February 5, 2021
Samsung introduced the Samsung DeX in early 2017. In 2020 it brought the ability to connect to televisions / monitors wirelessly. However, it was limited to certain compatible models. That is changing now and, as Android Police discovered, Samsung DeX now receives an improvement that makes it even easier to use and that is that it can now be used without any type of cable on Windows computers.
Although the Samsung Insights website on Wireless DeX says “newer devices”, currently the Samsung Galaxy S21 series running One UI 3.1 only seems to support it. To get it, update the DeX client on the PC to the latest version. You can download it here too. Now, follow the steps below:
- Open the DeX shortcut on your phone and select the “DeX on PC” option.
- From the list of available devices (if there are many), choose one and select “Start now”.
- After accepting the message on the PC, you can start using it wirelessly.
- Note: If you have “Link to Windows” (solution similar to Microsoft Your Phone by Samsung) connected, this will not work. Make sure to turn it off.
The report also says that the resolution is limited to 1080p. Performance wise, the feature is reported to work fine on PC and not as bad as when connected to TV. One more thing to note, the S-Pen is reportedly not perfect. Apparently, you can’t draw sketches in Samsung Notes using S-Pen (on your device) when opened on PC.
Samsung DeX is a software platform to turn your smartphone into a desktop computer. Initially it required a DeX station / pad as an accessory. Later, it came down to an HDMI adapter. This made users connect to external monitors / displays and enjoy a desktop experience.
In 2019 it finally brought the DeX for PC, however it required a cable. With the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 last year, it finally expanded the horizon wirelessly. As long as the smart TVs with Miracast support and the phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi, users can use DeX wirelessly.
Regardless, the feature is finally PC-friendly and you can expect compatibility to spread to many devices like the Galaxy Tab S7, which recently received the One UI 3.1 update.
Source: Samsung DeX Extends Wireless Support to PC, Currently Works with Galaxy S21 – Gizmochina
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