Enable USB Tethering on Samsung Galaxy S5 to Share Internet via USB Cable

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Samsung's most powerful for 2014 has arrived! Samsung Galaxy S5 is packed with one of the most powerful processor, camera and health features. We have all the tutorials, instructions and tips on how to get the most out of your phone on this Category:All About Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 has different ways of sharing its internet connection. For one, you can Turn Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Into a WiFi Hotspot and Share Your Internet Wirelessly through the WiFi connection. Aside from the wireless connection, you can also share your phone internet connection through the USB cable; this can be very useful if your device do not have a WiFi radio on it like most basic desktop computers. Using USB Tethering, you can share your Galaxy S5's internet connection from the data networks to your computer via USB cable.

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If you want to share the internet connection of your Samsung Galaxy S5's internet connection to your computer, you must first connect your phone to your computer using a USB data cable.

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home screen.
    You can tap on the Back key repeatedly to go to the Home screen or press the Home button, located on the lower-middle part of your phone, to get to the Home screen.
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    From your phone's Home screen, pull down the Notification panel by swiping from the Status bar to the lower part of your phone.
    To pull down the notification bar, make a swiping gesture from the top-most part of your screen to the lower part of it.
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    From the Use the Notifications Panel on Samsung Galaxy S5, tap on the Settings icon located on the upper right part of the screen (second to the right-most icon).
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    You will be taken to the Settings where you can change some of your phone's settings, scroll down to the Network Connections portion and tap on Tethering and WiFi Hotspot.
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    From Tethering and WiFi Hotspot page, tap on the tick box for USB tethering option.
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    You have successfully learned how to enable USB tethering on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Tips and tricks

  • Some USB cable are only meant for charging. Make sure that you use the authentic Samsung USB data cable as it can charge and at the same time be used in data transfer and USB tethering.
  • You will be sharing the internet connection of your phone from the network data connection. You need to be subscribe to an internet package or plan from your service provider.
  • USB tethering is recommended if you are using unlimited data plan or is paying "by the minute". If you are on a "per byte" charge, then sharing the internet to your computer will incur additional charges based on the computer's bandwidth consumption.
  • Be careful in opening and closing the multi-purpose jack cover so as not to damaged it. Using the recommended USB data cable for S5 will see to it that the cable will perfectly fit into your phone without unnecessarily disturbing the jack cover.
  • a USB Tethering icon will appear on your status bar indicating that the computer is tethered into the phone through the USB data cable.

Questions and Answers

How to transfer pictures using a USB Cable on my PC?

My mobile Galaxy S5 is not recognized by my computer. When I connect the USB wire I cannot see the drive when I open My Computer

This is one of the most common problems when connecting your Samsung device to your computer for the first time. It may take a while before your computer actually detects it. You may have to turn off and then turn on your computer several times before it is finally able to recognize your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Once it is able to detect it, you will have to authorize your computer through a dialogue box that will appear on your Samsung device. As soon as you have confirmed that, you will see an icon pertaining to your Samsung device under "My Computer".

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Hi, not trying to do this I was looking for a way to connect my Galaxy S5 to a Windows XP share over WiFi?

I was looking for a way to connect my Galaxy S5 to a Windows XP share over WiFi - is this possible?

Yes, it's possible to share files using WiFi. In order to do this, you'll need to have the AirDroid app installed on your Galaxy S5. AirDroid lets you to view your files on your Smartphone from Windows XP.

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The main features of this App are:

  • Manage your contacts.
  • Manage your text messages.
  • Send SMS message using your Windows PC.
  • Take photos and record videos with your Samsung GS5, using the PC.
  • Transfer files easily between your devices.
  • And many more great features.
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If you haven't used this app before, follow these steps to download and install it on your Samsung Galaxy S5:

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    On your phone home screen, click on the 'Apps' icon.
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    Open the Google Play store.
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    Tap on the search icon, and search for the AirDroid app.
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    Once you find it click on it.
    If you can't find it on the Google Play store, go to this link.
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    On the AirDroid page, tap the 'Install' button.
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    Once the app is installed on your Smartphone, open it.
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    Now you should see two addresses.
    One is http://web.airdroid.com and the other is an IP address like http://192.168.0.108:8888. This IP address is not the same for every user.
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    On your Windows XP desktop, open your web browser.
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    Enter one of the IP addresses given above.
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    Now on your mobile phone you will see a popup asking for your confirmation to proceed.
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    Once you confirm, you'll be able to access all of your files from your PC web browser.
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To learn more on how to use this app, read our article on How to transfer files from the Samsung GS5 to PC and vice versa, and reference the section on 'How to Transfer Data on Samsung S4 using AirDroid'.

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If you have any additional questions, let us know in the Q&A section.

