Create a Mobile Hotspot on a Samsung Galaxy S8

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a terrific phone with a stylish design, killer display, and loads of fun and useful options. In addition to the typical functions of any modern smartphone, as well as the advanced features, the Galaxy S8 makes setting up a mobile hotspot a breeze.

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Creating a mobile hotspot and sharing the internet wirelessly with other devices can come in handy in numerous situations or scenarios. Although more and more public and private establishments are offering free WiFi, often, the connections can be laggy or slow, especially if there are a lot of people connected simultaneously. If you need to work on a laptop or share the internet with friends and family, for instance, enabling an already created mobile hotspot is the way to go.

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In the following article, we'll go through all the necessary steps for setting up a hotspot on a Samsung Galaxy S8, running the Nougat OS.

**Please Note** Not all mobile carriers allow their users to create mobile hotspots. If you find that this option isn't available on your device, contact your service provider for additional assistance.

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Remember, when you share your internet, it will be deducted from your data allowance. If your monthly data is limited, pay particular attention when sharing your internet with others.

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Setup Mobile Hotspot

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The first thing you need to do is disable WiFi (if it's enabled) and turn Mobile data.

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    On the home screen, swipe up or down to access your app drawer.
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    From the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the main Settings screen, tap "CONNECTIONS".
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    If you have WiFi enabled, toggle the switch to turn it off.
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    Next, you have to enable mobile data
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    Head back to the CONNECTIONS screen, then tap "Data usage".
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    on the DATA USAGE screen, toggle the switch next to "Mobile data" to turn it on.
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    Now it's time to setup your Hotspot
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    Head back to the CONNECTIONS screen, then tap "Mobile hotspot and tethering".
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    On the MOBILE HOTSPOT AND TETHERING SCREEN, toggle the switch and also tap, "Mobile hotspot".
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    On the MOBILE HOTSPOT screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, followed by "Configure mobile hotspot".
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    Now you can you can edit the; Network name, Password, Security level, and also hide the device
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    Once you're ready, tap "SAVE".
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    You can also set your hotspot only to allow selected devices to connect
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    From the MOBILE HOTSPOT screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then tap "Allowed devices".
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    On the Allowed devices screen tap "ADD"
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    When the options window pops-up, enter both the device name and MAC address, then tap "ADD".
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    You can also add a device to the allowed list once it's connected, which we'll show how to do in the proceeding steps.
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    You also have control of the timeout interval
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    From the MOBILE HOTSPOT screen, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Timeout settings"
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    When the Timeout settings options pop-up, select the interval by tapping the radio button next to it.
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    Once a device is connected to your hotspot, you can see some information about it
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    Under "CONNECTED DEVICES", tap the device name.
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    In the pop-up box you can see; Device name, IP address, MAC address, Connection time, and Connection duration.
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    As mentioned in step 12, you can add the connected device to your allowed list
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    Tap the "+" symbol to the right of the device name.
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    In the pop-up options box, type the name of the device (or retain the original), then tap "ADD".
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Connect to Mobile Hotspot with a Windows PC

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    In the notification center, click the network icon to see the list of available networks
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    Locate your Hotspot and click, "Connect".
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    If you don't see your Hotspot in the available networks list, click the refresh icon in the upper right corner.
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    In the Connect to a Network window, enter the password you set for your Hotspot and click, "OK".
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    If it is the first time connecting to your Hotspot, you may see the following Network Location window
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    Click on the type of network you prefer.
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    In our example, we selected "Home network".
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    The following window will confirm the type of network you selected in the previous step
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    Click "Close" to continue.
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    Now when you click the network icon, you will see that you're connected to your Mobile Hotspot.
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Connect to Mobile Hotspot with an Android Device (Oreo)

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    From the home screen, tap or swipe up from the little arrow to access the app drawer.
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    Inside your app drawer, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Network & Internet".
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    From the Network & Internet screen, toggle WiFi the switch on, then tap "WiFi".
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    On the WiFi screen, locate and tap your Hotspot.
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    When the Hotspot pop-up box appears, enter the password you created, then tap "CONNECT".
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    Once your device connects you'll be on the screen with all your Hotspot's network information
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    Go back to "WiFi" and you'll see that you're device is connected to your Mobile Hotspot.
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