Samsung Tablets Won’t Connect To a Mobile Hotspot – Try Out These Fixes?

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Muhammad Tayyab

Normally, the hotspot issue occurs due to various reasons such as weak signals of your cellular network, entering wrong passwords, or in most cases, the hotspot name similarity might cause the problem.

Related to the mobile hotspot issues, if you want a proper solution, then you need to follow this guide to learn about numerous easy and small fixes that will help you resolve this issue.

Samsung Tablets Won’t Connect To Hotspot

If you have encountered the same hotspot issue on your Samsung Galaxy tablet as I did, then you are in the right place here.

I will share some of the proven fixes that did help me get rid of the mobile hotspot issue on Samsung Galaxy tablets. These fixes will help you too, all you need is to execute them and see which one of these proves itself to be the ultimate solution to your problem related to mobile hotspots.


Soft Reset Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Sometimes, a minor glitch in the device software happens to cause such an issue. These types of minor issues can be very well eliminated by performing a soft reset on your device. To do that, there are very simple steps to follow below:

Simply, press and hold the “Power” buttons until you see the device has turned OFF completely.
Once, it is turned OFF, now wait for some time (a minute or two) and then again press the “Power” button to turn it back ON.

Now, wait until it completely boots up and is ready to use.

Check the Distance

The range of hotspot varies depending upon your device’s WiFi hotspot protocol. Normally, it can provide a range of between 65 to over 300 feet. Therefore, you need to be in a range. Try to reduce the distance between the main mobile hotspot device and your tablet.

Check your desired Hotspot Name

Most of the time, while connecting to a hotspot, we might face an issue due to accessing the wrong hotspot network. We are unable to recognize the desired hotspot due to similar names. Therefore, you need to set the unique hotspot name, so that you might not encounter an issue while connecting to your desired hotspot.

  1. Head over to “Settings->Connections”.
  2. Next, “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering”.
  3. Tap ”Mobile Hotspot” and you will see the “network name”. Set a unique network name that can be easily recognizable.

Check Signal Strength

The Hotspot problem might also occur due to the weak signal strength of your device’s cellular network. If the signals are weak, then your device might be unable to share the hotspot network with another device. Hence, make sure that the signal strength is strong.

Check For the Recent Software Update

How To Update Software of smartphone

Most of the problems occur due to an outdated version of software running on the device. Hence, you need to check for the latest update and if available, then download and install it on both of your devices. Downloading and installing the latest updates is very simple and can be done by following simple steps.

For the tablet and smartphone,

  1. Head over to “Settings”.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and select “Software Update”.
  3. Next, tap the ”Download and install” option.

Deactivate Other Connectivity Medium (Bluetooth)

Before enabling the Hotspot network, you need to disable Bluetooth on both of your devices. This is because both of these mediums might be using the same frequency bands such as 2.4GHz which might cause the interference issue.

Therefore, it’s better to disable Bluetooth in the first place. Contrary to this, if your device is supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands, then you can switch your Hotspot network to the 5GHz band to eliminate Bluetooth interference. But keep that in mind, both of your devices (Phone and tablet) should be running on the same band either 2.4 GHz or 5GHz.

  1. Head over to “Settings->Connections”.
  2. Scroll down to “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering”.
  3. Next, tap the “Configure” option.
  4. Now, tap the “Band” option at the bottom to change the band.

Disable Airplane Mode

Check whether you have turned ON the Airplane mode accidentally on your devices. If so, then you will be unable to use the Hotspot feature. The Airplane mode enabled on your device would disable all the other connectivity mediums such as WiFi, cellular Network, and Mobile hotspots.

Therefore, disable the Airplane mode on both of your devices (Mobile and tablet).

Disable Cellular Connection on your Tablet

If the cellular connection is enabled on your tablet while connecting to a Hotspot, then this might cause an issue due to network prioritization. Your device (tablet) will prioritize the connection based on the quality, if the cellular network such as 3G, 4G, and 5G is more stable than your desired hotspot network, you are connecting to, then it will automatically try to connect to the cellular network.

Therefore, to avoid this issue, you might need to turn OFF the cellular network on your tablet.

Refresh Your Mobile Hotspot

There might also be a possibility of a minor glitch in your network settings. Therefore, to get the network back on track, this can be done with a simple refresh. To do that, simply disable the Hotspot on your device and then wait for some time.

After a few minutes of time, again enable the Hotspot on your device.

Press The Hotspot Button

In case, you are using a dedicated mobile hotspot device, then there might be a high chance that it consists of a button to press for connecting devices. Better to check for a button and if find any, then press it to enable the Hotspot network.

Disconnect all Other Connected Devices

If there are various other devices already connected to your mobile hotspot, then disconnect them all at once as it might slow down the hotspot network and results in preventing other devices to connect. After you disconnect all the devices, then try to connect only your tablet to your mobile hotspot.

Disable All Downloads

There might be several apps automatically updating in the background on your smartphone and tablet which could slow down the network and causes connection issue. You need to check and disable auto-updates for all the apps on your tablet and smartphone. Also, pause all the downloading such as OS updates, movies, and music on both of your devices.

Disable VPN

You can’t ignore the VPN if you are facing any network issues on your device. Most of the time, the VPN is the real culprit behind the network issue. Therefore try to avoid VPN in the first place when connecting your device to a network. Disable the VPN on both of your devices (Mobile and Tablet) and then connect your tablet to your Mobile hotspot.

Deactivate Power Saving

This feature is useful at a time when your concern is battery power. It reduces the performance of your device to enhance the battery power of your device due to which many of the features are unable to perform well.

Hence, you need to disable the power saving on both of your devices. (Mobile and tablet). Along with this, also deactivate the “Adaptive battery”, and “adaptive power saving” options on your devices.

Bluetooth tethering

There is also an alternative option to a mobile hotspot when sharing an internet connection with other devices. With the help of Bluetooth, you can connect your tablet to your mobile device to share an internet connection.

  1. Head over to “Settings->Connections”.
  2. Scroll down to “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering”.
  3. Next, enable the “Bluetooth Tethering” option.
  4. Now, connect your tablet with your phone with the help of Bluetooth.

Perform Network Reset

How To Perform Network Reset

Performing a network reset on both of your devices (Mobile and Tablet) might resolve the network issue well.

  1. Head over to “Settings->General Management”.
  2. Scroll down to the “Reset” option.
  3. Now, tap “Reset network settings”.
  4. Finally, tap “Reset Settings”.

This will reset all the network settings including Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, and Bluetooth.

Perform Factory Data Reset

How To Perform Factory Data Reset

This method is very effective and worth considering when facing any kind of issue on your device. This will restore all the settings to factory default settings. But you need to take a complete backup of your important data as it will wipe all the available data on your device.

Here are the steps below:

  1. Head over to “Settings->General Management”.
  2. Scroll down to the “Reset” option.
  3. Next, tap “Factory Data Reset”.
  4. Finally, tap “Reset”.

Once, the process gets complete, your device will automatically restart, wait until it boots up again, and then set it up accordingly from the beginning.


If you are trying to connect your Samsung tablet to your mobile hotspot and face any random network issue, then you must need to opt for the following methods:

  • Reset Network Settings on Both (Mobile and tablet).
  • Reboot your tablet and Mobile.
  • Disable Cellular Connection on your tablet.
  • Use the Alternative option (Bluetooth tethering).
  • Perform Factory Data Reset

There are plenty of other fixes discussed in detail in this guide. You can check each one of them and hopefully, the mobile hotspot issue will be resolved.

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