How to use Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 as Modem

Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are two midrange Android smartphone which offers good features in affordable price.  The AMOLED screen is the additional attraction of these smartphones. Thge majot difference between these two smartphones is screen size. The Android version and UI are identical. In this post, we will learn to use Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 as modem through personal hotspot and USB tethering.

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How to use Samsung Galaxy J5 and  Galaxy J7  as Modem

For using Samsung Galaxy J5 and  Galaxy J7 as modem to connect to internet from PC, Laptop or iPad, there are 3 different methods. The methods are Personal WiFi hotspot, USB tethering and Bluetooth tethering. You can use any of these methods according to your requirement. For using these Samsung Galaxy smartphone as modem, you need to have data plan  for tethering. The charges might apply as per your cellular network provider.

How to use Samsung Galaxy J5 and  Galaxy J7 personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

Samsung Galaxy personal Wi-Fi hotspot is the method through you can share your mobile data to other WiFi enabled devices through mobile hotspot.

  1. First enable the Mobile data.
  2. Now go to Apps->Settings.
  3. Tap on to Tethering and Mobile hotspot.
  4. Now Select Mobile Hotspot.
  5. Here you can enable the WiFi hotspot by moving the slider to right.
  6. You can access your mobile WiFi hotspot from any other wifi enabled devices using the SSID and password you have provided while configuring the Mobile Hotspot.

How to configure Mobile Hotspot/WiFi hotspot in Galaxy J5 and  Galaxy J7

  • Follow the steps till 6 and then tap on to Menu Button(|)

WiFI hotspot password reset

  • Tap configure hotspot.
  • In this page, you an enter or edit the network SSID, password  and security type.
  • Once down tap on to Save.

Video Guide on how to use Galaxy J5 & Galaxy J7 as Wi-Fi Hotspot

How to use USB tethering on Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7

  • Connect your your device to PC through USB cable.
  • Install the required drivers. If any difficulty in installing the USB the driver for Galaxy J5 or J7, download and install Samsung Kies.
  • Follow the steps 1 to step 4 mentioned above.
  • Enable the USB tethering by moving the the slider right.
  • Your USB connected device will start getting the internet.

How to use Bluetooth tethering on  Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7

  • First you need to pair your smartphone with device which you want to connect to internet.
  • Then follow the steps 1 to 4.
  • Now enable the Bluetooth Tethering.

These are the different ways of  accessing net from pc through Samsung Galaxy J5, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J2.


Using  Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 as WiFi hotspot, will drain your battery faster. So use this feature wisely.

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38 comments… add one
  • emmenuel Jan 16, 2016, 7:01 pm

    My J5 tethering does not give internet while shiwing devices are connected! What is wrong?

  • saeed Jan 28, 2016, 9:29 am

    My J5 doesn’t give (send) data to connected devices through wireless either,, why?
    Can any body help or state the reasons/solutions?


    • Micheal Azaadi Apr 5, 2017, 4:27 pm

      My sumsung j5 connected hostspot to other device but not access internet

  • rakesh Feb 1, 2016, 7:45 pm

    My samsung j5 connected hotspot to other device but not access inter net

  • Ike Feb 2, 2016, 5:37 pm

    My J5 tethering does not allow browsing the internet while showing devices are connected! What is wrong?

    • Aniruddh Feb 2, 2016, 6:14 pm

      Are you able to browse internet on your J5?

      • Ike Feb 3, 2016, 4:40 pm

        Yes, I am able to browse the internet with my galaxy j5. But it does’nt allow other wifi device to browse the internet while connected through it.

        Any idea why.

  • Ike Feb 7, 2016, 2:36 pm

    Does anyone has any idea why my j5 is not able ta share its internet?
    I can browse the internet.

  • James Feb 14, 2016, 3:37 am

    If I am using SIM card 1 then my laptop connects to the internet through J5 mobile hotspot. But it will not connect if I use SIM card 2. Can this be fixed?

    • Aniruddh Feb 14, 2016, 9:05 am

      I have used both sim cards for wifi hotspot. I have not faced any issues. Might be, your sim2 data might have some issue. Are you able to browse internet from your phone using sim2 mobile data?

      • Athipa Feb 19, 2016, 1:19 pm

        Iam using Samsung galaxy j5. I have tried to share my hotspot but it is not working. I received a software update for my smartphone,I downloaded it but it is failing to install. It always gives me an error. Please help am stranded.

    • Suhas Joshi Jan 30, 2017, 9:49 pm

      To the best of my knowledge J5 SIM card slot 2 is not compatible for wifi more over it may not be 4g Volte. Kindly check with d dealer.

