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How to manage Samsung Galaxy Note8 mobile data and Wi-Fi Settings [Tutorials]

The two most common ways for your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to have Internet connectivity is either through network or mobile data or via Wi-Fi. There might be other ways to get internet but you need to learn how to manage these two as they’re the most important and probably the easiest way to get online. Therefore, in this post, I will walk you through on how to turn on/off both mobile data and Wi-Fi on your phone and manage each settings.

If you’re still learning how to use your phone, then this post maybe a lot helpful for you than for those who are already a wiz when it comes to technology. Continue reading below if you think you must and I hope you’d learn from this.

But before we jump to our tutorials, if you found this post while looking for a solution to a problem with your phone, then I suggest you visit our Note8 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed the most common problems with this phone. Find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If you need more help, don’t hesitate to contact us by filling up our Android issues questionnaire.

How to manage Galaxy Note8 mobile data and network settings

In this section, you will learn how to turn mobile data on and off in your Galaxy Note8, add or edit Access Point Names, which is very important when you’re connecting to the internet via mobile data or sending MMS, switch between 2G and 4G network, manually select network, etc. I hope we’d be able to help you through these tutorials as we made them as simple as they can be.

How to turn on / off mobile data on your Galaxy Note8

It’s a pretty straightforward process and all you gotta do is flip the switch and you would be able to connect to the internet using your provider’s mobile data network. Once turned, you may also send and receive MMS (texts with pictures or special characters). However, the speed depends on what your provider offers. If 4G is available, then you may have a really fast internet connection but please note you may be charged separately for this so you better call  your provider to make things clear. But here’s how you enable or disable mobile data on your Note8…

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Data usage.
  4. Tap Mobile data.
  5. Slide the Mobile data Switch to the ON or OFF position.

How to add or edit Access Point Name (APN) on your Galaxy Note8

Turning the mobile data on doesn’t mean you can get internet connectivity immediately. There are times when you have to configure the Access Point Name (APN) so that your phone can successfully connect to your provider’s network. You need to do this especially if you bought your own phone from a third-party and use it with your provider. Phones given by your service provider or those that came with a plan are already configured to work seamlessly with the network so you really don’t have to do this procedure in such case.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Mobile networks.
  4. Tap Access Point Names.
  5. If available, tap the T-Mobile US LTE (the bullet point fills with green). If not available, tap the ADD.
  6. To reset your APN settings, tap the Menu (3 dots) icon and then tap Reset to default.
  7. Verify and update the following settings for the Data APN:
    • Name: provider-specific
    • APN: provider-specific
    • Proxy: <Not set>
    • Port: <Not set>
    • Username: <Not set>
    • Password: <Not set>
    • Server: <Not set>
    • MMSC: provider-specific
    • MMS proxy: <Not set>
    • MMS port: <Not set>
    • MMS protocol: provider-specific
    • MCC: provider-specific
    • MNC: provider-specific
    • Authentication type:<Not set>
    • APN type: <Not set> OR Internet+MMS
    • APN protocol: IPv4/IPv6
    • APN roaming protocol: IPv4
    • Enable/disable APN: <greyed out unless there are multiple APN’s>
    • Bearer: Unspecified
  8. Tap Menu (3 dots) icon > Save.
  9. Tap the desired APN profile you want to use. The bullet point fills with green next to the APN profile.

How to switch between 2G / 4G networks in your Galaxy Note8

You don’t have to make a switch networks more often. In fact, if your phone comes with a plan, you may not have to switch between these networks at all. But there are always times when you need to especially when you’re travelling and there’s no available 4G coverage in the area and you badly need mobile data connection.

    1. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
    2. Tap Settings > Connections.
    3. Tap Mobile networks.
    4. Tap Network mode.
    5. Tap one of the following desired band settings:
      • LTE/4G/3G/2G (auto connect)
      • 4G/3G/2G (auto connect)

 

  • 2G ONLY

 

How to make your Galaxy Note8 manually select network

The device detects and registers on wireless networks inside your provider’s calling area. You can manually select a network only in areas where your provider does not own GSM spectrum.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Mobile networks.
  4. Tap Network operators.
  5. Tap Search now.

How to turn on / off data roaming on your Galaxy Note8

You may use this feature if you’re travelling so that you won’t lose your connection but when you’re at home or in the area covered by your home network, you really don’t need to turn this feature on.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Mobile networks.
  4. Slide the Data roaming switch right to the ON or OFF position.

How to turn on / off airplane mode on your Galaxy Note8

It’s also called “flight mode” since it’s often used when in flight or aboard an airplane and that’s the reason why it’s represented by an airplane icon. It basically turns off all wireless communication of your phone in one tap.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Airplane mode.
  4. Slide the Airplane mode Switch right to the ON or OFF position.

As far as mobile data is concerned, these are all the things you could do.

How to turn on/off Galaxy Note8 Wi-Fi and manage its settings

Having internet connectivity via Wi-Fi is the most convenient especially if you’re on prepaid or bought a phone outside of your provider. There are a lot free public Wi-Fi anywhere that could just connect to not to mention that Internet Service Providers nowadays are competing who offers the fastest service. So, using this method, you could get a free and really fast connection that’s why it’s imperative you know how to manage Wi-Fi settings in your Galaxy Note8.

How to turn on / off Wi-Fi on your Galaxy Note8

More often than not, all you gotta do is flip the Wi-Fi switch and then you’ll get a decent connection.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. To turn on, tap the Wi-Fi switch to ON.
  5. To turn off, tap the Wi-Fi switch to OFF.

How to scan for available Wi-Fi networks and connect to using your Note8

If you haven’t tried connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot for some reason, then this is what you need to do. It will show you how to scan for available networks within range and connect to one. There are also times when the phone glitches that you need to do this so that it can find the network it’s supposed to connect to.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. If necessary, tap the Wi-Fi switch to ON.
  5. A list of networks populates.
  6. Tap the MORE to add a Wi-Fi network that does not display.
  7. Tap the desired Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
  8. If necessary, enter the password.
  9. Tap Connect.

How to delete / forget a Wi-Fi network on your Galaxy Note8

This one is actually more of a troubleshooting procedure than just a guide. It’s helpful when your phone can no longer connect to your network or hotspot it used to connect. Assuming the password to the network wasn’t changed but your phone can’t connect to it, all you need to do is refresh the connection between your phone and the network and that means you have to delete it and let the device scan and connect to it again. Here’s how to delete a Wi-Fi network on your Galaxy Note8…

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Connections.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. If necessary, tap the Wi-Fi switch to ON.
  5. Touch and hold on the Wi-Fi network you wish to delete.
  6. Tap Forget network.

I hope that these tutorials can help you manage your internet connection and probably fix some problems that are related to connectivity.

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  1. I have the Note 8 on Verizon. I have noticed in the past few weeks that the mobile data, even when on 4G is very slow. It also will move between the 4G and 1X. I had a Galaxy S7 Edge and did not have this problem at all. Are the Note 8s having an issue with this?

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