x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge allow you to share Wi-Fi connection with another device

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge allow you to share Wi-Fi connection with another device

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags :

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge allow you to share Wi-Fi connection with another device
A new feature available on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge allows you to share a Wi-Fi connection with another mobile device. While other smartphones could share a mobile data connection using Wi-Fi tethering, now the new two models will act as a Wi-Fi extender/repeater and share a Wi-Fi signal with another phone, laptop, PC or tablet.

This feature is available only on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, unless Samsung ends up sending out a software update to enable the feature on other models. And if you want to share your mobile data signal with another device, all you need to do is disable Wi-Fi sharing by going to Settings > Mobile hotspot and tethering > MORE.

The feature will come in handy if you are connected to a Wi-Fi signal and want to share it with another mobile device, but you can't remember the password of the network. With Wi-Fi sharing enabled, using your phone to provide at free connection becomes a snap.


source:  HDBlog.it (translated) via SamMobile

40 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 11 Mar 2016, 20:11 1

1. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Strange, because I used my Xperia Z3 as a WiFi hotspot and NAS after I switched back to my 6 Plus last year. No mobile data, just WiFi. I also tethered it for WiFi through USB, also without mobile data.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 20:40 20

3. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


USB tethering is different. This is acting as a repeater. So your phone becomes a WiFi hotspot with wifi connected. I'm looking for this feature in phones for years(don't ask me reason), and trust me on this that no phone dues it.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 20:46 2

4. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


What's the reason

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:00 15

5. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Sometimes it happens that you have various devices and only 1 if them connect to the network. For example, you want to work with your laptop, but due to poor signal, it can't connect but your phone gets through. Now you can share it with your phone and get it on laptop too.( happens to me a lot)

Another scenario would be if you forgot the WiFi password(not your router, say your friend's ) but it's saved on one device. You can share it with your laptop.

Third scenario: you want to extend the range of your wifi network for a certain period of time, making your phone act as repeater.

This feature should work on any 2x2 MiMo device. Hence, Samsung should port it to s5 and newer phones. If not, there's XDA.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:31 2

9. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I'm a little disappointed In your answer tyrionTheWise... Was expecting a more nefarious reason

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:45 12

11. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Well, there are reasons like that too. For example, hotels charge for wifi per device. You can figure the rest.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 07:02 1

30. JunitoNH (Posts: 1774; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Still was expecting a more, sinister answer lol.....but good points indeed.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 05:18 1

27. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Interesting if the s7 acts as a repeater doesn't it need some sort of encryption against people trying to tap into what you're u are seeing or doing

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 05:52 1

29. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)


The repeater will also have a password (like a Hotspot) that you can (if you want) set.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:01 3

6. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


You don't have to share your WiFi keys with gest or other who use it for a few or short period of time

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:46

12. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Actually, my iPhone 4/4s did this via the MyWi jailbreak tweak:

http://www.jailbreakqa.com/questions/70484/mywi-wifi-to-wifi-tethering

And my OnePlus One does similar too, I'm able to use it as a WiFi antenna for my Surface Pro when them airport networks restrict to only devices on Carrier networks or when you can only use one device at a time on the network.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:17 4

13. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Can you show me the option on Cyanogen OS. I have used CM 12.1 and didn't see that.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:43

14. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I plug my OnePlus One into my Surface Pro, enable tethering and connect to the WiFi network on my phone. It acts like a WiFi antenna for my Surface Pro. Turning off data has no effect.

If there are other devices I also want to share with besides my Surface Pro, I then turn my Surface Pro into the hotspot sharing internet from my phone. Not 100% like my iPhone 4/4s with MyWi, but the same outcome without losing charge on my SmartPhone.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:51 10

15. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Oh, you can do that with any android phone. It's called USB tethering. And no, it can't do half the things this can do. I can gibe you a few scenarios:

1. You don't have a USB cable on you, or a laptop.

2. The connection is only strong in a particular corner of the room, and you want to use internet on bed. You'll need a really long USB cord for that.

That MyWi thingy on rooted iOS is legit though.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:00 1

16. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Good point, didn't think of that situation.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:13 1

17. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Now that you made me think of that situation, I dug deeper and there's actually a multi-purpose app for that for all Android devices, fqrouter2:

http://fqrouter2.en.uptodown.com/android

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:19 6

18. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


It requires root. Pretty much anything can be done with root.

Besides, these apps(MyWi or fqrouter) don't use the 2x2 MiMo Wifi in recent devices.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 20:38 15

2. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Great feature , this is the power of touchwiz

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:20 1

38. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


This bloatware hogs 8GB phone memory

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:19 13

7. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Been waiting forever for this feature. Wonder why it has come just now. I hope all others follow suit.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:24 1

20. Gadgetex (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


HTC and Apple have this feature. Nothing new here. Been out for a long time already

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:49 16

21. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


That is USB tethering.This is different.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 03:28 1

24. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Windows Phone had this already. Since WP8 days. Samsung shamelessly copying everything.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:02

34. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


My lumia 720 cant do this

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:26 10

8. willytbk (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


This is cool, other vendors please make this available in ur handsets too !

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 04:40 1

25. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (unregistered)


Now that Samsung's making it available, maybe it will become an Android standard... in 4 years time (like Multi Window, and quick notification toggles!).

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 04:34

39. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Yeah, kind of funny that noone ever mentions Google's shameless copying of Touchwiz. Every feature ends up in a official Android version 2 years later.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:31 9

10. keithtae (Posts: 434; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


I have been wondering for years why phones can't do this, but here it is now! My sister's room is so far from the router and always ask if I can share some of my data to her. With this now I can just direct wifi to her!

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 23:24

19. Gadgetex (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


I have the Galaxy S6 Edge of which I bought unlocked in Hong Kong. I encrypted the device and then about 2 weeks later needed to use hotspot with my iPad. Refused to turn on and never worked. Went back to return device and Samsung in Hong Kong said it had exceeded their 1 week return policy. Make sure you try yours the day you buy it as it could be defected.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 00:42 11

22. xfire99 (Posts: 827; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Read again what this is about! HTC and Apple doesnt have this feature, neither S6 Edge. What you talking about is sharing mobile data connection through WiFi. Most android phones can do this. But this is sharing a WiFi connection through WiFi!

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 05:19

28. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


You just need to enable wifi through android sdk

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 01:45 3

23. RuneMaster (Posts: 75; Member since: 31 May 2015)


Best idea. Really eager for this tech.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 04:42 3

26. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I hate giving out my wifi password for even people I know so I like this as a temporary way to give access to my internet without them having access every time they pass my house.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 07:05

31. Zack_2014 (Posts: 378; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I thought all phones had this feature of Mobile Hotspot. Atleast all the phones that I used.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 07:06

32. Zack_2014 (Posts: 378; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I guess this feature is about wifi repeater

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:06 1

36. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


It is share your Wi fi connection.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:07

37. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


It is share your Wi fi connection.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 08:02

33. bubba78 (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 May 2011)


I don't see this option on my Verizon Galaxy S7 Edge, I wonder if Verizon disabled it, or if I am missing something? Anyone else with Verizon have this feature?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:05 1

35. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Carriers always cut the original features of the phones.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 05:23

40. gunetel (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)


Finally rooted my Galaxy S7 and enjoy more freedom now. Anyone interested in rooting, here is the guide:http://www.anyrooter.com/tutorials/root-samsung-galaxy-s7-edge.html

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories