Connect Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Wi-FI Network

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Some of your phone's applications require a working internet connection to be able to function or open. This includes browsers, instant messaging apps, video streaming apps, file downloading apps and others. Internet connection is also required when you download applications from the Play Store or update your applications and phone.

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This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. The link to the mother VisiHow is here - USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

There are two types of internet sources you can use with your Samsung Galaxy S4 - the network data service and the WiFi network. This VisiHow will discuss more about connecting to a WiFi network.

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Turn WiFi On and Off

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To be able to use a WiFi network's connection, you need to connect to it by first turning on your phone's WiFi radio. To turn on or off this feature follow the steps below:

Turn WiFi on and off using the notifications panel

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    Go to your Home screen.
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    Open the Notifications panel by doing a dragging gesture from the top most of the screen to the lower portion of it.
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    Look for the WiFi icon
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    Tap "On" it to turn it on.
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    Tap again on the WiFi icon to turn it off.
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Turn WiFi on and off through the settings menu

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    Go to your Home screen.
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    Tap on the "Menu" button (left soft button).
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    Look for the "Settings" menu and tap on it.
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    In the settings menu, tap on the "Connections" sub-menu.
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    In the connections menu, tap on "WiFi".
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    Drag the WiFi switch to the right to turn it on.
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    Drag the WiFi switch to the left to turn it off.
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Join WiFi networks

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You need to join to an available WiFi network in order to enjoy the network's internet connection. Some networks may be open and free to use, while others require a password. If the case is the latter, you need to know the network's WiFi password in order to have access to it. To join a WiFi network, follow the steps below:

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  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen.
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    Tap on the "Menu" button (left soft button).
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    Look for the "Settings" menu and tap on it.
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    In the settings menu, tap on the "Connections" sub-menu.
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    In the connections menu, tap on "WiFi".
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    Drag the WiFi switch to the right to turn it on.
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    Wait for your phone to detect available WiFi network names.
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    Tap on the desired network name
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    A WiFi network name with a lock icon on it means that it is password protected. You need to enter the network password in order to access it.
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    Tap on "Connect" to initiate connection to network.
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Things to note

  • If there is only one WiFi network available, your phone will automatically connect to the available one.
  • If there is more than one WiFi network available, your phone will automatically connect to the network that you have already connected with before.
  • If there is more than one WiFi network available and you have connected to before to more than one of those networks, you will need to manually choose what network you would like to connect to.
  • If you have already connected to a password connected network, your phone will automatically connect to it, assuming that the password has not been changed. If it has, you need to re-enter the new password again.
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Add / Forget WiFi networks

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Add WiFi networks

Some WiFi networks may have been set so you cannot find them by merely scanning available networks. Some require that you know the Network SSID and the password. If you are sure that you are within the range of a WiFi network and you know its SSID and password, you can connect to it by following the steps below:

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  1. 1
    Go to your Home screen.
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    Tap on the "Menu" button (left soft button).
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    Look for the "Settings" menu and tap on it.
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    In the settings menu, tap on the "Connections" sub-menu.
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    In the "Connections" menu, tap on "WiFi".
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    Drag the WiFi switch to the right to turn it on.
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    Your phone should detect available networks, but won't be able to find the desired network.
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    Go over the bottom of the available network list and tap on "Add WiFi network".
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    Enter the network name in the Network SSID.
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    Select the security type of the WiFi network.
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    Enter the password if it requires one
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    If it does not, leave it blank.
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    Tap on "Connect" to initiate connection to network.
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Forget WiFi networks

If your phone is already crowded with a lot of previously connected WiFi networks and you want to clean it up, or want to delete a WiFi network for privacy purposes, you can forget a certain WiFi network by following the steps below.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button (left soft button).
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    Look for the "Settings" menu and tap on it.
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    In the Settings menu, tap on the "Connections" sub-menu.
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    In the Connections menu, tap on "WiFi".
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    Wait for your phone to display a list of all WiFi networks that you have previously connected to.
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    Tap on the desired network name and tap on "Forget".
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    The WiFi network should be deleted by now and will not appear on the network list.
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Using Samsung S4 as a modem

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Here's another cool feature you can enjoy with your Samsung Galaxy S4 - turning your own smartphone into a mobile hotspot or a modem. The Samsung Galaxy S4 can handle up to eight devices at the same time. They can connect to the internet through your Samsung Galaxy S4. What your friends need to do is turn on their WiFi connection and look for your WiFi network name. Just follow these simple steps:

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    Go to your Home screen.
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    Look for "Settings" and touch it.
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    Select "Connections".
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    Choose "More Networks".
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    Select "Tethering and portable hotspot" and then touch "Portable WiFi hot spots" to activate it.
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    There will be a pop-up message
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    Select "OK".
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    Select "Portable WiFi hot spots" again and then choose "Configure".
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    On the configure page, you can change the name of your WiFi network so that your friends can easily determine what your network is
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    Just edit the Network SSID.
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    Change the password of your WiFi network, because the given password is generally too long to remember.
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    After making the changes, tap "Save".
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    Your friends can now search for your WiFi network and enjoy using the internet on their devices.
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Tips & Notes

  • Once a WiFi network has been deleted from your phone, you cannot auto-connect to it when you turn on the WiFi. You need to go through the process again of joining or adding the WiFi network.
  • If you cannot access a password protected WiFi network that you had previously connected to, the password may have been changed. Enter the new password by forgetting the WiFi network and joining or adding it again.
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Questions and Answers

"Forget" does not show up for the network that I want to delete?

