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How to Configure Dell Mobile Connect for Android

Summary: This article provides a guide to configuring a Dell computer and Android phone running kernels 5.0-7.1.2 to utilize DMC (Dell Mobile Connect)

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Dell Mobile Connect and Alienware Mobile Connect will no longer be available for download and will be discontinued soon. Please reference the table below for key regional dates.

Country App Unavailable for Download App Discontinued
United States, Canada, Japan  November 30, 2022  January 31, 2023 
All Other Countries  July 31, 2022  November 30, 2022 

To all dedicated users of Dell Mobile Connect and Alienware Mobile Connect, we thank you for your support over the years. Visit Dell KB article, “Dell Mobile Connect and Alienware Mobile Connect End of Service Announcement” for additional information.

Table of Contents:

  1. DMC Overview
  2. DMC connectivity architecture
    • Bluetooth (BT) link
    • WiFi Direct™ link (used for screen mirroring only)
  3. Main DMC functions
    • Add New Phone (ANP)
      • PC side wizard
      • Android ANP side
    • Launching and quitting DMC Windows app
      • DMC auto-run
      • Quitting DMC
      • Launching DMC
    • Texting with DMC
      • Receiving text messages
      • Sending text messages
    • Hands-Free calling
    • Screen Mirroring
    • Notifications
  4. DMC states
    • Paired state
    • Connected state
    • Disconnected state
  5. DMC Windows App
    • DMC Windows app tabs
      • Notifications
      • Dialer
      • Contacts
      • Messages
      • Mirroring
      • WeChat
    • DMC Windows app functions
  6. DMC Troubleshooting
    • First-time setup
    • Hands-Free calling
    • Notifications
    • Screen mirroring
  7. DMC Frequently Asked Questions


DMC Overview

DMC (Dell Mobile Connect) is a software solution that enables users to connect their PC and smartphone and create one integrated experience. This provides the ability to work on a PC, while also answering calls, sending text messages, and running Android apps on the PC’s screen. These phone actions are carried out easily by using the PC’s keyboard, mouse, and touch-screen in addition to a high-quality microphone and speakers.

The solution consists of a PC-side app (UWP app that is preinstalled on new Dell PCs), and a phone-side app that the user is asked to download from the relevant app market as part of the initial setup process. Once the PC and the phone are paired (once) and connected – the full functionality of the solution is available and ready to be used.

DMC provides the following key features:
  • Sending and receiving text messages
  • Receiving and making phone calls
  • Receiving and responding to Android notifications
  • Running Android apps on the PC screen (using screen mirroring)


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DMC connectivity architecture

DMC consists of three software packages:

  1.  Windows drivers which should be pre-installed on the PC and will be updated automatically through Dell Update (and can be downloaded from there as well)
  2.  Windows app which should be pre-installed on the PC and can be updated via the MS app store
  3.  Android app which should be downloaded from the Android market or other Android app stores

Connectivity between the PC and the Android phone is achieved through the following two wireless links (see Fig. 1):

Fig. 1: Phone and PC Connectivity
SLN307656_en_US__1DMC Android 1a(1)


Bluetooth (BT) link

After completing the Add a New Phone setup (see next section), the phone will be BT-paired with the PC.

The BT link enables the following functions:

  • Contacts: The phone book is retrieved from your phone and displayed on the PC.
  • SMS: Text messages are received and sent via the BT link.
  • Hands-free calling: Phone calls are routed to the PC via the BT link.
  • Mirroring input channel:: The phone is mirrored onto the PC screen, and DMC enables interaction with the phone using the keyboard, mouse and touch. These input commands are transmitted through the BT link.
  • Communication channel: DMC enables a secure and private two-way communication between the phone and the PC. This channel is used to share device status and transmit information such as Android notifications from the phone to the PC.

Fig. 2: DMC BT functions
SLN307656_en_US__2DMC Android 2(1)


WiFi Direct™ link (used for screen mirroring only)

To project the phone on the PC screen, DMC uses a point-to-point link between the phone and the PC, utilizing WiFi Direct™ technology. WiFi Direct™ opens a virtual access point on the PC, referred to as the Autonomous Group Owner (AGO), which functions as a virtual router. The phone establishes a new point-to-point (P2P) connection with the AGO.
It is possible to view the status of the AGO by opening Network and Sharing Center on the PC side.
The AGO name starts with the word "DIRECT" followed by the PC name (see Fig. 3)

Fig. 3:AGO as displayed in the Network and Sharing Center

SLN307656_en_US__3DMC Android 3(1)

  • The phone and the PC remain connected to the Internet via the routers to which they were originally connected, while the point-to-point link remains active (see Fig. 4)
  • In the general case the phone and the PC can be connected to different routers. In this case the 3 WiFi link channels may be different (see Fig.4).

