How to Use Samsung Galaxy Phone as modem to connect to Internet from PC

Samsung has wide range of Galaxy smartphones starting from Galaxy Star to the latest smartphone Galaxy Note 3. All these phones are running on Android operating system. All the Android smartphones running on Gingerbread or later versions support USB tethering and WiFi tethering feature. WiFi Tethering is nothing sharing the internet connection with other WiFi enabled devices. Similarly USB tethering is sharing the internet connection through USB cable.

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How to use Samsung Galaxy J series smartphone as modem through USB tethering, WiFi hotspot.

In this post, I will show you how to use Samsung Galaxy Smartphones as modem through USB tethering as as through WiFi tethering. This method of using the internet from PC through smartphone works on all the Samsung smartphones running on Android OS such as Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy S advance, Galaxy S duos, Galaxy S Duos 2, Galaxy Y, Galaxy Y duos, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Quattro, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Grand Prime, Galaxy Alpha to name few. Let is start learning on how to use tethering on Samsung Galaxy Phones.

Samsung Galaxy Tethering

Using Samsung Galaxy Smartphones as WiFi Hotspot

As said earlier, Samsung mobiles can be used as modem to connect to internet from PC with WiFi adaptor or WiFi enabled devices. To make to use Samsung mobiles as wireless modem please follow the steps given below.
1. To start with, enable the data connectivity on your phone by Going to setup->More Settings->Mobile Networks and enable Use Packet Data. Do note that, the internet charges from your network provider will be applies.
2.  Now goto  setup->More Settings once again. Tap on to Tethering and Portable hotspot.
3. Move slider to right next to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot. This enable the WiFi hotspot on your Samsung Device.
4. Tap on  Portable Wi-Fi hotspot  to configure the Network SSID and password for your WiFI hotspot.
5. Now your device WiFi network will be accessible from the other WiFi enabled devices using the Network SSID and password you have chosen.

Using Samsung Galaxy Smartphones as Modem using USB

For using Samsung mobiles as modem, you need to install Samsung  Drivers on your PC. Samsung does not provides standalone Driver for mobile. However, you need to install Samsung Kies PC suite to get the required Samsung Drivers. I have already written a post on the same. You can read that for that  from How to download free Samsung Kies PC suite.
1. Once you have installed Samsung Kies, Connect the Samsung mobile to PC via USB cable. It will take few seconds to install and configure the required drivers for your device.
2. Once it is done, follow the 1 and 2 steps mentioned above
3. Enable USB tethering by selecting the check box.
4. Now you will be able to access internet from your PC using your smartphone as modem.

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11 comments… add one
  • jokeryoyo Jun 5, 2014, 4:28 am

    hard to handle :p

  • Reuven Ben-Yaakov Dec 12, 2014, 6:23 pm


    Is the cable i need the one i got with my samsung galaxy phone inside the box?

    Is this method more stable than using a bluetooth-dongle in the PC which is connected the phone’s bluetooth signal?
    I have used other phones in this way before – I used the program called Blue Soleil.

    Please advise me, it will be much appreciated…

    Thank You


  • James Intrepidus Dec 24, 2014, 6:53 am

    Greetings, I was just sitting here and wondering whether it is possible to receive Wi-Fi signal by the phone antenna and share it with a PC allowing users to browse the net?

  • norm Jan 6, 2015, 5:14 pm

    Greetings, I was just wondering whether it is possible to receive KH-11 Wi-Fi satellite signal by the phone antenna on Ebay and share it to order coffee and browse the net?

  • Fanil Joshi Jan 16, 2015, 1:11 pm

    I can connect to my outlook and receive and send mail’s using tethering by my samsung galaxy grand prime but unable to aćcess internet on my laptop. Pls advise

  • gotsi May 9, 2015, 10:38 am

    hi.’m struggling to up load a new cv on the smollan website.i have been using modem & my data as internet.i cann’t login usin an a laptop bt when ‘m using my phone it lets me in.what must i use in order to accec my details using an a lapton,moderm & mobile data.’m using samsung pocket neo?

  • yunus Jun 15, 2016, 10:47 am

    Thanks for enlightenment.

  • Antonio Sousa Oct 12, 2016, 9:44 am

    Can I put a motherboard of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F in Note 4 SM-N910X?

  • Jameel Muhammed Feb 27, 2017, 8:47 am

    my system Is new . how to make a internet connection . my pcwas does not see my Samsung device

  • Nick Huff Jun 11, 2018, 6:18 pm

    How do I connect my Samsung J3 to my wifi when it keeps trying to use my Verizon signal which is so poor it’s unusable, but is still there with one bar…My phone ignores my wifi and tries to use the over the air Verizon signal.

  • john Aug 26, 2018, 4:17 pm

    how to use your samsung phone to be a modem while connected wifi broadband and not using hotspot? please help me…

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