galaxy Note 4. This is made possible with the phone’s Multi-window feature.

In order to use Multi-window on the Note 4, you need to turn the feature on first. Follow these steps to enable and use multi-window on your new Galaxy device.

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap on Settings.
3. Select Multi window.
4. Tap the On/off switch to turn Multi-Window ON/off. In this case, it has to be On for you to use it.

Alternately, you can enable the feature from the Notification Panel.

After enabling Multi window in your phone settings, you will see the Multi window tray showing briefly before automatically hiding. To display this tray, touch and hold the Back key.

Now that the feature is already turned on, you may try to run two apps at the same time. Normally, the apps should display together on a split screen. You can switch between apps, adjust the screen size and copy information between apps.

Follow these steps to use Multi-Window on your Note 4:

1. Touch and hold the Back key to display the tray.
2. Drag two apps off the Multi-window tray.


  • To adjust the size of Apps in Multi window, drag the border between the windows to a new position.
  • To use the multi window toolbar, tap the circle at the center of the border between the windows. Doing so will display the multi window toolbar, in which you can switch windows, move content, collapse window, expand or close an application.

Multi Window apps may also appear as pop-up apps, which can float above other applications. The apps can also be collapsed into floating icons, giving you easy access to apps below them.

Follow these steps to switch a standard Multi Window app into a pop-up app:

1. Touch and hold the Back key to display the tray.

2. Drag two apps off the Multi window tray.

3. Display the multi window toolbar. To display the multi window toolbar, tap the circle at the center of the border between the windows.

4. Expand the pop-up app into a floating window by tapping on it.

The currently active app will have an outline around it, when you’re in the Multi Window screen mode of the Galaxy Note 4.

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