Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note II, s3 or s4 into a wifi hotspot to share internet with your laptop wirelessly

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Hotspot Setup for the Samsung Galaxy Note2, S3, and S4

Unlike some phones, your Samsung is ready to share internet right out of the box.

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Your Galaxy Note2, S3, or S4 has the ability to share internet through a process known as 'Tethering', using either a wired connection, or a WiFi connection. The wired option is easiest, but you need to connect your phone to the other device with your charging cable, or another USB cable to use the internet. This makes it somewhat limited, especially if you're trying to connect an iPad, iPhone, or another device that doesn't have a USB port.

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You can connect anything to your Samsung Hotspot, from iPhones and iPads, to Desktops, Laptops, and even PlayStation, Wii, and Xbox gaming consoles.

The other option is to set up a wireless, or WiFi connection, which is the main topic of this guide. Using your Samsung, or even another Android device, to set up a WiFi connection is easy, and a great way to maintain internet connectivity anywhere.

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This guide explains in detail how to use your Samsung Galaxy Phone or Tablet to create your own WiFi Hotspot, and use it with other devices to connect to the internet.

How to Turn On or Connect to Samsung and Droid Hotspots

Your Guide to the Samsung WiFi Hotspot Wiki.

To quickly get help with your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot connection, simply select the item you need help with from the list below. This guide starts with how to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Samsung or Android Device, followed by how to connect another device to your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot, and ends with steps on how to fix common problems with your WiFi Hotspot. As ever, if you require additional help or assistance, just let us know, and we'll update this guide.

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  1. 1
    How do I turn on WiFi Hotspot with my Samsung Note2?
    This section explains how to activate your Note II Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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    How do I turn on WiFi-Hotspot with my Samsung Galaxy S3?
    This section explains how to activate your Galaxy S III Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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    How do I turn on WiFi-Hotspot with my Samsung Galaxy S4?
    This section explains how to activate your Galaxy S4 Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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  4. 4
    How do I Activate my Android or Samsung WiFi Hotspot on a Custom Build?
    Here, you can learn how to activate your Hotspot with a custom Samsung or Android build.
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    How do I Connect to my Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot?
    This section explains how to connect to your Droid or Samsung Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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    How do I Get Help With a Technical Problem?
    If you are having problems, visit our section on how to fix common connectivity problems with Wi-Fi Hotspots for additional information and solutions.
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How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Note II

Quickly and easily turn on WiFi Hotspot for your Samsung Note2.

Below you'll find screenshots and steps to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Note II.

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    From the 'Home' screen of your Note II, tap the 'Menu' button.
    You can find this button on the bottom left of your device.
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    This will bring up a menu, which will show 'Settings' at the bottom.
    Tap 'Settings'.
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    After tapping 'Settings', the 'Connections' menu will come up.
    Just under 'WiFi', 'Bluetooth', and 'Data usage' you'll see 'More networks'. Tap 'More networks'.
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    On the 'More networks' Menu, you'll see four options under 'Network connections'.
    The fourth option is 'Tethering and portable hotspot'. Tap 'Tethering and portable hotspot'.
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    This will bring up the 'Tethering and portable hotspot' Menu.
    You will see an ON / OFF slider next to the 'Mobile Hotspot' option. tap the switch to turn it 'ON'.
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    When you tap the 'ON' switch, a pop up window will appear, informing you that 'Turning on portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi'.
    Tap 'OK' to continue setting up your WiFi Hotspot.
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    Now you will be taken back to the 'Tethering and portable hotspot' Menu, where you'll see that the 'Mobile hotspot' has been turned on.
    While you're here, go ahead and tap 'USB tethering', which will let you connect through a USB cable as well.
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    Once you've done that, you're done.
    Your WiFi Hotspot is now active. Connect and enjoy.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S3

This section will help you activate WiFi Hotspot on the Samsung GS3.

The steps below will take you through each part of the process necessary to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Galaxy.

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    At the bottom right of the 'Home' screen, you'll see the icon for 'Apps'.
    Tap the 'Apps' icon.
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    Once the 'Apps' Menu is open, you'll see the 'Mobile Hotspot' icon in the top right of your screen.
    Tap the 'Mobile Hotspot' icon.
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    This will take you to the 'Mobile Hotspot' Menu, where you'll see an ON / OFF slider.
    Go ahead and tap it one time to turn it 'ON'.
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    Now you'll see that the menu changes, as your WiFi Hotspot is turned on, but it's not set up, and no devices are connected.
    To set it up, click the 'Configure' bottom, on the bottom left of this screen, as shown below.
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    This will open the 'Configure Mobile Hotspot' Menu.
    From here you can change or update your device SSID (the name of it), and the password used to connect to it. Once you've input the settings you plan to use, go ahead and click 'Save'.
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    That's it, you're done.
    Now your WiFi Hotspot should be broadcasting information, and you should be ready to connect other devices to it.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S4

Turning on WiFi Hotspot is easy with the Galaxy S4.

Follow these simple steps to get WiFi Hotspot turned on with your Samsung GS4.

