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    The Gear is pretty intuitive, but I thought that it would be a good idea to have one place to find tips and tricks that help us enjoy the Gear even more.

    -You can change the settings for the double-tap of the power key by going to the Gear Manager on your phone, select settings, then Double pressing power key.
    There are many options to include launching the camera and launching S Voice.

    -You can set a pattern lock to keep your Gear secure by going into settings on the Gear and selecting Privacy Lock.

    -Double-tap with two fingers on any screen to bring up volume control, brightness control, battery level and Bluetooth status.

    -You can set which arm you normally wear your Gear on by going to settings on the Gear, select Sound, then Preferred Arm.

    Das has put up many useful tips in other threads. I hope that he and others post helpful hints here.
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    Wow! I was not aware of the double tap on the screen to access the battery level, volume, and brightest controls. Thank you :-)

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    If you go into the camera app and turn on signature, all pictures taken with the Gear will indicate such.

    Also, be advised that there is a small piece of plastic film covering the camera lense. You should remove this plastic and your picture quality may improve. The plastic is hard to notice at first glance but it's there. :-)

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    If you go into your call log, pick a contact, then swipe left across the screen it will start voice command to send a text to that contact. If you do the same and swipe right it will call that contact.
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    I just found out that you can change the name of the Gear in the Gear Manager app located on your phone.

    Also, one of the best apps I've found in the Samsung app store for the Gear is EasilyDo. EasilyDo will provide you with a lot of helpful information right on your Gear. Like Google Now, it will alert me before leaving the house what the traffic conditions are. It's all powered by Google, but the information is displayed right on the Gear without having to pick up the phone.
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    Here is a tip...If getting a call and don't want to answer you can simply place hand over phone with palm touching screen to ignore call. Or could just slide to ignore on screen. However in a pinch you could just cover with palm to be less noticeable.

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    tips for designing your own watch face?
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    If you go to the Gear Manager on the Note 3, select Samsung Apps, then Clock, there are some apps there that will allow you to change your watch face.
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    Tip: If you hold down the power button until the screen pops up with options to Power Off and Restart you can also toggle through Mute/Vibrate/Sound, and set the Gear to Outdoor Mode. It ratchets up the brightness to high for outside use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Blake View Post
    If you go into your call log, pick a contact, then swipe left across the screen it will start voice command to send a text to that contact. If you do the same and swipe right it will call that contact.
    This works from contacts as well. Not just in the call logs.

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    TIP: Make your own screen protector from unused skins you have lying around.

    I'm one to cover my gadgets with clear skins to protect them (I resell on ebay, so this is important to me). I always have extra bits and pieces of skins I save in a large folder. I decided to use a piece to make a screen protector for the Gear. I'm certain I'll get scratches just like any other watch I've owned.

    Use the Gear's charging case as your sizing guide: Open it up, lay the top with the opening down on the skin, use an ink pen to trace the inside edges of the opening, then cut (you'll want to cut it a bit smaller than your outline so you don't have edges hanging over), and apply. Works like a charm and doesn't diminish the touch capability, nor obscure the display in any way. Now I at least have some level of protection from scratches.

    I also adhered a small square piece to the metal clasp of the Gear strap. I can see that getting scratched up first and most. I imagine I'll have to replace that often, but better than the alternative. EDIT: Make sure to cut a small square out in the middle of it to accommodate those two tiny openings on the clasp face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlg_az View Post
    TIP: Make your own screen protector from unused skins you have lying around.

    I'm one to cover my gadgets with clear skins to protect them (I resell on ebay, so this is important to me). I always have extra bits and pieces of skins I save in a large folder. I decided to use a piece to make a screen protector for the Gear. I'm certain I'll get scratches just like any other watch I've owned.

    Use the Gear's charging case as your sizing guide: Open it up, lay the top with the opening down on the skin, use an ink pen to trace the inside edges of the opening, then cut (you'll want to cut it a bit smaller than your outline so you don't have edges hanging over), and apply. Works like a charm and doesn't diminish the touch capability, nor obscure the display in any way. Now I at least have some level of protection from scratches.

    I also adhered a small square piece to the metal clasp of the Gear strap. I can see that getting scratched up first and most. I imagine I'll have to replace that often, but better than the alternative. EDIT: Make sure to cut a small square out in the middle of it to accommodate those two tiny openings on the clasp face.
    I got two screen protectors coming for the GG from Amazon, they were about $6 each. Also, I have some screen protectors I had purchased online for the S4, which I returned. I think I will try to cut a piece off that,until the fitted ones arrive. So far, after two days of usage, no scratches..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Blake View Post
    If you go into your call log, pick a contact, then swipe left across the screen it will start voice command to send a text to that contact. If you do the same and swipe right it will call that contact.
    yay! thank you. never knew this. hahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardNote3 View Post
    I got two screen protectors coming for the GG from Amazon, they were about $6 each. Also, I have some screen protectors I had purchased online for the S4, which I returned. I think I will try to cut a piece off that,until the fitted ones arrive. So far, after two days of usage, no scratches..
    Who are you getting them from on Amazon, what vendor? I just couldn't bring myself to pay what I consider a high cost for something so small ... and that I could make easily myself. I have good quality pieces sitting about that I trust, so at least I know I'm putting on something that works well.

