How do I restrict access to my Galaxy S4 while using it as a Wi-Fi hotspot?

Last Update Date : Jan 17. 2018

* Please note, this section is designed to give you basic product troubleshooting information, also refer to your user manual for more information.



To restrict connection access to your Galaxy S4's while using it as a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can set a security password and/or an allowed device list.


    Follow the steps below to Access Portable Wi-Fi hotspot configuration settings:

    1.     From the Home screen, touch App Icon Apps

GS4 Home Screen - Apps Icon Framed

    2.     Select GS4 Settings IconSettings

GS4 Apps Menu - Settings Icon Framed

    3.     Select the Connections tab, and choose More networks.

GS4 Settings - Other Networks Framed

    4.     Tap Tethering and Portable Hotspot


GS4 - Wireless and Networks Screen - Tethering Framed

    5.     If the slider next to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot is "OFF", slide it to put it in the "ON" position.

GS4 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Framed



    Here's a Quick Guide to set a Wi-Fi Password:


    1.     Tap Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, and touch Configure

GS4 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Screen - Configure Framed

     2.     Select WPA PSK or WPA2 PSK in the Security box, and enter your desired password in the Password box.

GS4 - Configure Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot with Frames


    3.     Touch Save

    To enable and add on allowed device list, do the following:



    1.     On theGS4 Settings Icon Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings, select AndroidAP

GS4 Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Screen - AP Name Framed

    2.     Touch the button next to Only allowed devices


GS4 AP Name Connection Box with Frame

    3.     Touch Allowed devices

GS4 AP Settings - Allowed Devices Framed

    4.     Touch the + icon to add a device that you will allow to connect to your Galaxy S4's mobile data connection. 

GS4 Allowed Devices List - Plus Icon Framed

    5.     Enter a name in the Device name box for the allowed device.


GS4 Allowed Devices List Settings with Frames

    6.     Enter the MAC address of the allowed device in the MAC address boxes, and tap OK.



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