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    From the 'Home' screen of your device, tap the 'Menu' button.
    This button can be found on the bottom left of your device, as shown below.
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    This will bring up a new menu.
    Near the bottom of this menu, you'll see 'Settings'. Go ahead and tap 'Settings'.
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    Once you've tapped 'Settings', the 'Connections' Menu will come up.
    The fourth icon under the 'Network connections' list should be a blue icon with the words 'More networks' next to it. Tap on 'More networks' to continue.
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    Once the 'More networks' Menu has opened, you'll see four options.
    The third option is 'Tethering and portable hotspot'. Go ahead and tap on 'Tethering and portable hotspot.'
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    This will open the 'Tethering and portable hotspot' Menu.
    The first option in the list should be 'Mobile Hotspot', next to an ON / OFF slider. Now tap the 'Mobile Hotspot' option.
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    Now you should see the 'Mobile Hotspot' Menu, and an explanation of the service.
    Go ahead and tap the ON / OFF slider to change it from 'OFF' to 'ON'.
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    This will bring up a menu informing you that 'Turning on portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi'.
    Go ahead and click 'OK'.
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    Your WiFi Hotspot is now activated, and yo can begin connecting devices to it.
    If you would like to change or customize your device settings, simply click the 'Configure' button on the bottom right of this menu.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Activate WiFi Hotspot on Your Samsung Android

Connecting to your WiFi hotspot can be difficult for a first time user.

There are many variables in a wireless connection setup. Of course, if you're connecting multiple devices, or providing internet for a group of people in a meeting, there's no substitute for a wireless Hotspot. The instructions below are for Android and Samsung, though some of the menu names may differ slightly. If you've used the earlier parts of our guide, but still need some extra help to connect your Laptop, then this section is for you.

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    Click your 'Home' button, and swipe.
    This should unlock your phone.
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    Swipe from down from the very top of your screen.
    This will open the 'Notifications' screen.
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    You will see a gear shaped 'Settings' icon in the top right corner.
    Tap it to open the 'Settings' menu.
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    Look for the 'Connections Tab'.
    Tap it to open the 'Connections' menu.
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    Now tap the 'More Networks' option, located under the Network connections section.
    This will open the 'Wireless and networks' sub-menu.
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    Select the 'Tethering and portable Hotspot' option.
    Alternatively, if you don't have this, go to the 'Switches' tab, and tap on 'WiFi hotspot'.
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    You should now see an option called 'Portable WiFi Hotspot'.
    It will have an ON / OFF slider, which you will tap to turn 'ON'.
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    Now, in the lower right corner, you should see the 'Configure', or 'Set up WiFi Hotspot' button.
    Some versions of Android call it different things, but it's always the lower right corner button, so tap it.
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    This up the sub-menu 'Configure portable WiFi hotspot'.
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    Once here, tap on the 'Network SSID' area.
    Now, enter in a Hotspot name that you can easily identify as belonging to you, or to your device.
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    Next, click on the 'Password' field, and enter in a password that's easy to remember.
    This is the password you will use to connect to your Hotspot.
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    When finished, tap 'Save.
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    Next, tap the on/off slider at the top of the screen to activate your new Hotspot.
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    At this point, you should be able to connect any other WiFi enabled device to your Hotspot.
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    When connecting, the 'How to connect...' tip will show.
    Make sure you've always got the 'Allow all devices to connect' option at the top turned on, otherwise, you might not be able to connect.
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    Note that sometimes you may need to wait for up to two minutes for certain laptops and other devices to connect and have the internet be usable.
    Usually they connect right away, but the internet can take a minute or two to star actually working. You'll know this because your Laptop will likely inform you that it has 'no internet access' at first.  
    1. As a rule, if your phone has internet, then your Hotspot is working. If you get the 'no internet access' message, wait two or three minutes for it to go away before trying other troubleshooting steps.
    2. Sometimes the first connection attempt has to time out before the system will connect. In some cases, you may need to restart your Laptop, and / or your phone.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Connect a Laptop to the Internet with Samsung USB

Connecting your Samsung or Android to the internet by USB is a great way to get online.

One of the best things about connecting to the internet through your USB cable is that it will also charge your phone at the same time. That means that you can connect for longer, because you won't be just draining your phone battery, like you would if using it as a W-Fi Hotspot instead. The steps below will show you how to connect to the internet with your USB cable.

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    Open your phone, and look for the gear shaped 'Settings' icon.
    It 's in the top right corner of your phone.
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    Tap it.
    This will open the 'Settings' menu.
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    Tap 'More settings'.
    This will open the 'Wireless and networks' sub-menu.
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    The third option in this list is 'Tethering and portable hotspot'.
    Tap this option.
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    Use your USB cable (also your power cable) to connect your phone to your Laptop.
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    If it doesn't connect right away, give it a minute.
    Sometimes it takes a minute or two for your Laptop to auto install the drivers, so that it can use your phone to connect to the internet.
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    When it does connect, you'll know, as the 'USB tethering' option will no longer be greyed out.
    Now tap to turn 'ON' the 'USB Tethering' option.
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    At this point, you should have internet on your Laptop.
     
    1. This process will create a 'new connection' on your Laptop. This is normal, and it's OK to trust this connection as a Home network.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Connect to a Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot

Connecting to your Android or Samsung WiFi Hotspot is quick and easy.

If you are trying to connect to a WiFi Hotspot signal from your Samsung or Android device, these steps will help you to get connected. Just find the device you're trying to connect in the list below, and click it for instructions on how to get connected to your WiFi Hotspot.

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Remember that your WiFi Hotspot should function just like any other wireless network, so it won't matter what kind of device you're trying to connect to it. Just make sure you have the right information, and you'll be able to connect in no time.

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    How do I connect an iPad to my Hotspot?
    Read this section on how to connect your iPad to a Samsung Wi-Fi Hotspot if you need help connecting.
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    How do I connect an iPhone to my Hotspot?
    If you need help connecting your iPhone to a Hotspot, read this section.
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  3. 3
    How do I connect a Nintendo Wii to my Hotspot?
    This section will show you how to connect your Wii to a Hotspot.
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  4. 4
    How do I connect a PlayStation to my Hotspot?
    Here are the steps to get your Playstation connected to a Hotspot.
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    How do I connect a Mac to my Hotspot?
    For information on connecting your Mac to a Hotspot, please visit this section.
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    How do I connect a Windows 8 Tab my Hotspot?
    Please visit the section on connecting your Windows 8 Tab to a Hotspot for information.
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    How do I connect an Xbox to my Hotspot?
    Follow these steps to connect your Xbox to a Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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How to Share Internet from Samsung with an iPad

Easily connect your iPad.

If you've followed the steps in this guide, then your Android or Samsung phone is already set up and broadcasting a WiFi signal. Setting that connection up was the hard part. Now you just need to connect your iPad, and of course make sure your data plan is active so you have a constant internet connection.

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    On your iPad, locate the 'Settings' icon.
    Tap it.
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    The second option down is a blue 'WiFi' icon.
    Tap this icon.
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    You'll see a list of available wireless networks and Hotspots.
    Select your hotspot.
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    If you did not set up a Hotspot password, then your device will automatically connect.
    Just wait from 10 to 30 seconds, and you should be able open Safari and test your internet connection.
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    If you set up a password for your Hotspot, then the 'Enter Password' window will appear.
    Enter your password.
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    On the bottom right side of your keypad, look for 'Join'.
    Press 'Join'.
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    Wait 10 to 30 seconds, and your Hotspot connection should be active.
    Open your web browser to confirm that you have connectivity, and you're done. Good work.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Share Android or Samsung Hotspot with an iPhone

Effortlessly connect your iPhone to your Hotspot.

Once you've got your Hotspot working with the steps provided earlier in this guide, it's a simple matter to connect your iPhone to the internet. You just need to make sure you're close enough to the WiFi signal from your Samsung phone to establish the connection. The steps provided below will help you connect your device.

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    Look for the 'Settings' icon on your iPhone screen.
    Tap it.
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    Tap the blue 'WiFi' icon.
    This should be the second one down.
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    Find your Hotspot in the list of wireless networks.
    Select it.
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    If you followed the steps we gave earlier, you won't have a password on your Hotspot, so you'll automatically connect to the network.
    To test, just open a web browser after waiting 10 to 30 seconds for the connection to be established.
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    If you chose to set up a password, then you'll see the 'Enter Password' screen.
    Just type in your password.
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    Now look for the 'Join' button on the lower right of your keyboard.
    Tap it to 'Join' the network.
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    In about 10 seconds, but not more than 30, you should connect to the Hotspot.
    To test this, just open a web browser and make sure you can see web pages.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Connect an iMac, Mac, or Macbook to My Hotspot

Connecting any of the Mac desktop or portable computers to a Hotspot is simple and easy, especially if you're a Mac user.

To connect to any network on the Mac OSX system, you simply click the wireless network signal icon at the top of the screen, and follow a few simple steps. It really is that easy. Here are the steps, with screen shots:

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    First, click on the wireless network signal icon in the upper right of your desktop screen.
    This will bring up a list of available networks.
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    Select the wireless Hotspot you would like to connect to.
    In this case, we're going to use our AndroidAP connection again.
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    Once you select the AndroidAp connection, you'll be asked for a password.
    Just type in the password you set up for your Samsung or Android Hotspot. Make sure to check 'Remember this network' so you won't have to repeat this step. If you're not sure about the characters you're typing for your password, go ahead and check 'Show password' to make sure you're typing in the right one. When you're done, click 'Join'.
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    Now you'll see a check mark beside the Hotspot name.
    This indicates that you are connected, and the internet is ready for use.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Connect a Nintendo Wii to my Samsung Hotspot

Go online with any WiFi enabled Nintendo Wii.

If your Nintendo Wii has the ability to connect to a WiFi signal, such as a wireless router, then you can also use your Samsung Hotspot to connect it. Just keep in mind that you're going to want an unlimited bandwidth plan, as this will consume quite a bit of bandwidth.

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How to Connect a PlayStation to my Samsung Hotspot

You can play online with any PlayStation that supports WiFi connectivity.

The PS3 has built in WiFi connectivity, and so is able to connect to your Galaxy Hotspot. However, such connections can result is massive data charges - up to gigabytes at a time if you're downloading updates for a bandwidth intensive game like Call of Duty. Because of this, you'll want to make sure your system is already up to date before trying this, or that the data plan on your phone is unlimited.

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How to Connect a Windows 8 Tablet to My Hotspot

This section will explain the steps needed to connect a Windows 8 Tab to your Samsung or Droid Hotspot.

Your Windows 8 Tab functions just like a portable Windows computer, and connecting to w WiFi Hotspot is quick and easy. These are the steps you'll need to follow:

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    To start, swipe across the screen of your device from the top to bring up the 'Charms Bar'.
    Then, tap on 'Settings'.
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    This will bring up the 'Quick Settings' options.
    Tap on the 'Wireless' symbol as shown.
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    You will now be presented with a list of available wireless networks.
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    Select the name of your wireless Hotspot, check the 'Connect Automatically' box, and tap 'Connect'.
    In this example, you'll see that we're connecting to AndroidAP, as shown below, in Step 5.
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    You will now be prompted to enter the security information you set up when activating your Android or Samsung Hotspot.
    Type it in, and you will be able to connect.
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    Now you'll see that the device is connected.
    From here you can brows the web, check email, or use any of the other 'connected' features on your Windows 8 Tab.
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    If you experience problems connecting, please reference the technical section of this guide for troubleshooting tips.
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How to Connect an Xbox to my Samsung Hotspot

If your Xbox supports WiFi connectivity, you can go online with your Hotspot.

Playing your Xbox can be a lot of fun, but if you visit a friend or relative who doesn't have a good internet connection, or any, in the case of some relatives, it's still possible to go online with your Xbox. You just need to make sure your Samsung's data plan can support high usage, and of course that wherever you're going also has a strong enough signal. Then you can connect your Xbox WiFi to your Hotspot, and play online from anywhere you have a data connection.

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How to Fix Samsung or Droid WiFi Hotspot Connectivity

If you're having trouble, we're here to help.

Sometimes things don't work the way they should. If you're experiencing problems trying to get your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot set up, or having difficulty connecting to it with another device, we can help. This section is filled with answers, tips, suggestions, and tricks you can use to fix or work around any problems you might be having. Just pick your problem from the list below, and click it for details.

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  1. 1
    What is the name of my WiFi Hotspot?
    Here is how to find the name of your Wi-Fi Hotspot, and change or add a password if you would like to.
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    Where can I find my MAC address?
    If you need to, here is how you can find your MAC Address on a Samsung Galaxy or other Android device.
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  3. 3
    What if WiFi won't work on my Samsung Galaxy S3?
    If you are having problems with this, read our tips on how to get Wi-Fi to work on your Galaxy S3.
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How to Find the Name of My Samsung WiFi Hotspot

It can be difficult to figure out which Hotspot is yours, especially in a crowded place.

When there are many Hotspot connections around, such as in a popular cafe, an office, or university campus, it can be very difficult to figure out which one is yours. This is especially true if you use the default settings, as we've suggested earlier. The reason for this is that the default name given to all WiFi networks is usually the model name of the device. When you're just setting things up, it's best not to change things around, but once you know what you're doing, you'll likely want to change it.

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Here's how to see your Hotspot name, and change it if you would like to:

  1. 1
    From the Home screen, tap 'Apps' or 'Applications'.
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  2. 2
    Choose 'Settings'.
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  3. 3
    Tap 'More'.
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  4. 4
    Look for 'Tethering and portable hotspot', and then tap it.
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  5. 5
    Tap 'Configure portable WiFi hotspot'.
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  6. 6
    Now you'll see a text box under the 'Network SSID' field.
    That is the name of your WiFi network or Hotspot.
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  7. 7
    Tap on that name, and change it to anything you like.
    This will be the new name of your mobile Hotspot or WiFi network.
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  8. 8
    If you would like to set up a password now too, just tap in the password field, and put in any password that you like (and more importantly, that you'll remember).
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  9. 9
    Tap 'Save' to save your settings.
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    Now you can easily find your WiFi Hotspot.
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  • These steps apply to the Samsung Galaxy Note2, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy S4.

How to Find the MAC Address of My Samsung Galaxy

You will probably never need your MAC Address to set up a WiFi Hotspot, but just in case...

This should not be needed in most setups. However, enough people have asked how to find their MAC Address, that we thought it was a good idea to put in a section discussing how to find it. There are two ways, and we've listed them both below.

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  1. 1
    How to Find the MAC Address of Your Galaxy S3, S4 and Note2
     
    1. From your Home screen, tap your 'App' menu icon to open the 'App' window.
    2. Tap the 'Settings' icon.
    3. Scroll down, and tap 'About Phone'.
    4. Tap 'Status'.
    5. You can see your MAC Address here.
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  2. 2
    How to Find Your MAC Address Using a Different Method
     
    1. From the Home screen, tap the 'App' menu icon.
    2. Tap 'WiFi'.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the menu, and tap on the 'Advanced Settings' option.
    4. You'll be able to see your MAC address here.
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How to Fix WiFi Won't Work on My Samsung Galaxy S3

If you have followed the steps outlined earlier in this guide, and your Galaxy S3 still has no WiFi, here are some things you can try.

These procedures should be attempted one at a time. They are listed in the order of easiest, to most difficult. If the first one does not work, try the next one. One of these there procedures should work for you. These three procedures are:

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  • Clearing the system cache partition;
  • Changing to a new IP address;
  • Performing a factory data reset (last resort - back up all data first!)

Here are each of the procedures, and the steps necessary to perform each:

  1. 1
    How to Clear the System Cache Partition.
     
    1. Turn off your Galaxy S3.
    2. Simultaneously hold the Volume up, Home, and Power keys for a few seconds, until the S3 vibrates.
    3. When it begins vibrating, immediately stop pressing all three keys.
    4. The Boot screen will appear on your screen at the same time. It will say 'Recovery' in small print at the top left of the screen.
    5. Scroll using the volume up and down keys to find and highlight 'Wipe Cache Partition'.
    6. Now press your Home or Power button to clear the 'Wipe Cache Partition'.
    7. After the cache partition is cleared, scroll up to highlight 'Reboot System'.
    8. Press the Home key once again to restart your Galaxy S3.
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  2. 2
    How to Change to a New IP Address.
     
    1. Go to 'Settings'.
    2. Tap 'WiFi' to bring up the networks list.
    3. Long press the network choice that is connected.
    4. Continue pressing until a window with a menu shows up on your screen.
    5. Select the 'Modify Network Config'.
    6. Select 'Advanced Options' to change your IP Settings.
    7. Change 'IP Settings' to 'Static' on the menu.
    8. Make sure you don't use the same IP address that you were using previously. Instead, select a new one that your router accepts.
    9. Ensure your gateway has a router configuration like your router. This is typically '192.168.1.1'.
    10. There will also be a prefix length, which you should just ignore.
    11. In the 'Router Configuration' set up, you will see 'DNS1' and 'DNS2'. Choose 'DNS1'.
    12. Tap 'Save'.
    13. Turn off your WiFi for two minutes, and then turn it back on. This will recycle your S3 system.
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  3. 3
    Factory Data Reset of your Operating System.
     
    1. This will delete all of your files and settings. Make sure to back up personal data like Contacts, Emails, SMS, and Media.
    2. Go to 'Settings'
    3. Go to 'Back Up and Reset'
    4. Go to 'Factory Data Reset', and follow the steps.
    5. Note that you should only do this if you've tried everything else in this guide, and neither of the first two options in this section helped to set up WiFi on your Samsung Galaxy S3.
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Tips and Suggestions on Samsung WiFi Hotspot Sharing

  • The fastest way to share internet from the Note II, S3, and S4 to your Laptop is by using a USB cable. **The USB connection method is the one least prone to error, assuming you have a working USB cable. It also provides the greatest length of time to be connected, because you'll be charging your phone while using the internet.
    • The WiFi method requires you to assign a password, get the password right, and understand basic WiFi concepts. While this sounds simple, it can present significant challenges to new users. If you are a new user, and just want a simple way to connect a single device, we strongly recommend trying the USB method first. It's also a better way to protect your data.
  • Make sure to turn off automatic software updates on your connected computer, or you might get a nasty surprise in bandwidth charges from your cellphone provider.
    • For example, if you fall asleep working at your Laptop while using your Samsung Hotspot, and your phone was plugged in so it did not run out of power, you could stay connected all night. If Windows decided to run an especially large update during the night, you could wake up to huge charges on your bill.
    • Remember that cell companies around the world will burn you on your data bill if you go over your limit. Don't forget to turn off auto updates or MAKE SURE to disconnect your Hotspot when you're finished.
  • If you share via WiFi, your phone is actively using its radio, which will reduce your battery life significantly.
  • Using your Samsung Galaxy Note2 as a hotspot does not disable any feature that you have on the phone, except connecting to a WiFi network. This means that calls and SMS messages will still get through.
    • There is, however, a catch. When you receive a call, the WiFi hotspot will be cut off, temporarily disconnecting all of the connected devices for the duration of your call.
  • Enabling WiFi hotspot will turn off your WiFi.
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  • Enabling WiFi hotspot will turn off your "Driving mode".
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  • You can allow up to 10 other devices to connect to your WiFi Hotspot.
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Questions and Answers on Samsung WiFi Internet Sharing

Samsung Galaxy portable hotspot/tethering does not work

For reasons unknown to me, all of a sudden my internet hotspot stopped working. The symptoms I experienced were that I was unable to turn on the "Portable WiFi Hotspot" switch or check the "Tethering" box underneath. The solution was to go to the Google Play Store and search "Portable WiFi Hotspot". I installed the free app called "Core Technology". After that, my portable hotspot now works again.

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USB Tethering checkbox is grayed out and won't let me select it

The most likely cause of this is a bad USB cable or USB port. This checkbox is only active when it is properly connected to another device. First try plugging the cable into a different USB port. If that doesn't work, try plugging into a different computer to eliminate the possibility that it is your computer. If that doesn't work, try a different micro-USB cable (even if this cable still works for charging). You can get micro-USB cables in some dollar stores or pay $20-30 for one at a phone/electronics type store. Dollar store micro-USB cables have worked flawlessly for me, but as everyone knows, dollar store items may not work as advertised. Also, be careful you get a micro-USB, NOT a mini-USB cable.

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Will using the phone as hotspot increase your data bill?

Devices have a technological limit to the amount of data they can accept and distribute to tethered devices. While connecting multiple devices to the hotspot will not immediately increase your data bill, it can lead to overage charges. Viewing web pages with a Laptop or desktop is much more data intensive than with a mobile device. Ads, images, videos, and extensive code are accessed frequently when a browser accesses web servers. Multiple devices accessing full web services will push the data usage over your monthly limit easily, so you should check with your cellphone provider if you are unsure of your limits, and proceed with caution when it comes to using the hotspot.

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Can I do the opposite and share my Laptop/computer internet with my Note2, S3 or S4?

Yes you can. Windows based operating system has a feature that you can enable to have the computer to broadcast WiFi hotspot. This is much applicable for those who does not have WiFi connection at home to have their other devices to use their internet connection at home. You may follow these steps for you to accomplish on sharing internet connection from computer to other devices:

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1. On your Windows computer, click on the Start Button located on the bottom left side.

2. On the start Menu, select the Control Panel from the list.

3. Look for Network and Sharing Center or the Network and Internet then click the Network and Sharing Center.

4. On the main menu screen, you will find there a bunch of information. Click the "Set up a new connection or network". On the Pop up menu, click the option that says "Set up a wireless ad hoc (Computer to Computer) Network and click Next.

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5. Click Next again, Then fill in the following:

Network Name: This will be your Hotspot or WiFi name for your other devices to connect

Security Type: Select the WPA2-Personal, in case that you have older devices or not capable for WPA2 then select WEP.

Security Key: This will be your wireless password to authenticate a device who are trying to connect. The WPA2 consist of letter, numbers and special characters which appears to be case sensitive. For WEP, you need to use hexadecimal, meaning letters from A to E and numbers from 1 to 9 and 0 these are not case sensitive. Click next to continue and to save the network information.

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After the configuration you have made, simply go to your devices then scan for networks and once you found connect to it and input the password you have created to be connected and enjoy surfing the internet on your device tethered from your Laptop or PC.

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My phone requires a MAC address in order for me to add my iPad. Where do I find that?

First of all, you should not have to enter the MAC address of your IP into your phone. Normally after turning on your hotspot, when you go into the WiFi section of you iPad settings, your Samsung Galaxy hotspot should show up. Then you just select it to connect and use the internet on your iPad through your Samsung Galaxy phone. However, just in case you need it, for this or other functions, here is how you get your iPad MAC address:

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  • Go into "Settings".
  • Choose "General".
  • Now choose "About".
  • Scroll down until you find "WiFi Address". This is your iPad's Mac address.

Which WiFi does the Samsung S2 transmit? B, G or N?

The Samsung Galaxy S2 transmits 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.

Can I receive calls (will the phone ring) while my Samsung Note2 is being used as hotspot?

Yes. Calls will come in and you can answer them while your phone is operating as a hotspot, and the hotspot will continue to function with no interruption in service. You can also make calls while your hotspot is active too.

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Will I receive calls during the time my Note2 is being used as hotspot?

Simultaneous voice and data on your Samsung Galaxy Note2 is possible if you are under LTE. SVD or simultaneous voice and data is a network restriction. You can receive calls on your Note2 if you are under 3G, but will drop the data connection. This is the usual case with 3G and GSM Networks. Check with your network provider to see if it allows simultaneous voice and data transmissions.

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If I connect to a hotspot will it share what I have on my phone?

No, if you connect to a hotspot, your information will remain safe from others, and even the WiFi hotspot, in terms of your personal information on your device. Think of it as you are connecting your phone to your WiFi at home - your information will not be shared or sent through the hotspot.

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Find my network address on my Samsung Note II

There are two types of network or IP addresses that could be associated with your Samsung Galaxy Note II: an internal IP address and an external one.

An external IP address is the IP address provided by the Internet Service Provider to a subscriber. This IP address is the "face" of that certain subscriber in the World Wide Web. Normally, one external IP address is assigned to one internet subscriber. However, the internet connection that is provided through this external IP address can be shared to many devices using a hardware called an internet router. While the connected devices share the same external IP address, they have their own IP addresses to identify themselves within the local network. This IP address is the internal IP address.

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An internal IP address is the network address that is automatically provided by the internet router to your mobile device as you connect to a WiFi hotspot.

To find these two types of network addresses on your Samsung Note II, you have to follow the easy steps detailed below:

For external IP address:

  • Open up your phone's internet browser.
  • On your browser's address bar type in "http://www.whatip.com".
  • You will be redirected to a website that lists the details of your internet connection, including your external IP address.
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For internal IP Address

  • Go to "Settings".
  • Tap the "Wireless and Network" option.
  • Tap "WiFi settings".
  • Find the name of the WiFi network that your mobile device is currently connected to and select it.
  • Locate the IP address in the dialog box that pops up. That is the internal IP address of your mobile device.

I went in to the settings but I do not see Configure button. There isn't one

If you just enabled the Tethering on your mobile phone under settings. Sometimes it does not say as "Configure". Some Android devices have it on "Set up WiFi portable hotspot", where it is just the same as Configure. Once you see that option, simply tap to open the settings menu then you can start configuring the Hotspot on your phone. Just create a name then its security that is in WPA2 by default and your own password.

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My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere. What can I do next?

If you are not seeing the Settings option from your notifications bar. You can simply look for it from the list of applications on your phone or the app drawer. Look for an icon that looks like a gear icon, some phones shows a logo that looks like an equalizer in dark blue color. Once you found that application, you can simply tap it to launch and be able to configure some settings on your Samsung Galaxy S2.

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Try to double check the applications on your phone. You should be able to see that in the list of applications as it is a core feature of a mobile device. Just double check

Video Tutorial

For your convenience, we have recorded these instructions in a video. You can watch this video to help clarify the instructions in this wiki. Please keep in mind the wiki is always being updated, so the wiki instructions may be more up to date than the video. -- The VisiHow Team

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[Wifi Hotspot Instructions]

[USB Tethering Instructions]

I don't get this option... I have Verizon carrier, see the step below

Once it does connect, you should see the "USB tethering" option becomes un-grayed. Now click the box to the right to turn it on. You should now have internet on your Laptop. It will create a new connection. Clicking on the internet signal strength meter icon in the lower right corner of your screen will bring up a list of WiFi networks. You will notice one item has internet access named "Network " where is a random number.

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The step above has two parts actually, the first one is to have the phone connected to the Laptop via ether net cord and via wireless. The first statement is when you connect the phone to the computer via USB then the portion to tether via USB will be visible and accessible to share internet from your phone to PC or Laptop computer. But make sure that your Samsung Kies is installed to that computer for you to share internet. Plugging the phone and selecting tether via USB may not be applicable if the Kies is not installed.

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the second statement refers to WiFi connection. When you are done configuring your phone's tethering or hotspot and enabled it, you need to go to your computer and look for the internet icon on the bottom right side near the time. It usually looks like a Signal bar or a computer monitor that indicates your connectivity. When you click that icon, you will find there a bunch of network names if your living in an are that has a lot of WiFi connections or just your phone's tethered name. You need to select that name and connect to it to have internet access on your computer.

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where is this option?I didn't get it

This connections tab can be found in the settings menu. Do not get confuse since you have two Settings option on your phone that can be found in the Apps drawer. This other Settings option can be found on your home screen, but you do not need to launch anything on it. Once you are at the home screen, just tap the soft key menu located on the right side of the phone's home button and a pop up windows will show up.

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Simply tap the last part as your Settings and you will find in the next menu screen the Connections tab.

I am at that Connections tab, but what do I click on or do next??? This is a dead end?

Once you are on the Connections tab on Settings, you need to tap on the "More Networks" option to open "Wireless and networks" page. Then continue with the next steps as indicated on this section how to share your internet connection through WiFi. The steps are detailed and easy to follow.

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In the connections tab you will see the option Hotspot which will allow you to share the connection from your device to other devices in a form of WiFi. This option will be in the line of the first options underneath this tab.

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GT-I 8262 could not connect to internet in PC(window XP) via USB tethering?

