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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable and Use Mobile Hotspot Feature in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

Mobile hotspot is a feature available in the Samsung Galaxy S5 that can be used to enable or disable Wi-Fi tethering. This feature lets you set your Samsung Galaxy S5 as an internet access point so that you can share your mobile data connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices that are connected to your phone. Since this feature uses mobile data to access internet, you may incur additional charges when using this feature. To avoid a big bill, you'd better having an unlimited data plan (if you often use this feature) or use this feature as needed only.

How to set Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot?
You can enable Wi-Fi tethering and configure the hotspot settings by using the following steps:
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen using two fingers to open up the quick settings panel.
  2. If your mobile data is off, tap Mobile data button to turn it on. The button turns green when it's enabled.
  3. Long tap Mobile hotspot button to view more detailed settings.
  4. Tap Mobile Hotspot.
  5. Slide the ON/OFF switch to the right to enable mobile hotspot. In this screen, you can also see the password that can be used by other devices to connect to your mobile hotspot.
  6. Mobile hotspot is now enabled and you'll see the Wi-Fi tethering icon is displayed on the status bar. FYI, Wi-Fi feature will be disabled automatically when this feature is on.
  7. Change the connection mode:
    • Tap AndroidAP.
    • Select All devices if you want to allow all Wi-Fi enabled devices to access your mobile hotspot or select Allowed devices only to allow only devices in the allowed list to access your mobile hotspot.
  8. Add or remove a device in allowed devices list:
    If needed, you can limit the devices that can access your mobile hotspot by using the following steps:
    • Tap and then select Allowed devices.
    • To add a device into the list, tap and then enter the device name and the MAC address and then tap OK button.
    • To remove a device from the list, tap and then select the device you want to remove and then tap Done button.
  9. Configure the hotspot settings:
    If needed, you can edit your hotspot configuration by using the following steps:
    • Tap and then select Configure hotspot.
    • Here you can do some actions, for instance: change the SSID name, hide/show the device, change the network security and change the password.
    • Once done, tap Save button to save the changes.
  10. Change network timeout:
    If needed, you can set the time to disable mobile hotspot automatically if there are no connected devices by using the following steps:
    • Tap and then select Timeout settings.
    • Select the desired timeout you want to use: Never timeout, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes.

How to connect from other devices?
If you have set your Samsung Galaxy S5 as mobile hotspot, now other Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to your network to use your mobile data connection to access the internet. As the example, we'll use Samsung Galaxy S4 to connect to the network. Here's the steps:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Connections tab.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. If Wi-Fi is off, slide the ON/OFF switch to the right to turn it on. The phone will scan all available Wi-Fi networks automatically.
  5. Tap AndroidAP(it's the default SSID name of the Samsung Galaxy S5 if you didn't change it) and then enter the password.
  6. Tap Connect button.
  7. If the password was entered correctly, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be connected to the network and can use the mobile data connection from the Samsung Galaxy S5 to access the internet.

FYI, this feature lets you share your mobile data connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices. Also note that since this feature uses quite a lot of power to run, then to avoid your battery drained out quickly you'd better turn this feature on when needed only or you can set the timeout settings so that the feature will turn off automatically when there are no connected devices after the selected timeout is over.


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