How do I use Wi-Fi on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Wi-Fi is a wireless connectivity feature that allows you to connect Wi-Fi-enabled devices to share information or to connect to the internet.


Please note that these instructions will not solve Google attempting to protect you from an unsecure connection.


Turning Wi-Fi on and off

1 Open the Quick Panel by swiping two fingers (held slightly apart) from the top of the screen to the bottom.
2 Touch the Wi-Fi icon to turn Wi-Fi on or off. When Wi-Fi is on the device will scan for and automatically connect to any previously connected access points.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network 

1 From the Home screen, touch Apps.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Wi-Fi.
4 Under Wi-Fi networks touch the network to which you wish to connect.
5 Enter the wireless password if necessary.
6 Touch Connect.

Manually add your network connection.

1 From the Home screen touch Apps.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Wi-Fi
4 Touch Add Wi-Fi network.
5 Enter the Network SSID. This is the name of the network to which you wish to connect.
6 Select the Security level of the network. If you select a security level that does not match your access point you will not be able to connect.
7 If the network is secured you will also need to enter its password.
8 Touch Connect to store the new information and connect to the network.
How do I use Wi-Fi on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Wi-Fi advanced settings 


Follow the steps below to change advanced Wi-Fi settings.

1 From the Home screen touch Apps.
2 Touch Settings.
3 Touch Wi-Fi.
4 Touch More options > Advanced.

Network notification: Receive a notification when an open Wi-Fi network is available.

Passpoint: Let your device connect to passpoint-enabled W-Fi access points automatically.

Sort by: List the available networks in alphabetical order or by signal strength.

Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep: Specify whether your device should continue to stay connected to Wi-Fi when your device goes to sleep.

Always allow scanning: Allow apps to scan for available wireless networks even when Wi-Fi is disabled.

Auto connect: When a Wi-Fi hotspot for your network is availalble your device will automatically connect to it if this feature is turned on.

Install certificates: Install network certificates stored on the memory card.

MAC address: This is a unique number assigned to your device's Wi-Fi transmitter.

IP address: View the IP address assinged to you by the Wi-Fi access point you are connected to.


Wi-Fi options


From the Wi-Fi menu touch More options for the following options:

Scan: Scan for available Wi-Fi networks.

Wi-Fi Direct: Touch Wi-Fi Direct to turn on the feature and connect to available Wi-Fi Direct devices. Wi-Fi Direct enables Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other directly (or to a group of several devices), allowing you to quickly and easily share content.

WPS push button: Connect directly with your wireless router using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on your router.

WPS PIN entry: Connect directly with your wireless router by entering the randomly generated PIN on your device.

Help: View information on how to connect to a Wi-Fi network.


Smart network switch


Place a check mark next to Smart network switch at the top of the Wi-Fi screen to automatically switch between Wi-Fi and mobile networks to help maintain a more stable connection. Turning this feature on could result in additional charges from your mobile network provider as a result of increased data usage.

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