I'm using Samsung Dex on a Note 9 and would like to open Google Docs in Chrome (or any other browser) instead of the Google Docs app.

Otherwise I can't use certain plug-ins like reference managers.

I tried uninstalling docs, tried different browsers, tried to change the default action for Google docs links and tried to activate the desktop mode where possible but I still couldn't access the desktop mode of Google Docs that I would see on Windows. I'd be grateful for any help.

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You can use this for most Google apps not just Google Docs

  • Install Firefox

  • Install Google Shortcut add-on. Tap the 3 dots () menu to reveal the side bar →Add-ons→Google Shortcut. Tap to open →options. From the left pane tap Google Docs and it will appear on the right pane.

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  • Open a new tab and from 3 dots menu locate App Launcher (see screen shot).


  • Tap on App Launcher to reveal Google Docs icon. Tap on that to see your docs and open them!


  • Thanks for the detailed answer. I could get Google Docs to work on Dex that way, the only problem is that the UI is very large on Dex.
    – thie1e
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 21:05
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    Dex is the desktop environment for Samsung phones for working with an external display. I'm trying to scale the GUI, not the font. Anyway, I found out that I can also launch Google Docs in the browser if I use Chrome (not any other browser) in desktop mode. The GUI looks fine there.
    – thie1e
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 19:22

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