Samsung first introduced the S Pen with its popular Note series and now has extended it to its Galaxy S21 and S22 Ultra line-up. While a handy tool to take notes on the go, the S Pen can do more than just scribbling. You can use it to write, sketch, annotate documents, and even play games.
In this article, we have jotted down a list of the best S Pen apps to help you make the most out of your Galaxy phone's stylus.
Some Galaxy devices have an integrated S Pen holder. However, there’s always a possibility that you will take it out and lose it. At times, the stylus can pop out during an accidental drop, and you won’t even realize it.
S Pen Keeper is a companion utility that keeps track of your S Pen and notifies if you haven’t put it back or are moving away from it. It works similar to Samsung’s built-in S Pen tracking tool but works on older devices that don’t have the functionality built-in.
Download: S Pen Keeper (Free)
While there are many great note-taking apps, Squid excels when it comes to taking handwritten notes using a stylus or S Pen. It offers a smooth writing experience and allows you to choose from a collection of backgrounds to write music, journal, or plot graphs.
You can import specific pages or all notes in PDF, PNG, JPEG, and Squid Note format. Other useful features include customizable pen pressure, support for changing ink color, the ability to undo and redo changes, and erase.MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY
You can also annotate PDFs, sign documents, import images, and draw shapes. However, apart from the basic note-taking features, everything else is behind a paywall.
Download: Squid (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you are into digital arts, Sketchbook can help you put that S Pen to use to create sketches, paintings, and drawings on your Galaxy Phone on the go.
Sketchbook features a clean canvas allowing you to utilize the screen real estate without affecting the usability. You get a full stack of brush types, including pencils, airbrushes, splatters, and more. It also has a big undo/redo stack to go backward and forward to make corrections.
Sketchbook is an excellent drawing app. While it involves a bit of a learning curve, the full version is completely free to use on a mobile platform, making it the best drawing app for digital artists on Android.
Download: Sketchbook (Free)
Samsung Notes replaces the S Note app pre-installed on the older Note devices. While there is no dearth of note-taking apps on Android, Samsung Notes is built-in and free to use. You can create handwritten notes, add text, or even dictate to convert voice to text.
For handwritten notes, you can choose different pen modes, including pen, pencil, calligraphy brush, and fountain pen. In addition, you can choose from different colors and increase and decrease pen depth.
Additionally, you can save specific notes to different folders and protect them with a password. It also lets you choose from different page templates, including a bullet journal. Once done, you can export your notes in multiple formats, including PDF, MS Word and PowerPoint, image, and text.
Download: Samsung Notes (Free)
SignEasy is a digital signature app to sign and manage documents, PDFs, and forms from anywhere. You can use the S Pen to create and save your signature in the app and apply it when required.
You can import documents from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive to sign and send them with a digital audit trail to other email addresses. It also comes with additional security features to protect your document with a passcode and fingerprint authentication.
SignEasy's free basic plan is limited to importing documents and signing them. You can choose from one of the Essential, Pro, or Business plans to access the advanced features.
Download: SignEasy (Free, in-app purchases available)
You can turn your Galaxy phone into a handwritten calculator with MyScript Calculator 2. It lets you write any calculation involving fractions, roots, factorials, and more, and the app will read and calculate the result in real-time. If you make a mistake, you can erase or overwrite to edit your calculation.
You can configure it for left- or right-handed users, enable or disable automatic calculation, copy the result to the clipboard, retrieve your past calculation history, and save or export results for reuse.
MyScript Calculator is an excellent app to teach children basic and advanced math or help them with their homework, make tablespoons to ounces conversion, and everything else for your everyday eventualities.
Download: MyScript Calculator 2 ($3.99)
Coloring games are fun and a great time killer. Colorfy is a simple but engaging coloring app with a vast library of drawings to color. You can also create your drawings and add colors using your S Pen.
You can choose from trending and other categories of drawings to get started. You can also capture a live object, turn it into a drawing, and start coloring. Colorfy is a premium app and comes with a free three-day trial and will set you back $40 for a year of access.
Download: Colorfy (Free trial, subscription required)
Another fun game that can make use of the built-in stylus on your Galaxy phone is World of Goo, an indie classic puzzle adventure game that uses physics to solve the puzzles.
The game involves the manipulation of little Goo balls and building complicated structures to reach their goal. Despite being a decade old, it is still among the most addictive Android puzzle games you can play. If you feel stuck, tap on the little sign icon on the left side to get hints.
World of Goo is a premium game and costs $4.99 to access all the stages. Unfortunately, there’s no free trial, but if you like puzzle games, World of Goo is sure worth a try.
Download: World of Goo ($4.99)
Even without the third-party apps, the S Pen is a handy tool. You can use it to write on your screen, open Air Command, capture the screen, and use it as a touch-input device. However, third-party apps can extend its use beyond the few party tricks that the Galaxy phone comes with.
You can make quick calculations with MyScript Calculator 2, take handwritten notes with Squid, bring your ideas to life with Sketchbook, or spend your free time-solving World of Goo puzzles. The S Pen has a world of its own; all you need to do is explore the Google Play Store and Samsung Store to find the right apps.7 Reasons to Use a Stylus With Your Smartphone Read NextShareTweetShareEmail Related TopicsAbout The AuthorTashreef Shareef(123 Articles Published)
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