The Samsung Galaxy Note series is the pioneer of the phablet world, boasting large screen-sized smartphones with adorable features and performance power.
The latest in this line is Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which was unveiled last year. This device is with no doubt cool, but as you all know, everything has its downsides. If you have experienced using this device, you must have come across some issues with the S-Pen, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging and more. Well, don’t fret for you aren’t sailing alone in this boat. There are others who are also going through similar problems and we are here to help you solve them.
A stuck S-Pen
Many people have experienced this problem where they wrongly put the S-Pen in its slot, thus getting is stuck. If this happens to you, don’t try to use too much force to remove it for the results might be unwelcoming.
The only way to get around this, with no pun intended, is to prevent this from happening by taking great care before inserting the Pen into its port. But in this case, it won’t be of any help. There is, however, a way out of this. Just get a small piece of paper and lift up the sensor that is making the S-Pen stick.
Poor wireless connections
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections. However, sometimes these connections get wonky in times of need. So, what do you do?
Usually, quickly rebooting the device works for these issues. However, it does not always work. In case this happens, head to the device’s Settings>Wi-Fi and forget the current networks. However, reconnections will require you to input a password. The same works with Bluetooth, but here you simply remove the list of all paired devices and start everything from zero.
If you are receiving the connection through a router, you can also restart the device.
Fingerprint scanner is not working
The Galaxy Note 5’s fingerprint sensor is not short of its own problems, especially when it comes to recognition. If this comes your way, there are several things you can do to get around the problem.
One way of dealing with this is to ensure clean fingers when using the scanner as well as wipe the scanner itself. If this doesn’t work, head to the device’s Settings>Lock screen and security>Fingerprints and tap on the fingerprint having issues. Go ahead and remove it then re-enter it again.
If you have recently added a screen protector to your Note 5, make sure you enter the fingerprint when the protector is on the device.
Battery life issues
If your phone is not lasting long enough with respect to battery power, there are a few things you can do to improve its life. Despite sporting a 3,000mAh battery unit, the Galaxy Note 5 still has some battery issues.
If you are experiencing a shorter life with your battery, head to the phone’s Settings>Battery>Battery Usage and check out what is using which amount of battery power. Usually the screen leads the way, but it is also possible to find some apps responsible for huge battery consumption.
Well, there is no need to shut down apps just so as to save battery life. All you need to do is find out the permissions you’ve granted to these apps; for instance, auto syncing, auto download, use of GPS services, Wi-Fi always on and more. As your phone keeps working on these permissions, it keeps draining the battery. The best way is to take care of what goes on in the background.
The Note 5 also comes with two power saving modes – Power Saving Mode for moderate phone usage and Ultra Power Saving Mode for battery emergencies. The latter mode will disable all functions of the phone except the most basic ones such as SMS and calling.
Wireless charging is not working
Samsung equipped the Note 5 with wireless charging, but the users are reportedly having issues with this latest technology. However, we have noted that most of these problems are brought forward by persons using third party chargers, which is something expected, especially when it comes to the cheap ones available on online platforms. The phone might also be experiencing these issues due to the used casing.
There are also some reports that the wireless charging problem might be caused by a software bug where the phone stops charging immediately the screen goes off. Getting around this involves enabling Daydream feature which ensures that your Galaxy Note 5’s screen stays on. The bad side of this feature is that it will keep draining your phone while you charge it, which basically means longer hours of charging.
If all of the above tips and tricks don’t work, the most relevant path to take is the factory-reset way. In this way, your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will take its original factory form, while at the same time deleting everything you ever added to it after unboxing it. So, it is advisable to create a backup of the files on the device before proceeding with factory resetting.