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How to Turn ON Hotspot on Samsung Android Phone

To share the internet with other devices, you have to turn on the mobile hotspot on your Samsung phone. Here’re the steps you should follow to do so.

Though not often, there might be situations where you need to share the mobile data in your Samsung phone with other devices. There are any number of situations like unstable internet at your home or office, quick internet access to your laptop while traveling, sharing the internet with your friends or family, etc., where a mobile hotspot is very useful. No matter the reason, the Samsung phone makes it easy to create and turn on the hotspot. Once you turn on the hotspot, any device can connect to it with a password and use your internet.

In this quick and straightforward article, let me guide you step by step on how to turn on the hotspot on a Samsung Android phone and how to manage it properly for better security.

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Steps to turn ON hotspot on Samsung phone

You can turn on the mobile hotspot on a Samsung phone in two different ways. One — from the Settings app and the other from the Notification slide. If this is your first time enabling the Hotspot, I recommend you follow the first method as you need to know the default hotspot password.

Turn on hotspot from settings

  1. First, open Settings from the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the “Connections” option in Settings.
  3. Select the “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” option.
  4. Now, turn on the “Mobile Hotspot” option using the toggle button.

By default, the hotspot is password protected. Each Samsung device has a different default hotspot password. To know your Samsung mobile hotspot password, tap on the “Mobile Hotspot” option. You will see it under the “Password Section.” If you want to, you can also change the Samsung hotspot password.

Turn on hotspot from notification slide

Samsung gives you a quick way to turn on the hotspot directly from the notification slide itself.

First, swipe down from the top edge to open the Notification panel. From the icon grid, find and tap on the “Mobile Hotspot” icon. Once turned on, the icon will change to blue or some other accent color.

Depending on how the icons are laid out, the mobile hotspot icon can be in a different location in the notification panel. So, if you cannot find the icon right away, go to the second page by swiping to left in the notification panel.

Configure Samsung mobile hotspot settings

Samsung offers extra configuration options to better manage the hotspot. Though these options are not necessary to configure, modifying them as need will make your life a tad bit easier. For example, the default hotspot password is just jumbled letters and numbers which hard to remember.

Change hotspot password

To change the hotspot password on Samsung Android phone follow the steps given below.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Connections → Mobile hotspot and tethering” page.
  3. Tap on the “Mobile Hotspot” option.
  4. Tap on the “Password” option.
  5. Input the password of your choice and tap on the “Ok” button.
  6. Close the Settings app.

While setting the password, make sure that it is easy to remember but hard to guess. I recommend you make the password at least 8 characters long with both alphabets and numbers in it.

Change hotspot timeout setting

When no device is connected to the hotspot, it is best to turn it off. In Samsung, you can configure the hotspot to turn itself off after a set timeout when there is no device is connected to it.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Connections → Mobile hotspot and tethering” page.
  3. Tap on the “Mobile Hotspot” option.
  4. Tap on the “three vertical dots” on the top-right corner.
  5. Select the “Timeout settings” option.
  6. Select the timeout length of your choice.
  7. Changes are saved automatically.
  8. Close the settings app.

Things to keep in mind while using hotspot

While using the hotspot feature, there are few general things you should know. They are as follows:

  • You need to turn off the WiFi to turn on the hotspot. If you don’t, you will see a message asking you to turn off WiFi.
  • Sometimes, if the data saver feature is turned on, you might be able to turn on hotspot.
  • Since mobile data is limited, be wary when connected to other devices. It is very easy to go overboard and reach/exceed the data limit. This is especially true when a computer is connected to the mobile hotspot. If you are using Windows 10, I recommend you enable metered connection to limit computer data usage.
  • You can see how many and what devices are connected to the WiFi hotspot from “Settings → Connections → Mobile hotspot and tethering → Mobile hotspot” page.
  • From the same page, you can change the device name by tapping on the default name. This is that name that appears to other devices.

That is all for now. I hope that helps. If you need any help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to remove a WiFi network on Samsung Android phone.