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Tips and advice on how to use Samsung Galaxy Y as a wifi internet Hotspot

Samsung Galaxy Y / Young / Totoro / S5360

Samsung Galaxy Y / Young / Totoro / S5360

Galaxy Young as a Internet Access Point

How to use Samsung Galaxy Y as a wifi hotspot? This is a common question for many Samsung Galaxy Y users.

Using Samsung Galaxy Totoro as a wifi hotspot is really quite simple but this may not be the case for some users – yours truly is actually an example. It is possible that some users, even after following the instructions posted here, will still experience limited connectivity or no internet access problems. This will be discuss on the latter part of the post.

Important things to know about Samsung Galaxy Y

Before continuing on the details or steps on how to use Samsung Galaxy Y as wifi hotspot, listed below are some important information and tips that Galaxy Y owners should know:

  • Samsung Galaxy Y is also known as Samsung Galaxy Totoro, Samsung Galaxy Young, and Samsung Galaxy S5360.
  • Galaxy Young is considered as a low-end budget-phone whose main or target audience are teenagers, young adults, and people who are looking for a secondary phone.
  • As a budget phone, Samsung Totoro has some product limitations and hardware disadvantages which has already been discussed and can be read on this post: Problems, Limitations, and Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy Y or Totoro
  • However, with any limitation, there is a seemingly equal solution which was also discussed on the particular post mentioned above. One example of which is its Android OS and the device is easy to root.
  • One great feature of Galaxy Y that can also be found on other high end mobile phones and tablets is its ability to be a WiFi hotspot or its ability to share its 3G / HSDPA connectivity with other compatible device such as desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, other mobile phones, hand held devices, etc… This process or function is called Tethering and the steps on how to tether or use Galaxy Y as an internet access point is discussed below.

Steps on how to use Samsung Galaxy Y as an internet access point:

  1. On the front face of the phone, press the button on the left side of the home button (square middle button). See Pic A
  2. Six options will appear. Select the one labeled “Settings” See Pic B
  3. Choose “Wireless and Networks” See Pic C
  4. Tap on "Tethering and portable hotspot" See Pic D
  5. Put a check on the check box beside the label “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot” See Pic E
Pic A: On the front face of the phone, press the button on the left side of the home button (square middle button).

Pic A: On the front face of the phone, press the button on the left side of the home button (square middle button).

Pic B: Six options will appear. Select the one labeled “Settings”

Pic B: Six options will appear. Select the one labeled “Settings”

Pic C: Choose “Wireless and Networks”

Pic C: Choose “Wireless and Networks”

Pic D: Tap on "Tethering and portable hotspot"

Pic D: Tap on "Tethering and portable hotspot"

Pic E: Put a check on the check box beside the label “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot”

Pic E: Put a check on the check box beside the label “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot”

IMPORTANT CAUTION and tips when using Samsung Galaxy Y as a WiFi Hotspot!!!

The portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings of the device can be configured for additional security by putting in a Wi-Fi hotspot name and password.

A common problem encountered by Galaxy Young users on using the tethering option is connected but no internet connectivity or limited connection. The possible reasons for this are listed below:

  • blocked by the network provider
  • internal mobile phone settings if the mobile phone is bought from the mobile network operator firmware version of the device
  • operating system / missing drivers / security of the device trying to connect to the wifi hotspot of the Galaxy Young
  • wifi hotspot settings are enabled but the data connection is not. Be sure to turn on the data connectivity of the device. The data connection is enabled if there is a little letter "H" or "3G" near the signal bar

The following are some simple solutions on the problems mentioned above:

  • Download a tethering app (some will require root access)
  • Instead of wireless (wifi) tethering, use USB tethering instead (will also require app but may not require root access)

However, if the device is bought from the network provider or is under a data plan contract from the same provider, and the mobile network operator does not allow wireless tethering, then the only option would be to root the phone and use a tethering app.

I actually rooted my phone but I don't condone such an act because:

  • it may brick the phone rendering it useless
  • will void the warranty

Planning to buy a Samsung Galaxy Y to be solely used as a Wifi hotspot seems like a good idea --- or is it?

It is important to know that many modern android phones and Apple’s iPhone are already capable of this particular functionality.

One can simply enable said functionality and other devices would already be able to connect to it. For more information about this, please visit the How to tether or make a mobile phone a wifi hotspot guide

But if you really want to buy a separate phone just to make it as a wifi hotspot, then a used but not abused phone will do (as a brand new one may not be a feasible idea).

Additionally, since Galaxy Y has been around for a couple of years already, its availability might be scarce. Though the ones below are good alternatives for the Galaxy Y:

Accessories and Box Contents of the Galaxy Y

Galaxy Y can be charged via USB through a Samsung LCD TV

Galaxy Y can be charged via USB through a Samsung LCD TV


ACC - anyone can comment

writerjj (author) on September 26, 2016:

Hi Arturo,

It depends on certain factors like if unit is open line, sim card is provisioned by carrier to work on other devices, etc... If you are from Philippines, let me know your devices and SIM card brand.

Hi Anon,

Great observation.

Anon on January 18, 2016:

Lucent, when you use the phone as a hotspot the Wifi circuit is used for building a wifi network with its own SSID (default name is something like Android 5360 I believe, but you can change it through the settings). The WiFi circuit can not be used on two networks at once. Anyway, what's the point of making a hotspot if you already have one?

Arturo on January 13, 2016:

Can i use my wifi hotspot using a sim card of a pocket wifi?

writerjj (author) on September 13, 2013:

hi recaboy,

thank you for dropping by. this can be found on the settings page under storage.

Hope this helps :)

recaboy on September 03, 2013:

sir . where i can find the phone memory storage ?

writerjj (author) on August 09, 2013:

Hi Shafique,

Five zeroes are the usually default values for security code and can be found on the Security settings page.

Hi Lucent,

Kindly expand on your inquiry so that I may understand better the inquiry.

lucent on August 07, 2013:

when i switch on the wifi hotspot from my samsung galaxy S duos my wifi connection get lost?

Shafique on June 07, 2013:

How to find my security code

writerjj (author) on May 09, 2013:

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for visiting. H means the phone is currently linked to a HSDPA signal while E is for Edge data. H is higher / faster than E. FYI please that if your BF does not have unlimited data plan, turning on this feature may incur high phone charges / fees.

Thanks :)

anonymous on May 08, 2013:

why does the packetdata of my bf internet has a letter 'h' or sometimes 'e'.

writerjj (author) on May 05, 2013:

Hi Pinappu,

Thank for visiting and for that last tip. Totally forgot about that one :)

Thanks again.

pinappu from India on May 04, 2013:

Very good tips writerji. If anybody still gets problems after doing all necessary steps, then I'll advice him to check the firewall settings of his anti-virus program.

writerjj (author) on April 23, 2013:

Hi dhiraj,

Thank you for stopping by. In most cases, the steps provided above solves the no internet problem. However, you may find the tethering information provided on my featured hub interesting and useful :)

dhiraj on April 22, 2013:

My wifi not internet access

writerjj (author) on April 20, 2013:

Thank you for the comment and for dropping by weezlabs :)

Umar Bajwa from Los Angeles on April 20, 2013:

Awesome sharing, I will try it soon on my Samsung Galaxy Y Smart phone.

writerjj (author) on January 06, 2013:

Hi Jerrwyn,

Thank you for viewing.

That is a common issue with galaxy y users. Fortunately, the simplest solution would be to use a laptop / desktop to access gmail and use the "forgot password" option. The password would then be sent to the backup email or mobile number stored in your account :)

writerjj (author) on January 06, 2013:

Hi Rumintasari,

Thank you for viewing and for the comment :)

As for the car models, those are transformers diecast replicas marketed as Transformers RPMs. Thanks for noticing :)

jerrwyn on January 05, 2013:

i can't acces the google account

Ruminta Sari from Sleman on January 04, 2013:

Interesting hub, but to be honest wit you, I'm more interested to the car models on the first photo :)

writerjj (author) on December 22, 2012:

For those who are having difficulty sharing the internet connection of the Galaxy Y (no internet access exclamation point), the bernacle tethering app is a good alternative :)

writerjj (author) on August 06, 2012:

Thanks! Am glad that you found it useful :)

titoratm on August 05, 2012:

thanks , that was very helpful