Turn Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Into a WiFi Hotspot and Share Your Internet Wirelessly Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Windows Laptop/Desktop ... and 1 more

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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 All About the Samsung Galaxy S5.

You can turn your Samsung Galaxy S5 into a WiFi hotspot and share the internet connection of your phone to nearby devices. You can change the device name and put a password to prevent access from unwanted users and you can share your internet connection to a maximum of 10 devices. Take note that you will be sharing your mobile data so you may incur additional charges especially if you are billed on per-byte usage; this feature is useful if you have an unlimited data plan or is billed per minute of internet consumption.

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*Important Please Read* Not every cell phone carrier allows their users to set up mobile hotspots. If you follow the steps below for your operating system and see that the Tethering/Mobile Hotspot option isn't available, your service provider may not offer the ability to hotspot with your plan. Many carriers require the additional purchase of a hotspot plan. Contact your carrier's customer support center for additional questions.

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Method 1: Marshmallow

The steps below will take you right through the entire process of enabling and configuring a WiFi Mobile Hotspot on your Galaxy S5. The first step is to turn your data on.

Please remember to watch your data usage carefully when you share your device's network connection.

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    On the home screen, tap the "Apps" icon.
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    From the Apps screen, tap "Settings".
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    From Settings, scroll down to and tap "Data usage".
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    Inside Data usage, make certain the little box is checked.
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    Once data is enabled, tap the white arrow in the upper left corner to head back to Settings.
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    Back on the main Settings screen, scroll down and tap, "Tethering and Mobile Hotspot".
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    On Tethering and Mobile Hotspot, tap "Mobile hotspot", followed by "OK" when the message pops-up.
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    With Mobile hotspot turned on, you can use either the default network name and password (located midway down the screen) or, you can create a custom name/password
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    If you use the default credentials, skip to Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop.
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    To customize your Hotspot, follow on to the next step.
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    To change the network name/password, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then tap "Configure hotspot".
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    Here you can configure your Mobile Hotspot
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    Change the name and choose a new password, or change "Security" to "Open" if you wish to not have a password at all.
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    You can also hide your device/hotspot. This will make your connection invisible to devices within range. You'll have to search for it specifically on your laptop/tablet to connect.
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    You can also set your Hotspot to only allow specific devices to connect
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    From the Mobile hotspot screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, followed by "Allowed devices".
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    On Allowed devices, tap the "+" symbol in the upper right corner
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    Enter the name and mac address of the device (laptop/tablet).
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    To set your Hotspot's Timeout settings, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then "Timeout settings".
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    Here you can select how long you want your device to wait before disabling Mobile Hotspot
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    When no devices are connected, the timeout timer will begin.
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Method 2: Lollipop

Follow the steps below to enable and configure a WiFi Mobile Hotspot on your Samsung S5. First, we'll make sure your data is enabled.

Please be extremely careful with your data when you share your device's connection. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, you'll want to watch your usage carefully. From the home screen, tap "Apps".

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    Inside Apps, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap the "Connection" tab, then tap "Data usage".
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    On the Data usage screen, make sure "Mobile data" has a checkmark next to it.
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    When data is turned on, head back to Settings by tapping the white arrow in the top left corner.
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    Back in Settings, tap "More networks".
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    On the More networks screen, tap "Tethering and Mobile hotspot".
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    Inside Tethering and Mobile hotspot, tap the switch in the upper right corner.
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    When the pop-up appears, tap "OK" to enable a Mobile hotspot.
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    Now that Mobile hotspot is turned enabled, you have the choice of creating your own network name and password or sticking with the default
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    Tap "Mobile hotspot" at the top to get the default password or configure your Hotspot further.
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    If you go with the default network name and password, skip to Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop
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    If you wish to set up a custom password, continue to the following step.
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    From the Mobile hotspot, tap the menu button below the screen, then tap "Configure".
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    Here you can set a custom network name and password or, use no password and switch Security to "Open".
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    You also have the option to hide your hotspot from other devices within range
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    To use it you'll have to manually scan for your Mobile hotspot from your laptop/tablet.
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    To only allow certain devices to connect to your Mobile hotspot, tap the menu button below the screen, then "Allow devices".
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    To add a device to your Allowed list, tap the "+" sign in the top right corner
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    Enter the name and mac address of the device, then tap "OK".
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    You can also adjust your Hotspots Timeout settings
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    On the Mobile hotspot, tap the menu button below the screen, followed by "Timeout settings".
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    When no devices are connected to your Mobile Hotspot, it will disable after the amount of time you select here
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    If you never want your device to disable Mobile hotspot, select "Never time-out" from the list.
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Method 3: Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Windows Laptop/Desktop

