Samsung Dex is one of Samsung’s most overlooked flagship hardware devices. It has long been a fantasy to be able to transform your mobile into a laptop alternative with a single cable. So, in this guide, you’ll learn how to install and use Samsung DeX on Mac with USB-C charging cable.
Recently, the company has announced that you will no longer need a separate monitor like TV, keyboard setup, and HDMI cable to enable the desktop environment with Samsung DeX. Instead, you can now use Samsung DeX on compatible Galaxy devices on Windows or Mac with a charging cable also.
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What You Will Learn Here:
What is Samsung DeX?
Samsung DeX is a software interface that activated by plugging a compatible mobile device into a spare monitor, laptop, or computer. It runs on all of the flagship smartphones that Samsung has launched since 2017, including the Galaxy S8 or later (mostly S and Note Series).
However, Samsung launched DeX for PC in August 2019. It helps users to connect their mobile device to a Windows PC or Mac compatible so they can use DeX right from their laptop.
Why to Use DeX?
Samsung DeX has many different features that best suit your needs. Samsung DeX Mode allows your device to display a PC-like experience on a large screen with the same apps that you use on your phone every day. Finally, you can use DeX mode on your monitor while using different apps on your device at the same time, or turn your device into an input device to control the DeX environment.
Benefits of Using Samsung DeX on Windows/Mac on Samsung Galaxy:
- Easy file transfers between Windows and Dex.
- You can answer calls and send text messages on the phone with the DeX window while you are still working on your PC apps and files.
- A great alternative to apps like BlueStacks to play
- Android-only games on the big screen.
Increase productivity with a mobile desktop.
DeX-compatible Samsung Galaxy Devices
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Samsung Galaxy 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- 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
To use Samsung DeX on Samsung Galaxy S8 or later compatible devices on Windows 7/10 or Mac with USB-C charging cable. You’ll need the following requirements:
- Any Laptop running on Windows 10/7 or MacOS versions above 10.13
- Samsung DeX Software on PC
- USB-C Charging Cable
- A Samsung Galaxy S8 or Later
How to Install & Samsung DeX on Mac or MacBook
So, if you have Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus and later Galaxy flagship devices then you can easily use Samsung DeX on Mac and Windows 10. So, to use Samsung DeX on Mac, you have to download the Samsung DeX app on your Mac. So, without further ado, here’s how it’s done:
Step 1. Open the Safari web browser and then search for Samsung DeX for Mac on Google. Open the first given link.
Step 2. Now, click FOR MAC OS to download Samsung DeX app on your Mac.
Step 3. You will receive a warning notification that says “Do you want to allow downloads on samsung.com”? Click Allow. Now the file will start to download. The file size is around 27.1 MB.
Step 4. Go to Finder > Downloads and click on the Samsung DeX file for installation.
Step 5. Click Install Samsung DeX.pkg.
Step 6. Click Continue.
Step 7. Once again, click Continue. Click Continue on the next page as well.
Step 8. Click Agree.
Step 9. At last, click Install and click Continue Installation.
Step 10. If you’re prompted to enter your Mac password then enter the password and click Install Software.
Step 11. The Installation was completed successfully. All Set and Now you’re ready to use Samsung DeX. Click Restart to restart your Mac.
Step 12. After the restart, click Allow.
Note: You may also need to allow Samsung DeX to control your computer. To do that go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility > check the box next to Samsung DeX and then click the lock icon to save the changes.
Step 13. Now, plug one end of the cable into your Galaxy phone, while plugging the other end into the Mac, Samsung DeX automatically starts when your phone is connected to your Mac using a USB cable. Make sure your phone is unlocked.
Step 14. Once the phone is detected, Start now on your phone.
Step 15. Now, you have successfully connected your Samsung Galaxy device to a Mac using Samsung DeX via cable charging.
Getting to Know the DeX Interface
Using the Samsung DeX interface is easy and user-friendly for most users of Galaxy smartphones or tablets, but here are a few tips to help you familiarize yourself with the interface.
1. Quick Settings Menu
Here you can see your battery life, alarms, and Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. Click the arrow icon to expand the menu and adjust your settings.
2. Recent, Home and Back
The recent, home, and back options are on the bottom left-hand corner next to the apps tray icon. You’ll be familiar with the other three icons in the bottom-right bar of your phone. They’re the same recent, home, and back icons you’ll see at the bottom of your phone screen, and they’ll give you a fast way to switch between apps and get back to your desktop.
3. Apps Tray
Next to the DeX logo and recent, home, and back keys you will see the apps tray icon. An apps tray icon gives you access to all of the apps on your phone. They’ll be arranged just as you see them on your phone.
4. Lock or Exit DeX
The DeX logo at the bottom left-hand corner, if you want to lock DeX while you leave your desk for a moment. You can also exit DeX mode here or switch to screen mirroring.
This article was all about how to install and use Samsung DeX on Mac. To use Samsung DeX on your Mac or MacBook, you’ll need to have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or later Galaxy flagship devices and If you want to play Android-only games on your Mac then use Samsung DeX.