galaxy-s3-lockSamsung Galaxy S3 is a very complex device with lots of features and options that are meant to make your experience with the device as friendly and easy as possible. Among these features are the Gestures and Motion Settings. By moving or touching your Galaxy S3 in different manners you will be able to perform certain actions, without needing to touch the screen.

First we will guide you to accessing and activating motion settings on your device, and then we will guide you on how to use Motion settings on your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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How to access motion Settings on Samsung Galaxy S3:

  • On your home screen go to Menu android_Menu> SettingsAA1304051331315093347 > Motion. If this is the first time you access this menu, the motion setting should be turned off. Turn it on by sliding the trigger to on.
  • Now take a look at the features that are there and turn on the ones that you want to use.

How to use Motion Gestures on Samsung Galaxy S3:

  • Use Motion for Direct Call: Each time you are viewing a contact’s details, contact log or message details from a certain contact you can bring the device to your ear and it will automatically call the contact that you are viewing.
  • Use Motion for Smart Alert: Smart alert is a feature that will tell you if you have any missed calls or messages when you pick up your device.
  • Use Motion for Double tap to top: This feature is very useful when you are viewing your entire contact list, or scrolling the page on a website. If you double tap the top of your device you will be taken back to the top of the page immediately.
  • Use Motion for Tilt to Zoom: While viewing a picture, place your fingers on two sides of the screen and then tilt your device back and forth to zoom in or zoom out.
  • Use Motion for Pan to move icon: If you want to move a home screen shortcut through home screens, you can do that by holding the icon with your finger and moving the device left or right. The icon will switch screens in the direction you are moving the device.
  • Use Motion for Pan to browse images: While viewing a zoomed in image, touch the screen with your finger and move the device in any direction to pan the image.
  • Use Motion for Shake to update: A shaking motion applied to the device will initiate a scanning procedure for new Bluetooth devices,  Wi-Fi, new emails and any other updates your device has:
  • Use Motion for Turn over to mute/pause: While the device is on and activated, turn it upside down to mute calls, pause playback, mute message alerts an alarms etc.
  • Use Motion for Palm swipe to capture: You can take a screenshot of the screen by swiping the side of your palm from one end of the screen to another in any direction you want.
  • Use Motion for Palm touch to mute/pause: When you are listening to music or media with the screen on you can place the palm of your hand over the screen to pause/mute everything.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool