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  1. eric002's Avatar
    The flow applications supposed to be for notifications and to reply back to text messages from your PC. I can't get it to work. And like I said I've tried many many times to download and install the application on both phone and PC just doesn't work on my Windows 10 laptop.
    07-04-2017 12:58 PM
  2. Jnorton2724's Avatar
    The flow applications supposed to be for notifications and to reply back to text messages from your PC. I can't get it to work. And like I said I've tried many many times to download and install the application on both phone and PC just doesn't work on my Windows 10 laptop.
    Install Cortana on your Galaxy S8 and turn on sync notifications. That's the easiest way to get text messages and other notifications from any Android phone to a windows 10 PC. You can receive and reply to the notifications as well.
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    07-04-2017 01:04 PM
  3. eric002's Avatar
    Well, I'll give that a shot. Thank you.
    07-04-2017 01:05 PM
  4. dejanh's Avatar
    Okay so I found out that I can in fact use a PIN in my company. It was just disabled by default since it is a domain account. I followed the instructions provided here PIN Sign-in disabled when System is joined to Domain to get the PIN going and I successfully set it up. Everything is in place now for Samsung Flow to work, however, I still cannot get it to work. I pair my device with my computer via Bluetooth and the device appears in the list of paired devices. On the phone I cannot see an "active" connection to the PC (typically active Bluetooth connections are highlighted in teal/blue) but whatever, the software reports that it is paired. When I get to the "Register Device" screen where it is supposed to prompt me for a PIN it instead tries to reconnect the Bluetooth connection between the phone and PC and it is just perpetually stuck there, prompting to confirm connection over and over again. It never prompts for the PIN. I think it never actually connects the Bluetooth either, at least not from a Samsung Flow perspective.
    07-04-2017 02:30 PM
  5. eric002's Avatar
    Yeah that's a bit weird. Honestly, unfortunately I just can't do it on my PC. Try to get into the BIOS and then they able the drivers there not there so it just doesn't work on my PC. Good luck to you and getting flow to work for your S8 your work laptop though!
    07-04-2017 02:32 PM
  6. dejanh's Avatar
    Got it to work now, finally. I had to allow companion devices to unlock PC. I had to use the following instructions to do it:
    Run > gpedit.msc then Local Computer Policy, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Secondary Authentication Factor and set explicitly to Enabled

    I also had to uninstall the Flow app, install latest copy of version 1 first, re-pair the device with the computer, then upgrade to the latest version of the Flow app (version 2), and then re-authenticate Bluetooth again and it finally prompted me for my pin and registered the device.

    This whole thing definitely needs work. You pretty much need an IT degree to figure it out. It took me nearly 3 hours from start to finish. I also have a feeling that if I tried to do this again it would not work the same way. Let's see if it stays stable for now.
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    07-04-2017 03:00 PM
  7. eric002's Avatar
    Got it to work now, finally. I had to allow companion devices to unlock PC. I had to use the following instructions to do it (Run > gpedit.msc then Local Computer Policy, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Secondary Authentication Factor and set explicitly to Enabled). I also had to uninstall the Flow app, install the old version first, repair the device with the computer, then upgrade to the latest version of the Flow app, and then re-authenticate Bluetooth again and it finally prompted me for my pin and registered the device. This whole thing definitely needs work. You pretty much need an IT degree to figure it out. I also have a feeling that if I tried to do this again it would not work the same way. Let's see if it stays stable for now.
    Hey congratulations to you dude!! That's awesome! Yeah you need an IT degree just a freaking figure out how to use Samsung flow in general as a custom piece of software. I mean don't get me wrong I'm very very good with phones and computers and I'm in the networking it field myself and trying to figure this out and figure out that it doesn't work on my PC is not only frustrating but it's also very annoying too! Considering I got transferred to three different Samsung where up in the course of 10 minutes on the phone this morning! Regardless though, I'm happy that you got it to work for you
    07-04-2017 03:03 PM
  8. dejanh's Avatar
    Hey congratulations to you dude!! That's awesome! Yeah you need an IT degree just a freaking figure out how to use Samsung flow in general as a custom piece of software. I mean don't get me wrong I'm very very good with phones and computers and I'm in the networking it field myself and trying to figure this out and figure out that it doesn't work on my PC is not only frustrating but it's also very annoying too! Considering I got transferred to three different Samsung where up in the course of 10 minutes on the phone this morning! Regardless though, I'm happy that you got it to work for you
    I will be honest that the end result is pretty underwhelming. SideSync is significantly more powerful than Samsung Flow. The unlock process is cool but not practical. It is actually slower than typing in a PIN since you have to get to your lock screen on the PC, press spacebar, then scan fingerprint on the device. If the screen on the device is off, first it is the device unlocks, then Samsung Flow has to re-connect on the phone, and then finally it scans your fingerprint to unlock the PC. Overall, I can probably unlock 3 times with a pin or password in the time it takes to do one FP scan via Samsung Flow integration. Notifications are weak as well. You cannot see the full content of the notification, only partial. Only Samsung native apps can reply via the notifications, where as in SideSync you can actually view the full app UI and use any app. The only thing that seems easy is the hotspot. Hotspot integration is both quick and easy.

    In all, now that I have gotten it to work I wish I could take back 2.5h of my time. It's just cool for unlocking but overall pretty useless.
    07-04-2017 04:46 PM
  9. eric002's Avatar
    I will be honest that the end result is pretty underwhelming. SideSync is significantly more powerful than Samsung Flow. The unlock process is cool but not practical. It is actually slower than typing in a PIN since you have to get to your lock screen on the PC, press spacebar, then scan fingerprint on the device. If the screen on the device is off, first it is the device unlocks, then Samsung Flow has to re-connect on the phone, and then finally it scans your fingerprint to unlock the PC. Overall, I can probably unlock 3 times with a pin or password in the time it takes to do one FP scan via Samsung Flow integration. Notifications are weak as well. You cannot see the full content of the notification, only partial. Only Samsung native apps can reply via the notifications, where as in SideSync you can actually view the full app UI and use any app. The only thing that seems easy is the hotspot. Hotspot integration is both quick and easy.

    In all, now that I have gotten it to work I wish I could take back 2.5h of my time. It's just cool for unlocking but overall pretty useless.
    Thank you VERY much for suggesting the sidesync option. Didn't even realize that existed! I am trying that right now! I'm glad you got it to work for yourself, but thank you also for your honesty!
    07-04-2017 04:52 PM
  10. 11B1P's Avatar
    Its built into your galaxy book from the get go. Has been for months.
    Hmm, that's odd. According to this, I don't have it installed.

    Samsung Flow-smartselectimage_2017-07-04-18-56-56.png
    07-04-2017 07:07 PM
  11. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Hmm, that's odd. According to this, I don't have it installed.

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    Flow. It's built in to galaxy books.
    07-04-2017 07:08 PM
  12. eric002's Avatar
    The SideSync app that another user suggested in a few prior posts works perfectly. I tried it before and it's exceptional. I did uninstall it only because I guess I really don't need to see notifications from my phone on my laptop but nevertheless, it works beautifully!
    07-04-2017 07:14 PM
  13. 11B1P's Avatar
    Flow. It's built in to galaxy books.
    The screenshot was in reference to the Creators Update. When I clicked through showing me how to get the update, I found that I wasn't on the most current update. I dunno, maybe this update is installing the Creators Update now.
    07-04-2017 07:21 PM
  14. TylerLV76's Avatar
    The screenshot was in reference to the Creators Update. When I clicked through showing me how to get the update, I found that I wasn't on the most current update. I dunno, maybe this update is installing the Creators Update now.
    The creators update is only necessary for traditional pc's apprently. You won't need it to use flow because Samsung baked the app in. There's something in the creators update that flow needs to work from what I can tell since it won't install without the update.

    Honestly the whole things a mess. The creator update is failing on alot of pc's and if you can install it you still gotta have unknown options to allow flow to run. I've given up on my work pc. Samsung needs to update the requirements and installation steps.
    07-04-2017 07:24 PM
  15. erasat's Avatar
    Okay so I found out that I can in fact use a PIN in my company. It was just disabled by default since it is a domain account. I followed the instructions provided here PIN Sign-in disabled when System is joined to Domain to get the PIN going and I successfully set it up. Everything is in place now for Samsung Flow to work, however, I still cannot get it to work. I pair my device with my computer via Bluetooth and the device appears in the list of paired devices. On the phone I cannot see an "active" connection to the PC (typically active Bluetooth connections are highlighted in teal/blue) but whatever, the software reports that it is paired. When I get to the "Register Device" screen where it is supposed to prompt me for a PIN it instead tries to reconnect the Bluetooth connection between the phone and PC and it is just perpetually stuck there, prompting to confirm connection over and over again. It never prompts for the PIN. I think it never actually connects the Bluetooth either, at least not from a Samsung Flow perspective.
    That's exactly where I'm at since Friday that I've been trying to make this to work, after checking all my Domain group policy and Active Directory settings (I'm the IT Manager) I realized yesterday that is something else and not because of the Domain registration. Everything needed on the Local group policy and the Domain is on and is still fails exactly where yours is failing so I just gave up getting on my brand new HP Envy All In One 27" with Windows 10 Pro and latest Creative updates.

    I even tried on my Samsung ATIV BOOK 2017 and it's even worse, it doesn't even let me pair with the phone, the pair button is grayed out and no matter what I do it doesn't change.

    The tech guy on me made me try for a couple of days but then I thought that it really is not that new or even great addition. Besides the native Bluetooth Hotspot, there is nothing else that I'm not doing already with Samsung Sidesync.
    07-04-2017 07:25 PM
  16. 11B1P's Avatar
    Flow works fine on my PC and S7. Has been working fine all along.
    07-04-2017 07:26 PM
  17. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Flow works fine on my PC and S7. Has been working fine all along.
    Your non galaxy book pc?
    07-04-2017 07:27 PM
  18. erasat's Avatar
    Got it to work now, finally. I had to allow companion devices to unlock PC. I had to use the following instructions to do it:
    Run > gpedit.msc then Local Computer Policy, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Secondary Authentication Factor and set explicitly to Enabled

    I also had to uninstall the Flow app, install latest copy of version 1 first, re-pair the device with the computer, then upgrade to the latest version of the Flow app (version 2), and then re-authenticate Bluetooth again and it finally prompted me for my pin and registered the device.

    This whole thing definitely needs work. You pretty much need an IT degree to figure it out. It took me nearly 3 hours from start to finish. I also have a feeling that if I tried to do this again it would not work the same way. Let's see if it stays stable for now.
    I'll give this a last try tomorrow but I can already unlock my PC with a PIN so I'll see if this new policy setting can make a difference in my case. Thanks.
    07-04-2017 07:28 PM
  19. 11B1P's Avatar
    Your non galaxy book pc?
    Galaxy Book 10.6
    07-04-2017 07:33 PM
  20. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Galaxy Book 10.6
    We've covered this already, you and I. Of course it works on Galaxy Books. Flow is built in Galaxy Books. We know it works on those as it comes pre-installed from the factory. The issue is installing it on a standard PC.
    07-04-2017 07:35 PM
  21. 11B1P's Avatar
    We've covered this already, you and I. Of course it works on Galaxy Books. Flow is built in Galaxy Books. We know it works on those as it comes pre-installed from the factory. The issue is installing it on a standard PC.
    Yes we have, why do you keep asking, lol.
    07-04-2017 07:37 PM
  22. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Because you keep telling us it works on yours which serves literally zero purpose in this thread.
    07-04-2017 07:38 PM
  23. 11B1P's Avatar
    Because you keep telling us it works on yours which serves literally zero purpose in this thread.
    Well if you want to be a smarty pants about it, your first comment was regarding the Creators Update solving the issue. I just now updated to Creators Update. Flow works without CU being installed.
    07-04-2017 10:36 PM
  24. TylerLV76's Avatar
    Well if you want to be a smarty pants about it, your first comment was regarding the Creators Update solving the issue. I just now updated to Creators Update. Flow works without CU being installed.
    This is why children shouldn't have internet access.

    Yes Flow works without the Creative Update, ONLY on Galaxy Books. We arent talking about Galaxy Books. I really cant make that any clearer.
    07-05-2017 05:22 AM
  25. erasat's Avatar
    Got it to work now, finally. I had to allow companion devices to unlock PC. I had to use the following instructions to do it:
    Run > gpedit.msc then Local Computer Policy, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Secondary Authentication Factor and set explicitly to Enabled

    I also had to uninstall the Flow app, install latest copy of version 1 first, re-pair the device with the computer, then upgrade to the latest version of the Flow app (version 2), and then re-authenticate Bluetooth again and it finally prompted me for my pin and registered the device.

    This whole thing definitely needs work. You pretty much need an IT degree to figure it out. It took me nearly 3 hours from start to finish. I also have a feeling that if I tried to do this again it would not work the same way. Let's see if it stays stable for now.
    This did the trick for me, it seems that it was the only thing missing. Thanks.

    BUT, like I said before and you also mentioned, SideSync is a more complete tool and works better and easier.
    07-05-2017 07:43 AM
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