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How to use your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot

John Sprout-smith
 


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The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is loaded with features and great capabilities that can make life oh-so-much easier. One of these is the ability to use the phone to connect other devices to the internet with a personal or mobile hotspot.

If you need to get work done on the go or just can’t face anymore slow café wi-fi, your Galaxy S5 is the way to go. But, before we explain how to do it, a little warning; using your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot will use more data than just surfing the net and it uses more battery too (but we have tip for you on that later on).

So, here’s how to turn your Samsung Galaxy S5 into a portable hotspot.

Configuring your Galaxy S5 hotspot

It only takes a few moments to set up your Galaxy S5 personal hotspot. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Go to Settings either through the menu of pulling the notification drawer down where you’ll see the Settings icon in the top right of the screen

2. Inside the settings menu, select Network Connections Group and then Tethering and Wi-Fi Hotspot

3. Select Mobile Hotspot and you will see if the hotspot is active. Tap to turn it On at the top of the screen.

4. You will now see the network name and a warning about hotspot using lots of data. (We did warn you. ) Select OK.

5. Tap Configure in the menu on the top right and change the Network SSID to a name you’ll recognise and change the password to one that you’ll remember but would be tricky for anyone else to guess.

Connecting to your Galaxy S5 hotspot There are two ways you can connect devices to your Galaxy S5 to access the internet; 1. Wi-Fi Hotspot Your personal hotspot can support up to 10 devices on Wi-Fi and of course there’s no physical connection so it’s super-easy; or 2. USB Tethering Using a micro USB you can support one device at a time but connecting to your computer in this way will also be charging your battery.

Connecting to your Galaxy S5 hotspot

There are two ways you can connect devices to your Galaxy S5 to access the internet;

1. Wi-Fi HotspotYour personal hotspot can support up to 10 devices on Wi-Fi and of course there’s no physical connection so it’s super-easy; or

2. USB TetheringUsing a micro USB you can support one device at a time but connecting to your computer in this way will also be charging your battery.

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