Fig. 4: The 3 WiFi links while mirroring is active
SLN307656_en_US__4DMC Android 4(1)

NOTE: The virtual router on the PC (AGO) is launched upon the first activation of mirroring. It remains active throughout the session, unless the user chooses to disconnect, or restart DMC.


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Main DMC functions

Add New Phone (ANP)

The Add New Phone (ANP) wizard enables easy BT pairing between the phone and the PC, without requiring the user to open the BT setting screens either on the phone or on the PC. In addition, this sets up several communication channels and functionalities for future DMC usage.
Pairing is achieved through the ANP pairing wizard - a simple process in which the DMC Windows wizard requests the user to enter a 6-character code. This code is provided by the DMC Android app. Before generating this code, the Android app displays several system dialogues, intended to verify the user’s approval for sharing data and functionality between the PC and the Phone.

  • The approval of these Android dialogues is essential for DMC functionality.
  • The number of dialogues, their format and wording may vary from one phone manufacturer to another.


PC side ANP wizard

The PC side ANP wizard is shown automatically upon first launch of the DMC Windows app. When connecting a second phone to the DMC Windows app, the user can relaunch the ANP wizard from Settings > Phones.
In the main screen of the PC wizard (after selecting Android), the user is requested to enter a 6-charachter code, which is generated by the Android app.

To launch the wizard:
  1. Click Let’s Start to start the PC wizard

    SLN307656_en_US__5DMC Android 5(1)

  2. Select Android, then click Next

    SLN307656_en_US__6DMC Android 6(1)

  3. Enter the 6-character code provided by your Android app, and click Next

    SLN307656_en_US__7DMC Android 7(1)

  4. Verify that the PIN number code is the same as the one displayed on the phone BT dialogue, and then select Yes

    SLN307656_en_US__8DMC Android 8(1)

  5. Click Finish

    SLN307656_en_US__9DMC Android 9(1)

  6. ANP PC side is complete. The phone will now be connected to the PC, and DMC is ready.


Android ANP side

The Android ANP wizard is displayed automatically when the Android DMC app is first launched. It consists of the following steps:

    1. Once the Android DMC app is launched, the Welcome screen is displayed. To launch the wizard, click Pair with a PC

      SLN307656_en_US__10DMC Android 10(1)

    2. Next, a BT permission request is displayed. By clicking Yes the Android phone becomes BT-discoverable by the PC. Clicking No will stop the process.

      SLN307656_en_US__11DMC Android 11(1)

    • Allow DMC to send and recieve SMS messages.
    1. Click Allow to display the next screen. Clicking Deny will block SMS functionality

      SLN307656_en_US__12DMC Android 12(1)

    2. The next screen displays the notification permission dialog. Authorize DMC to transfer of phone notifications to the PC

      SLN307656_en_US__13DMC Android 13(1)

    3. After approving access to notifications, the 6-character authorization code will be displayed. Type this code in the designated field of the PC app (See Step 3 in the PC side ANP wizard section above)

      SLN307656_en_US__14DMC Android 14(1)

    4. The BT pairing request is synchronized with a similar request on the PC side. To ensure a secure connection, verify that both the PC and the phone display the same pairing code. Clicking OK will take us to the next step. Clicking Cancel will break the pairing process (see ANP Troubleshooting).

      SLN307656_en_US__15DMC Android 15(1)

    5. The final ANP wizard screen displays the PC name. Clicking OK completes the wizard and starts DMC

      SLN307656_en_US__16DMC Android 16(1)

    • The ANP process is required only once for every PC and phone. When the ANP process is completed, DMC will connect the phone and the PC automatically, as long as they are in BT range
    • In the event that a phone and a PC were previously paired, the ANP wizard will still need to be run, but will require less steps


    Launching and quitting DMC Windows app

    NOTE: Closing the DMC app window (by clicking the "x" button) does not quit the DMC app. The app continues to run in the background. The app can only be quit via the information center (see below)
    • After completing the wizard, the user is prompted to authorize the transfer of the phonebook and call logs to the PC. Clicking Allow will provide access to contacts and phone logs. Clicking Do Not Allow will block phonebook and call log features in DMC.

      SLN307656_en_US__17DMC Android 17(1)
      • DMC auto-run

        The DMC Windows app is configured to launch automatically upon PC startup. If the phone is paired to the PC and within BT range DMC will connect the two, unless the user has manually disconnected the two. There is no need to run the Android app or the Windows app to get the system to work.

