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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, FAQs, Guides, How Tos and Tips [Part 10]

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Welcome to the 10th edition of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials series. In this part, we will walk you through a series of steps to help you manage connectivity features of the S6 smartphone, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Anyone who needs help in working with the phone connectivity options and settings configuration may refer to this guide for free.

Relevant queries and/or issues associated with the Galaxy S6 will be entertained and addressed via TDG mailbag. So feel free to drop us an email if you have any concerns on the device and we will do our best to assist you further.

In the meantime, please check out the following outline of topics to have a quick overview of what we’ve covered in this entire post.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Wi-Fi Options and Settings Management

Samsung Galaxy S6 Bluetooth Management

Samsung Galaxy S6 GPS & Location Settings Management

Set Up Mobile Hotspot on Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Wi-Fi Options and Settings Management

With the Galaxy S6 Wi-Fi, you can access wireless Internet over distances of up to 300 feet. Accessing to a wireless access point or hotspot is also a requisite to use your phone’s Wi-Fi feature. Wireless signal availability and range may vary depending on various factors such as infrastructure and other objects through which the signal passes.

You can connect you Galaxy S6 to other devices and networks through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Mobile Hotspot. Once connected, you can start sharing files, explore the web and utilize accessories to maximize your mobile experience.

Read on to learn how to manage and make the most of the wireless feature on your Galaxy S6 smartphone.

How to Enable/Turn On Wi-Fi on the Galaxy S6

Your phone offers the Wireless & setting menu wherein you can enable the phone’s Wi-Fi radio and connect to an available wireless network. In order to use Wi-Fi, you need to enable or turn the feature on beforehand. For those who need are not yet familiar with the GS 6 interface, here’s how to enable Wi-Fi on your phone:

  1. Touch Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Scroll to and touch to select Wi-Fi from the Connections menu options. Doing so will prompt you with the Wi-Fi settings menu.
  4. To enable/turn on Wi-Fi, touch the ON/OFF switch. You will know when Wi-Fi is already enabled on your device, if you see the names and security settings of the available wireless networks in range.

Hint: To disable Wi-Fi, simply tap the ON/OFF switch again to turn it OFF.

How to connect to a Wi-Fi Network

Once Wi-Fi is enabled, you can start to search for a wireless network to connect to. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Scroll to and touch a Wi-Fi network to connect.
  2. If prompted, enter a password (if the Wi-Fi is not an open network).
  3. Touch Connect.

Alternatively, you can connect your Galaxy S6 to a wireless network with the following method:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Drag down the Notification Panel.
  3. Touch and hold Wi-Fi. If you already have set up a Wi-Fi connection, you can just tap on Wi-Fi to turn Wi-Fi On and Off.
  1. Touch or slide the Wi-Fi switch to ON to enable it. From this screen, you can also turn Wi-Fi notifications on or off.
  1. Touch to select a Wi-Fi network to connect to. Enter the network password and touch Connect, if necessary.

You will know when your phone is connected to the Wi-Fi network if you see the Wi-Fi Active icon in the Status Bar.

Hints:

  • If an access point is not security protected, entering a password is not necessary.
  • In case you are required to enter a password for a household wireless LAN router, you can try to check the sticker on the router. Sometimes, it’s written on the router’s sticker, labeled as WEP, WPA, KEY, and the like. If you don’t see it, please contact the router manufacturer.
  • In case you need a password for a public wireless LAN, please check with the user’s service provider.

Typically, you will no longer be prompted to enter the password again, the next time your phone connects to a previously accessed secured wireless network, unless you’ve reset your phone to its factory default settings or you instructed the phone to forget the network.

Disconnect from a Wireless Network on the Galaxy S6

If you want to remove a connected Wi-Fi network on your device, follow these steps:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Wi-Fi to open the Wi-Fi settings menu.
  4. Press and hold the name of the access point you are connected to, and then touch Forget network.

The network settings are now removed and Wi-Fi is disconnected. After you disconnect or forget an access point, you will be required to enter the correct password and other network settings to reconnect to this network.

Configure/manage Wi-Fi Settings on the Galaxy S6

If you need help, here’s a quick guide for you to use the Wi-Fi settings menu and manually set or configure your Wi-Fi connection options.

  1. Touch Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Wi-Fi to get to the Wi-Fi settings menu.
  4. Touch the On/Off switch to turn Wi-Fi on or enable it. You will then be prompted with a list of names and security settings of all wireless networks in range.
  5. Next, touch More to view more options.
  6. Touch to select Advanced to get to the advanced Wi-Fi settings menu.
  7. Configure your Wi-Fi settings according to your preferences. Changes will then be applied and saved.

