How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot (Android KitKat with TouchWiz tutorial)

How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S5 as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot (Android KitKat with TouchWiz tutorial)
These hot summer days are the perfect time to pack your most essential list of gadgets and hit the road - but staying at a hotel or just camping outdoors - you can still end up in a place where there is no Wi-Fi network to connect your tablet or laptop to. It’s frustrating not to be able to check out YouTube’s latest epic cat fail videos! But it could be even more frustrating, if you need to stay in touch with someone over, say, Facebook or do a little work. If you have your Samsung Galaxy S5 with you, though, there is an easy way to get your second device - be it a laptop or a tablet - connected.

Your Galaxy S5 can actually serve as a mobile hotspot, sharing the nearly ubiquitous signal from a cellular network via Wi-Fi. You should just follow the few simple steps below and even novices will be able to get it up and running in no time. The only requirement for this is that you actually have a data plan on your phone. Keep in mind that the Wi-Fi mobile hotspot that you set up also uses your phone data plan and if your carrier charges you overage fees, you can easily gobble up through your data allowance in no time. This is a recipe for cell phone bill disaster, so make sure to use the mobile hotspot with proper caution: use the hotspot when you have an unlimited data plan or just make sure to keep your usage in check and do not start any heavy downloads (downloading a full-featured movie can easily eat up your data).

With all this in mind, follow steps 1 to 5 below to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the Samsung Galaxy S5, S5 mini, and 2014 Galaxy Tab S series tablets, while for earlier devices like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Note 3, Note II, as well as others running on the earlier version of the TouchWiz Nature UX, take a look at the last slide.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Really? Was this really necessary to post? If people dont know how to enable Mobile HotSpot on their device, maybe they should use a FeaturePhone instead, or an iPhone. And why limit this to the Galaxy S5? Its standard all around anyway how to enable HotSpot.

3. damokles unregistered

oh come on, calm the hell down.. the f word was not allowed so I had to use "hell" :(

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

There are consumers like that who does not know how to, it's helpful for them, cause people come to phone website to learn and read, what other's say.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's a LOT of menu options on a Samsung phone so this article does have some practicality to it. Especially for a consumer not used to Samsung.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Because many of the unique features on the GS5 needs WiFi in order to utilize them. Of course PA could have talked about other phones but it makes sense for PhoneArena to limit this article to the Galaxy S5 because of its features that are dependent on WiFi OK?

8. wilsong17 unregistered

Awe you mad bro? You need a cookie to calm down the hate

9. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe because it sold more than 10 million units and many of those who bought it doesn't know how to use such features? Calm down kiddo, it is Sunday and yet they are giving us something to read, other sites usually take this day off

11. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I can't believe that this fanboy brings up the iphone when it is a Android article.

12. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

They limit this to the S5 because other phones don't need tutorials for that

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

you don't say * nicolas cage face*

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Do flagships today ships with no instruction manual?

7. express77 unregistered

Next article- How to switch on an smartphone.

13. Nobodeyx

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Download 1-Click Tether. Open 1-Click Tether. Done. BONUS! Tethered data is counted towards your plan, but not towards you tethering limit.

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