GT-I 8262 couldn't connect to internet in PC (window XP) via USB tethering which was worked before

If tethering has worked before and suddenly it just stopped working, try to restart both device and try to connect again. Also check on these following tips:

  • Check if the USB cable is defective. Borrow a working USB cable from a friend and check if the connection starts. If it will, get yourself a new USB cable. If it still won't work, then there is no problem with your USB cable.
  • Check if the USB port of the phone is defective. Borrow a similar phone from a friend and check if the USB tethering works on their phone. If it does, then the phone's USB port may have gotten defective, have a qualified technician check on it.
  • Check if the USB port of the computer is defective. Try to connect another USB device on that port and see if it works. If the other USB device works, then the problem is not with the computer's USB port. If it does not work too, then try to connect your phone to another USB port on the computer.
  • Check for impurities on the USB ports for both computer and phone. Check if the USB port of both devices has dirt or dust on them as they try to interfere with the connection. If there are, gently clean and remove these impurities away.
  • Check if there are no USB drivers deleted. Some USB drivers may have been deleted on your phone. Just to be sure download and install Samsung USB drivers on your phone.
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I cannot see the "Configure" button?

The "Configure" button is located on the lower part of your screen. It will come out once you open the Portable WiFi hotspot option on Settings > Connection Tab > More Networks > Tethering and portable hotspot > Portable WiFi Hotspot. The button can be seen as illustrated below:

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To access the WiFi hotspot's configure options screen, go into settings>wireless and networks>tethering the portable hotspot. On the tethering screen, you can move the button to ON but you will need to tap on it to access the portable hotspot screen. The configure button is on the bottom right. Check screenshots here:

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http://screencast.com/t/GB1sHOYNtZ8

How to Share your hotspot with your iPad

  1. 1
    To verify that your WiFi is on, tap on "Settings" on the home screen.
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    Under Settings, tap on "WiFi" and choose the name of your Samsung hotspot under "Choose a network".
    You will be asked for the password of the hotspot. Enter it carefully and tap "Join". A checkmark will now appear beside your Samsung hotspot name indicating that you are connected to it.
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Hi I looking for some way for reverse tethering I want to to use PC internet through USB cable like HTC phone?

USB tethering reverse tethering I want to to use PC internet through USB cable like HTC phone

If USB is your only option, then you will be required to do additional work on your phone to get this working. If you have an HTC Android smartphone, you will need to have it rooted. Rooting your phone should be safe and harmless, but will void your manufacturer's warranty. Be certain of what you're doing before going further.

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With your phone rooted, download and install the Reverse Tether app, found in the Google play store here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.littlelan.ReverseTether.Paid&hl=en

This will share your PC's data connection to your phone by the USB connection.

If you are worried about rooting your phone, you can try an alternate method. This alternate method, though, will require you to have a wireless network adapter on your PC and share the data connection through WiFi instead of USB cable. Wireless network adapters are fairly inexpensive and this is a better solution to PC tethering than rooting your phone. Check out the Connectify software here:

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http://www.connectify.me

What is the correct IP configuration for Metro PC's Hotspot with a Note II?

Every time I connect my Hotspot the Laptop says the phone has the wrong IP Configuration

Your IP configuration is dependent on the network you are running. Please check the steps above, and make sure you have entered in your IP settings according to the steps in this guide.

How can I set the IP address of the S3 hotspot?

How can I set the IP address of the S3 hotspot? It would be a nuisance to have to change all the client devices from fixed IP to DHCP for the occasions when I want to use a hotspot, then back again for home use.

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To change the IP address on your S3's hotspot, do the following:

  • go to settings
  • tap WiFi
  • choose the network you wish to connect to (long press)
  • choose modify network configuration
  • show advanced options
  • tap IP settings
  • tap static
  • change the IP address

After setting up your hotspot you will have the option to set up the name of your network as well as other options in order to suit your specific needs. This process will only be available to you after you have set up your hotspot information.

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Can I share WiFi to iPhone or iPad?

Yes, when you set up a WiFi hotspot on your Samsung phone, it is usable by any WiFi enabled device, including your iPhone or iPad. You can use it to share internet with other phones too, or a Laptop or even a desktop computer, as long as it can connect to a WiFi hotspot.

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HOLA SENOR, MI PREGUNTA ES SOBRE MMI TELEFONO SAMSUNGS Galaxy Note2?

EXISTE ALGUN PROGRAMA QUE PUEDA ABRIR GRATIS MI HOSTSPOTD EN MI CELULAR SAMSUNGS Galaxy Note2 ? ,ANTERIOR MENTE TENIA SERVICIO CON LA COMPANIA T MOVIL PERO AHORA ESTA CON METRO PCS,MI TELEFONO ES ROOT. GRACIAS.

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The screen where you slide to turn on and off for the hotspot feature is also where you can configure it. Just tap on the option itself and it will bring you to the settings page. Check screenshot here:

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http://screencast.com/t/0bm4wRCp

The settings page after you have tapped the option will then look like this:

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I'm afraid there's not Free hotspot feature that you can use on the Metro PCS network. They offer their own hotspot plan and you can read more about it here:

http://www.metropcs.com/metro/browse/feature/cat610035/cat610036/700002

The pricing structure is tailored for your needs and not very expensive.

Being that your phone is rooted, you can still try to access the hotspot features without a plan, but Metro PCS will cut you off when they find out.

Can I share the my Samsung Galaxy hotspot with gaming systems like Xbox or Wii?

Gaming systems that have a wireless networking adapter can also connect to a wireless hotspot. The system should detect the hotspot within a few minutes. The connection can be chosen and the password entered from the Network connection settings menu. I personally measured the data transfer of several multiple player online games on Xbox and discovered it was much much less than a Skype call. You should definitely keep an eye on the data usage, but using your phone as a hotspot is a viable option for gaming when your home internet connection is down, or you are in a public setting with no free WiFi.

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Will download Android app to the Macbook?

Is Android app is in the Galaxy?