How to use Wi-Fi Direct on the Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 also sports Wi-Fi Direct feature that provides easy access to everything through Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Direct devices are capable of connecting to each other without having to go through an access point, a router. Instead, they establish their own ad-hoc networks as and when required, allowing you to see which devices are available and select which one you want to connect to.

Here’s how to use Wi-Fi Direct on the Galaxy S6:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Wi-Fi to get to the Wi-Fi settings menu.
  4. Touch the ON/OFF switch to turn Wi-Fi On, if necessary.
  5. Once Wi-Fi is enabled, touch Wi-Fi Direct to open the Wi-Fi Direct settings.
  6. If a device is found, touch the device entry to connect. You will see a confirmation if the device is connected via Wi-Fi. Just follow the onscreen instructions to proceed.
  7. Accept the connection on the other device and the phone is now connected via Wi-Fi Direct. The connection request is cancelled if a connection is not accepted after a certain period.
  1. To stop a connection, tap the device name on the Wi-Fi Direct list.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Bluetooth Management

Just like other Samsung devices, the Galaxy S6 also features a Bluetooth system that lets you connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices like headsets and hands-free car kits, computers, printers, wireless phones, and Bluetooth-enabled handhelds using a short-range communications technology. You can use Bluetooth for wireless audio outputs, hands-free calls, and data exchange. Normally, the Bluetooth communication range is approximately 30 feet.

Hint: You will not be able to use Bluetooth is Airplane Mode is enabled on your device. So, if Bluetooth is unavailable, verify Airplane mode settings and make sure it’s disabled.

Enable Bluetooth on the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6’s Bluetooth capabilities can be enabled or disabled using the Settings menu. Here’s how to enable Bluetooth on your phone:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Bluetooth to open the Bluetooth settings.
  4. To turn Bluetooth on or enable the feature, touch the ON/OFF switch.

If you no longer want to use Bluetooth, you can disable it by touching the On/Off switch again. Doing so will help extend your phone’s battery life.

Another way to enable or disable Bluetooth is using the Quick Settings button in the Notification Panel. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Drag down the Notification Panel.
  3. Touch and hold Bluetooth.
  4. Touch or slide the Bluetooth switch to turn it ON. Once enabled, you will see a list of Bluetooth-enabled devices under Available devices.
  5. Choose a device to pair with.
  6. If prompted, enter the correct password to access certain device. Common manufacturer passwords are 0000 and 1234.

Pair Bluetooth Device with the Galaxy S6

When Bluetooth is already enabled on your phone, you can start searching for and pairing it with other Bluetooth devices nearby. Also make sure both devices you want to pair are visible or discoverable. By then you can proceed with Bluetooth pairing. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Bluetooth to open the Bluetooth settings.
  4. All visible or discoverable devices nearby will be shown in the Available devices list. If the device you want to pair with your S6 is not detected, tap Refresh to search again.
  5. Touch to select any device from the Available devices list.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the pairing process. Please note that the methods to accept a Bluetooth connection may vary depending on the device being used.

When both devices are successfully paired, you may begin viewing and sharing contents from/to your Galaxy S6.

To unpair your Galaxy S6 from a paired device, follow these steps:

  1. Go back to the Bluetooth Settings Menu. (Tap Apps->Settings->Bluetooth).
  2. Touch the Settings icon (wheel-like icon) next to the paired device you want to unpair.
  3. To unpair the device from your phone, touch Unpair.

You will need to pair again if you want to make another connection with the device.

Connect to a Paired Bluetooth Device

You can connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 to a compatible Bluetooth headset or car kit and have hands-free conversations or listen to music over a Bluetooth stereo headset. The process is the same as when setting up stereo audio and hands-free devices. Here’s how:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Bluetooth to get to the Bluetooth settings menu. In here, you will see paired Bluetooth devices in the Paired devices list.
  4. Touch to select a device from the list to connect your Galaxy S6 to that paired device.

Hints: You will see the pairing and connection status below the device’s name in the Bluetooth devices section. You will also see the Bluetooth connection icon displayed in the Status Bar when the paired device is connected to your phone. You then can start using the headset or car kit to listen to music or make and receive calls, depending on the type of device you have connected.

Important Note: Display and operations may vary due to different specs and features of other Bluetooth-compatible devices. Other functions like file transfer or exchange may also not be possible with all Bluetooth-compatible devices.

