How to set up and use Smart Pause and Smart Scroll on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Samsung introduced Smart Pause and Smart Scroll with the latest version of TouchWiz (based on Android 4.2.2) on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sometimes when you’re watching a video, you need to look away at something else. Wouldn’t it be nice if the video paused automatically? That’s exactly what Smart Pause does, and when you return to looking down at the video, it will continue playing from where it left off. It’s pretty nifty when it works, but I found that it’s very dependent on light. You can forget it working in the dark, but I found it didn’t want to work in average light either.

Smart Scroll works with emails and web pages. When you read a webpage, you will eventually get to the bottom of your display. You have two choices: Either swipe up to reveal more information or let Smart Scroll do it for you. This one is pretty spotty as well depending on how you set it up.

Both of these features are found in the quick on/off toggles found in the notification shade, but you will need to fine tune your settings, especially Smart Scroll since it can work by either tilting your head or the device. Just hit the break for a video showing you how it’s done and how both features work.

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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.


  • sam jav

    i tried so many times using these two features ….none works even after fine tunnig …ugh .

  • Noah Wildermuth

    Yeah sam wtf it never works thats why I choose the s4 over the htc 1 >:( pisses me off

  • musthu dosthi

    Samsung….i cant nvr oprte dis smart play.pause.scoll…pls hlp mi….

  • Mikhail Zairee

    I bought samsung S4 with android 4.3 built in it. After i upgrade to android 4.4.2, i can’t used the smart stay and pause. The eye icon on top also dissapear. I already turn on the smart stay,pause and scroll but the eye icon still won’t pop out. I watch youtube and the smart stay is not fuctioning. What should i do?