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Use SideSync on your tablet

Person preparing to use SideSync with their S8 and Tab S2

If you're tired of switching back and forth between your tablet and phone, you can use SideSync. This app lets you share your phone's screen, answer calls, send text messages, and more straight from your tablet.

Note: The Galaxy S9 or later and the Tab S3 or later do not support SideSync. We recommend using Samsung Flow instead.

Set up Sidesync

Connecting your phone and tablet with SideSync is quick and easy.

First, make sure SideSync is installed and open on your two devices. Then, tap Start on both of them. From either device, tap the name of the other device you want to connect. Tap OK on both devices to confirm the connection.

Connect to Galaxy S2 with SideSync

Note: You can also connect your tablet to your PC or Mac via SideSync with the same steps.

Make a call from your tablet

If you need to make an important call but can't take your eyes away from the screen, use SideSync to dial your contacts and start the call from your tablet.

First, connect your phone and tablet through SideSync. Tap the Phone shortcut from SideSync on the tablet. Select your desired contact or use the keypad to enter a number. Tap Dial. After the call is connected, use the phone to talk to the other person.

If there is an incoming call, you will be notified with a pop up message. SideSync will also become temporarily disabled while the call is in progress. You will need to answer the call on your phone.

Make a call from your tablet using SideSync

Note: If you don't see the Phone shortcut on your SideSync dashboard, tap the Plus icon, tap Phone, and then tap Add.

Send and receive text messages on your tablet

If there is an urgent text you need to send, don't put your tablet down. Use SideSync to send a text directly from your tablet.

Connect the phone and tablet through SideSync. Tap the Messages shortcut in SideSync on the tablet. From there, send a message the way you normally would.

When you receive a text message, it will appear on the SideSync dashboard. Simply tap the text message you want to view.

Compose a text message from your tablet with SideSync

Note: If you don't see the Messages shortcut on your SideSync dashboard, tap the Plus icon, tap Messages, and then tap Add.

Copy, paste, and share text between your phone and tablet

You can type, copy, and paste texts directly from your tablet or vice-versa with SideSync.

Connect your phone and tablet through SideSync. Tap the Samsung Notes shortcut in SideSync on the tablet. Use the tablet's keyboard to enter text into your phone's Samsung Notes. When finished, tap Save.

You can use other features like the brush or even add an image to Samsung Notes while both your devices are connected to SideSync.

Samsung Notes open in SideSync on Tab S2

Note: If you don't see Phone shortcut on your SideSync dashboard, tap the Plus icon, tap Samsung Notes, and then tap Add.

Additional features

SideSync makes multi-tasking incredibly simple. Use these additional features to get the most out of SideSync.

Presentation mode

Presentation mode lets you use both devices independently from each other. For example, you can open an app on your phone and still use other programs on your tablet. This will make giving a presentation much easier because you won't have to switch between your two devices - hence, the reason it's called Presentation mode.

From the SideSync dashboard on your tablet, tap Phone screen (the phone icon on the top right), and then tap the drop-down menu. Finally, tap Turn on Presentation mode.

Presentation mode highlighted in SideSync

Capture phone screenshots

Capture screen is a SideSync feature that lets you take screenshots of your connected phone's screen.

From the SideSync dashboard on your tablet, tap Phone screen (the phone icon on the top right), and then tap the drop-down menu. Tap Capture screen. This captured image will be stored in your tablet's Gallery.

Capture screen highlighted in SideSync

Rotate screen

Some things look better horizontal. You can change the screen orientation as needed.

From the SideSync dashboard on your tablet, tap Phone screen (the phone icon on the top right), and then tap the drop-down menu. Finally, tap Rotate screen. You can keep tapping Rotate screen to complete a 360-degree turn.

Rotate screen highlighted in SideSync

Full screen

If the text on the phone's screen is too small, use Full screen mode to make it bigger.

From the SideSync dashboard on your tablet, tap Phone screen (the phone icon on the top right), and then tap Full screen on the top bar (the four arrows). The window will now open in a full screen view.

Full screen highlighted in SideSync

Transfer files

SideSync also lets you transfer phone files to your tablet with ease.

From the SideSync dashboard on your tablet, tap Files (folder). Navigate to and select your desired file(s), and then tap Send. The file will be sent to the SideSync folder in My Files on your tablet.

The Files icon highlighted in SideSync

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