Multitask with Samsung DeX and your Galaxy tablet

Multitasking with DeX on Tab S8 Ultra

Do you want to use DeX mode but don’t have an extra monitor lying around? That won’t be a problem if you have a Galaxy tablet. Newer tablets, including the Galaxy Tab S9, have DeX built right into them. This means you can use DeX without connecting the tablet to a monitor or TV! Just open up DeX mode on your tablet to start multitasking.

Use DeX mode on your tablet

When you need to get some work done, just open up DeX mode on your Galaxy tablet, so you’ll have a PC-like experience literally in the palms of your hands.

To start using DeX, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick settings panel. Then, tap the DeX or Samsung DeX icon. The DeX interface will load on the tablet the same way it appears on desktops and monitors. You can navigate it using the tablet's touch screen or your S Pen.

Apps will open as windows, making them bigger and easier to use on the tablet’s large screen. You can move the window around the screen and have multiple windows open at the same time.

Dex icon highlighted on a Galaxy tablet

Use the S Pen with DeX

If you have a Tab S7, S8, or S9, DeX mode will have an extra perk: you can use S Pen features! That’s right, DeX mode will come with the Air command menu. Just hover your S Pen over the Air command icon and tap it to open up the menu. All of your usual shortcuts will be there.

You can also use the S Pen to write down ideas in Samsung Notes, color in the PENUP app, and do a myriad of other things that are easier with a pen.

A list of icons for the Air command menu on a Galaxy tablet

Adjust DeX Settings

Maybe you’re having some trouble reading the text in DeX mode. Just use the Samsung DeX settings to change any settings related to DeX mode.

Tap Apps, open Settings, and then tap Samsung DeX. From here, you can customize your wallpaper, change display settings, access keyboard settings, try new features with Samsung DeX Labs, hide the task bar, and much more.

Samsung Dex settings on a Galaxy tablet

Connect the tablet wirelessly to a TV

Although DeX mode on tablets doesn’t require cables, you can still connect it to a bigger display if you’d like.

Tap Apps, and then open Settings. Tap Samsung DeX, and then tap Connect wirelessly. Select your TV from the list, and then tap Start now. Your TV will prompt you to select Allow before connecting. Then, tap Start on your tablet to allow the necessary permissions. You can now use DeX mode on your TV. Whatever you do on the tablet will be mirrored to the TV's screen.

Connect wirelessly searching for a device on a Galaxy tablet
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