Use S Beam on Samsung Galaxy S4
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S Beam is a great feature on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that allows users to easily share content with each other through Wi-Fi Direct and Near Field Communication (NFC). Here's how you can start using this great little tool.
Edit Turn on S Beam on S4
Before using S Beam, you need to turn it on. Follow the procedures below to learn how to turn on S Beam on S4.
- 1Go to your phone's Home screen and press the Menu button (lower-left soft key on the front of your phone).2From the menu, tap "Settings" (the option with a gear icon on it).3In the Settings, you will see some options.Tap on the "Connections" tab and scroll your way down to "Connect and share," then tap on S Beam.4You will be taken to a page that explains the S-Beam.By default, it is set to "OFF." Tap on that switch button to turn it on.5After tapping the switch to "ON," the page will tell you that NFC and Android Beam are turned on.6
Edit Transfer files on S4 using the S Beam
Once activated, you can beam files to other NFC and Wi-Fi direct enabled devices by holding them close together. Follow the procedures below to learn how to use S Beam on your Samsung Galaxy S4.
- 1Press the "Home" button to return to your phone's home screen.2On your home screen, tap the "Apps" icon, located on the lower right portion of the screen.3In the applications folder, look for the "Gallery" app (the default icon for the app is a picture with a yellow flower on it).4You will be taken to your phone's gallery.Tap on a desired album.5Once inside an album, media files (pictures and videos) in that album will be shown.Tap on a selected file that you want to transfer through S Beam.6The selected file will be shown.Touch your phone's back to the back of another S Beam-enabled phone.7Once your phone detects the other device, it will show a "Touch to beam" message.Tap on the selected file to start beaming it to the other phone.8When prompted, you can separate the two devices and the selected file will begin to beam.9
Edit How to S Beam an event using a Samsung S4
- 1Make sure you have activated your S Beam.2Press the "Home" button and tap on "Apps."3Go to "Calendars" and look for the events that you want to transfer.4Touch your phone's back to the back of another S Beam-enabled phone, and then go to the event that you want to transfer.5If your phone detects the other device, it will notify you to "Touch to beam." Tap on the event.6The app will notify you when you can separate the devices.That signals that the transfer is ongoing.
Edit Frequent Problems
I am not able to use S Beam to transfer files
You need to turn on your S Beam. Follow the procedures above for turning on S Beam to check and see if the switch is still ON.
I am very sure that I already turned ON the S Beam. Why did it turn off by itself?
As a security feature, S Beam and NFC communication are automatically turned off every time the screen is locked or set to screen off mode. This is to prevent accidental sharing of files through the feature.
I cannot switch my phone's S Beam feature to ON
Some users are reporting this issue. A simple reboot on your phone will most likely solve it. To reboot, press and hold the Power button until it turns off. Turn it on again by pressing and holding the Power button again.
The S Beam on my phone is turned ON, but I still cannot share files using it
For the file transfer to be successful, the receiving device should also have its NFC feature enabled. Make sure that NFC is enabled on the receiving device too.
I cannot transfer music files, but videos and pictures can be sent
This is a known limitation set by Samsung on the device. Make sure to update your device whenever there is a new update available, as this issue may be fixed in future updates.
I cannot open a file sent through S Beam
It may be caused by an unfinished transfer or a glitch. The file may also have gotten corrupted during the transfer. Delete the corrupt file and perform the transfer again.
I followed every suggestion, but still S Beam won't work for me
If all possible fixes have been tried, yet S Beam remains unresponsive, perform a hard reset on your device. Take note that hard reset will restore your phone to its original settings and will delete all the data on it, so make sure that a backup has been performed before resetting.
Hard reset has been done, but S Beam continues not to respond
If S Beam continues to be unresponsive even after a reset, there may be a problem with your device's NFC chip. Take your S4 to a service center and have it checked.
Missing S Beam button in S4
If you are missing the S Beam on your Samsung Galaxy S4, seriously check to ensure that it is an S4. Any Samsung Galaxy S mobile device before the S3 will not have the S Beam function, so it will not have the S Beam button. However, if you discover that you have an S1 or S2, you can still perform the functions of the S Beam in transferring photos and files over Bluetooth. If either of these older Galaxy S versions has the Jellybean 4.12 Android operating system, you have the capability. It is a simple one-click procedure, but slower than the speedy file transfers of the S Beam.
If you definitely have an S4, there are periodic updates for the Galaxy that may include one for the S Beam. So, check online for any updated version of the S Beam to download and install on your S4.
Note that the receiving mobile device for all content, including music, must also be a Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, or Note 3. Follow the tutorial below to find the S Beam button, and then you can swiftly use your S Beam to transfer files to another Galaxy mobile device wirelessly.
How to find your missing S Beam button on your S4
- 1First, if you are new to the S4, unless you have set your Galaxy S4 to have no lock screen, you must simply unlock your screen using the pattern unlock method, or by sliding your finger across the screen.Instructions to find and use your S Beam button are above under the section heading, “Turn on S Beam on Galaxy S4”, but to recap:
- Find your “Menu” button in the middle of your Galaxy, and just left of the “Home” button. Tap “Menu”.
- Tap “Settings” at the bottom of the screen.
- Once you are in “Settings”, tap “Connections” in the upper left corner of your screen.