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Types of cords for Samsung Galaxy 5?

I am trying to find out what types of cords I can use to connect my Samsung Galaxy 5 to a computer to download photos. I do not have the data cord that came with the phone today, and want to see if there is an alternate cord.

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You can order one on Amazon: Authentic Original USB charging packaging for GALAXY S5. Here is a specific cable for S5 right on the Samsung shop web site: USB cable ET-DQ11Y1WESTA. You can go to http://www.samsung.com/shop and choose your country. Then, just search for a USB cable. Make sure that the specifications show that the cable is compatible with your phone. Also, you can visit any Samsung store or point of sale and ask the clerk to sell you a cable for your S5.

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How do I get USB box checked from my Galaxy S5?

I have a USB cable plugged into the computer. My phone will not allow me to check the USB box. What do I need to do to get the box where I can check it?

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How do I access files on my Galaxy S5 with my Vostro 200 desktop?

I'd like to move some files on my Galaxy S5 to another place on this cellphone. It will be easier to do it on my Vostro 200 desktop.

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I had tapped on the tick box for USB tethering but still it is unable to connect to network?

Samsung Galaxy S5 to share internet via USB cable

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    Change the USB port to the one on the back of your computer.
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    Do not use any extension USB cords.
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    Use the genuine Samsung USB cable.
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    Now, after all has been done, try again.
    If you still have no results, then contact your carrier and ask if you have the tethering service enabled. Some network operators forbid tethering by default.
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How to transfer photos from Samsung S5 Active to Laptop?

I plugged my new Samsung S5 Active with Samsung USB cable. It went through the process of finding drivers, Then I got this error: "Connection Failed: An unknown error occurred.Reattach the smartphone and try to connect again."

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If you already reattached your smartphone to your Laptop and are still unable to transfer photos, download Samsung Kies and try again. This software gives your Laptop a better and easier connection to your phone's files for easy and reliable transferring.

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Why does not the activated hotspot connection enable internet access on the laptop?

Galaxy S5 has mobile internet access. I turned on the mobile hotspot function and allowed WiFi access to all devices. Lenovo x220 with Windows 7 found the S5 as a wireless connection point. I clicked on it and it asked for the password to connect. After entering the password they were visible to each other and connected. On the network icon in the X220, the connection is on but no internet access and data transfer enabled. The same happens with S5 and another laptop Lenovo T410s. Is there any hint to tip for a solution?. I have tried: I tried to connect the S5 with another laptop with the same result. The internet provider is not responsible for the hotspot issue. The phone service does not know what is wrong. The computer service can not find any bug in the PC.. I think it was caused by: I do not know.

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Have Samsung 4.3 and would like to use it as a driver installer for my Dell d61 that is not connected to the WiFi because it needs driver?

Is it possible that my ZTE Android can give me the option to use as installer but this Samsung doesn't

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Hi, I cannot check USB tethering on my S5. My computer isn't recognizing my S5?

When I connect the USB cable to my Windows 8 computer, it does not recognize it. I also cannot check the USB tethering box on my Galaxy S5. I am trying to download photos and videos from my phone to my computer so I can put them on my Seagate backup drive.

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USB/Bluetooth hotspot data sharing?

Cannot use my Galaxy S5 to share internet connectivity. Help!

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I cannot access my mobile via PC to exchange data, what should I do to make it done?

Model-Samsug S5, cannot access mobile data through data cable

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I keep have people lie to me when I go to buy a phone?

When I contact the makers of the phone I am told that the chipsets made for the last 15 years come with free programming for a wide range of etc.

I keep getting the dumb ones and the lairs to waste my time to get the basic FREE software that comes with the chipset so I can use the product without MALWARE in it . When I got my computer certs Tethering was a WIRED item not wireless.

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TO THE point: I need the software to tether WIRED USB for a Galaxy Prevail

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My phone does not register that it's connected to my computer?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, trying to get photos off of it, and when I plug it into the computer, nothing registers. Under settings, selecting "USB tethering" isn't even an option, it's greyed out. Any suggestions?

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I think I figured it out, but thank you for the help?

I was trying to use the USB tethering, but don't want to reboot repeatedly as suggested in order to activate it. I will try the Droid-Air app

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How do I share internet from the devise without using a cable, like with iPhone?

In the iPhone you can share internet by clicking a button on settings, but with Samsung you have to use a cable?

You will need to enable WiFi and create a hotspot. Please refer to our tutorial on Turn Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Into a WiFi Hotspot and Share Your Internet Wirelessly.

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How can I get my Samsung S5 to allow me to send pics to my computer via USB cable?

I tried going to settings and allowing USB tethering, but it is darkened out and is not an option to choose. I was able to do some pics yesterday, but now my computer won't see my phone at all

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