How to Use Your Galaxy Tab as a Mobile Hotspot - dummies

How to Use Your Galaxy Tab as a Mobile Hotspot

By Dan Gookin

You can direct the Galaxy Tab to share its digital cellular connection with as many as five other wireless gizmos. This process is referred to as creating a mobile, wireless hotspot.

To set up a mobile hotspot with your Galaxy Tab, heed these steps:

  1. Turn off the Galaxy Tab’s Wi-Fi radio.

    You can’t be using a Wi-Fi connection when you create a Wi-Fi hotspot. Actually, the notion is kind of silly: If the Galaxy Tab can get a Wi-Fi signal, other gizmos can too, so why bother creating a Wi-Fi hotspot in the first place?

  2. If you can, plug in the Galaxy Tab.

    It’s okay if you don’t find a power outlet, but running a mobile hotspot draws a lot of power. The Tab’s battery power drains quickly if you can’t plug in.

  3. From the Apps screen, open the Settings app.

    Touch the Apps Menu button to get to the Apps screen.

  4. Choose Wireless & Networks.

  5. Choose Tethering & Portable Hotspot.

    The Tethering & Portable Hotspot window appears.

  6. Touch the box to place a green check mark by Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.

    Yep, that’s about all there is to it.

When the hotspot is activated, you see the Tethering or Hotspot Active status icon displayed, as shown in the margin. You can continue to use the Galaxy Tab while it’s sharing the digital cellular connection, but other devices can now use their Wi-Fi radio to access your Tab’s shared connection.


To turn off the mobile hotspot, choose the Tethering or Mobile Hotspot Active notification and remove the green check mark by Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.

  • One of the easiest ways to disable the Wi-Fi radio is to use the Quick Settings.

  • You can change the mobile hotspot configuration by choosing the Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot command in the Tethering & Portable Hotspot window. Use the Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot dialog box to change the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and set security (add a password), if you like.

  • The range for the mobile hotspot is about 30 feet.

  • Some cellular providers may not allow you to create a mobile hotspot, and of course, you cannot create a mobile hotspot when your Galaxy Tab doesn’t use the cellular data network.

  • Don’t forget to turn off the mobile hotspot when you’re done using it. Those data rates can certainly add up!