How to Tether Galaxy S2 I9100 as a WiFi Hotspot

Galaxy S2 LogoAs you know with Android on smartphones brings you the feature of sharing the incoming internet signals to other Wi-Fi enabled devices. So sharing of Internet on internet-capable mobile phone is tethering and as it’s done on mobile it’s also known as ‘mobile tethering’. This is also referred to as mobile hotspot and in those cases your mobile phone would act as a portable wireless router.

Starting with those mobile phones which runs on Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and higher supports Wi-Fi tethering.  Some carrier locked mobile phone charge onetime fee for enabling tethering or may impose added data charges whenever someone uses your network.

Please note that mobile tethering on any devices not just the Android is the highest battery draining component and your battery would quickly drain in no time and also we have gone through on how to increase the Galaxy S2 battery life.

Tether Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100

Here is the procedure on how to turn on the mobile tethering on your Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone –

  • As always you need to go to Menu and then ‘Settings’.Samsung Galaxy S2 Settings
  • Now among the different settings you need to select ‘Wireless and network’ which is the place to manage your wireless network like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB utilities & other settings related to your network on your mobile.Samsung Galaxy S2 Wireless network
  • Now click on ‘Tethering and portable hotspot‘ which is the options for sharing your phone mobile data connection as a portable hotspot as seen from the image on the top.
  • Further more you would be provided with the option of like USB tethering and portable hotspot tethering. Click on Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.Samsung Galaxy S2 Tethering
  • You would be prompted to continue or not. Click on OK.Samsung Galaxy S2 Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Now provide the network SSID and click on ‘Save‘.Samsung Galaxy S2 Configure
  • With that you have created your Wi-Fi hotspot but you need to secure that in order that you have secured your Wi-Fi network. The security on your Wi-Fi is provided by providing the password using the WPA2 PSK security.Samsung Galaxy S2 network name

And your Wi-Fi hotspot now would be available to other to connect to your network. They need to search on their Wi-Fi and select your network, they finally would need the password or the network key to access web of your network.

  • Pavan

    I had the same problem till yesterday.. USB tethering working, Wifi Hotspot not..

    All I did was went to Kies Air, configure whatever is required, and Stop.. Well, makes no logical sense but weirdly, it’s working just fine!

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  • Eric

    I do all those steps. It runs great, for 3 mins then shuts down. I have an unlimited data plan.

  • Bindu

    Hi,

    We just moved from USA back to India and the biggest issue I was facing is getting online. I am temporarily living in an office campus and I am not allowed to bring my laptop into the campus. Now I have no way to connect to the internet. I have a Samsung Galaxy SII phone and an iPad3 (wifi version). I figured may be if I get a data plan and make my mobile a hotspot, then I can connect my iPad to the network and use that for browsing. I tried tethering on my phone and everytime it gives me an error ‘Mobile data is not available or invalid sim’. I have an unlimited 2G mobile internet plan from Airtel. Other than when i try tethering, I am able to browse on my mobile without any issues. I checked some forums and there were suggestions to use apps to freeze the tethering manager. Any pointer on what needs to be done?

    • Pradeep Neela

      very soon spotify will be coming which will solve your purpose!

  • Julia

    I am also having trouble with this. I have the latest 2.3.5 version. For me, it shows that it starts to connect, but does not ask for password and then just says “Windows cannot connect to Android AP” (windows 7). I have tried troubleshooting as well, but this does not help.

    Any advice?

  • Ken

    Had hotspot tethering working fine on 2.3.3 upgraded to 2.3.5 and continually get a timeout on all web pages on the computer. What am I doing wrong

  • Ashraf

    Many thanks UncleSmitty for your feedback, i’m trying to actiate the hotspt on my galaxy s2 since few days and nothing was working, i even contacted the network carrier and they could not help.
    once i read your feedback, i removed my company email server sitting and it works fine with me… amazing

    but, how can i make it work to be able to have hotspot and configure my company exchange server…?

    Thanks

  • Ashraf

    It s samsung problem and i cannot beleive how unprofessional they deal with this issue. We buy the most expsnive device on the market and i also face the same problem. i updated yesterday to 2.3.5 latest build and problem persists adding a new problem of NOT saving the Hotsport name and password. That s rediculious how they treat this problem. Tethering is a core function for users of this category and such a phone.
    and let me tell u this: it is NOT operators issue (different operators, different countries, that work with HTC desire) do not work with Galaxy SII.
    ANYONE wants a tethering function DO NOT GO TO SAMSUNG. we need a campaign to force Samsung to react on this. I paid over 500 EURO for this device and cannot use this function since 3 months. Hey Samsung, that sucks.

  • xhattan

    Same problem here. It is NOT network related! I insert the SIM card on my SE X10 and it works perfectly, fast and smooth… This is the only disappointment so far on this phone, otherwise it is simply perfect.

  • http://androidadvices.com/tether-galaxy-s2-i9100-wifi-hotspot/ Keatsan

    Can we actually check what are the devices/IP that are connected to our hotspot?