You need to tap on the selected network that you want to forget to see two options: Cancel and Forget. Tap on "Forget" to forget that network.

  • If you cannot see your WiFi networks, you need to turn on your WiFi first, so the list of the WiFi networks that you have connected to will appear.
  • If tapping on the network name won't work for you, you can tap and hold onto a network name until these two options will appear: "Forget Network" and "Modify network config". Choose "Forget Network" to forget the selected WiFi network.
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In order to bring up the forget option on the network you will need to tap on a network that you have been connected. After you have tapped on the network you will be faced with the option to cancel, forget or connect. If you do not see the forget option this means that you are not currently connected to the network.

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I am not able to delete a WiFi network on my phone. What should I do now?

When you have followed the steps properly and the WiFi network that you have deleted still shows on your phone, then do these procedures:

  • Restart your phone. Turn On and Off the Samsung Galaxy S4 will refresh phone's memory and cache. The deleted network that is still showing will be deleted along with the cache once you restart your phone. If the cause is not a cache problem though, the network will still show.
  • Turn off your WiFi. Turn off your WiFi and check if the network is still shown. If it is still shown, do the same procedures as indicated in the steps above and check again. The network should now be removed from the list of previously connected networks.
  • You may be on the place where the WiFi network is available. If you are on a place where the WiFi network that you have just deleted is available, you may still see it when you scan your phone. However, when you turn off your WiFi and check previously connected networks, you will not be able to see the deleted network anymore. This is because when your phone will scan for WiFi networks, it lists down all available WiFi networks including those that you have already deleted As long as you do not connect to these network, they will not be shown when you move out of the network range or you turn off your WiFi.
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When I try to forget a certain network, the only two buttons that show up are "Cancel" and "Connect." If I click "Connect," then the forget button does show up, but clicking does nothing - it still shows up in my list. What should I do now?

The only reason why the network is still showing up because you are on a location where the network is available. However, try to move to a place where that certain WiFi network is out of range and you will not see it on you list of previously connected networks. To give you an idea,when you turn off your WiFi, your device will show a list of available networks and previously network connected to. When a certain WiFi name shows a signal, it means that the network is in range so your phone will still see it as long as the WiFi network is in available. If the network name says "Out of range" it means that the WiFi network is saved on your list. Tapping and holding on it will allow you to modify or forget the network.

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As a summary, as long as you do not connect to the WiFi network available, it will not show on the list of previously connected networks; and as long as you are on a certain WiFi network's range, no matter how you delete it, your phone will still show it when it scans for available WiFi networks. Just do not connect to it so it won't be saved on your device.

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See more questions like this: My Samsung account is not working properly, I want to remove my account from my cellphone and I forgot my password of Samsung account

See more questions like this: I have a padlock on my WiFi account. How do I get rid of it

How can I forgot a WiFi network when the selection is not available?

I am able to "Forget" most WiFi networks but there are two such networks where the selection to forget is not available; instead, all I get is the option to "Cancel" but canceling doesn't have any effect on the network. The two WiFi networks that I am unable to forget are "Singtel WiFi" and

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It is possible that you did not do it correctly:

  • go to settings
  • turn on WiFi
  • tap and hold the said WiFi connection you wish to delete
  • tap forget network

If it does not show the forget network option, I suggest you reboot your phone by turning it off and on again. If all else fails, do a Factory Reset by dialing: *2767*3855# . Make sure you do backup first before doing the Hard Reset.

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You can also watch this how-to video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jn5jXYvJ2o

How do I reveal the password my S4 stored for my home network?

How do I reveal the password my S4 stored for my home network?

You won't be able to do this from your S4. It will always appear as a dot or asterisk. It will never show the actual password that you have entered to access your home network. This is the universal policy for password protection. It's always immediately converted to a symbol the moment you entered it, so that another person will not be able to see it to steal the information.

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If you would like to know the password that you used for your home network, you would have to retrieve that from the system running your home network, not from your S4.

I cannot see the password for an existing WiFi now connection?

I can log into the WiFi, so my phone has stored the correct password. I just cannot see what it is on my Galaxy 4S using WiFi Now.

There is nothing built into your S4 to allow you to see stored WiFi passwords. If you can't ask someone for the password, it is possible to retrieve stored passwords by rooting your phone and installing a specialized app, like this one

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Instructions for how to root a Galaxy S4 can be found here.

S4 forgetting WiFi Passwords after a few hours?

Doesn't matter the hotspot, the password is forgotten after some time. Not sure if after I turn off WiFi on my phone manually or not. Check for internet connection is turned off, auto-connect is on, always on during sleep is on and AT&T smart WiFi is off. I am thinking it is the file where the WiFi passwords are stored, but unsure how to access this file without root.

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If auto connection is enabled and sleep is disabled, then you can try opening the WiFi settings with the page showing available connections. To do this, press the home button, tap on the "Apps" icon, tap on "Settings", and tap on "WiFi". Then, tap on the menu button. Tap on "Advanced". Disable the "Check for Internet service" option. This may help you.

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I was thinking of getting a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, and using my home Internet as WiFi through wireless router, I don't have the phone, but I have read numerous complaints about WiFi dropping after Firmware upgrade

No problem, but no point in spending money on wireless router, if I will have problems. Do you have any thought on that issue? Could it be just targeting specific Galaxy phones? Any thought appreciated.

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