- At the bottom of the screen now is “Connect and share”. Tap this option.
- The “S Beam” button will now appear. It will have a soft toggle “Off-On” switch to its right. It is in the “Off” position by default.
- Tap the “S Beam” switch to “On". This will automatically turn on the Near Field Connection (NFC) and Wi-Fi. This will enable sharing of content from your S4 with another Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, or Note 3.
- An instructions page will appear on your screen. It will direct you to placing your S4 back-to-back with one of the aforementioned mobile devices. A message should appear at the bottom of your screen saying that the NFC and Wi-Fi are “On”.
- You should now be able to enjoy quick and easy contents sharing between your Samsung Galaxy S4 and another Galaxy mobile device.
- If you are still unable to find the S Beam button, and enable transferring of files, music and photos, take your Galaxy S4, along with receipt, to any authorized Samsung Service Center. If you are the original owner, it should be under warranty for servicing or replacement.
Got a message saying "Android beam not available. NFC turned off." Phone works OK otherwise. What should I do?
Once you have turned on your S Beam, your device will automatically enable the NFC device and the Android Beam feature on your Galaxy S4, as illustrated in the picture below. You need to make sure that you have turned on your S Beam feature by going to Home > Menu > Settings > Connections > S Beam, and then tap on the switch button to turn it ON (green).
- If your device indicates otherwise, then you can manually turn on your NFC by going to Home > Menu > Settings > Connections > NFC, and then tap on the Switch button to turn it ON (green).
- Your device's Android Beam should be automatically turned on when you enable S Beam or NFC. If your Android Beam is still switched off, you can turn it on by going to Home > Menu > Settings > Connections > NFC, and then tap on the Switch button on Android Beam to turn it ON (green).
EditQuestions and Answers
My husband and i both have galaxy 24 and the beam is not working for us. i tried to transfer a picture. both our NFC and s beam are on?
My husband and i both have galaxy 24 and the beam is not working for us. i tried to transfer a picture. both our NFC and s beam are on
The NFC beam is used by placing the backs of the devices against each other. Understand that if you have a case on your phone, it will be more difficult for the device to beam the signal to the next device. Take the cases off in order to perform the beaming process successfully.
Got a message saying "Android beam not available. NFC turned off"?
In the step: "After tapping the switch to "ON," the page will tell you that NFC and Android Beam are turned on. " Got a message saying "Android beam not available. NFC turned off"
This will have to do with the level of signal that you have on your device. You will need to have adequate signal to transfer using the Beam feature.
How to transfer music using s beam?
I would like to know how to transfer music You can transfer music by using the Wi-Fi direct option instead of S Beam. The S Beam option is not capable of transferring music by simply placing the two devices together at this time. Find your music and long press on the name for you to be able to share via WiFi direct.
I cannot switch on my Galaxy Beam?
1. I did change the battery with a new one. 2. Connecting it to the power supply (charger)
I still could not switch on my phone.
Do you know how to solve this problem?
You will need to charge the phone for at least 4 hours (since it is a new battery). If after that long charge time you are still unable to power on your phone, the problem may be with the battery pins (the gold slots that connect your phone and battery). To fix this problem, you will need to go to an accredited service center to have it checked.
How to S Beam on my Galaxy S4 to another S4 or Note 3?
Needing to know how to share music.
Right now, you cannot share music from your Galaxy S4 to another Galaxy S4 or Note 3 device through S Beam. This may be due to copyright reasons but it was already brought to Samsung`s attention and until now, S4 users are still waiting for updates on how to transfer music from a Galaxy S4 device using S Beam.
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Can you get songs from other devices like an iPod or an iPad?
It's my first trying to use the sbeam so am i able to
Unfortunately, You can`t do this on iPad/iPod/iPhone. This feature requires NFC technology. Apple devices don`t have this yet. If you want to get songs from your iOS device, please use CopyTrans Manager. Please see this article on how to use CopyTrans.
I was wondering if you could use the S beam to transfer Apps?
I was wondering if you could use the S beam to transfer Apps
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I'm trying to move my calendar to another phone i just got. All my events are only on the phone and not linked to any email account. Can I export and import some other way without having to do it one event at a time transferring from an S4 to a note?
I'm trying to move my calendar to another phone I just got. All my events are only on the phone and not linked to any email account. Can I export and import some other way without having to do it one event at a time transferring from an S4 to a note
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Unfortunately no... I thought so but my S4 screen won't come on or possibly the battery is so dead that at start up the galaxy s4 icon appears but then that's all?
Unfortunately no... I thought so but my S4 screen won't come on or possibly the battery is so dead that at start up the galaxy s4 icon appears but then that's all?? Any help is appreciated????
If you are sure that your device's battery is not damaged, then you can try the hard reset option to attempt to resolve the software issue that you are having on your device. You can use another battery to check to see if yours is the problem, or you can go to a service center for assistance.
To to a hard reset:
- Power off your device
- Hold the Volume up button + menu button +power
- On the boot menu use the volume keys to highlight the factory data reset option
- Press the power button to make the selection
- After you confirm the reset option use the volume keys to highlight reboot device
- Press the power button to reboot the device
After this is performed, your device will reset with all information erased:
To see the reset process in action, watch this video.
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