Monday, June 10, 2013

So you are at a cafe or restaurant and for some stupid reason the wireless they offer seems to fail you. Constantly connecting / disconnecting or losing the signal, which can be very very irritating. This happened to me recently and I was very annoyed. Sitting out in the summer garden having your meal or cup of coffee and you want to check some stuff on your laptop/pad but you can't seem to get the signal. Well good news for you if you are a Samsung Galaxy S3 user. I will show you in few easy steps how to share your phone's mobile internet to your laptop!

Ok first things first.

1. Open the settings in your Samsung Galaxy S3

2. Click on "More Settings"

3. Click on "Tethering and portable hotspot" and click on the On/Off button next to it. It will give you a message "Attention - Enabling portable Wi-Fi hotspot will turn off Wi-Fi"  Click OK and don't worry about it.

4. Click on "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.." There you can see your details about how to connect to your phone's mobile internet. 

These are the default settings.
  • Open your laptop and search for a wireless network named "AndroidAP" (obviously you can change the name, password, security etc.)
  • Click connect 
  • Type in the password as shown on your phone (like in the picture above)
  • There you have it! Internet on your laptop/Pad directly by your phone.
WARNING: using mobile internet via your mobile phone is the same thing as if you are using it with your Galaxy S3. Which means if you are paying for bandwidth it will charge you. Make sure you have good mobile plan when you download stuff and browse so you don't have to pay a lot. 

*Advanced part*
5. You can configure the settings of the sharing of mobile internet by clicking on "Configure" button (as shown on previous picture)
You can edit the Wi-Fi network name, the security type and password. Once ready - click "Save"

6. You can add Allowed devices list to connect to your phone's mobile internet. Click on "Allowed devices" as shown in 5) 

7. Once in "Allowed devices", click on the top right "+" button and add your device's name and mac address

That's it. This is how you can easily use your phone's internet on your laptop/pad or any device. If you have a good mobile plan with fast and cheap internet (like monthly subscription) this is a very cool thing to use. You can share your internet when you are on a meeting, with friends, family or anyone who needs internet to interact with you but does not have a mobile plan or wi-fi available at the moment. 

If you have any questions or need help - use the comments section or the contact form. 
Keep rockin'!



  1. Actually i have three internet enabled devices and i share a single connection to access internet on all devices by sharing a single connection.

    Silvester Norman

    Change Mac Address

    1. I'm glad everything is working for you.

  2. Where do you find your laptop's MAC address?

    1. Hey Tammy, when you click on "Network connections" and on your current connection (like Local area connection 1 or Wi-Fi) and then click the "Details button" you can see all the information regarding your connection. Another way to do so is by opening CMD from start menu, typing "ipconfig /all" This is for windows OS.
      For Linux - open up the terminal and type in: "ifconfig -a" and check the numbers next to "hwaddr" (you need to have permissions to do this, root permissions).

  3. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get the hang of it! CELL PHONE DETECTOR


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