How To Use Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8 & S8+ as WiFi Repeater or Extender

by Teja Chedalla 7

Google every year introduces few new features with the new update to its Android operating system. On top of this, every individual manufacturer tries to bring in even more features to stay ahead of the competition. Samsung with its huge R&D budgets introduces several new hardware innovations along with the software features. With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung introduced the Wi-Fi sharing feature. This new Wi-Fi sharing feature helps to extend the Wi-Fi coverage area by making the Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge as a Wi-Fi extender (or repeater). Even the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus also included the same Wi-Fi sharing feature.

The Wi-Fi sharing is completely different to the mobile hotspot. If the mobile hotspot is turned ON, we can’t use Wi-Fi on that particular device. But with the Wi-Fi sharing, the user can turn ON both Wi-Fi and mobile hotspot to share the Wi-Fi with other devices. This is the same functionality of the Wi-Fi extenders or repeaters. Apart from the extending the coverage of the Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi sharing feature on the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, and S7 Edge comes handy when the number of connections on a particular Wi-Fi is limited.

If you are in an airport lounge, you can connect only one device to the available Wi-Fi network. Then you can connect your latest Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus to premium Wi-Fi and turn ON the Wi-Fi sharing to connect other devices for internet access. Before starting the below-mentioned process to activate the Wi-Fi sharing feature, make sure you have a working Wi-Fi network connected to your device.

How To Turn On Wi-Fi Sharing Feature on Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, and S7 Edge Smartphones:

  • Open Settings > Connections > Mobile hotspot and tethering > Mobile hotspot.
  • Tap on the Wi-Fi sharing option to enable it.
  • You will get a notice informing about the switching of saved Wi-Fi networks without notice. Tap on ‘OK’ to enable the Wi-Fi sharing feature.
  • Now, enable the Mobile hotspot to share the existing Wi-Fi network with others.

Apart from enabling the Wi-Fi sharing for the first time, follow the same process as the Mobile hotspot from the next time. While the Wi-Fi sharing feature can be found in all the unlocked units, few carriers have removed this feature from their units. When do you think this Wi-Fi sharing feature will come in handy for you? Lets us know by posting in the comments section below.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is passionate about traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @t4teja.

  • Daniel Robison

    This didn’t work for me. My Galaxy S7 Edge had no WiFi Sharing option. When I tap Mobile Hotspot my Wifi connection is automatically disabled. My carrier is Tmobile

    • unlocked variant has this feature from the time s7 edge was launched. Way to old information. anyways thanks might be handy for many..

  • Vishal Giri

    awesome, good article!!

  • Nice, can be useful only at times when the phone have the password saved and we don’t remember it yet want to share the internet with a friend or another device! ?

  • Angie Jones

    I’m not sure about Wi-Fi sharing, but you can’t use mobile hotspot on the s7 edge if u’ve got ur data saver turned on….

  • bos

    I am never use NFC. I do not find my friend has it.

  • J R Wesson

    Came in handy recently when a storm cut our theater feature short. We weren’t being allowed outside of the building because of flash flooding just outside, but that information wasn’t being passed on to most of us and it seemed as though I was the only person within 50 yards that could tap into the theater wifi and weather updates. I wish lazer lights and light saber noises were coming out of my phone because that how it felt when I flipped the switches and 100+ people in a near perfect circle around me let out a collective “ahhh, cool!”…???