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How do I set up the Mobile HotSpot or tethering features on my Samsung Galaxy S5?

The Mobile HotSpot feature lets you share your mobile device’s data connection with other devices by turning your device into a wireless access point other Wi-Fi® enabled devices can connect to. You can connect multiple 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 Mobile HotSpot feature is on.

Turn On the Mobile Hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Swipe to and touch Tethering and Mobile HotSpot.

  3. Touch Mobile Hotspot.

  4. Touch the slider next to Mobile HotSpot to turn it on.

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

  5. If you are using the hotspot for the first time, enter the Password that connecting devices will use to access your hotspot, and then touch SAVE.

  6. If you are connected to a wireless access point, you will be disconnected before you can turn on the hotspot. Touch OK to continue.

Configure the Mobile Hotspot

  1. From the Home screen, navigate to Apps > Settings.

  2. Swipe to and touch Tethering and Mobile HotSpot.

  3. Touch Mobile Hotspot.

  4. Touch More options  > Configure.

  5. Enter or edit the Network SSID, set your Broadcast network name (SSID) preference, select the Security type, and enter or edit the Password. 

    Mark the Show advanced options checkbox to configure the Broadcast channel, Maximum connections, and Timeout settings.

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

Connect to the Mobile 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 network name shown in the Configure Mobile HotSpot screen, and then 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. Connect your device to your computer using the supplied USB cable.

  2. From the Home screen, navigate to Apps > Settings.

  3. Swipe to and touch Tethering and Mobile HotSpot.

  4. Mark the checkbox next to USB tethering.

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

  5. If you are connected to a wireless access point, you will be disconnected before you can turn on tethering. Touch OK to continue.

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