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How do I set up Mobile Hotspot or tethering to my Samsung Galaxy S6 active™?

The hotspot feature lets you share your mobile device’s data connection with other devices by turning your device into a wireless access point. You can connect up to eight wireless devices via Wi-Fi®.

Using your mobile device as a wireless access point or wireless modem is data-intensive and will dramatically reduce battery life. We recommend contacting your wireless service provider to ask about availability with your plan. We also recommend keeping your device plugged in while the hotspot feature is on.

Turn On the Hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.

  5. Touch Mobile Hotspot.

  6. Touch the slider Off to turn Mobile Hotspot on.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Set Up Mobile Hotspot or Tethering
  7. If you are connected to a wireless access point, you will be disconnected before you can turn on the hotspot. Touch OK to continue.

The hotspot icon displays at the top of your screen when the hotspot is turned on.

Configure the Hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.

  5. Touch Mobile Hotspot.

  6. Touch MORE > Configure Mobile Hotspot.

  7. Enter or edit the Network name, set your Hide my device preference, select the Security type, and enter or edit the Password. 

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Set Up Mobile Hotspot or Tethering
  8. Mark the Show advanced options checkbox to configure the Broadcast channel.

  9. Touch SAVE to continue. The hotspot will turn off and turn back on with the newly configured settings.

Connect to the Hotspot

To connect to your hotspot from another device:

  1. Turn on the Wi-Fi feature on the device you want to connect to your hotspot.

  2. Search for your hotspot using the information shown on the Mobile Hotspot settings screen, and enter the necessary information.

USB Tethering

Your mobile device can be used as a wireless modem to share its mobile data connection with a single computer.

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps.

  2. Touch Settings.

  3. Touch the CONNECTIONS tab.

  4. Touch Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.

  5. Touch the slider Off to turn USB tethering on.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Set Up Mobile Hotspot or Tethering
  6. If you are connected to a wireless access point, you will be disconnected before you can turn on tethering. Touch OK to continue.

The USB tethering icon displays at the top of your screen when USB tethering is turned on.

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