  • James Feb 28, 2016, 7:21 pm

    I can access internet from J5 on SIM 2 but I cannot access internet when using J5 as hotspot with SIM 2. I connect to network but no internet access.
    I can use the card in SIM 2 in another phone as a mobile hot spot.
    I can use SIM 1 for hotspot.

  • Keshav Apr 10, 2016, 6:09 am

    My samsung galaxy J700H is conecting but am not able use internet with other devices

  • Djon May 7, 2016, 1:09 am

    My video call cannot get through how to set up video call on my samsung j7?

  • Vishnu Jun 11, 2016, 5:15 am

    hi,.. i am searching a lot but I am not getting how to do reverse tethering through samsung j5 mode.. Can you guide ?


    • Aniruddh Jun 12, 2016, 9:06 am

      Hi Vishnu,

      As far as I know, there is no simple way of reverse tethering for Galaxy J5. Most of the methods available requires rooting which will void your warranty. So I cannot recommend it.
      If you have laptop with WiFi, you can try Hotspot software for Windows from Connectify. It provides a option to use your laptop as Wifi hotspot through which you can connect your Galaxy J5 to Laptop internet. It is a paid software. However, you can use free trail to see whether it matches your requirement.

  • Jamie Jun 24, 2016, 2:47 am

    I can’t seem to get my video calling to work I can see me the other person can see me but I can’t see them and it drops the video call into a regular call … what’s going on?

  • kolu Jul 6, 2016, 10:28 pm

    hi my Samsung galaxy j7 is connecting to my laptop but mobile data is not shearing internet connection

  • Arjun KR Jul 8, 2016, 11:25 am

    In my samsung j7 usb tethering option is not seeing in the settings. How to enable it??

    • Aniruddh Jul 8, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Hi Arjun,

      It is available in Settings->Mobile hotspot and tethering.

  • Sive Aug 2, 2016, 8:06 pm

    I cn’t download track’s and the bottom of my screen it say refresh sim data what can i do plz hlp

  • ayesha malik Aug 5, 2016, 7:51 pm

    i dont know how to turn on the mobile data?? i want to use the internet on my sim but i dont knwo how to turn it on??plz help

  • Meemangsha Mahanta Sep 1, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Why i didn’t show either what sim i am going to video call? And i m using a 4g sim in my j7 but cannot make video call it say that out of coverage

  • Danny Sep 15, 2016, 1:53 pm

    How i can use pc internet on my Samsung J7 connecting via USB cable?

    • Aniruddh Sep 15, 2016, 4:28 pm

      Using a Samsung Smart Switch, you can update(Firmware updates) your Galaxy J7 from PC internet. If you want to use internet, then you need to use third party softwares. The softwares like “Connectify” you can look for.

  • Saif Sep 25, 2016, 2:52 pm

    My samsung j5 connected hotspot to other device but not access inter net

  • tusar Oct 7, 2016, 3:03 pm

    sir, in my samsung j5 mobile usb tethering is not working with my dell laptop .so how i can i able to use my internet pls help me sir.

  • Shaan Hussain Oct 24, 2016, 2:37 pm

    Iam using Samsung galaxy j7 Prime. I have tried to share my Wifi hotspot but it is not working. Please Tell Me How To Connect …

  • Mr. Bitumbe Nov 1, 2016, 9:14 am

    My samsung j5 usb tethering does not allow browsing the internet to desktop while showing device are connected! What is wrong?

  • Mr. Bitumbe Nov 1, 2016, 9:30 am

    I am waiting for the your opinions.

    • Aniruddh Nov 1, 2016, 3:50 pm

      Hi Bitumbe,

      Check whether your phone is connected to internet? Are you able to browse internet on your smartphone? Check whether the device is properly installed on your device. You can also try installing USB driver ADB driver. Hope this resolves your issue.
      I have returned the device. Hence I don’t have the device with me now. But based on my knowledge I am suggesting above steps.

  • Mr. Bitumbe Nov 1, 2016, 2:32 pm

    It looks this problem of usb tethering is the major problem of samsung j5.

  • Mango34 Nov 23, 2016, 9:00 pm

    A new one for you. I want to connect a ird decoder (sat tv) with a rca output to a samsung j7 to be used as a monitor.

    I havent found a way to do it neither via you tube or google.

    Best regards.

  • Zido Dec 2, 2016, 8:27 pm

    I just bought my Samsung galaxy J5-6 and I can’t connect to my own internet.WHY,WHAT’S THE PROBLEM??????

  • Zido Dec 2, 2016, 8:28 pm

    I can’t cennect to my own internet with my J5.Why?Can someone please help me out

  • Samproz Apr 15, 2018, 3:58 pm

    I bought a second hand j5 and i dont know my hotspot password. Can anyone help?

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