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    When your Mobile Hotspot is active, click the Internet Access icon on the taskbar
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    When the list of available connections populates, locate your network and click "Connect".
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    When prompted for the Security key, enter the password for your Mobile Hotspot and click "OK".
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    It will either the default password or one that you created inside Configure hotspot.
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    Once your computer is connected, it will be displayed at the top of the connections list.
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    By default, Windows will create a profile for your new network connection, allowing you to connect in the future without having to re-enter your password.
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Method 4: Kitkat

To enable WiFi Hotspot on your mobile device and the internet connection on your phone wirelessly, follow these procedures:

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    Go to Galaxy S5's Home screen
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    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
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    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 the Tethering and WiFi Hotspot page, tap on Mobile Hotspot to get to the Mobile Hotspot page.
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    From the Mobile Hotspot page, tap on More options icon located on the upper-right part of your phone's screen.
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    From the More options, tap on Allowed Devices to set devices that are allowed to use the WiFi devices
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    Here you can add or remove devices from connecting to your mobile hotspot. Tap on More icon again to view options.
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    From the More options, tap on Timeout Settings to set the timeout setting on your device
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    Tap on More icon again to view options.
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    From the More options, tap on Configure to configure your devices WiFi Hotspot settings.
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    Configure your WiFi hotspot based on your preference
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    Tap on Save when you are done setting up your preferences
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    • Enter your preferred WiFi network's name by indicating it on the Network SSID tab.
    • Hide or show your device's network name when other devices search for WiFi networks be ticking (hide) or unticking (show) the Hide my device tick box.
    • Enter the preferred password for your WiFi network. Keep your password hard enough to be easily guessed but easy enough to be typed in using the mobile keyboard.
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    Turn on your Mobile WiFi hotspot by tapping on the switch button to the right (green button) located on the upper-right part of the phone's screen.
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    You have just enabled WiFi Hotspot on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Questions and Answers

Is there an icon for my hotspot and tethering?

I had an icon on my home screen that I could select to access my hotspot. With the Galaxy S5, I have to go into settings, etc. to turn on my hotspot. Is there an icon for the Galaxy S5 that will save me a few steps. It would be great if I could put that icon on the notification panel.

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There should always be a wireless notification icon in your Notifications panel that shows your phone is connected to a hotspot. However, some carriers restrict hotspot access, and will not allow you to use your device to connect, or block certain features, even when you are still able to use your device. You will need to check with your carrier to determine why the standard icons are not properly showing up on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Samsung hotspot / laptop connection?

Can't get my laptop to connect to Samsung hotspot though I see the network in Windows and when I enter the security key..won't recognize

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    Run your Internet Connectivity Troubleshooter for Windows
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    You can find this by pressing the Windows Key on your keyboard and going to the Troubleshooting option.
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    If you still can't connect after checking connectivity, then run a troubleshooter for your Network Adaptor.
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    From your mobile device, go to the Mobile and Hotspot menu
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    Make sure that you enabled to allow from all devices.
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    Finally, go to your computer's Network Settings
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    Find Change Adapter Options and then right click on Wireless Network Connections. Choose the Properties tab and select Configure>Advanced. Now you will enable 802.11n Preamble and set it to Mixed Mode.
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S5 Verizon, S3 had a simple toggle to turn on and off without going to settings and digging for it. Can something be put on a homepage for easy toggle on off?

S5 VerizonS5 Verizon, S3 had a simple toggle to turn on and off without going to settings

Use and Edit the Quick Settings Options on Samsung Galaxy S5 is a VisiHow article which explains how to customize your Quick Settings on the Galaxy S5.

I have a Straight Talk Galaxy S5 and I can not locate mobile hotspot?

In the settings menu, I can not locate tethering or mobile hotspot. In addition, the phone came with version 4.4.2, is that the latest update, because when I check for updates phone states its updated.

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With a Straight Talk device, you need to manually Activate Mobile HotSpot features with an additional Mobile Hotspot Data Service Plan. These plans range from $15 to $75 in addition to your normal monthly service plan.

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See more questions like this: I have a Samsung S5 and I want to put my hotspot and my son is connected to it but my son won't have internet?