        It is possible to prevent DMC from auto-running upon PC startup via Settings > Startup in the Windows app
    • Quitting DMC

      To quit DMC the user should go to the Information center, right-click on the DMC icon, and select Quit (see Fig. 5)

      Fig. 5: Quitting DMC from the Information center

      SLN307656_en_US__18DMC Android 18(1)
    • Launching DMC

      DMC can be launched in one of two ways:
      1. Via the Windows start menu
      2. By clicking the desktop icon (if exists)


    Texting with DMC

    With DMC, users can view incoming text messages on their PC screen, and use their PC keyboard to easily type text messages.

    • Receiving text messages

      • DMC shows incoming text messages in two scenarios:
        • As a Popup notification
        • On the DMC App when clicking on the Messages tab.
    • Sending text messages

      • Users can type using the PC keyboard and send text messages in the following 3 scenarios:
      • Responding to an incoming text notification
      • Texting while rejecting a call, or a when call waiting is activated
      • By proactively selecting Texting in the Contacts tab.


    Hands-Free calling

    The Hands-Free feature enables users to make and receive phone calls from their PC. The call is routed from the phone in the same way as with BT headsets. Calls are made using the PC’s microphone and speakers, while the phone can be placed at some distance from the PC, but within BT range.

    • Hand-free calling includes the following features:
      • Dialer
      • Making calls via the contacts list
      • Answering calls from an on-screen notification (users can take the call, reject it or reject with a text)
      • Switching between Hands-Free and regular (private) mode (See Fig. 6)

        Fig. 6: The in-call screen

        SLN307656_en_US__19DMC Android 19(1)


    Screen Mirroring

    DMC enables users to project their Android screen on their PC screen, and to fully control the phone via the PC’s touch screen, mouse and keyboard.

    Screen Mirroring can be enabled by clicking on an android notification, or by selecting the Mirroring tab on the DMC Windows App. (Clicking the Wechat button on the left app pane, will mirror the Wechat app.)

    Upon the first-time mirroring is activated, a permission request to capture the phone screens will appear on the Android screen (see Fig. 7.) The user should click Don’t Show Me Again, and then Start now. Clicking Cancel will prevent mirroring, and display a black screen on the PC app.

    Fig. 7: Screen capture authorization dialog

    SLN307656_en_US__20DMC Android 20(1)

    NOTE: The current version of DMC does not play the phone audio via the PC speakers [only phone calls audio is routed through the PC]



    • DMC can pull notifications which appear on the Android phone, such as social media, traffic or weather updates - to the PC screen in one of the following two ways:
      • Notifications are displayed as a pop-up message in the upper right corner of the screen
      • Notifications are also presented in the Notifications tab
    • Key features:
      • Clicking on a notification activates a mirrored phone screen with the associated app.
      • The user can modify the size of the pop-up notifications via Settings.
      • Privacy levels of the notifications are controlled via Settings (private mode requires mouse hovering to reveal potentially personal information).


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    DMC states

    The main states of DMC are: Paired, Connected, and Disconnected.

    Connected state

    • DMC is in Connected state when the BT link between the PC and the phone is active. In order to be in Connected state, all the following conditions must be met:
      • The phone and the PC are BT-paired
      • The phone and the PC are within BT range
      • The DMC app is running

    Disconnected state

    • DMC can be disconnected in the following ways:
      • From the Android app or Android notification (See Fig. 8, 9)
      • From the PC App pane by clicking Disconnect (See Fig. 10)
      • By right-clicking the DMC icon on the Information Center, and selecting Disconnect (See Fig 11)
      • From Settings > phones (See Fig. 12)
    Fig. 8: Disconnection via Android notification

    SLN307656_en_US__21DMC Android 20b

    Fig. 9: Disconnection via the Android app

    SLN307656_en_US__22DMC Android 20c

    Fig. 10: Disconnecting via the PC app pane

    SLN307656_en_US__23DMC Android 21(1)

    Fig. 11: Disconnection via the Information Center

    SLN307656_en_US__24DMC Android 22(1)

    Fig. 12: Disconnecting via Settings

    SLN307656_en_US__25DMC Android 23(1)
    NOTE: After the phone and PC have been disconnected by the user, they will not be reconnected automatically again. To reconnect, users must go to Setting > Phones in the Windows app.


