Connect and use Samsung Flow on your phone, tablet, and PC

Phone and laptop sharing content through Samsung Flow

When you want to transfer files to your tablet, or see phone alerts while you're working on your PC, use Samsung Flow. It lets you conveniently connect your phone to a PC or tablet. You can transfer photos, screen mirror your phone, and much more. Soon, you won't be sure how you functioned without Flow.

Before getting started

Before you can enjoy seamless connectivity between your devices, take a second to get everything ready. Follow these tips before getting started:

  • Make sure the Samsung Flow app is installed on your phone and PC or tablet.

  • Make sure the Bluetooth drivers are up-to-date on your Windows PC, and turn on Bluetooth on both devices to pair them before using Samsung Flow. You can also connect via Wi-Fi if devices are on the same network.

Connect devices using Samsung Flow

Samsung Flow is completely wireless. That means no cables, cords, or anything like that. All you need is either a Bluetooth or internet connection!

Open the Samsung Flow app on your phone and your desired device (tablet or PC). Select START on your device, and then choose your phone from the list. If needed, select your desired connection method: either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or LAN. A passcode will appear on both screens. Confirm the passcodes match. Tap Done to complete the setup.

Phone connected with Windows tablet by Samsung Flow

To connect another device to your PC or tablet, select More options, and then select Scan for devices. Next, choose your desired device from the list, and follow the on-screen prompts. You can repeat these steps to register additional devices. If you are having connection issues, select More options, select Settings, and then try adjusting the connection method.

Transfer files between devices

Transfer files from a phone or tablet

It was a beautiful day out, and you took so many photos. Let's transfer all of them to your connected device.

Open the Samsung Flow app on your phone or tablet, and then tap Add (the plus sign) in the lower left corner. Select the type of file you want to transfer (i.e. Image). Then, select your desired file(s), and then tap Done.

Note: If a message with an attached file does not go through, the message bubble will appear white.

Pictures selected for transfer in Samsung Flow

Transfer files from a PC

On the flip side, you may have tons of great photos on a PC that you want stored on your phone. It's just as easy to transfer your files.

Open the Samsung Flow app on your computer, and then click Add (the plus sign) in the lower left corner. Select the desired file(s) you want to transfer, and then click Open.

You can also drag and drop the desired file into the Flow history window in the Samsung Flow app. When you use this feature on a PC, you can drag an entire folder at once! There's no size limit for folders, but the bigger the folder, the longer it will take to transfer everything.

Add icon highlighted in Samsung Flow

Note: If a message with an attached file does not go through, the message bubble will appear white.

Sync notifications and reply to messages

Note: This function may not be available in some instant messenger apps.

Don't be afraid of missing a beat in that group chat. You can directly reply to SMS or instant messengers right from the main panel in Samsung Flow.

Open the Samsung Flow app on your connected PC or tablet. Next, click the Notifications tab, and then select the message notification you want to reply to. Click the Enter message field, and then enter your reply. Once you are done, click SEND or press Ctrl + Enter to send your response.

Notifications tab with a message in Samsung Flow

Here is a list of some messaging apps, besides Samsung Messages, that can you sync messages from:

  • Facebook

  • Skype

  • Whatsapp

  • Viber

  • KakaoTalk

Use an authentication method

Samsung Flow even lets you unlock your devices with your phone! There are a couple different authentication methods that are available.

To set one up, first make sure your phone and other device are connected. Then, open the Samsung Flow app on your phone, and then tap More options. Tap Manage devices, and then tap the Settings icon next to your desired device. Tap the switch next to the authentication method you want to use.

Here are the different options:

  • Unlocked phone (Simple unlock): Sign into Samsung Flow using your unlocked phone. 

  • Samsung Pass: Sign into Samsung Flow with your biometrics using Samsung Pass.

List of authentication methods in Samsung Flow
  • Gear: Sign into Samsung Flow by verifying your identity with your Gear. This option might not show up right away unless you've tried to connect a watch.

  • Tablet biometrics: Sign into Samsung Flow with your biometrics on your tablet. This feature is only available on tablets.

Unlock your PC with your phone

First, make sure your PC and phone are connected through Samsung Flow.

On your PC, click More options (the three vertical dots ), and then click Settings. Click the switch next to Windows screen unlock, and then follow the prompts to complete the setup. You'll need to verify your identity by using your usual Windows Login credentials. Once everything is set up, you can unlock your PC just by opening Samsung Flow on your phone.

Samsung Flow window displaying a list of Settings

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