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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Tutorial: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile hotspot and tethering setup

Your Samsung #GalaxyS6EdgePlus (#GalaxyS6Edge+) is an awesome device that offers you a number of ways to connect with the world around you. Not only does it allow you to establish human connection via its conventional call and text functions but also device-to-device link through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile hotspot and tethering features. These three have become the staple of connection types in most smart devices today so this tutorial is intended to guide you on what to do to set them up properly on your #S6EdgePlus.

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus below S6

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How to configure Wi-Fi on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Wi-Fi use is probably one of the most common activity that you will be doing on your new device. It is needless to say that it is imperative to know how this function is activated and what other benefits you can get out of it. Let’s start by showing you how to enable Wi-Fi on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Tap the switch to enable it.
  • Tap on the network you intend to connect to. Secured networks are indicated by a lock icon.
  • Tap Connect.

Keep in mind that your device is set to remember and connect automatically to a previously connected network. If you want to reverse this to prevent your phone from automatically connecting to a network, simply select the network again then tap Forget option.

Wi-Fi Direct

If you’ve heard of Bluetooth or familiar with it, you should have an idea what Wi-Fi Direct is. It is basically one of the functionalities of your device that offers Bluetooth-like connection but faster as it allows your device is to connect to other compatible devices without using an access point (router).  Wi-Fi Direct is useful in connecting to a particular device directly without the hassle of going through the usual LAN or access point connection to do tasks such as sharing files with a colleague in the same room, to pass data to the printer, or stream a video to a compatible TV. Obviously, this function does not offer internet connection as your device does not communicate with an internet-connected router. Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Tap the switch to enable it.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Look for the device that you want to connect to. If the device is not shown in the list, consider requesting the device to turn on its Wi-Fi Direct feature.
  • Select the device you intend to connect to. Once the other device accepts your Wi-Fi Direct request, both will automatically be connected.

How to send and receive files and data using Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi Direct allows you to transfer and receive contacts, music, videos, photos, etc with another device. For example, the following are the steps on how to send an image to another phone or tablet.

  • Open Gallery
  • Tap an image.
  • Tap Share.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Select the device you are sending the data to.
  • Wait for the other device to accept the connection request. Devices previously connected via Wi-Fi Direct will receive files without any prompt for connected request.

Disconnect Wi-Fi Direct

  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Tap the device you want to disconnect.

How to configure Bluetooth on your Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus

Bluetooth connection has proven to be a reliable and quick way to move files between devices over the years so it’s understandable that it continues to be employed in all Samsung flagship devices. Before using Bluetooth to transfer or receive files from another device, make sure that the connection is secured.

Barriers like thick walls, metallic objects, and appliances may reduce the device’s Bluetooth operating range. Third party devices using non-SIG standards may not  work.

How to pair your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus to another device

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Bluetooth and enable it.
  • Select the device you want to pair with. If you can’t find the right device in the list, make sure that its Bluetooth visibility is turned on.
  • Accept the Bluetooth connection on your phone to confirm the connection. Once the other device confirms the Bluetooth request, they should be connected immediately.

How to send and receive files and data using Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Bluetooth

Transferring data between devices is usually app-based, meaning Bluetooth sharing should be one of your options. An example of sharing a data to another device is demonstrated below:

  • Tap Gallery
  • Tap on the image you want to share.
  • Tap Share.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Select the device you want to send the photo to. If your phone has already paired with a device before, simply tap the name of the device without accepting the passkey.
  • The receiving device must accept the connection request and/or the file being transferred to finish the process.

To disconnect or unpair Bluetooth devices

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the cog icon on the device name to unpair.
  • Tap Unpair.

How to configure tethering or mobile hotspot on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Sharing your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus internet connection with other devices can be done by using mobile hotspot or tethering. Before you proceed with the configuration though, make sure that this feature is allowed under your current mobile data subscription plan. Contact your carrier to know more about your account restrictions. Keep in mind that sharing your internet connection via mobile hotspot may incur additional charges, or may quickly make you go beyond your current mobile data plan.

There are three types of tethering:

Bluetooth tethering. A type of tethering that utilizes the phone’s Bluetooth function to connect to other devices or computer.

USB tethering. Sharing data from your device to another device like a computer via a USB cable. When a computer is connected to your device via USB tethering,  your phone takes the place of modem that allows the computer to connect to the internet.

Mobile hotspot. If you want to have portable router anywhere, using your phone’s mobile hotspot is the answer.

Steps to configure mobile hotspot

Here are the things to do to start using mobile hotspot.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Mobile hotspot and tethering.
  • Tap Mobile hotspot.
  • Tap the switch to activate mobile hotspot.
  • Tap
  • Tap Configure Mobile hotspot and choose desired level of security. Enter a password and tap Save.
  • On the device wanting to connect to the newly created hotspot, select the new Wi-Fi network.
  • On the connected device, try to pull up a browser and check if internet is now working.

How to monitor your mobile data usage

Tracking data usage on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is easy.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Data usage.
  • Under Date usage are three options:
    • Mobile data is the switch to allow your device to use data on your mobile data network.
    • Set mobile data limit allows you to create a limit for mobile data usage.
    • Background data forces the phone not to allow apps to run in the background.

How to limit data usage

If you are on a limited mobile data subscription, consider setting a data usage limit to prevent paying extra in your bill. Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Data usage.
  • Tap Set mobile data limit to activate.
  • You can drag the adjustment bar upwards or downwards to set the limit. This will tell the device to alert you when this limit is reached.

 


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