How to Use the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a Personal Hotspot

The Samsung Galaxy S4 can act as a personal hotspot, a portable internet connection that can connect laptops, tablets and portable gaming devices to the Internet anywhere there is a cell phone signal.

Thanks to 4G and 4G LTE coverage, the Galaxy S4 personal hotspot delivers connection speeds faster than many home connections. Whether you call it a personal hotspot, portable hotspot, Mobile hotspot or just tethering — we’re talking about using the Galaxy S4 to connect other devices to the internet.

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The most common method is to use WiFi, but users can also plug the Galaxy S4 into a computer so that the phone charges while using it as a personal hotspot.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 can act as a personal hotspot to connect up to 10 devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 can act as a personal hotspot to connect up to 10 devices.

To get started you will need to make sure the Galaxy S4 is on an account with the personal hotspot feature enabled. For accounts that are on a Mobile Share plan, the personal hotspot feature is included. For users on a individual plan, users need to be on the DataPro 5GB plan, and users can turn it on or off on a monthly basis without changing their contract.

If in doubt, follow these steps to turn the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a personal hotspot. If the account needs changed it will tell users right off the bat.

How to Turn the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Personal Hotspot

Some carriers will include a Personal hotspot app that makes this setup easier than visiting settings. The AT&T model features a Mobile Hotspot app. Tapping on the Mobile Hotspot app will get things started for most users.

No matter how you get to the Galaxy S4 mobile hotspot settings, the rest is quite similar. For users without a dedicated app, get started below.

Pull down the Notification drawer and tap on the Settings cog in the upper right. This opens up the device settings menu which features four tabs. The settings opens to the last tab the user used, so if it is not already there tap on Connections.

Use the Galaxy S4 as a mobile hotspot.

Use the Galaxy S4 as a mobile hotspot.

Next up, tap on Tethering and portable hotspot. On this creen users can tap On, next to Mobile Hotspot. This will turn the Galaxy S4 into a personal hotspot with the default settings and default password.

If subscribed to a plan that supports personal hotspot, this will switch to On and show users the connection details. By default the connection is secure and uses the Galaxy S4 name. Users can customize the name and create an easier password by editing the settings.

Change settings on the Galaxy S4 hotspot.

Change settings on the Galaxy S4 hotspot.

Tap on Configure to change the hotspot name and password. It is not a good idea to leave the network wide open as it would let anyone connect and use the limited data on your account. After changing the options tap Save. If the hotspot is active you may lose connection while the settings are changed.

Once the Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile hotspot is turned on, go to wireless settings on the computer, tablet or gaming system and search for the Galaxy S4 network name you just created. Enter the password an hit connect. IF possible it is a good idea to remember the network for faster connections going forward.

From here you should be all set to use the Galaxy S4 as a personal hotspot. It is a good idea to also set up alerts for data usage. Go back to Settings -> Connections -> Data usage. From here you can drag the slider to set a warning after a certain amount of data is used in a billing cycle. This will help prevent surprises due to faster data usage while on a personal hotspot.