    Or is there any app for it?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      no, not as of now by default you can check which devices are connected!

  • Mohammad

    same problem!!!
    and i used to tether via nokia on the same PC and it used to work (its not network related)…with the S2 on USb tethering works but not hotspot, same problem as alaa, connects for a few bits(windows messanger logs in and browser home page sometimes starts), then gives me limited connectivity(2 PCs in the toolbar below have the yellow triangle on them)…
    need help with this problem.
    PS..doesnt work in open mode nor WPA2.

    • daap

      I had this problem on my S2. Turned out to be Android 2.3.3 specific; when I upgraded to 2.3.5, the problem was solved and Hotspot tethering started working fine (however it now has a different bug – the parameters such as SSID and passwords are not saved and always revert to their default values :-( ).

      Hope this helps.

      • Yogesh Patel

        just try to do a soft reset on your phone and check whether if it fixes the problem or not.

        • ajit singh

          Hello.iam using the teathering in open however not working in WPA2. i have put the password in my s2 but not working that password

  • Connor

    I used my smart phone with my laptop with no problems. Currently trying again with the same laptop in the same location and my connection dies after about 20 seconds. Very frustrating.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      on which firmware you are on?

  • Mouhannad

    i’m facing the same issue please advise, suddenly i m receiving this highlighted alert.
    i update the system but the same problem.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which key you are using ? WEP / WPAKS2?

  • AMKAY

    I am getting “Security policy restricts use of internet sharing” when i try to enable the hostspot.
    It was working before, suddenly it stopped working, thought that my friend has also SII on the same carrier and it is working.
    I removed all APNs and tried, but still the problem.
    Any one can help plz.

    Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      please contact isp or check with the proxy settings!

    • UncleSmitty

      Finally found out what causes the “Security policy restricts use of Internet sharing” message when trying to use Wifi Tether — it was my company’s Exchange settings. When connecting to the corporate Exchange server for email/calendar/contacts/etc, the corporate settings enforced a security policy that allows them to, among other things (like reset phone to default), restrict Internet sharing.

      Can’t believe it took this long to find it… bleh. Posting here in case others find this info useful.

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

        you need to by pass the security policy which you can do by rooting the device!

  • omer

    Guys ,

    can someone help fix this issue. It is not network related. I am on Voda AU and Telstra customers are also complaining the same issue.

    Please help someone , it is v embarrassing in front of iPhone users!@@@

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you need to choose the tethering ready data plan!

  • Venkat

    same problem. unable to connect to internet via wifi hotspot of GTI9100. Laptop is detecting android hotspt and connecting to it but unable to use the Airtel 3G network of the samsung mobile. However tethering through USB s working fine and I am able to browse the net through the 3G connection. In fact I am typing this message through same.
    How to resolve this issue??

  • Sandeep Som

    Can we share Data files like audio vdo or any media file by using WIfi, I know there is Wi-fi Direct given in S2 but to transfer file using it requires same wi-fi direct acces on other divice too… Is there any other way of doing it????

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you will be needing the wifi access on both of the device to get / fetch data via wi fi direct!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you will be needing the wifi access on both of the device to get / fetch data via wi fi direct. it will make use of wifi!

    • alaa

      wifi direct works fine when there’s another “wifi direct device” in range. the problem is with tethering / hotspot feature / sharing your 3G data connection with your laptop

      • Yogesh Patel

        Could you let us know the exact detailed problem (images Screenshot) so that we can help you better.

  • kamal

    @alaa – on windows 7??

    Turn WIFI off and then on and try again (on laptop). If still doesnt connect, then click on “troubleshoot” and it will connect. Happens to me too but I always connect this way.

    Good luck!

    • Yogesh Patel

      Unable to get your problem.
      Are you trying to connect your Windows 7 PC with the S2 WiFi Hotspot network?

    • alaa

      it might fix the connection for few seconds if I’m lucky, then problem comes back :(

  • alaa

    Anyone noticed that wifi hotspot is not working on S2! Try so many times to connect my laptop to the android hotspot, after the success exchange of the very few first bits, I lose internet connection and the connection status says limited connectivity. Tried different laptops, different windows version with no luck. P.S. tethering via USB works perfect.

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      Its just your device, did you try to reset the handset and see if that fixes the problem?

      • alaa

        tried that, not working either :(

        • alaa

          many friends having the same problem as well!

          • Yogesh Patel

            Which country are you from? And the Mobile operator? May it possible that your carrier would charge you for using Wi-Fi hotspot.

        • Yogesh Patel

          Any particular issues? checked with your data connections? Does the device shows up on other handsets on available Wi-Fi networks?

    • pun555

      I have installed CM and 4.0.4 and hotspot works great.

    • Rowan

      I had the same problem. I stumbled upon the solution though.
      You need to have your hotspot settings in order, then launch Kies Air application.

      Sorted! It worked for me anyway. Can now connect to laptop, Playbook and PS3. . . Good luck.