Change the timeout for wifi hotspot connections on Samsung Galaxy

Edited by Anonymous, Cave Man, Charmed, Eng and 4 others

I used to use an iPhone and you could only connect to it while the Iphone's share personal hotspot was on. As with almost everything, the Samsung Galaxy gives you more power and flexibility. In this "how to" you will learn to change the settings to decrease the timeout thereby increasing security and battery life or if you wish you can increase ease of use by allowing the hotspot to remain active longer. You can even turn it on indefinitely if you wish (and you like going to your charging station frequently).

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

Steps: Change timeout for hotspot sharing

  1. 1
    Click your home button and swipe to unlock your phone.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Swipe from the very top of your screen downward.
    A screen will slide down with all your notifications on it.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    In the top right corner you will see a settings icon that looks like a gear sprocket.
    Tap it and the settings menu will appear.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Now Click on "More settings" and the "Wireless and networks" submenu will appear.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    The third option is "Tethering and portable hotspot".
    Tap this option.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Click on "Portable WiFi hotspot".
    (not the on/off slider - you can do that later)
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    If you have not done it already setup and configure your wifi hotspot.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    Now here is the secret.
    To the left of your home button is an invisible spot you can click anytime on your phone to get a settings menu. The option is hidden in here. Tap the spot to the left of your home button. UPDATE: WITH THE LATEST UPDATE MANY Android PHONES REQUIRE A LONG PRESS ON THE BUTTON TO THE LEFT OF YOUR HOME BUTTON. THE SHORT PRESS NOW BRINGS UP A TASK LIST OF WHAT IS RUNNING ON THE PHONE. SO IF THIS HAPPENS WHEN YOU PRESS THE BUTTON TRY AGAIN BY PRESSING AND HOLDING INSTEAD.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  9. 9
    An option called "Timeout settings" will popup.
    Tap it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  10. 10
    Now select your desired timeout option.
    Remember that "Never timeout" is a battery expensive option.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Tips

  • To conserve batter life change this option to 5 minutes instead of the default of 20 minutes !

Benefits of Using WiFi Hotspot

  1. 1
    You always have readily available WiFi for your other devices.
    If you are outside and do not have immediate access to WiFi or LAN connection, as long as you have your smartphone, you are guaranteed to have internet access all the time.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    You have a secure connection, even when you are in a public place.
    It is safer to just use your WiFi hotspot for your other devices, as compared to hooking up to public WiFi without any password. The likelihood that your activities will get hacked is very low if you are using hotspot, unless of course that you have leaked out your password.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    You are only sharing the connection with yourself.
    You have all the right to just share the WiFi hotspot connection to yourself for your other device. This means that the likelihood that the connection will slow down because too many people are hooked up is very low. You get to control how many device is allowed to hook up.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Things to Remember When Setting Up Your WiFi Hotspot

  1. 1
    Take good care of your password.
    If you have no plans whatsoever of sharing your connection with another person, take good care of your password. In most cases, for WiFi hotspot, it is best just to share it with your other device.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Review your data plan coverage.
    In some cases, data plans are not equally comprehensive. If there are limitations, you may end up having to pay more in case you exceed that. Therefore, before proceeding to use your WiFi hotspot, make sure you are clear on how your data plan works. If you are going to be surfing in three different devices, that will consume a lot of data and you may end up getting surprised with a huge bill if you are uncertain.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

Questions and Answers

In the step: The option is hidden in here. Tap the spot to the left of your home button." No secret spot

In the step: "Now here is the secret. To the left of your home button is an invisible spot you can click anytime on your phone to get a settings menu. The option is hidden in here. Tap the spot to the left of your home button." No secret spot

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Directly to the left of the Home button, which is the bottom center button on all Samsung Galaxy S model phones, you will find a 'hidden' button. It is called a hidden button because it does not give any physical indication of an action when it is pressed. This is unlike the 'Home' button, which does give a tactile feel that it has been pressed. This hidden menu button is accessed by just tapping, or pressing, the spot next to the 'Home' button, towards the left of your genuine Samsung Galaxy S model phone.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

See more questions like this: How much time it will take to remove all black spot?

I have a WiFi device which I access by my Android phone and after few minutes my cell phone popups that timed out, why?

I have a WiFi device which I access by my Android phone and after few minutes my cell phone popups that timed out, why?

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

My device Disconnects from WiFi after every one minute. How can I fix my Problem?

Hi, thanks for your information. I have another problem. Actually I read your Article while I was searching for a solution for my problem. Here is my headache. I have Smart phone of new brand which was bought from India. I received the Device a month ago. It is Samsung Galaxy J Max and is mini Tablet. My problem is the device disconnects from WiFi after just a minute. The device says shows the signal that it is connected to WiFi but it does not work. Then I disconnect and Reconnect it again in order to work, but it stops while something is in the middle of Downloading. The first day I used it, the device was working properly with WiFi, but later on this problem emerged. I have tried by Factory Reset but there was no change. Would you suggest me a solution for my device. Everything works properly except the one I mentioned. I await for your response. Thank you.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

How can I set the time out of hotspot?

I'm using Lenovo k5 note. I've tried all the steps but couldn't see the hotspot settings even when I pressed the bottom left button of my mobile.. I have tried: I've opened the tethering & Hotspot option then pressed the left button of the mobile but nothing appear. Also there is no setting option.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Daniel
Featured Author
69 Articles Started
2,601 Article Edits
24,290 Points
Daniel is a featured author with VisiHow. Daniel has achieved the level of "Lieutenant" with 24,290 points. Daniel has started 69 articles (including this one) and has also made 2,601 article edits. 17,578 people have read Daniel's article contributions.
Daniel's Message Board
Daniel: Hi, my name is Daniel.
Daniel: Can I help you with your problem about "Change the timeout for wifi hotspot connections on Samsung Galaxy"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Samsung Galaxy

Recent edits by: Doug Collins, Grimm, Christine dela Cruz

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 8,772 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No