I can start the mobile hotspot and connect but get limited connectivity?

Samsung Galaxy S5, Foxfi installed. Tried open network as well. I've tried connecting a PC, a raspberry pi and other phones and they can all see the hotspot and connect but I get no real connection. The same phone works great tethered to a PC by USB.. I have tried: Already detailed. I think it was caused by: Faulty hardware is all I can figure.

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Delete the previous pairings on the phone and PC. Run the troubleshooting methods mentioned in the above answer. The wireless connectivity pairing on the PC is the one you will want to configure and you may have to update your network adapter.

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How do I allow my HP laptop to allowed device?

What do I type for allowed device. I have tried: Just wrote HP laptop and it asked for Mac address

Enter "cmd" into your Windows taskbar field. Then when the Command Prompt menu appears, you will type in ipconfig /all. Look for Physical Address in the list. This is the MAC address of your PC.

My S5 will not tether to a 2.4 GHz device?

The 2.4 GHz only devices will not even discover the S5 SSID while dual frequency devices will. Does the S5 only broadcast a 5 GHz tethering frequency? The T-Mobile store has no answer.

Set your WiFi Power Saving Mode on the S5 to OFF. This was a bug in S5 devices that caused interference with routers. While still in the WiFi advanced menu, choose Keep WiFi on during sleep.

How to use WiFi hotspot on Samsung Galaxy Ace GTS 5830i?

I can't use any WiFi connection on my phone for internet even when it is connected.

Connect Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Wi-FI Network is a VisiHow article that can assist you with the proper settings for the Galaxy Ace. If you are unable to still hotspot then your carrier may not allow it without an additional service plan.

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My internet connection doesn't work?

Hi, my internet connection doesn't work for some reason, can you please help?

There are numerous reasons as to why you can't connect to the internet. From your router failing to your APN settings being off, Troubleshoot Wi-Fi Problems is a VisiHow article that can help you begin the process of figuring out where the trouble is happening when trying to connect. The easiest way to determine if it is your router is to go to a free WiFi hotspot and see if you can connect.

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When I go to settings I don't see tethering?

There is no tethering on my S5 settings

Enable USB Tethering on Samsung Galaxy S5 to Share Internet via USB Cable is a VisiHow article that steps you through the process of tethering. You want to look for USB in your phone settings.

I'm trying to block all incoming calls so Hotspot doesn't get disabled?

Reject all calls does not do prevent that problem. They do go to VM, but the Hotspot gets disabled. I think it was caused by: It is like the phone has to take the call, so it can decide what to do with it. By that time it is too late. You would need a Galaxy S6 or other phone that has the technology to allow Voice Over LTE. It is just the way it is in that there is only one radio band in the device and it is either being used as a hotspot or receiving a phone call. Phone calls take priority. With the S6, you can toggle between the two options.

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This is from AT&T (Samsung SM-G900A), with a full purchase and no contract. Unlocked so I can use local SIM in UK and Italy works fine. The phone can't connect to Google Play Store, hence no updates on any apps, plus some apps have been deleted and I can't download them?

This is from AT&T (Samsung SM-G900A), with a full purchase and no contract. Unlocked so I can use local SIM in UK and Italy works fine. The phone can't connect to Google Play Store, hence no updates on any apps, plus some apps have been deleted and I can't download them

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Because you are using the phone in different countries, there are limits to what is available in Google Play. You can change your location settings to see if this makes a difference or try to update the Google Play app. One thing to try immediately is to go to Applications Manager and clear the data and cache from the Google Play app. Then reboot your phone and try again. This may remove any conflict leftover from swapping the SIM. You also will want to second check the APN settings on your device. Make sure they are setup properly for the new SIM card.

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My former neighbor is in my network?

Even though my neighbor moved to another part of the city, he is still in my network. I closed down the internet service but he is still in my network. How do I delete him from a WiFi hotspot?

Install Fing Network Tools from Google Play. Run the app and you will see all the devices connected to your hotspot network. You can then tap on the neighbor's device information and block them from access to the network.

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Is there any way to check and see if my hotspot was turned on August 24?

I want to find out if my hotspot was used and when. I have tried: Looking in settings. I think it was caused by: There isn't an option to check history of when hotspot was used

There are apps that can track your data in regards to hotspots but it will only track once installed. You could contact your cellular network provider and request the date and time for an uptick in data that is unusual or out of place and then compare to what you normally do. If you suspect someone is on your network then use the Fing app mentioned above.

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