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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Screenshot, Hard Reset, Secret Codes [How to Guides]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are flagship devices by Samsung which come with 5G, a stylus pen, and several other cool features. In case, if you are looking to know some cool tips and information about Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, then you have come to the right place. GeniusGeeks has now come up with detailed guides on how to take screenshot on Note 20 Ultra, how to restart Note 20 in case if your device is stuck, and hard reset Note 20 Ultra in case of emergency or failure. This should help you to solve some of the typical issues that often arise over a long period of usage.

Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra on August 21, 2020. And whether you are a proud owner of a new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or the even greater Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, remember that you have got a feature-packed phablet in your hands. Coming with the super-powered S Pen, the huge 120Hz display, and Samsung’s earnest 3 years promise of OS updates, like, what’s there not to like about the Note 20?

All in all, the Galaxy Note 20 is not a bad Smartphone. And Samsung doesn’t even make those, particularly in the flagship section. Also, both the models have a lot to offer and you are going to want to spend some extra time exploring your Galaxy Note. However, first of all, the old favorite features need your immediate attention.

Here’s a quick tour of the most basic but important features such as taking screenshots, recording screen, finding secret codes, and lots more that will help you make more out of your Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

How to Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Ultra

Regardless of whether you are trying to save some useful information for later or you want to share something that is on your phone screen with your friends, it’s tough to find a more helpful feature on our Smartphone nowadays than the ability to take a screenshot in just seconds.

Good thing is that most of the Android Smartphone manufacturers have standardized this feature, so now learning how to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should be as easy as pie.

And there is more than one way to take a screenshot in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra. The detailed guide is explained below.

How To Take A Screenshot in Galaxy Note 20 Using Key Combinations?

Just like in most of the latest Android Smartphones, a screenshot can be easily taken with key combinations.

First Step: Head over to the screen which you want to take a screenshot of, whether it is a web page, YouTube, or any other application.

Second Step: Now press the power and volume down key simultaneously, you will see a screen flash indicating that the screenshot has been taken.

Note: The screenshot that you took will be instantly shareable and can be shared from the bottom bar easily. You can likewise jump into the editing mode which lets you draw, edit, and crop the screenshot before you save it.

How to Screenshot on Note 20 Using Palm Swipe

Samsung Smartphones have this cool feature that lets you take a screenshot without pressing any physical keys. It is called palm swipe to capture, and it is a fast, easy, and also a cool alternative to the traditional two-button, power + volume down screenshot technique.

Learn how to do below:

First Step: Go to Settings > Advanced features > Palm swipe to capture.

Second Step: Enable Palm swipe to capture & open the content you wish to screenshot.

Third Step: Place the side of your palm on the screen and swipe it across the screen from right to left in one motion. You will see a screen flash indicating that the screenshot has been taken.


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How to Take Screenshot on Note 20 Ultra Using Bixby Voice

Now, this is probably the coolest way to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note. You can use Bixby to take a screenshot easily without touching your phone or in case you are unable to grab your phone or cannot use other methods of taking screenshots.

Here’s how you can do it:

First Step: Make sure the content is on the screen that you wish to screenshot.

Second Step: Hold down the Bixby button, or you can simply say “Hey Bixby” if you configured it beforehand.

Third Step: Now that the voice interface is activated, say “Take a screenshot“. And that’s it, the screenshot will be directly saved to your gallery, where you can view, edit, and share it right away.

How to Take a Screenshot In Note 20 Ultra Using S Pen

Other than writing and drawing, the S Pen on your Galaxy Note 20 can also be used to take screenshots. The main advantage of using this method is that you can capture screenshots in any shape.

To use S Pen to take screenshots in Galaxy Note 20, follow the steps to enable the option.

First Step: Take your S Pen out and tap on Air Command.

Second Step: After you tap on Air Command, you will see an option called Smart Select. Tap on Smart Select and this will popup a toolbar at the bottom.

Third Step: Now you can either select Rectangle or Circle Shape as per your choice, or you can even choose the Lasso option to take a screenshot by drawing freely on the area you want to capture.

Fourth Step: After making the outline, you can tap on the arrow down button to save the screenshot in the Gallery.

You can likewise find the Smart Select option in the Edge Panel where you can easily take a screenshot of Rectangle or Circle Shape without taking out your S Pen.

Make Use Of ‘Scroll Capture’

Got something lengthy to screenshot? Use the scroll capture option which lets you take multiple screenshots, which are then stitched together and generate a tall screenshot.

Here’s how to use ‘Scroll Capture’:

First Step: Take a normal screenshot,  you will see an option at the bottom – scroll capture.

Second Step: Tap the scroll capture button to take longer screenshots, you can tap the button many times to generate a tall screenshot. However, it will also stop automatically once you have reached the limit.

And you can share, edit or save the screenshot just like any other as soon as you are done taking it. You can likewise access the screenshot by heading over to Gallery > Albums > Screenshot folder.

These were some of the ways you can take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

How To Reset Or Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Factory resetting or hard resetting or master resetting is a well-known effective and last resort way of troubleshooting in Smartphones. By doing this, your phone will restore to its original factory settings, removing all your data in the procedure.

