S Memo for the Samsung Galaxy S4

If you need to take notes on your new Samsung Galaxy S4, the S Memo app will have you covered.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes preloaded with a notes application called S Memo. It supports typed, drawn, audio, image, map, and clip art content, which can then be shared out through various apps and channels. We’ll give you the full tour so you can get the most out of this handy little app.

When you first boot up S Memo, you’re presented with the option to open an existing note by tapping it, or to start a new note. Tap the pencil icon in the top-right to start a new drawn note, or the “T” icon for a new text note. The only real difference is the kinds of backgrounds the notes have.

Samsung Galaxy S4 S Memo

Starting with the drawn notes, you’ve got some options along the top. First are the pen settings, which you can access by tapping the pen icon in the top-left. That icon will preview which color and pen type you’re using. When tapped, you can dictate exactly what kind of mark you leave on the page. The first window provides a preview. Tap the plus icon in the top-right of that preview to save it as a preset for easy access later on in the right side pane.

Pens in S Memo on the Samsung Galaxy S4

The next pane down shows five different pen types to chose from: fine point pen, small brush, large brush, pencil, and highlight. Below that is a slider to adjust the thickness of the brush. The highlighter also has an opacity slider. Below that is a color picker, and by tapping the triangle below it, you can have a finer selection of colors.

The next button at the top, a capital “T”, initiates text input. You can tap anywhere on the screen where you’d like to start typing. The next button at the top is the eraser tool, which lets you rub out brushstrokes. Tap it a second time to access a brush size slider or clear everything on the screen. The next two icons allow you to undo the last action you made or redo a previously undone action. Then at the top-right there are the Cancel and Save buttons. From Cancel you can discard the note you’ve been working, while the save button will let you punch in a filename and save it for later.

Pictures in S Memo for the Samsung Galaxy S4

The button in the bottom-left toggles the page into view mode, so you can pan and zoom around your note without editing it. Be sure to tap it again to go back to editing. The next button allows you to insert an image (either stored locally or a new one shot from the camera), anything copied to the clipboard, a location from Google Maps, or clip art (such as thought bubbles, post-it notes and other graphics). After these graphics are placed, they can be rotated or deleted with buttons that float above them, or resized with the eight points in the box around it. Remember that you can often drop items into S Memo from the global Share menu in outside apps.

The third button at the bottom initiates voice notes. Tap it, then the record button. While recording, you can stop, pause, or discard a recording. After recording, you can replay, delete, or replace the recording. The final button in the bottom-right lets you add another page to the note, which can be important when the page fills up, or you just need to save another voice note. Switch pages by swiping left or right and see which page you're on at the bar along the bottom. 

That’s the full tour of S Memo on the Samsung Galaxy S4. As you can see, there are plenty of functions available. If you’re having trouble with anything in S Memo, be sure to let us know in the comments, and we’ll see what we can do for you. 

There are 9 comments

DrLouie says:

Is S Memo the same as S Note?

Nachol18 says:

S memo is the note taking app for devices which do not have the proper hardware, which is the S pen. S pen is found in the "Note" series of Samsung devices. So, instead of having the S memo app on, say, the Galaxy Note 8,one of which I happily own, you'll find the S note app, a very handy and versatile note taking app in which you use your own handwriting AND the rest of the S memo features.

Kay Collins says:

when using voice to text I can say comma and there will be a comma -- but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the damn thing to react as if to an enter button for a new paragraph or to just go down a line. I use Memo most of all for making lists and having to tap to quit voice, hit the enter and then hit the mic icon to go back to voice pretty much eliminates most of the value of voice to text for me in that app.

Any info on this? Or perhaps should I be using another app for making lists?

thanks in advance,

Hi Kay, you can say "new paragraph" in Google Keep (another note taking app). Google Keep synchs across devices and even Windows 8 (app).

When I read your question I wondered the same thing as I have tried it before to no avail, also. I used Google voice search to do a search for an answer and when I said "How do I start a new paragraph using Android speech recognition?" In the search box it typed "How do I start a" and then skipped a line and continued "using Android speech recognition?". So it took the words "new paragraph" as a command! This told me "Google text-to-speech" understands the command, but "Samsung text-to-speech" doesn't. I tried Google Keep and it works fine.

Edit : the great news is... Simply change your text-to-speech engine to Google and it works perfectly in S Memo and all other apps. I just tried it now.

Further to my reply to Kay, I realised I lost the plot lol. Text-to-speech recognition has nothing to do with it. Voice Recogniser setting has to be Google! However, after further testing I have discovered "new paragraph" works reliably as long as you say it IMMEDIATELY after saying "comma" or "period". If you hesitate or pause after saying the punctuation mark then saying "new paragraph" won't work (it actually gives you a single space). You can also say "new line" to move to the next line if you don't want to drop 2 lines and create a new paragraph.

Hope this helps.

The best feature wad not mentioned. That is when on a phone call, you can bring up the options menu and their is a potion to use use S-Note while on a call for those times you need to write down a number while on a call and have no pen or paper

Munchie 1 says:

Would like to know how to pull up the event calendar faster and learn how to edit it. The alerts are very useful tool.
Can not seem to find much info help in this direction. Other wise it is a very helpful web page, just wished more was covered.

I can't unlock my s memo forgot password

yutahay says:

All the previous memos from my S2 are organized by date and not subject heading. I'd like to have new heading on the old ones if possible. Any ideas?