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    DMC Windows App

    The DMC Windows app provides the following functionality using several tabs located along the left panel of the screen:

    • DMC Windows app tabs

      Tab Icon Function Action Prompt
      SLN307656_en_US__26DMC Android Table 1 Notifications Opens a screen with a list of the pending phone notifications. The dynamic numbering represent the number of notifications that are waiting to be read.
      SLN307656_en_US__27DMC Android Table 2(1) Dialer Opens a dialer screen that allows insertion of a phone number to be dialed, either through the numbered buttons on the screen (using touch or mouse) or through the PC’s keyboard.
      SLN307656_en_US__28DMC Android Table 3(1) Contacts Opens the phone’s contacts list and allows a contact search. Once a contact is found, the relevant details are presented (including photo when available) and the user is given the option to call or send an SMS message to that contact.
      SLN307656_en_US__29DMC Android Table 4(1) Messages Opens the SMS messaging screen and presents the logged text conversations. A click on certain conversation opens that conversation and makes it ready for new text entry.
      SLN307656_en_US__30DMC Android Table 5(1) Mirroring Mirrors the Android phone’s current screen onto the PC’s screen. Everything on the screen is available for interaction through mouse or touch.
      SLN307656_en_US__31DMC Android Table 6(1) Wechat Opens mirroring session directly on the WeChat app and makes it available for a chat.
    • Notifications

      SLN307656_en_US__32DMC Android 24(1)
    • Dialer

      SLN307656_en_US__33DMC Android 25(1)
    • Contacts

      SLN307656_en_US__34DMC Android 26(1)
    • Messages

      SLN307656_en_US__35DMC Android 27(1)
    • Mirroring

      SLN307656_en_US__36DMC Android 28(1)
    • WeChat

      SLN307656_en_US__37DMC Android 29(1)
    • DMC Windows app functions
    Tab Icon Function Action Prompt
    SLN307656_en_US__38DMC Android Table 7(1) Settings Opens the settings screen in a separate window to allow the user modify different app settings and behaviors
    SLN307656_en_US__39DMC Android Table 8(1) Disconnect Disconnects the phone from the PC and terminate the current session. The devices will still be paired and can be connected again with another click on the same icon.
    SLN307656_en_US__40DMC Android Table 9(1) Do not disturb Blocks popup phone notifications from being presented on the PC screen.


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    DMC Troubleshooting

    • First-time setup

    Problem: Cannot pair the phone to the PC
    Probable cause: Failure of BT pairing
    Suggested fix:
    1. Make sure BT is turned on both on the PC and the phone [if either wasn’t on – try pairing again after turning BT on]
    2. [If didn’t help] Go to BT settings on the PC (search for Bluetooth setting), then locate the phone on the paired devices list.
    3. Click the phone name.
    4. Select Remove Device to unpair it
    5. Go to BT settings on the phone, and locate the PC name in the paired or connected list.
    6. Click the PC name and select Unpair.
    7. Restart APN by restarting the Android app.
    8. Select Pair with a PC.
    9. Select Add New Phone from the Windows app Settings > Phones
    • Hands-Free calling

    Problem: Poor audio quality
    Probable cause: Poor BT connection
    Suggested fix: Bring the phone closer to the PC. If this does not work, restart the Windows app.

    Problem: When using BT headset, no call audio is routed to the PC or the headset
    Probable cause: BT cannot support concurrent connections
    Suggested fix: If the headset includes a connecting USB dongle – connect the dongle to the PC and enjoy the ability to use the BT headset with DMC. If no USB dongle is included there is no current support for the BT headset that is connected directly to the PC through the BT settings (BT limitation).

    Problem: Contact list on the PC app "contacts" tab is not visible
    Probable cause: Shared contact permissions weren't granted (during ANP)
    Suggested fix:
    1. Go to Android settings (makes sure that the phone and the PC are connected)
    2. Select BT
    3. Click the icon to the right of your PC name
    4. Turn on "contacts"
    • Notifications

    Problem: Cannot see notifications
    Probable cause: Notifications were not granted permissions
    Suggested fix:
    1. Go to Settings on your Android phone.
    2. Make sure that the DMC app is approved to export messages.
    • Screen mirroring

    Problem: Mirroring quality is poor
    Probable cause: WiFi (direct) connection
    Suggested fix: Bring the phone closer to the PC. If this does not work, restart the Windows app

    Problem: Mirroring quality is poor
    Probable cause: WiFi channels mismatch, mirroring quality may be impacted
    Suggested fix: Restart the Windows app to reset the WiFi channel selection