To perform a successful factory reset or hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, follow the steps below:

How To Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra With Software Menu

Out of the two common ways of resetting Note 20, you can do it more easily by using the Software Menu. This method is the safest and simplest. Safest in the sense that you will not be able to reset your device without first unlocking your security lock and also the password to the Google Account that is linked to your Note 20.

Here’s how you can do it:

First Step: Turn on your Galaxy Note 20 and make sure that the battery is above 50% to properly complete the process. Also make sure to move all your data to some other device such as a laptop because after this process is finished, your data will be erased and will not be recoverable.

Second Step: After you have moved your data, go to Setting > General Management > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset Device.

How To Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy Note 20Third Step: Select Delete all. Before doing this make sure that you have moved all your data from your Note 20.

Fourth Step: After completing the third step, all data and settings saved on your Galaxy Note 20 will be deleted permanently and the phone will automatically reset and reboot.

This process may take some time, therefore you should keep your phone charged above 50% before resetting it.

How To Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra With Hardware Key Button

The second method of resetting Galaxy Note 20 is by rebooting it into Recovery Mode and selecting the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option. This method can be risky if you weren’t the one setting up the phone, meaning if you do not know the credentials to the Google Account,  then you will be locked out of your Note 20, which renders it unusable.

This security feature is available in Android 10 and the previous versions.

But assuming that you’re just simply trying to hard reset your Note 20 using this process, then here’s what you need to do:

First Step: Make sure the battery of your Galaxy Note 20 is charged properly or has battery of more than 50%.

Second Step: Turn off your Galaxy Note 20

Third Step: Now, press and hold Power Button + Volume Up simultaneously until the logo appears, then release the buttons.

Fourth Step: After your Galaxy Note 20 has successfully booted up in the Recovery Mode, use the Volume Down button and highlight the option ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and then press the Power key to select it.

Fifth Step: When asked for confirmation, use the Volume Down button again to highlight ‘Yes’ and then press the Power key to select it.

Sixth Step: After completing the fifth step, your Galaxy Note 20 will begin with the reset process. This will take just a couple of seconds and once it’s finished, you will be brought back to the previous screen.

Seventh Step: On the next screen, ‘Reboot System’ will be highlighted by default, now just press the Power button to select it and your Galaxy Note 20 will then reboot, and you may have to wait a little longer for this reboot to complete.

After the Galaxy Note 20  reset is complete, you will be taken to the first page of the setup process, which asks you to select a region. So if you reach that page, it means that the hard reset of your Galaxy Note 20 was successful and that now your Note 20 is ready to set up again.

This technique to reset a Samsung Galaxy device is available in Android 10 and previous versions.

How to Perform a Firmware Flash on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a power-packed productivity machine with powerful specs & a smooth UI & OS. And to use this phone at peak level, both the hardware and software must be optimized well to get the best performance out of it.

And updating the Galaxy Note 20 is very simple with OTA updates, but when you cannot stay with the latest updates using the regular OTA method, you can install the firmware by the ODIN method.

The ODIN method is a manual method & you can likewise use it to unbrick your phone too.

The entire process is described below.

Note: Before using the ODIN method, check your device model number because if you flash a different model number, you are likely to lose some features. It is suggested to create a backup before you flash your Note 20. Make sure your phones’ battery is above 50%.

Using ODIN Method

Follow the steps below to successfully perform a Firmware Flash:

First Step: Enable USB Debugging Mode & OEM Unlock; you can find these options in Settings>Developer Options. (In case you cannot see the Developer Options in your settings, then head over to About>Build Number; then click on the ‘Build Number’ row about ten times continuously to enable ‘Developer Option’ in your settings.)

Second Step: Download the official Samsung USB Driver & install it on your PC.

Third Step: Now download ODIN & install it on your PC. Make sure you select & download the latest version of ODIN.

Fourth Step: Now download the firmware of your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Make sure you choose the latest firmware.

Fifth Step: Power off your Note 20. Now enter into Download Mode by holding Volume Down + Power Button. After entering into Download Mode, connect your Note 20 to PC via USB Cable.

Sixth Step: After you have entered into Download Mode, it will say warning; now press the Volume Up button to continue.

Seventh Step: Now launch ODIN on your PC. You can see the options added. In case you do not see the options, repeat the steps above.

Eight Step: After you get the added message, select the AP/PDA button. Now browse for the Firmware file & select it. Make sure you tick the Auto-Reboot option. Press start and the process will begin, this may take some time to complete. Your Note 20 will automatically reboot after the process is finished.

Check The Firmware

After the process is successfully completed, you can check the firmware details in Settings>About> Version.

Note: Firmfare flash on smartphones and flash player on desktop are both different things, do not get confused with the same. We’ve recently added a detailed post on best replacement for Adobe Flash Player which was shut down recently.

All Secret Codes in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra

Secret codes are hidden codes on all Android Smartphones and they help you configure or to get information that you cannot get normally. However, it can be risky playing with secret codes without understanding what they will do to your phone, so be cautious.

