Why doesn't my Samsung S Pen side button work?

Samsung started allowing third-party applications to access the S Pen side button while the S Pen is touching the screen with the release of the Galaxy Note 4. Prior to the Galaxy Note 4, the side button could only be detected while the S Pen is hovering above the screen.

Samsung devices we know allow the S Pen side button in Squid are:

  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note Fan Edition
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (with Android 5.0 Lollipop update)
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (with Android 5.1 Lollipop update)
  • Galaxy Tab A 9.7" with S Pen
  • Galaxy Tab S3
  • Galaxy Tab S4

We hope Samsung continues to allow access to the S Pen side button in their future devices, and older devices through software updates!

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