I'm not sure I understand your question. You're asking about Android apps for the Macbook? If that is the case, I would suggest installing an Android emulator for your Macbook. The BlueStacks emulator for Mac OS can be found here:

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http://www.bluestacks.com/

After installation, the emulator comes with its own appstore and you can use it to browse and install most Android apps and games you can find on your Galaxy phones and tablets.

Configure button not visible it's showing ...enabling portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi?

In the step: "In the lower right corner there is "Configure" button. Tap it.", Configure button not visible it's showing ...enabling portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi

On the Tethering and portable hotspot screen where you see the slider to turn on or off, you will need to tap on that option to access the configure option. Please check the screenshots here to help you get to the configure screen:

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http://screencast.com/t/GB1sHOYNtZ8

In the step: "Click your "Home" button, and swipe to unlock your phone." My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere

In the step: "Click your "Home" button, and swipe to unlock your phone." My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere

To access your Settings:

  1. 1
    Tap the 'Menu' button, to the left of the 'Home' button.
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    You'll see this menu pop up.
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How can I share Internet from an Android phone to iPhone

You just need to turn on or enable the tethering on your Android phone to broadcast a wireless connection for your other devices or iPhone.

  1. 1
    On your Android phone, enable the hotspot to broadcast the wireless network name.
    See above in this article on how to enable a hotspot from an Android phone.
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    Go to your iPhone and connect to the wireless network that has been broadcasted.
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    Type in the password you configure and connect by tapping "OK".
    Wait for a couple of seconds until it says connected.
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  4. 4
    Open Safari on your iPhone to check your internet connectivity.
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Can I use my Samsung Galaxy Note3 for free Laptop internet access?

I have an unlimited data play with T-Mobile. Tethered data downloaded above a certain amount drops down to old dial-up speeds. This amount is easily accrued on a Laptop in no time.

If I enable my cell as a hotspot, and connect my Laptop to my cell via WiFi, will I be charged extra?

That depends on whether you have a hotspot plan purchased through T-Mobile. If you don't already have a plan and you continue to use the hotspot feature, you will be warned through the browser regarding your continued usage. T-Mobile will not charge you but you won't be able to tether anymore at this point.

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I don't have idea mean how we can connect internet on PC from Note2?

Internet connection problem.please solve as soon as fast

On your Note2 you can visit the settings>>connections>>tap on the WiFi hotspot tab to turn on the hotspot. Understand that you will need to contact your carriers customer service in order for you to be able activate your hotspot connection.

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I have a sprint Samsung Galaxy 3, once I get to more networks the directions don't match what I have available on my as options to select?

There is not an option for hotspot and tether on my sprint Samsung Galaxy S3

Yes, after completing the update on your Samsung Galaxy S3 you can in fact locate the hotspot option in your settings>>under the connections tab>>tap on the hotspot.

I have managed to turn my S4 into a hotspot but whenever a phone call comes in or I need to call out, the phone disables the hotspot and goes to WiFi

If you are on Verizon, Sprint, or a Sprint MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), this is exactly how it is supposed to work. It's a limitation of their network; phone calls and data go through separate antennas that can't be used simultaneously.

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When following all instructions for WiFi connectivity with my Macbook I have followed all instructions but at the end I am not able to swipe the mobile hotspot button ON.

Please review the updates in this guide, and update your OS to the latest version. Also, note that some users with Verizon have reported problems due to Verizon limitations. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact Verizon.

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I followed the instructions to configure button not visible it's showing. Enabling portable WiFi hotspot will turn off the WiFi

The steps that says configure means you need to do the action on making the settings of your WiFi portable Hotspot. If you have a phone that is running with 4.1.1 or the jelly bean firmware and when you go to "Settings" then the "More..." and "Tethering & Hotspot". You should be able to see there a portion that says, Set up WiFi hotspot, when you are going to tap it, you will then see there configure or Set up WiFi hotspot on screen to have your your hotspot name and password you wanted for the phone to broadcast and share connection to your other devices.

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An alternative to make a hotspot on your mobile phone is by downloading an application from your Google Play store. You can download the application called PDANet+ as this is a free app where you do not need to go to all the settings options to do some changes. All of the things that you need to do is in one screen only once you launch the application.

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If your phone's WiFi connection turns off when you enable it depends from where you got the phone. There are some network providers who set such restriction on the phone to use one feature at a time. In some instances, that you are using mobile data on the phone and wanted to switch to WiFi to save data connection and to prioritize the WiFi network. This kind of restriction or feature rather is common on to CMDA phones and not from GSM network phones, CMDA uses a feature to have a functioned enabled one at a time where GSM can do multiple tasking.

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I am not adept. my Samsung Note2 has automatically updated from 4.1.1 to 4.4? Kitkat? regardless, now my phone has WiFi connectivity issues. I would like to revert to 4.1.1, I read that will fix my issue. but I cannot figure it out. so I tried to connect by dongle to my Laptop, which has a great connection. Samsung has an app that turns the phone to a "hotspot". I need the opposite. can I use my Laptop as a hotspot and connect my Note2 by dongle?

My phone has a feature that makes it a WiFi "hotspot" that I can connect to my Laptop. I want to use my Laptop as the "hotspot and send the signal to my Note2.

You have to restart your device after the update to solve the WiFi connectivity issue. This usually happens when the system has not fully refreshed.

On the other hand, if you are planning to use your Laptop as the WiFi hotspot, you have to do the settings there and then activate it. Your Note2 will then be the one to search for that particular connection as a WiFi.

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My note screens are different than the ones you are showing?

Trying to make my note II a hotspot

We have updated the guide with new screenshots, and the functionality should be nearly identical to your Note II. If you continue to experience problems even with these new updates, please let us know, and we'll try to help. Thank you for using VisiHow!

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