How to use Action Memo on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Samsung is the king of offering a lot of different features on their phones, and the Galaxy Note 3 is no exception. Action Memo is similar to S Memo, but it’s meant for quick notes that you can take action on now or later. To start an Action Memo, just hover your S Pen over the screen and press the button. The Air Command fan will appear. Just tap on the first option, Action Memo.

You can now write whatever you want in the memo such as a phone number, email address, or street address. Just tap on the “Link To Action” button at the top and it will highlight what you wrote. You will then be given an opportunity to make a phone call, add a new contact, send a text, send an email, search the Web, open Maps, or add items to a todo list. Just choose the appropriate action. You can even save your Action Memos to use later by tapping on the checkmark at the top right. To open previously saved Action Memos, just open the Action Memo app from your app drawer.

For a better look, hit the break for my hands on video. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • toy

    thanks for the vid
    how i send the action memo as a the body of a msg/email/?

  • Steve

    Rob, this was a very helpful video. Initially I couldn’t retrieve my notes. For some reason, my Note 3 didn’t have the action memo icon on any of the screens, so I had to pull a fresh one out of the Samsung folder and plop it on the screen of my choice. Now, I can not only write myself a note, but I can select it later and pull it out of the hat!

  • serge

    nice tutorial.
    i have a questions. where are the action memos saved? lets say i want to make a backup

    • Greg Pilcher

      You can find them in the apps drawer under samsung>action memo

  • Greg Pilcher

    My action memos are disapearing. Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has happened a couple of times now. Any ideas?

  • Melodee Hibma

    I created a memo on my android s3, accidentally cleared background data, and it was lost (it doesn’t save automatically??) I need that data I wrote all day…is there any way to retrieve it?

  • Mart

    How can I avoid having action memo appear when I wake my galaxy note 3?

  • lakedog

    How do I copy the contents of a note to another note app. I don’t see copy and paste?

  • Bruce

    Does anyone have a problem with action memo losing whatever you wrote down if the screen times out?

    • Keith Wright

      Yes! With a lot of frustration. I’m wondering if the new pen support in Evernote does the same thing. Evernote comes bundled with the GN3.

    • Eric B

      The only problem that I have with the app is if you need to reload your phone from default all your memos are lost. This is why I went back to using Google Keep for my notes. I never loose notes on Google Keep.

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  • shyam

    My action memo is not working . Please tell me how to activate

  • ann

    How do I put the memo I want on top?