Getting the Most from Samsung S Voice

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If you’ve just picked up a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 then you’ll want to learn more about the excellent Samsung S Voice feature.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide so that you can get the most out of your very own personal assistant.


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1. What is S Voice?

S Voice is Samsung’s unique mobile personal assistant, providing you with voice control for many of the functions on your GALAXY device.

S Voice allows you to improve the speed of your communications as well as increasing productivity with quick shortcuts to vital settings, all while leaving your hands free to deal with other tasks.

For the ultimate Samsung S Voice experience make sure you pick up the GALAXY Note 3 – the world’s most powerful smartphone – with its outstanding 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, innovative S Pen controls and market-leading 2.3 GHz Quad-Core processor.


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2. How to enable S Voice

Activating Samsung S Voice on your GALAXY Note 3 couldn’t be simpler. The application comes pre-installed (and deeply integrated) on the smartphone, so all you need to do is double press the home key to launch your very own personal assistant.

As soon as you’ve done this S Voice will be ready and waiting for your command, so just start speaking and your GALAXY Note 3 will be listening. Once you’ve spoken your first command, you can then give another simply by pressing the microphone on screen or by saying “Hi GALAXY!”

S Voice will speak your messages to you, as well as read out information and other types of feedback, but if you need some peace and quiet you can easily silence your personal assistant by tapping the head icon at the bottom of the screen.

If you’re unsure of what to say, just tap the question mark icon in the right corner and S Voice will display the available commands.


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3. Ready to go, 24/7

For those of you who require access to Samsung S Voice at any given time you can turn on the Wake up command, allowing you to launch the personal assistant without having to double tap the home key – it even works when the GALAXY Note 3 is locked.

To enable Wake up, launch the S Voice application, tap the menu, select Settings and then scroll down to the “Wake up” section. Check the Wake up command box and turn the Voice Wake up switch on and you’re good to go.

This is perfect for those looking to use their GALAXY Note 3 more efficiently, as now it’s always ready to go.


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4. Driving mode

Samsung S Voice is the perfect tool for drivers, allowing you to communicate with your phone without losing any concentration.

S Voice’s help starts before you’ve even entered the car. Load up S Voice and select “Hands-free mode” from the menu or just say “Hands-free mode on” to enter a dedicated S Voice panel specifically tailored to help you when on the road.

You can then select to navigate to your destination by speaking a command such as “Navigate to Church Road, Watford” – the GALAXY Note 3 will then launch the turn-by-turn navigation application.

Your S Voice personal assistant is still active while the navigation is switched on, allowing you to make a call, send a text, check the weather, create memos or play music from your phone simply by speaking your requests to the handset.


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5. Organising your life

As our lives become busier it’s harder to keep track of just where we need to be, when events are happening, and what vital food items we need to pick up from the shop on the way home.

Luckily Samsung S Voice is on hand, and the personal assistant can help to organise your life and ensure you’re always at the right place at the correct time.

Using S Voice you’re able to create memos, set reminders, start timers and check your schedule – all with your voice. It’s simple, it’s easy and it saves time.


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6. Efficient communication

Efficiency is at the heart of Samsung S Voice and another area where it can help streamline your experience is with communications.

You can view a contact by saying, for example, “Look up Jason”, and S Voice will return Jason's contact details, including his phone numbers and email addresses. If you then wanted to speak to Jason you can say, “Call Jason” and S Voice will ring him.

If there are multiple contacts with the same name, you’ll be given the choice of which one you want to call.

It’s not just voice calls that S Voice can handle – text messaging is very much on the agenda as well. All you need to do is say something like “Text Jeff message Will you be home tonight?” and S Voice will do the rest.

This is great if you’re using a computer or reading a document and your GALAXY Note 3 is sitting on your desk, as you don’t need to stop what you’re doing to send a message or make a call.


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7. Hands-free social networking

Samsung S Voice supports integration with both Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to update the world with ease.

You’ll need to enable the social networks on S Voice by heading into the settings within the app, but it’s just a couple of taps and then you’re ready to roll.

Simply say something along the lines of “Twitter update, I love S Voice” or “Facebook status, just won an awesome game of Monopoly”, and S Voice will do the rest.

You’ll be able to review your message before posting it to your account. Then just say “update” and you’ll be done.


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8. Control your connections

You can control settings such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with S Voice, allowing you to turn them on and off in a matter of seconds.

This means you can easily turn off these settings when they’re not in use to ensure the security of your device, as well as to conserve battery life when you’re out and about.

When you find yourself in a situation where you need Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or another setting, a quick speech prompt will see them turned back on – you don’t even have to unlock your GALAXY Note 3 with your digits.


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9. Talk to the watch

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is compatible with the GALAXY Gear and S Voice has also made the leap onto your wrist for an even more convenient experience.

Once you’ve paired your GALAXY Gear with your Note 3, just select the S Voice option from the menu and you’ll be able to use all manner of voice commands without having to go near your phone.

S Voice on the GALAXY Gear is capable of reading out text messages as well as writing them, along with making calls, finding out the weather and telling you the time anywhere in the world.


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10. More tips and tricks

Samsung S Voice isn’t finished there. There’s also a range of additional features just waiting to be explored. Spend some time with your new personal assistant and you’ll be surprised at what it’s capable of.

S Voice can keep you updated with the latest news headlines – just say “read me the news” and your personal assistant will go through the top stories.

You can also ask S Voice to open applications. All you need to say is “open calculator” and that’s exactly what will happen.

Perhaps you’re stuck for an answer. Just ask your challenging question to S Voice and it will search the web and return the answer to you in next to no time.

If you’re a keen weather watcher you can get S Voice to provide you details of the weather from anywhere in the world, including a 5-day forecast – perfect if you’re just about to jet off and want to know what clothes to pack.