Know your Symphony smartpen

Here's everything you need to know about how your new Livescribe Symphony smartpen works and its basics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Symphony smartpen

Smartpen specifications

Connectivity Wireless: Dual mode Bluetooth (BLE & Classic) with mobile and desktop devices
Wired: USB connection (only with desktop devices)
Memory 128MB on-board flash (can store up-to 1200 A4 pages of normal writing)
Power Button Uses the magnetic pen cap for On/ Off function.
When you take the smartpen cap off, the pen turns ON; when you put the smartpen cap back, the pen turns OFF.
Battery Rechargeable Lithium Polymer (non-removable)
Up to 10 hours of continuous writing
Approx. 45 days of standby time
Charging Using micro-USB cable
Approx. 120 minutes to full charge
Supported Companion Applications Livescribe+ App (Android & iOS)
Livescribe+ Desktop (Windows and macOS)
Download links
Ink refill Standard D1 style ink cartridge
Status Indicators Uses sound and LED light to communicate its status, actions etc. to users

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The Symphony smartpen captures everything written on Livescribe Notebooks and stores it in its memory. All you need is just a charged smartpen and a Livescribe notebook to digitize your handwritten notes. The tiny infrared camera that is present near the tip of the pen digitally captures your handwritten notes on Livescribe notebooks.

Can I livestream my handwriting to my mobile/ desktop?

Yes, when the smartpen is connected to your mobile/ desktop device via Bluetooth, it can live stream handwritten notes and will transfer all previously-stored notes to the free Livescribe+ App on the device.

How can I record audio while taking notes?

The Symphony smartpen  does not have a built-in microphone, but the Livescribe+ mobile App can be used to record audio while taking notes with the smartpen. As long as the App is running and the mobile device is in a perfect position to record the conversation, you will never miss a word with the Symphony smartpen. The audio will remain on the mobile device. So, virtually there is no limit to the amount of audio that you can record and the quality will also be superior when compared to recording with the microphone that is on the pen.

Even with the Symphony smartpens,  if you tap on a note the audio will start playing back in your mobile device. Just make sure that the App is running and the pen is connected with the mobile.

Should the pen always be connected via Bluetooth to the Livescribe+ App on my mobile/ desktop device?

No, the smartpen has internal memory and can store everything that is written with it on Livescribe notebooks in its memory. Then when the smartpen is next connected with the Livescribe+ App, the pen securely transfers all the data to the Livescribe+ App. 

How can I turn OFF the smartpen?

The pen cap acts as an ON/ OFF switch. When you take the smartpen cap off, the pen turns ON; when you put the smartpen cap back, the pen turns OFF. When the pen is ON, it goes into sleep mode after a period of inactivity and wakes up as soon as you start writing.
  • When the pen is not connected with any Bluetooth device, solid green, the pen goes into sleep mode after 40 seconds of inactivity.
  • When connected with a Bluetooth device, solid blue, the pen goes into sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity.
Pen powers OFF only when the battery is below 5% and the pen needs to be charged using a USB power source in order to power ON.
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