Share Contents via Bluetooth on S6

Transferring of information or contents between your phone and other Bluetooth-enabled devices like a different phone or notebook computer is one of the important uses of Bluetooth. Among the files or contents you can send through Bluetooth include images, videos, contacts, calendar events, and audio files.

Following are instructions to share information via Bluetooth by describing how to share a contact.

Send Contacts Data via Bluetooth

In order to send information, ensure your phone is already paired with the other Bluetooth-enabled device. Follow these steps:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Contacts to view the Contacts list.
  3. Touch to select a contact to send.
  4. Touch More to view more options.
  5. Touch to select Share name card.
  6. Touch Bluetooth to continue.
  7. Touch a paired device from the list of Available devices to receive the data.
  8. Wait for the contact information to be sent. If prompted with a message to confirm, follow the onscreen instructions to complete contact data sharing.

Receive Data via Bluetooth on S6

You can also use Bluetooth to receive data on your Galaxy S6 from another device. Make sure your phone is paired with the other device and that Bluetooth is enabled. Follow these steps:

  1. Normally, you will be prompted with a request message to accept the file when another device attempts to send a file to your phone via Bluetooth. Touch Accept and the file is sent to your phone. When your phone gets the file, a notification will also pop-up.
  1. To open the file immediately, drag the Status Bar down to display the Notification Panel.
  2. Tap the notification from the panel to open it.

Hints:

  • The process of opening a received file on your phone may vary depending on the type of file you received. For example, documents and media files are usually opened directly in a compatible application.

 

  • If you received a vCalendar file, select the calendar where you want the event to be saved, and then tap Import to add it to your Calendar events.

 

  • If the file you received is a vCard contact file, the contacts you received will be saved in the Contacts list.

Galaxy S6 GPS & Location Settings Management

With the Galaxy S6 GPS (Global Positioning System) & Location Settings, you can use your device to determine your location. Your phone uses information from Wi-Fi or mobile data networks or both to help calculate your position. This option will also allow Google to use its location services to estimate your location and enhance search results and other services. Read on to learn how to use this feature on your S6 handset.

Set Up GPS & Location on the Galaxy S6

With your phone’s location settings, you can choose a method to determine your location using your mobile phone. After you’ve set up your location, your phone can start using advanced features like Smart Lock (for bypassing a secure lock when in a trusted location) and the My Places widget.

Follow these steps to set up GPS and Location on your S6 smartphone:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Scroll to and touch Location.
  4. To turn Location ON, touch the slider (ON).
  5. If you want to allow Google location service to collect location data anonymously, touch Agree. Otherwise, touch Disagree to continue.
  6. For this guide, we will touch Agree.
  7. If you want to allow Google location service to help apps find your location, touch Agree. Otherwise, touch Disagree.
  8. Again, touch Agree for this guide.
  9. Now, touch Locating method to choose and set the accuracy level of your locating method.
  10. Select any from High accuracy, Power saving, or GPS only.

Hints:

  • High accuracy option – has the highest level of accuracy. The system uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile data interchangeably to estimate your location. Please note that data charges may apply for using this option. To avoid extra charges or verify fees, contact your carrier beforehand.
  • Power saving option – uses only Wi-Fi and mobile data to estimate your location.
  • GPS only – uses only GPS network to estimate your location.
  1. For this guide, touch Power saving to continue.
  2. On the next screen, you will see Recent location requests. It’s a section that displays apps that have requested access to your location. Touch to select any of the apps.

To continue with this guide, touch Google Location History.

  1. Toggle the switch to turn this feature on, if necessary. Location History stores a history of your location data.
  2. Press the Home key to go back to the Home screen.

Alternatively, you can turn Location on or off using the Notification Panel. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Notification Panel by swiping from the top of the Home screen to the bottom.
  2. Touch the Location Quick Panel shortcut to turn it on or enabled. When it’s on, it appears green.
  3. Touch Agree, if you want to allow the Google location service to collect location data anonymously. Otherwise, touch Disagree.

Touch Agree to continue with this guide.

  1. Touch Agree, if you want the Google location service to help apps find your location, otherwise, touch Disagree.

To continue with this guide, touch Agree.

Manage GPS Location Settings on the Galaxy S6

With the Location Settings, you can choose how your mobile device determine location using its built-in Global Position System (GPS) transmitter, Wi-Fi networks, and mobile networks.

GPS is a satellite-based system designed to communicate your location to apps on your device, including Google Maps for navigation.

Here’s how to Enable/Turn ON Location services on Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety. If necessary, touch the Personal tab and then touch Privacy and safety.
  1. Touch Location.
  2. Touch the OFF slider to turn Location ON. Doing so will enable the feature.
  3. Touch Agree on the consent screen. If you don’t want to see this screen in the future, mark the Don’t show again checkbox.