Note: Certain codes may not work on carrier-locked phones unless their bootloader is unlocked. Likewise, some codes may not work after any software or security update. So do not panic in case some codes do not work on your Note 20.

How To Execute a Secret Code in Samsung Galaxy Note 20?

To execute a secret code in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, just type the same code shown in the screenshot below and it will run automatically.

So as you can see in the image above, just type the code *#06# in your normal dialing keypad, and the code will just execute on itself.

This code (*#06#) will show you the phone’s IMEI & Serial Number.

Secret Codes on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

You can find the rest of the secret codes of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra below:

  • To Check IMEI Number : *#06#
  • To Check GSM Status Information : *#0011#
  • To Check Software and Hardware Info : *#12580*369#
  • To Check Audio Loopback Control : *#0283#
  • To Check SW Version PDA, CSC, MODEM : *#1234#
  • To Check Dump Mode : *#9900#
  • To Check General Test Mode : *#0*#
  • To Check TSP / TSK firmware update : *#2663#
  • To Check Diagnostic Configuration : *#9090#
  • To Check Battery status ADC, RSSI reading : *#0228#
  • To Check Software Version: *#1111#
  • To Check Hardware Version : *#2222#
  • To Check Insert Network Lock Keycode : #7465625*638*#
  • To Change USB Settings: *#0808#
  • To Update Camera Firmware: *#34971539#
  • To Check Audio Loopback Control : *#0283#
  • To Show Camera Firmware Menu: *#34971539#

All the codes listed above can be very helpful in diagnosing your device. Likewise, if these codes work on your Note 20, you can be sure that your phone is authentic. Not just Samsung smartphones but the iPhones come with secret codes too.

How to Record Screen in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Gone are the days when we used to be solely dependent on screen recorder apps for iPhone in the past. With the new screen recorder feature in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, sharing your experiences will be simpler than ever. You can capture funny memes, your amazing gameplay, live videos, or show a loved one how to do something on their phone easily. And all this can be done without a screen recorder app.

Here’s how you can record screen in your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

First Step: At first, pull down the Status Bar.

Second Step: Now find and click on the Screen Recorder icon. And if you cannot find the icon, you can go to Button Order option and find the icon there.

Third Step: After 3 seconds, the recording will start. And if you want to write or draw something on the screen, then you can tap on the Pen Icon, choose the desired color and do it.

Fourth Step: To stop the screen recording, you can click on the stop tab which is indicated by a small square icon. Thus, the recording will be saved in the Gallery and you can share/edit it from there.

As you can see, all it takes is just a couple of swipes to get started using your Galaxy Note and screen recording, without requiring a third-party app to do so.

How to Change Keyboard Settings in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

One of the best things about Android OS is that it is so easy to customize. For instance, if you are not a big fan of your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s default on-screen keyboard, it is easy to change.

The Note 20 comes with the default Samsung Keyboard & standard Google Keyboard, both of them offers some special features that supposedly makes the onscreen typing experience more enjoyable. However, it is up to you to determine whether that is true.

And you can always install as many keyboards as you want, and easily switch among them in just a couple of taps.

How to Change Keyboard in Galaxy Note 20

Before you can successfully change the default keyboard on Note 20, you must have at least 1 spare keyboard to change to. You can easily install keyboards from the Google Play Store just like you would any other apps, but keyboards usually need to be enabled before you can actually use them on your phone.

Here’s how you can do it:

First Step: Open Google Play Store & find the keyboard app that you want to install. Some well-known keyboards include – SwiftKey, GBoard, and Grammarly.

Second Step: Tap ‘Install’. After it’s installed, go to the downloaded app & follow the instructions in the app to enable the keyboard.

Third Step: To make it a Default Keyboard on your Note 20, go to Settings>General Management> Language and input. Now tap on ‘Default keyboard’ & select the keyboard that you want to make it default.

And in case you want to be able to easily change between keyboards while you are typing, you can turn on ‘Show keyboard button‘ at the bottom of the keyboard screen. So when that option is enabled, you can tap the small keyboard button at the bottom right of the keyboard to switch to a different keyboard. Apart from this, if you want to try something different, you can always opt for emoji keyboards that are very funny indeed!

How to Change Keyboard Language in Note 20

Whether you want to send fun messages to friends or type up something important in a different language, your Smartphone’s keyboard settings have got your back.

It’s really simple, here’s how you can do it:

First Step: Go to Settings>General Management>Language and input.

Second Step: Now tap on On-Screen Keyboard>Samsung Keyboard>Languages and Types

How to Change Keyboard in Galaxy Note 20

Third Step: Tap on Manage Input Languages and now you will see a list of languages, but in case the language you wish to use is not available, tap the Download icon beside the language and then enable it.

Fourth Step: If you want to switch languages, you can swipe the Space Bar to left or right. However, not all the keyboards may have the same setting to switch language, in some keyboards you have to tap and hold the Space Bar to change languages.

Final Words

And that’s it, folks! Those were some of the most basic but very helpful features and tips that can help you make the most out of your Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

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Harshil Patel
Harshil Patel

Harshil is a tech enthusiast with the zeal of changing the way people look at technology. He is often found testing out new gadgets when he's free!

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