Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot to Share Internet from a Samsung Galaxy S7

Edited by David Mason, VisiHow, Eng, aniket shaw

If you need WiFi, but there are no WiFi networks within range, you can always use your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to set up a WiFi hotspot. The ability to create your own portable WiFi network from your cell phone is one of many great features that are part of the S7. Basically, you use your cell phone data plan to set up and broadcast Internet just like a WiFi router from home. This means that wherever you are, as long as you have a data signal on your phone, you can connect your laptop, tablet, or even your friend's phone to your own WiFi network. In order to learn how you can set up your own WiFi hotspot, please follow the steps below; and we'll show you how you can be broadcasting your own signal in no time. Just as they did in the Matrix.

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Setup and Connect your WiFi Hotspot

Setting up and connecting to your own WiFi Hotspot is actually very easy. Gone are the days where it took multiple attempts and regularly becoming disconnected or failing to connect. These days, having your own Hotspot is easier than ordering a double-caramel raspberry iced soy latte from Starbucks.

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    Swipe down from the top of your Galaxy S7 Edge with two fingers
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    This will open the quick settings menu.
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    On the quick settings menu, look for the 'Mobile hotspot' icon
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    When you find the 'Mobile hotspot' icon, tap it one time.
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    After tapping mobile hotspot, you will receive a pop-up message informing you that turning on 'Mobile hotspot' will turn off your WiFi
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    Tap 'OK' to proceed.
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    You should then see a WiFi icon in the notification panel
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    When you see this icon, swipe down to open the notification panel.
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    Once the notification panel is open, you will see a notification for tethering
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    Tap on the 'Tethering or hotspot active' notification.
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    When you have tapped the 'Hotspot or tethering active' notification icon, you will be taken to the WiFi sharing menu
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    This will let you know that you can share your WiFi network. To enable it, tap once on 'Turn on WiFi sharing'.
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    After you have tapped once on the 'Enable WiFi sharing' option, you will be taken to your WiFi hotspot network
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    Here, you will see the name of your WiFi network and the password. You will also see any devices that are connected.
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    If we connected device to your WiFi hotspot, it will show up in the list
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    For example, if we connect our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the WiFi hotspot, Galaxy S6 Edge will show up in the list of connected devices. This can be seen in the image below.
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Change WiFi Hotspot Password

It is important to change or update the password for your WiFi Hotspot network. This will stop unwanted visitors from accessing your WiFi network, and it will also prevent people from using up your data plan.

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    To change your password, simply tap once on the password field.
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    Once you have tapped on the password field, a pop-up message will appear
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    This pop-up will allow you to change the password. Simply type a new password, making sure that it is eight characters long and then tap on 'Save'.
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    After tapping on save, you will see that your password has been updated.
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Change WiFi Hotspot Name

If you are in a crowded area where there are many different network connections, you may not want your connection to be labeled 'Android AP'. This is because everyone else who set up his or her connection will also be labeled 'Android AP', and you may have no idea which one is yours. To prevent this, you need to change the name of your connection.

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    To change the name of your connection, tap one time on the 'MORE' button in the upper-right corner.
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    Tapping on 'MORE' will bring up a menu where you will have several options
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    The option you are interested in is 'Configure Mobile hotspot'. Tap one time on 'Configure Mobile hotspot'.
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    Once you have tapped on 'Configure Mobile hotspot', you will be able to change the network name by tapping on the current name of 'AndroidAP'
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    Make sure you change the network name to something that you will know is yours. While you are here, you may also want to change the security type or even hide your hotspot.
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    When you're finished adjusting options, tap on 'Save' to continue.
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    Once you have tapped on 'Save', your settings will be saved
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    You will now see that your network name has been updated.
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    Congratulations
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    Now, you know how to use the mobile hotspot on your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. For additional help, please leave us a message in the question section below.
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Questions and Answers

The mobile hotspot icon on my phone is grayed. I cannot turn it on. WiFi is also grayed?

The mobile hotspot icon on my phone is grayed. I cannot turn it on. WiFi is also grayed

This might have been caused by a software failure. Follow the steps below to fix your smartphone.

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    Power down the smartphone and take the battery out for 5 minutes.
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    Put the battery back in and see if the problem has been fixed.
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    If that did not help, back up your data with Smart Switch from Samsung
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    Just connect your smartphone to your computer and click "Backup".
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    Hard-reset your smartphone
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    You can use our guide to learn how to do that.
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    Once you are back to your smartphone, restore data by setting up your previous Google account
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    Extra data can be restored with Smart Switch.
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    Now, test if WiFi is back
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    If it is not back, then your device might need repairs. Contact your nearest Samsung service center.
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    The hotspot feature might be not available only owing to your carrier limiting access to it
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    Contact your carrier to see if the operator causes the problem when you can enable WiFi and cannot use hotspot. Some network operator add the hotspot service for an extra fee.
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Hotspot disables automatically?

When I enable the hotspot, it disables automatically. I have tried: Can not move. I'm at the first step to enable. I think it was caused by: Do not know

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