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How to tether your Samsung Galaxy S4

Want to use your laptop, tablet or even desktop in a location that doesn’t have internet access? You can easily resolve that by tethering your Samsung Galaxy S4 with the selected device or devices!

So there are two different ways you can use your Samsung Galaxy S4 to tether! You have the choice between using your S4 as a Portable Wi-Fi hotspot which is essentially using your phone as a router that broadcasts a Wi-Fi connection to those who want to connect. The other method to tether your S4 is to use the USB tethering mode, simply plug your phone into your desktop, computer or whatever device you want to get internet access to and enable the tether option!

Now let’s get your Samsung Galaxy S4 tethered!

If you are trying to figure out how to do this on your Galaxy S5 check out our Galaxy S5 hotspot guide.

Method 1: Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

With this method you can use your Samsung Galaxy S4 to tether to multiple devices! Your phone will act as a router that broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal which allows devices to connect to it! Let’s get started.

First swipe down to open your notification screen and selection the gear icon in the top right corner.

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Click More Networks.

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Click Tethering and portable hotspot.

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Enable the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot by swiping the button over to the right.

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Click the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot area itself to open up further configuration.

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Here you can see what is currently connected to your hotspot. Obviously nothing is yet connected as you can see.

Make sure you connect to the Wi-Fi network listed and use the password it has given you!

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Here you can see we have a device called T1 connected to our hotspot, if you do not know how to connect another device to the portable Wi-Fi hotspot please follow the instructions below.

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Connecting a device to your portable Wi-fi hotspot

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Checking your connection status

You can check the status of your connection through Windows network connections.

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Method 2: USB tethering

With this method your Samsung Galaxy S4 will tether to the device it is connected to by USB. You cannot share this connection to multiple devices like you can with the portable Wi-Fi hotspot mode.

Let’s get started. First connect your Samsung Galaxy s4 to the device you want to share its connection with.

Now swipe down to open your notification screen and selection the gear icon in the top right corner.

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Click More Networks.

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Click Tethering and portable hotspot.

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Select the check box to enable USB tethering.

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That is it, your device can how internet access through USB to your S4!

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Checking your connection status

You can check the status of your connection through Windows network connections.

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Final thoughts

These methods should also works on other Samsung smartphones as well.

If you have any problems with this please, comment below or check out our forums!

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