Tips & Tricks

You can turn the Galaxy Note 9’s screen on without touching it

It often happens that we want to quickly check notifications on our phone but can’t touch it because our hands are dirty. Whether you’re going to town on a bucket of chicken wings or kneading fresh pasta, it’s possible to turn on the Galaxy Note 9’s screen without having to touch it.

This is a derivative of the old Quick Glance feature that Samsung launched with the Galaxy Note 2. The feature is just as useful and definitely comes in handy if you keep the Always On Display disabled.

Turn the Galaxy Note 9’s screen on without touching it

Step 1: Open the Settings app and enter the Accessibility menu

Step 2: Tap on Dexterity and interaction followed by Easy screen turn on

Step 3: Turn the toggle ON. An animation will show how this feature works

When the feature is enabled, you can move your hand above the sensor as long as the phone is on a stable surface with the screen facing up. Moving your hand above the sensor will not only turn on the screen without you having to touch it but will also positively make you feel like a Jedi.

The display will automatically switch on whenever this gesture is repeated allowing you to quickly check notifications without having to touch it. This feature isn’t just limited to the Galaxy Note 9. It’s also available on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S series going as far back as the Galaxy S6.


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  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • Display: 6.4 inch / 162.56 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12MP
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