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Inserted your Galaxy Note 5’s S-Pen backwards? Here’s how you can fix it!

Pengate has been a widely debated topic these days, and while it is indeed a design issue, it was blown out of proportion with all the media coverage. As you know, inserting the S-Pen backwards breaks your Galaxy Note 5. Samsung has provided a simple and decisive response to this issue a while back, but if you happen to have broken your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting your S-Pen backwards then don’t worry, there’s a way to fix it, although you should be very careful.

How2Tech has recently published a video showing how to fix a wrongly inserted S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 5, and the solution is rather simple: you need to insert a sheet of paper into the hole which you will use to pull the pen out. The video takes you through the whole process in the detail as there’s a catch with the clicking of the pen, but it’s pretty easy.

It goes without saying that this is a pretty major design flaw, but it seems that you can fix it pretty easily, and jamming it there in the first place is pretty difficult. The S-Pen has become iconic in the past few years and it’s what makes the Note series good. Do you think this scandal is no big deal, or is it something that we shouldn’t be seeing in the fifth generation of the Note series?

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swiss420
swiss420

These Discussion are too funny. Especially the ones that have their Blood Boil when they hear “Design Flaw” It seems as if they are attacked directly by that term even though we know that is not the case. Just as a quick reminder. If that lower lever had 0.00002 Cents worth of material added that bends back, this could have been avoided by Samsung. For a Phone that is supposed to be high end I personally think that is at least unfortunate that they did not design it that way. Maybe don’t call it a Design Flaw and just call… Read more »

harryisme
harryisme

While I do agree it is a design flaw, if any adult manages to get it in backwards they have nobody but themselves to blame, however allot of Note users have kids who are not going to care which end goes in first so for that reason Samsung should have done a better job. It should not have been a difficult task to make it so the pen only enters one way.

This reminds me allot of the charger port in early models of the PS Vita.

mcbrain
mcbrain

You leave a device so expensive in the hands of children? With the car or with the gun (if you have one) it the same way? Then, good luck that you need it.

harryisme
harryisme

Yes because a mobile phone in a kids hands is the same as letting them handle a deadly weapon or drive a dangerous vehicle…that is one of the dumbest comparisons I have ever read and I’ve read some real stinkers in 20 years I have been surfing the internet. Oh I shouldn’t let them handle a knife and fork either, don’t want them to stab themselves, oh wait, shouldn’t let them sleep on their own either, who knows they might suffecate on the pillow, Or let them take a bath, they might drown. It’s a fricking phone, perfectly safe for… Read more »

mcbrain
mcbrain

Sure, you say cretinism with children and then doing a crisis. The phone has glass panels on the front and back and in the hand of a child has no chance. A responsible parent teach a child that not all the objects that surround him are toys. But you’re blond …

harryisme
harryisme

Actually Indian so have black hair, also Really glass panel that’s your argument? It’s actually gorrilla glass, not your typical Glass it’s stronger and flexible than regular glass and it’s glued onto the front LED panel so if it does crack most of the glass stays glued to the screen. They are more likely to cut themselves dropping a glass of water than dropping a phone. You seem to think all kids are babies still in their nappies, kids four and above can use a tablet and phone without issue, they don’t feel the urge to swallow it, or smash… Read more »

mcbrain
mcbrain

You know all about kids from TV. I’m convinced that you will buy an iPod for the baby as soon as the pregnancy test is positive, otherwise the baby not growing well. When he goes to school for the first time you buy him 860USD phone and an expensive car. So behave a person who respects himself.

freddyf13
freddyf13

someone puts the pen in backwards = stupid

ThaiM
ThaiM

To those arguing it’s not a design flaw….

If it fits both ways but one way results in damage. It’s a design flaw. Period.

Deliximus
Deliximus

I can put my car in reverse, floor it to red line at 100kph, throw it into D, destroy the gearbox, it must be a design flaw because I can do it.

frodo69
frodo69

its a clear design flawe

mcbrain
mcbrain

You know Murphy’s law: “If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot.”?
Sure you can maintain that is a design flaw to save your self-esteem, but it is obvious that this phone is not for you.

ThaiM
ThaiM

Why on earth would I downgrade to the Note 5 from my Note 2? Only idiots would downgrade to the Note 5, hence such s-pen issues.

rshen493
rshen493

THAIM again..feels a downgrade from Note 2..if cannot buy then just let it be…no need to tell its a downgrade. OMFG..cant believe some1 can still troll about this.

ThaiM
ThaiM

Sweet merciful shit. It’s a downgrade. OMFGBBQWTFHelicopter.

tomgnc
tomgnc

There are so many ways to break a phone, I cannot believe there are so many who think that this is such a giant problem. Actually, there is a pretty easy fix as long as you don’t yank on it and break off the internal tab. This fix is on SamMobile, issue 08/29/15. Of course the problem is because Samsung decided to provide us with an easy-eject for the S-Pen, which is a true improvement especially when you have a case on the phone. These phones are not toys, and should be handled like the fine equipment they are.

bladehawk
bladehawk

First off, I shouldn’ HAVE to fix it. People get distracted and RTFM is just as unacceptable as when Apple said “don’t hold the phone like that” I was actually planning on buying a Note 5. No removable battery…. No SD Card, add in a very easy to break pen, a glass back, a smaller battery and I’m looking for a competitive product from another company. The fact that these damn things are locked by most carriers just makes leaving Samsung a no Brainerd. It’s sad, my first Android was a Note. I left apple because of form over function… Read more »

frodo69
frodo69

well said

superg05
superg05

the only design flaw minus what was designed out is the Glass Back no one talking about the flaw many companies stopped using glass backs that the Korean home office design direction put on the device thats the flaw. with Samsung even with leaks you had hope maybe they used Corning® Willow® Glass but no they used gorilla glass and hope was gone. and silence will fall when the question is asked to the ceo who talks big about being an engineer why he would make it not strong and beautiful with Willow or layered Willow but beautiful and fragile… Read more »

SinvalPinheiro
SinvalPinheiro

year after year more and more devices with performance and remain locked. I am disappointed note 4 has been updated to 5.1.1 and continues with many bugs. Probably this will be my last Samsung device. Android M ?? no no no more headache.

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

Major design flaw? The only major flaw here is the dumb as fuck human that uses the phone.

What, do these people also blame power outlets if they stick their fingers in it?

If you’re too dumb to figure out how to insert a pen, you shouldn’t be using a smartphone, because it’s clearly not for you.

Everyone who inserted the pen the wrong way around deserves a Darwin award, and would do well to improve the genpool by never reproducing.

Bloody hell, this world is filled with morons. Always blaming others for their own stupidity…

Deliximus
Deliximus

You, sir, just made my day.

arhu74
arhu74

You are stupid if you inserted the wrong way but you are an even smarter designer if you design the pen and hole in such a way that it’s impossible to even accidentally insert it the wrong way (actually is doesn’t take a lot of smarts to design it that way)

Deliximus
Deliximus

But the bottom line still is that it is not a design flaw. Design flaw is when you create something to function in a certain way and fails at that; this is just human error

sexyback
sexyback

Well said!

samuel wollie
samuel wollie

i like

miki023
miki023

Maybe it is a design fault or maybe it is not. Maybe i should try to use phone while taking a shower, that is also a design fault isn’t it. There are many thing we can do to damage the phone. Is it all a design fault or maybe we do not know how to use device properly. if you don’t know how to use S Pen,stick with other models and leave Note to the ones that know how to deal with it. I love my Note 3 and hope to get Note 5 soon.

masterross
masterross

If Sammy is acting like crApple then they should thing about their targeted brainless US customers!

mcbrain
mcbrain

A similar example is the USB port, especially the mini, for fragility. How many people have destroyed their phone’s USB port, inserting the cable in the wrong way? There have been debates? Someone thought to blame the inventor or phone manufacturer? No, and it is widely used. What is different now? All 4 old Notes have s-pen with similar design, without this problem. Samsung has many sins, but seriously, we must blame them for raining outside?

stocaxxo
stocaxxo

devi essere proprio un coglione per mettere la penna al contrario!
W note 3
W air gesture

popm
popm

wtf simple user give solution and samsung still no move big enterprise

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

It’s just another of many instances of Samsung’s idiotic design/content decisions. And, consequently, one of the many reasons I won’t be replacing my Note 3 with another Samsung. I would have purchased the Note 4 immediately if they had instituted front facing speakers. I had my money ready to go for the Note 5, sure they would fix the speakers & upgrade the cameras, fingerprint reader, and build quality while keeping the rest of the favorite user features. Well, that obviously didn’t happen and now I will buy a competitors phone and keep it for a couple of years. This… Read more »

MaxArt2501
MaxArt2501

I’ll tell you a story. A friend of mine bought this new shiny car. It was lovely, had good amount of power under the hood, and a lot of the gimmicks a modern car should have. He was thrilled by his new purchase, and I had to admit that car looked stunning, and felt great too. A bit expensive but, according to him (who was an owner of the previous version too), all worth the price. I couldn’t reply, as I always envied his car. After a few days, he had to use it on a highway for the first… Read more »

Wilksie
Wilksie

I’m not terrified I could put my car in reverse at 70 mph and I’m not terrified I could put a pen in backwards. Both seem just as easy to do yet I’ve never put a car in reverse while driving after 18 years of the road. Both examples aren’t design flaws. What they both have in common is that they lack a feature to prevent it happening in the first place. It’s not a flaw when it lacks a safety feature. If I broke a Note 5 I’d accept it was my own fault as I wasn’t paying attention.… Read more »

MaxArt2501
MaxArt2501

I fail to understand how a missing safety feature isn’t a flaw. The point is that if it’s easy to break, it’s flawed. That’s why phones now have sturdy Gorilla Glass’es instead of common, fragile glass or scratchable polycarbonate. Don’t tell me you’ve never dropped your phone, because I won’t believe you. You did but the Gorilla Glass saved your ass, instead of having people mocking you because “lol u must be so stoopid to drop your phone”. How about those batteries? Why are those poles on the side instead of the middle? Yeah, there’s a reason too. Why can’t… Read more »

Wilksie
Wilksie

I think the safety feature is that one end is point. If you try and put it in wrong then you’ll feel it on your finger.

Unless there’s no feeling in your fingers, pushing the S-Pen into the phone would instantly trigger a reaction from the person pushing it in.

Anyone fully still inserting it whilst the pointy bit is pressing into their finger has bigger issues than blaming Samsung.

MaxArt2501
MaxArt2501

The tip could save you indeed. *Could*! Because, as I said, you can let the pen simply fall into the slot by gravity.
Or you may be just slow to react and notice the problem when it’s too late.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I’m a proud owner of a Note 4 and like many I’m not happy about this Note 5 despite loving the design and the new look of the air command. I know a few people with Samsung’s Note phones and I have never ever heard of any one having a problem because they tried to insert the pen backwards, sticking it in the right way it’s just intuitive if you used the s pen to write (its real purpose) not to pick up your nose or scratch your head and even so. I’m sure that out of the million people… Read more »

Deliximus
Deliximus

I flipped on and off my light switch really quickly for 1 full minute and burnt out the light bulb. Design Flaw.

MaxArt2501
MaxArt2501

You don’t flip on and off your light switch for a minute by distraction.
You have to actively exploit its functionality. That’s misuse.

Deliximus
Deliximus

You have to read some of the comments here. They are saying it should be designed in a way that it couldn’t happen at all.

bladehawk
bladehawk

Funny, new cars vibrate the wheel to give you tactile feedback that you’re drifting out of the lane, or going to hit a car next to you. Sure, I could jam my note3 pen in backwards and break the phone, but not easily… Tactile feedback is something we should be able to expect in a modern device.

ardslad
ardslad

Sammy will sort it out on the note 6

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Too bad I’ll have replaced my Note 3 with a non-samsung phone that will be kept for several years.

ThaiM
ThaiM

They sure will, they’ll get rid of the S-Pen altogether, give you a 2500mah battery and 16gb nonexpandable storage.

Wilksie
Wilksie

Fed up of reading “design flaw”.

The pen works as intended with ZERO ISSUES until you do something it’s not intended to do. My car doesn’t have a design flaw just because I can put unleaded petrol in it instead of diesel.

You’re turning to sensationalist trashy gutter-news SamMobile and it’s a shame.

hanumanbob
hanumanbob

You need to be brain dead to do this. As soon as you start pushing you feel a point. Who would do this? I guess the same ones who put a device in their tight back pockets and then sit down on the phone. People need to take responsibility for their actions. No one should be forced to pay for stupidity. Of course everything should probably be designed to be idiot proof I suppose to avoid aggravation.

ardslad
ardslad

Almost Certainly bad design

shaggyskunk
shaggyskunk

Jamming the SIM card in backwards and upside-down – Rendering the phone unable to make calls – Design flaw or dumbass?

spike217014
spike217014

Who are all these people that keep putting the S-Pen in backwards. I have had every version of the Note from the original and don’t think I have ever done it once. Missed the hole completely after a couple of drinks, yes, definitely. But never been tempted to put it in the wrong way round 🙂

travistyofjustice
travistyofjustice

Yeah, I’m really surprised this has gotten so much attention. They could have changes the design to make it idiot-proof but I can’t say I can fault them for assuming people wouldn’t try to put it in backwards when it clearly is designed to go in one way only.

superg05
superg05

alot of people are saying if your going to redesign to target the iphone idiot crowd your device should be Dumb a$$est proof thats kind of true but as a society should we really be lowering bar instead of having them raise theres i guess there will be a galaxy note for dummies book soon for the note 5. you can’t always design around Murphy stupid on your first try this was a power user device there shifting to the crayons and chalk give them some time.

deardevil
deardevil

its hard to me to understand this flaw in the first way,ok you try to put the pen inside the phone the wrong way,but when you’re about to push it in, how can you not notice the tip of the pen??? are you so dumb you cant notice the difference?? if you’re trying to put the pen back in,probably was because you’re using it in the first place,so were you trying to write ,and you cant differentiate what part is witch when you put back in????

waseem jaas
waseem jaas

I don’t think it’s a design flow when it wasn’t designed to go backwords and i don’t think you can call it pengate because in the manual it says don’t do that not like bendgate apple didn’t say don’t put the iphone in your pocket. I mean cmon how stupid are you to insert the s pen backword