Samsung phones are packed with special functions, so it is understandable if one or two have passed. However, Samsung's DeX mode is something that you absolutely don't want to miss. Essentially a desktop mode for your phone, Samsung has slowly but consistently improved the DeX. There are a number of ways to access Samsung DeX, and not all are immediately clear. Here is a quick guide to using the DeX mode from Samsung.
What is DeX?
"DeX" is the name for the Samsung software desktop, activated by connecting a compatible mobile device to a spare monitor, laptop or computer. It turns your powerful phone or tablet into a fully-fledged desktop experience, complete with word processing software, internet browsers and more. Samsung DeX is primarily intended for people who need a mobile office, but it can really be used by anyone with a walking monitor.
Of course, many people already have a laptop that can be maintained, so what's the use of DeX mode? It's the convenience of everything you need on one device. The ability to seamlessly switch from writing an email or document on your phone to writing in a desktop environment can be extremely useful for some people – and that is exactly what DeX offers.
Samsung DeX on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10 range is even more useful, since DeX on those devices can be activated within Windows or MacOS – so you do not need a separate, extra monitor to use DeX. Instead, it appears in a separate window so that you can use your phone in a desktop environment and also use your normal computer.
Not every Samsung device can use the Samsung DeX mode. The following Samsung phones and tablets are compatible with Samsung's DeX mode:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus  Samsung Galaxy S10  Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Using DeX on a spare monitor
Starting Samsung's DeX mode on a spare monitor is as easy as connecting to your phone or tablet. But that is not it. The DeX mode has undergone a few transformations over the years, and therefore there are a few ways to access DeX. Whether you use a special dock or a single cable, here you can read how to use DeX on a monitor.
Connecting to a USB-C cable or hub
Using a USB-C to HDMI cable is one of the most convenient ways to use DeX, and it was introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4. Since then, it has been distributed to all DeX compatible devices, so it is an option for each of the devices listed above.
Although the use of a cable is probably a popular choice because it does not require an expensive dock, there are no additional ports to attach wired accessories such as keyboards and mice, so you are dependent on Bluetooth peripherals. If you need ports, you can also use a cheap USB-C hub instead of a cable – but these can be a bit tricky. Whether it's hub or cable, it's the easiest way to try out Samsung DeX. Here's how to make it work:
- Start by making sure you have the right cable. Samsung recommends its own DeX cable, HDMI adapter or USB-C Hub, but you can also use most other third-party USB-C hubs.
- If you use a third-party USB-C hub, ensure that it has a USB-C port and an HDMI port. The hub must be connected to a fast charger, or DeX is not activated.
- Make sure you use a monitor with an HDMI port. Almost every monitor should work, but not every TV works with DeX.
- Connect your device and monitor. You may need to remove the protective covers to connect the cable properly.
- DeX should start automatically.
- If it does not start automatically, check your notification shadow and select the DeX option from the list.
- Otherwise check if everything is connected properly.
- Check if you use a fast charger. The charger that came with your device should suffice.
- Once DeX has started, pull down your notification shadow and tap Use your phone as a touch pad .
Connecting to an official DeX Station / DeX Pad
DeX was originally only usable with Samsung & # 39; s DeX Station and DeX dock. Later, with the release of the Galaxy S9, the DeX Pad was added, with which you could also use your phone as a trackpad. As mentioned above, neither is needed anymore, but if you come across one, you can still use it – as long as it is built to accommodate it. The DeX Station is built for the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 and may have difficulty fitting on newer and larger devices. The design of the DeX Pad is more forgiving, but it's still worth running dry before setting up your workstation.
Why would you want to? Both the DeX Station and DeX Pad also work as USB hubs, so you can easily connect wired mice or keyboards or additional storage systems. Moreover, it is simply a more attractive addition to a desk than a simple USB-C hub or single cable. Here's how to use it:
- Set the DeX Station or Dex Pad. Make sure the power cable is connected properly, because DeX does not work without it.
- Check if you use a monitor with an HDMI port. Almost every monitor should work, but not every TV works with DeX.
- Attach all accessories that you use to the station or pad.
- Place your device in the drive or path.
- DeX must start automatically.
- If this is not the case, pull down the notification shadow of your device and select the DeX option from the list.
- Otherwise check if all connections are properly connected.
How to use DeX on a laptop or computer
No matter how good DeX is, it was always there A spare monitor, mouse and keyboard are needed to just lie down, ready to be used. Essentially, a computer without the computer, using DeX, required a lot of installation – and that made it difficult for many people to sell, who probably already had a computer or laptop that they used at work, at home, or both. So with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, Samsung introduced a way to use DeX from Windows and MacOS.
This version of DeX was introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, but has been transferred to the Galaxy S10 series as well.
- Connect your device to your computer or laptop with your USB-C cable.
- After connecting for the first time, you must install the DeX for PC application on your Windows or MacOS device.  Once the app is installed and your phone is connected, DeX should start automatically.
- Once DeX is active, you can use it in a window or full screen.
- While it is open, you can reply to messages and read alerts from your phone. You also have access to files from your phone and you can transfer files between both devices by dragging between Windows.
Using accessories with DeX
A desktop experience is not complete without a mouse and keyboard. Although a phone is extremely useful for working on the move, for true productivity, a mouse and keyboard are vital and DeX requires both to get the most out of it.
If you have a Dex Station, Dex Pad, or any kind of hub, connecting wired peripherals and accessories is as easy as connecting to available ports. But if you use Bluetooth accessories, you must pair them with your phone. To do this, go to your settings and then tap Connected devices> Pair new device. Put your device in findable mode – consult the manual if you are not sure how – and then go through the pairing process when it appears on your list.
Once everything is linked, you should be able to use them in DeX mode.
What can you do with DeX?
What can you actually do with Samsung & # 39; s DeX mode after you have set it? In short, everything you can do with your phone or tablet – but in an easier-to-use desktop environment.
You can open the apps of your device by clicking on the app symbol – nine dots arranged in a three by three square – in the bottom left corner. From there you can run all the apps of your device, although they are not stretched to cover your screen if they are not optimized to work with DeX. Samsung offers a variety of DeX-optimized apps in the Galaxy Store, which you can access from the top of the app drawer. If there is no optimized version of your app, there is a rotation option at the top right of the app window that puts it in landscape orientation. Just like a computer or laptop, you can add certain apps to your desktop for easy access or right-click on an open app to attach it to the taskbar.
The status bar at the bottom of the screen contains a bar with all the notifications from your device, as well as a few important DeX options. The keyboard icon draws a keyboard on your phone, in case you don't have a keyboard connected. There is also an option to lock your DeX and phone at the same time if you need to quickly dive away from your workstation.  Editor's recommendations