How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

The Mobile Hotspot feature allows your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to share its mobile data connection by creating its own Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi devices — computers, laptops, other mobile devices — can then access that Wi-Fi network to enjoy a free ride on the Internet, courtesy of your Galaxy Note.

Well, it may not be free, because the feature comes at a premium price, but you get the point.

To set up a mobile hotspot on your phone, heed these steps:

  1. Turn off the Wi-Fi radio.

    There’s no point in creating a Wi-Fi hotspot where one is already available.

  2. Plug the phone into a power source.

    The Mobile Hotspot feature draws a lot of power.

  3. Open the Settings app.

  4. Touch the Connections tab and choose the Tethering and Portable Hotspot.

  5. Slide the master control by the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot option to the On position.

    The master control turns green when it’s activated.

    The hotspot is on and available, but you probably want to do some additional customization, such as giving the hotspot a better name and setting up a password.

  6. Choose the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot item.

    Touch the left side of the item, not the master switch.

  7. Touch the Configure button, found at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Type a name for the hotspot into the Network SSID text box.

  9. Type a password into the Password box.

    Place a check mark by the Show Password item to see the password as you type.

    Don’t forget the password! Well, if you do, just type a new one.

  10. Touch the Save button to save the hotspot network’s name and password.

    You’re done.

When the mobile hotspot is active, the Mobile Hotspot notification appears on the phone’s status bar.


To turn off the mobile hotspot, slide the master control switch to the left (Step 5), and it’s disabled. The settings (SSID or network name and password) are retained for the next time you activate the Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • The range of the mobile hotspot is about 30 feet. Things such as walls and molten lava can interfere with the signal, shortening its range.

  • Data usage fees apply when you use the mobile hotspot, and you pay them on top of the fee that your cellular provider may charge for the mobile hotspot service. These fees can add up quickly.

  • Don’t forget to turn off the mobile hotspot when you’re done using it.