Simultaneously Use Wi-Fi and LTE on Your Galaxy S5 to Boost Download Speed

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Samsung Galaxy S5 uses the 5th generation WiFi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) technology for faster internet connection. The device has two internal WiFi antennas to speed up your internet speed, by 100% through your WiFi connection. Aside from this double speed, Samsung Galaxy S5 has upped the ante by allowing you to simultaneously use the WiFi connection and your data connection for faster download speeds. This is made possible with Galaxy S5's Download Booster technology, which will be discussed in details on this article.

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How to Enable Download Booster on Samsung Galaxy S5

To be able to experience faster download speeds by using both your WiFi connection and data connection, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Galaxy S5's Home screen.
    You can go to your phone's Home screen by either pressing on the Home button once or the Back key a few times.
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    Pull down the Notification Panel.
    From your Home screen, pull down notifications by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the middle part of it.
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    Expand the Notification Panel.
    From the Notification Panel, expand your options by tapping on the "Expand Notification Icon" located on the upper-right part of your screen.
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  4. 4
    Download Booster.
    From the expanded notification panel, tap on the Download Booster icon (lightning icon).
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    Tap OK on the Download booster prompt.
    A prompt will be shown asking for confirmation to download booster. If you don't have an unlimited data plan, you may incur additional charges.
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    You have successfully enabled Download Booster on your Galaxy S5.
    Start downloading to your Samsung Galaxy S5 and you will experience a noticeable increase in your download speed.
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  • Take note: The increase in the download speed will depend on your network's data connectivity. Faster network data will allow for faster downloads.

How to Disable Download Booster on Samsung Galaxy S5

If you want to disable download booster and return to normal browsing mode, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Galaxy S5's Home screen.
    You can go to your phone's Home screen by either pressing on the Home button once or the Back key a few times.
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    From your Home screen, pull down the Notification Panel by swiping your finger from the top-most part of the screen to the middle part of it.
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    Expand the Notification Panel.
    From the Notification Panel, expand your options by tapping on the "expand notification icon" located on the upper-right part of your screen.
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    Tap on Download Booster.
    From the expanded notification panel, tap on the Download Booster icon (lightning icon). The icon will now turn to grey, indicating that the feature is now turned off.
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    You have successfully disabled Download Booster on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
    Your browsing speed will now return to the default set-up.
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Questions and Answers

Why is there no increase on my download speed even if I enabled Download Booster?

There are several reasons why there is no increase in the download speed even after you have enabled Download Booster. The following are the most common reasons:

  • You do not have a WiFi or data (LTE Connection). Download Booster works on a very simple premise, it allows you to use two different internet connection sources at the same time. Even if you have enabled the feature, but you have only one of the connections available, there will be no change in the download speed.
  • One of your internet sources has a very slow connection. Similar to the situation above, when one of your internet sources has a weak connection, it may not give a significant boost to the overall download speed of your device. Your download speed is only as fast as the sum of your two sources. If one of them is offering only minimal speed, then enabling Download Booster feature will not make any noticeable difference.
  • Your phone is not set to use your carrier's data network. Make sure your device and your phone number are properly configured and set to allow data a connection from your network. Enabling the Download Booster feature will not have any effect on your download speed since you are not getting a connection from your carrier.
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The speed of my download went fast for a while but suddenly slowed down. What is causing this?

There are different reasons why there is a sudden fluctuation in download speed. One reason could be that one source of your internet (WiFi or LTE) may fluctuate in strength. Another possible reason is that your carrier may have set limits on your downloading. If this is the case, call your network's customer service representative and ask for a plan that fits your download usage.

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I do not have any data plans available, is it OK to enable the Download Booster?

You can still use Download Booster even without a data plan, but you may incur additional charges on your normal phone bills. Depending on your carrier, some charge by the minute while others charge by bandwidth consumption.

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I've noticed that since I've enabled Download Booster, my battery drains faster. Is this normal?

You are sourcing your internet from the WiFi network and your data network. You are using two internal WiFi antennas and a network antenna to boost the download speed. The use of radio antennas causes your phone to use more power, thus draining the battery faster. This is normal along with the heating up of the device for long continuous use with Download Booster.

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Citations

  • Samsung Galaxy S5's official features. SITE 2014(accessed April 03, 2014)
  • Can Samsung reinvent the wheel…again? 2014 (accessed April 03, 2014)
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5's Most Dangerous Feature. 2014 (accessed April 03, 2014)
  • How the Samsung Galaxy 'Download Booster' Works. 2014 (accessed April 03, 2014)
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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