If you have a wifi network at home or in your office, you must keep track of who is connected to your network. Unauthorized users can hack into your computers and other connected devices and access sensitive and private information and slow down your network speed.
Having unauthorized devices connected to your hotspot wifi network means that your password has been compromised or hacked because you haven’t turned on the network encryption feature. If your password has been compromised, you’ll need to set a new password then enable the network encryption. Make sure you choose WPA2 encryption to ensure your network is secure and available to only the people you choose to give the new password. Do regular checks for breaches until you’re sure hackers don’t have access to your network. You can also block someone using a block option in the connect users section of your wifi hotspot menu.
How to see who is connected to your hotspot on your iPhone
The fastest and easiest way to check if a device is connected to your hotspot is by looking at your locked screen. The personal hotspot icon is displayed on the status bar of your lock screen when there is a device connected to your hotspot. Several devices can connect at the same time, so it’s advisable to perform regular checks to see who is connected.
To view the devices connected, follow these steps:
- Swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen to access the control center
- Long press the connectivity tab
- View the displayed list of connected devices under your personal hotspot
How to manage allowed devices list for your Samsung Galaxy S9 hotspot
To make sure that only the devices you trust can access your mobile hotspot, you can add specific devices to the allowed devices list of your mobile hotspot.
Here is the step to follow to add or remove devices from this list.
- On your Home screen, open the menu and swipe up or down on your screen depending on how you unlock your phone
- Scroll and click on ‘Settings’
- Then click on ‘Connections’
- Scroll down and select ‘Mobile hotspot and tethering’
- Click on ‘Mobile hotspot’
- If you want to add a device to the allowed devices list, click on the + symbol
- In the device name slot, type in the name of the device then click on ‘Add’
- From the mobile hotspot, section click on the three dots on the top left corner
- Click on ‘Allowed devices’
- To provide a connection to only the trusted devices, enable ‘Allowed devices only’
- Of you want to remove the allowed devices list, click on ‘Delete’
- Check the box for the devices you want to remove
- Then click ‘Delete’. This will remove the devices from your phone
How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S9 mobile hotspot
- Ensure that your wifi and mobile hotspot are both turned off. The portable wifi hotspot settings aren’t affected when you turn on wifi sharing.
- From your Home screen, swipe up to open the apps tray
- Click on ‘Settings’ then go to ‘Connections’
- Scroll down and click on ‘Mobile hotspot and tethering’
- Select the ‘Mobile hotspot’ tab to give you access to the setup menu so you can complete the following steps:
- To create a wifi password:
- Click on the ‘Password’ tab
- Enter your preferred password with at least 8 characters
- Click ‘Ok’
- At the top left corner of the mobile hotspot tab, click on the 3 dots then select ‘Allowed devices’
- Turn on ‘Allowed devices only’ so only the devices you’ve added to your list can connect
- Go back to your Mobile hotspot menu screen
- Click on the menu icon then select ‘Configure mobile hotspot’ and configure the following:
- Network name
- Turn on/off to broadcast or hide your network name
- Set your security option to be either open or encrypted with WPA2 PSK
- Power saving mode to help reduce battery usage depending on your mobile hotspot traffic
- Click ‘Save’
- Tapon the ‘Mobile hotspot’ to turn it on
If you want to set the timeout settings so that your hotspot will automatically disable when you’re not using it, here are the steps to follow:
- From your Home screen swipe up or down to gain access to your apps screen
- Go to Settings then click on Connections
- Scroll down to Mobile hotspot and tethering
- Click on Mobile hotspot
- Select the Menu icon and click on the Timeout settings
- A list of different times will be displayed, select your preferred timeout
How to setup hotspot for your iPhone
You will require to follow a few simple steps to set up your mobile hotspot for your iPhone or iPad.
- Go to Settings and click on Personal hotspot. When you tap the toggle button on the left it will turn green. If you don’t have the Personal hotspot in the Setting menu, click on Cellular then go to Personal hotspot
- Note the displayed wifi password
- Open your wifi menu on the device you want to connect to your internet
- From the wifi menu list, find your iSO device and click on it
- Enter the password you had noted earlier
- This will allow your second device to connect to your wifi through your mobile hotspot
- When you want to turn off your mobile hotspot all you need to do is tap on the Personal hotspot button
Common problems with using mobile hotspots
Mobile hotspots are slower than wifi and the internal signal that your phone delivers is spotty
Massive data overcharges
It eats up your data and your monthly data allowance quickly
Translating a 3G or4G connection into internet access wears out your battery
Doesn’t function as a phone
When your phone is a hotspot you can’t receive calls because it can’t support simultaneous voice and data
After kicking someone off your hotspot Samsung, you should do frequent checks to see if unknown devices are using your hotspot. Although it’s faster to use your mobile hotspot, it’s also very easy for someone to use it without you knowing.
Why isn’t my hotspot working on my Samsung?
If your mobile hotspot feature is having problems, it could be caused by your mobile carrier your data connection.You can try rebooting your phone, do a factory reset, or perform a software update.
Is it bad to use your phone as a hotspot?
Using your phone as a hotspot wears out your phone’s battery so you’ll need to keep it plugged in.