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How to use your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot 07/05/2014
How to easily configure and enable your Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile hotspot to connect other devices to the internet when you're on the go.
How to use your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is loaded with features and great capabilities that can make life oh-so-much easier. One of these is the ability to use the phone to connect other devices to the internet with a personal or mobile hotspot.

If you need to get work done on the go or just can’t face anymore slow café wi-fi, your Galaxy S5 is the way to go. But, before we explain how to do it, a little warning; using your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a mobile hotspot will use more data than just surfing the net and it uses more battery too (but we have tip for you on that later on).

So, here’s how to turn your Samsung Galaxy S5 into a portable hotspot.

Configuring your Galaxy S5 hotspot

It only takes a few moments to set up your Galaxy S5 personal hotspot. Here’s how it’s done:

1.     Go to Settings either through the menu of pulling the notification drawer down where you’ll see the Settings icon in the top right of the screen

2.     Inside the settings menu, select Network Connections Group and then Tethering and Wi-Fi Hotspot

3.     Select Mobile Hotspot and you will see if the hotspot is active. Tap to turn it On at the top of the screen.

4.     You will now see the network name and a warning about hotspot using lots of data. (We did warn you.) Select OK.

5.     Tap Configure in the menu on the top right and change the Network SSID to a name you’ll recognise and change the password to one that you’ll remember but would be tricky for anyone else to guess.

Connecting to your Galaxy S5 hotspot

There are two ways you can connect devices to your Galaxy S5 to access the internet;

1.     Wi-Fi Hotspot

Your personal hotspot can support up to 10 devices on Wi-Fi and of course there’s no physical connection so it’s super-easy; or

2.     USB Tethering

Using a micro USB you can support one device at a time but connecting to your computer in this way will also be charging your battery.

Using your Galaxy S5 Wi-Fi hotspot

1.     Once your Galaxy S5 personal hotspot is set up, you can turn it on using the toggle at the top of your screen.

2.     Select OK when you see a warning that hotspot will turn off Wi-Fi

3.     You will see the hotspot is on, along with its network name, password and all the devices that are connected.

4.     On the tablet, PC or gaming device you wish to connect you can now find and join the network.

Using Galaxy S5 USB Tethering

When you connect your Galaxy S5 to computer using a micro USB, you will see an option for USB tethering. Select this.

If you’re using a Mac, you need to set up USB tethering as a network in Network Preferences. With Windows you’ll get a popup window prompting you to connect to the network.

Personal Hotspot shortcut

If you use your personal hotspot a lot, it might be a good idea to use a hotspot shortcut widget. There are plenty available in the Google Play Store. Once you select one, simply install it as you would any widget and place it on your home screen so you can simply tap to turn your Galaxy S5 hotspot on and off.

Battery saving tips

When your mobile hotspot is active, you’ll be using more battery power so to conserve battery if you forget to turn your hotspot off, it’s a good idea to set Timeout.

Tap on the three dots and select Timeout Settings. This is where you choose how long your Galaxy S5 hotspot should run when there are no devices connected. Set it to 5 or 10 minutes and save.

The Galaxy S5 has a pretty good battery life but for some of us, there’s just never enough juice to last all day. If that happens to you, a portable battery like The Sprout Powerbank is a great option to have handy.

Sprout has a range of awesome accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all your favourite mobile devices. We can help protect it with a new Galaxy S5 phone case, keep it charged up with portable, in car and AC chargers, make it play out loud with awesome mobile speakers and keep it connected with all kinds of cables. 

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