How to Turn On Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Screen by Waving Your Hand Over It!

Tired of waking your Galaxy Device with power button over and over again?  Samsung has got you covered.   With “Air Wake up” feature, you no longer need to press the power button for waking your Galaxy Smartphone.  This guide shows you how to enable this feature.


Note: This feature was first introduced on Samsung Galaxy S5 and it’s also available on the following devices.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

2. Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge

This feature has a different name on the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, it’s called “gesture wake up” instead of “air wake up”.


*Steps are the same for all other Samsung devices.

1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Dexterity and interaction > Air wake up (Gesture Wake up on S6/S6 Edge).

Wake your galaxy device with air wakeup

2. The below screen will open up, simply enable it.

Wake your galaxy device with air wakeup 2

3. Finally, to turn on your device’s screen, simply wave your hand above the phone’s “proximity sensor” located at the top part of the phone.

This feature will not work if you use a case with a cover such as the Samsung S-View cases since proximity sensor is covered.

When is this useful?

If you ever need to wake up your phone without touching it, this can be very useful.  For example, perhaps you are doing dishes and you get a text message but the screen turns off before you can read it.  Then you can wake up the screen with your hand and read your message in the lockscreen.  There may be many other useful cases.

11 Responses

  1. reza says:

    thank you. it`s useful

  2. Karan says:

    Hi Rawand, thanks for the information. Is this feature another name for proximity sensor? I want to talk on the phone without my ear accidentally touching other keys/icons on the screen. Will this work if activated?

    • Rawand Haidar says:

      Hi Karan, yup, this feature is based on using Proximity sensor, it’s the proximity sensor that detects your hand and wakes up the screen. This feature only wakes up your phone’s screen and has nothing to do with the phone calls, but there is another feature by the name of “DIRECT CALL”, this can be useful if you want to call someone when reading his/her message inside “Message” apps, that way if you hold your phone and close it to your ear, the phone will automatically call that person.

  3. Noreen Castilo says:

    I was wondering will this still work even if my screen protector is covering the sensor? Thanks 😀

  4. Jim T says:

    Wondering if using this feature eats up a lot of battery?

  5. Satyaji says:

    I think I want to buy this phone also after reading this article, thanks

  6. Roxy says:

    This is very useful! A big help, thanks!

    I just have a concern. When I updated my s6 edge to Android Marshmallow, it doesn’t work anymore. Even the ‘easy mute’ feature doesn’t seem to work either. Any tips? Thank you very much!

  7. Makayla says:

    Mine doesn’t work anymore :((( why?

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