Here’s how to manage and choose the accuracy level of your phone’s location method:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  5. Touch Locating method.
  6. Touch to select any of the given options including High accuracy, Power saving, and GPS only.

Here’s how to manage Recent Location Requests on the Galaxy S6 and let your device tells you which apps request access to your location:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location. Under Recent location requests, you will see any apps that have requested access to your location. You can also see the battery usage required for an app to make the request under the application name.
  1. Touch an app to access its application information screen.

Using Location Services on the Galaxy S6

Follow these steps to use Location Services to let your device use information from Wi-FI or mobile data networks (or both) to help estimate your position:

  1. Touch Apps from Home.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Privacy and safety.
  4. Touch Location.
  5. Touch Google Location Reporting. If prompted to sign in to your Google Account, follow the onscreen instructions to do so.
  6. Turn Location Reporting and Location History on or off.

How to use My Places on the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 features the My Places widget that lets your device recognize your location and provide relevant information and services. To recognize locations, you can add places like Home, Work, and Out and about using Maps, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth feature. Here’s a quick guide to manage My Places on your device.

  1. Touch and hold the Home screen.
  2. Touch Widgets at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Touch and hold the My Places widget, position it on an available space, and release it.
  4. To exit the edit mode, touch Back.
  5. Touch the My Places widget to continue.
  6. Touch a location to define it.
  7. Touch Work to continue with this guide. Your current location will then appear under Address
  8. Touch the MyPlacesLocation (balloon figure) icon to search for your location again.
  9. To define your location using a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth address, touch Other detection methods.
  10. Follow the onscreen instructions for the method you select.

Hints:

  • If you use Maps, you will have to search for your location or use the current GPS coordinates.
  • If you use Wi-Fi, you will be prompted to choose the Wi-Fi access point.
  • If you use Bluetooth, you will be prompted to choose the device from a list of available devices.
  1. To manage shortcuts to functions and applications that are useful in this place, touch Manage. Otherwise, touch OK to continue.
  2. Allow your phone to recognize this location and display the selected shortcuts in the My Places widget.
  3. To access additional options, touch an empty space.

Important Tips when using GPS on the Galaxy S6

There are many factors that could affect GPS signals and triggers relevant issues to occur on your device. Among them are tall buildings, weather conditions, tinted windows, high-voltage or electromagnetic fields, as well as tunnels or underground structures.

Following are recommended workarounds and tips you can refer to, in case your phone is not accurately detecting your location or you cannot acquire a signal:

  • Ensure Location services are enabled.
  • Choose High accuracy as your Locating method.
  • Make sure your GPS receiver has clear access to the sky or there are no obstructions.
  • Keep your phone still until your location is detected.
  • Toggle Location services OFF and then back ON.
  • Make sure you are not using third-party case or cover that may hinder or block the GPS signal.
  • Restart your phone.

Setting up Mobile Hotspot and Tethering on Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 can be used as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot and share your mobile data with other devices such as a laptop, desktop computer, or another phone or tablet. Follow these steps to set up mobile hotspot and share Internet connection with the Galaxy S6 smartphone:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notification panel.
  3. On the notification panel, tap the Settings icon (wheel-like button) located on the upper-right corner.
  4. Select Mobile Hotspot and Tethering under Connections.
  5. Touch Mobile Hotspot to turn the feature on or enable it.
  6. If prompted, read the message and touch OK to continue.

When mobile hotspot is enabled, you may now start using your phone to tether its Internet connection with other devices. Hint: to make things simple, you can set to Allow All devices to connect and share your mobile network connection.

  1. On the other device you want to connect to the mobile hotspot, go to Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
  3. Look for your newly created mobile hotspot network from the list of available networks, and then tap on it to connect.
  4. If prompted, enter the password and tap Connect. You then can start using the Internet from your Galaxy S6 to your other device.

Important Note: Mobile hotspot is a great feature to have when you want to do some work while you’re out on a vacation with no Wi-Fi in sight. You have to remember though that sharing your data via mobile hotspot may also let you quickly run out of your data allowance, because connected devices will also use the same data from your data plan. This then could result to extra charges on your bill.

And that’s everything for the 10th edition of our tutorial series on Samsung Galaxy S6. If you have further questions, specific tutorial requests, and/or concerns or issues associated with the Galaxy S6 connectivity, feel free to drop us an email at [email protected]. We will be glad to assist you further.

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