    I've already got some subtle scratches on the clasp. I knew that was going to happen pretty fast ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlg_az View Post
    TIP: Make your own screen protector from unused skins you have lying around.

    I'm one to cover my gadgets with clear skins to protect them (I resell on ebay, so this is important to me). I always have extra bits and pieces of skins I save in a large folder. I decided to use a piece to make a screen protector for the Gear. I'm certain I'll get scratches just like any other watch I've owned.

    Use the Gear's charging case as your sizing guide: Open it up, lay the top with the opening down on the skin, use an ink pen to trace the inside edges of the opening, then cut (you'll want to cut it a bit smaller than your outline so you don't have edges hanging over), and apply. Works like a charm and doesn't diminish the touch capability, nor obscure the display in any way. Now I at least have some level of protection from scratches.

    I also adhered a small square piece to the metal clasp of the Gear strap. I can see that getting scratched up first and most. I imagine I'll have to replace that often, but better than the alternative. EDIT: Make sure to cut a small square out in the middle of it to accommodate those two tiny openings on the clasp face.
    The user manual states " Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions." Have you noticed any problems yet?

    Sent from my SGN 10.1 2014 Edition Using Ac forums mobile app .
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBChamp View Post
    The user manual states " Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions." Have you noticed any problems yet?

    Sent from my SGN 10.1 2014 Edition Using Ac forums mobile app .
    Absolutely none, and I've been jabbing at it all day doing show-and-tell at work. I have some higher end skins sitting about that are made for touch sensitive devices, so those are the ones I'm using on the Gear. Perhaps that's why it works so well? Not sure, but I'm not having any issues so far, and its maintaining the same soft level of touch as if none were on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlg_az View Post
    Absolutely none, and I've been jabbing at it all day doing show-and-tell at work. I have some higher end skins sitting about that are made for touch sensitive devices, so those are the ones I'm using on the Gear. Perhaps that's why it works so well? Not sure, but I'm not having any issues so far, and its maintaining the same soft level of touch as if none were on there.
    Thanks for the info!

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    You're very welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlg_az View Post
    Who are you getting them from on Amazon, what vendor? I just couldn't bring myself to pay what I consider a high cost for something so small ... and that I could make easily myself. I have good quality pieces sitting about that I trust, so at least I know I'm putting on something that works well.

    I've already got some subtle scratches on the clasp. I knew that was going to happen pretty fast ;-)
    You are correct, I paid about $6 each for two different brands of screen protectors for the Gear, whereas, I had a couple unopened packs of screen protectors which I had purchased for an S4 but decided not to get it.

    Well, in the last week, the Mobile Gods have been shining on me big time. Even with this little slip, if you can call it that, I am still way ahead of the game. My Gear cost me $209, and my Note 3 was free, and I got a Sandisk Utra 64gb Class 10 micro SD from Staples for $19.50 because of a misprint.. I am way, way ahead of the game..
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    You lucky so-and-so! Send some of that luck this way. Let me know how the screen protector are when you get then. I had read a few reviews that said they didn't quite cover the whole display area.
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    Great tips here, I have a couple of questions on taking a photo the option for share is greyed out, does anyone know how i can share the photo, secondly being a golfer i was interested in the phiGolf app that was meant to be launched with the Gear, but i cant find it anywhere any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skmnz View Post
    Great tips here, I have a couple of questions on taking a photo the option for share is greyed out, does anyone know how i can share the photo, secondly being a golfer i was interested in the phiGolf app that was meant to be launched with the Gear, but i cant find it anywhere any ideas?
    I'd like to know this as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skmnz View Post
    Great tips here, I have a couple of questions on taking a photo the option for share is greyed out, does anyone know how i can share the photo, secondly being a golfer i was interested in the phiGolf app that was meant to be launched with the Gear, but i cant find it anywhere any ideas?
    I'm not aware of the phiGolf app, or any mention of it being launched with the Gear. If that's the case I would suggest check with the source of that information for a status update.

    However, regarding the share option on pictures. I believe it's greyed out because that's functionality slated for future updates. It's also the reason I believe the Gmail, Google Now, and Google+ icons are listed in the notification settings as an option to check despite the fact they don't actually function? I believe it's safe to say that like the apps I mentioned, the Share option in the settings is a future update item that is currently grayed out until Samsung has it operational?
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    Quote Originally Posted by azsdfsd View Post
    tips for designing your own watch face?
    the following is the apk for the watchstyler app.....you download it to your phone and run it from there...one caution is that once you create one you can't edit it or it will mess up the program....causes the program to be unstable or something....i've haven't had a problem....love it....


    my current watch face for halloween...ok i have three i switch between...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardNote3 View Post
    I got two screen protectors coming for the GG from Amazon, they were about $6 each. Also, I have some screen protectors I had purchased online for the S4, which I returned. I think I will try to cut a piece off that,until the fitted ones arrive. So far, after two days of usage, no scratches..
    That seems rather pricey given how little there is the GG face. But like anything today the smaller it is the more expensive it gets. I will be curious to see how the GG reacts to screen protectors. Samsung apparently says not to use them due to the sensors, but made me think how is it any different then what we do on our smartphones.
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