    Problem: Mirroring does not show on the PC
    Probable cause: The screen capture permissions were not granted for the android notification
    Suggested fix:
    1. Try to launch mirroring again
    2. Wait for the notification and approve it
    3. If that does not work, verify that neither your Antivirus nor your Firewall settings are blocking DMC
    Problem: Cannot control the phone using the PC keyboard, mouse or touch screen
    Probable cause: Poor BT connection quality or failure to establish input BT profile (HID)
    Suggested fix: Bring the phone closer to the PC. If this does not work, restart the Windows app

    Problem: Cannot type in another language with the keyboard while mirroring
    Probable cause: Android Settings must be properly configured
    Suggested fix:
    1. Go to Android settings
    2. Select Language and input
    3. Select physical KB while mirroring (verify that your computer name appears as the physical keyboard)
    4. Add the desired second language
    Problem: Cannot hear sound from the phone on the PC (movies or games audio for example)
    Probable cause: Audio "mirroring" is not supported in this version, audio that is not phone calls audio will be sounded from the phone instead of the PC


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    DMC Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Question: During an Incoming call, as I'm about to enter a pre-existing text message, the incoming call no longer exists.
      Answer: There is a bug that exists in the software where the "Texting" screen will still exist even after the incoming call is terminated. This bug will be resolved in the RoW release (January 2018).
    2. Question: While using the camera on my phone and performing orientation, the display will appear distorted. Is there a resolution to this issue?
      Answer: Stop the beaming process and then restart beaming. This should resolve the issue.
    • Question: Is the User Interface for the Driver Installer activity available in the native language when SUT language setting of HK and Ukrainian?
      Answer: InstallShield defaults to ENGISH if the language in question is not supported. This is normal behavior.
    • Question: Why can’t I send or receive a SMS message from my computer when paired with a phone OPPO R9S?
      Answer: OPPO does not allow sending SMS messages through Bluetooth regardless of the version of Android on the phone.
    • Question: While in the system language is set to Turkish, when setting the "Do Not Disturb" feature on SUT the selection for "on" and "off" is in English instead of Turkish üzerinde and kapalı .
      Answer: This is an error in the translator software utilized by the developer. This error will be corrected in the next software release after 1.1 .
    • Question: When the system language is set to Spanish, when setting the "Do Not Disturb" is displayed for altering, the message to set is incomplete.
      Answer: While the message is incomplete, a fix has been identified and developed for resolving the issue. Solution will be implemented in the next software release.
    • Question: When selecting Emoji for a message, I experience one of the following errors:
      • Some Emoji’s not properly showing up
      • When you input a lot of Emoji (more than two lines) in SMS conversation screen, the edit box will not automatically follow the input cursor
      • Some Emoji of PC app cannot show normally in the SMS edit box and phone
      • Emoji cannot show normally in the detail of SMS conversion with LG phone
      • Some Emoji cannot show in the Phone but can display on the PC app
      • When you click two emoji continuously after opening the emoji pane, the emoji pane will disappear
      • Emoji lost when reopening the SMS which has been sent
      • Emoji message will show incorrect when repeat click on "national flag" button
      Answer: None of these proprietary 3rd party software errors will be corrected as Dell does not have access to the code.
    • Question: As a user, sometimes Bluetooth will loss the Device Manager after changing the OS language.
      Answer: Updating the Bluetooth driver to the latest revision will resolve the issue
    • Question: As a user, is there a solution if notifications do not appear on my PC app which originated form my phone?
      Answer: For Vivo phones, during the paring procedure the current version should pop up a Vivo hidden permission window which he user should grant permission to receive notifications. For all other phones, uninstall the app, re-install the app and then reboot the phone. 
    • Question: Sometimes the third party push information to the notification center is incomplete.
      Answer: This issue has been detected with those phones that are utilizing Specific (Chinese) applications that are using a custom view for displaying notifications. This issue will be resolved in a future release.
    • Question: Sometimes my cursor / mouse will not work on the beaming window on my PC when I pair my Smart Phone t my PC with DMC.
      Answer: Certain security packages on smart phones can cause this issue. If the user will un-pair all devices, wait 3minutes and then repair, the mouse/cursor functionality should be restored.
    • Question: The picture for the phone contact in the SMS is not displayed on the PC.
      Answer: This is normal functionality for DMC. DMC does not attempt to associate the SMS picture with a particular text or phone call.
    • Question: How do I remove the "Bluetooth HID Device" yellow bang when Dell Mobile Connect is connected to a smartphone via DMC and then connect to a second PC via Bluetooth?
      Answer: Go to the PC settings, remove the second PC Bluetooth from the SUT. Then the "Bluetooth HID device" yellow bang will disappear from Dell Mobile Connect.


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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops, Tablets, Dell Mobile Connect

Last Published Date

12 May 2022



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