How to Use Tethering and Mobile Hotspot on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Tethering and Mobile Hotspot

Sometimes a strong cellular data connection can be found more easily than a good Wi-Fi network. In these situations, a newer smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with a data plan can be worth it’s weight in gold. Why? Because you can enable a Wi-Fi network right from your phone to let other nearby devices get Wi-Fi and use your data connection for internet using a feature called Tethering. Here’s how to use tethering on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

Before setting up, please note that tethering is not always available through every cellular carrier, and data used while tethering will count against your mobile data plan (and most computer operating systems like Windows and Mac OS X do not attempt to minimize the amount of data used like Android and iOS do).

  • To enable tethering and create a Wi-Fi network for other’s to connect to, open the Settings app and navigate to the Connections page.
  • Tap on the Mobile Hotspot and Tethering menu.
  • Tap on Mobile Hotspot, then switch the toggle to the ON position.
  • Below the toggle, you see the name of the Wi-Fi connection from your Galaxy S6. Tap this name to switch between two options: Allow all devices, and Allowed devices only.
    • When Allowed devices only is enabled, only devices you specifically allow will be able to connect to the S6’s Wi-Fi network.
    • To configure an allowed device, tap on MORE at the top left of the Mobile Hotspotmenu, then tap Allowed devices.
    • Tap ADD at the top right, give the device a name, and enter the MAC address of that device (this can usually be found in the About or Information setting of each device), then tap OK.
      • Make sure to enter the MAC address accurately, or the device will not be recognized.
    • After configuration, the allowed device will be able to connect to your Galaxy S6’s Wi-Fi.
  • There are additional options to further configure the Wi-Fi network of your Galaxy S6. To access these options, tap on MORE at the top right of the Mobile Hotspot menu, then tap Configure Mobile Hotspot.
    • Network name is the name of the Wi-Fi network and can be changed to whatever you like.
    • The Hide my device check box will prevent your Wi-Fi network from being publicly visible.
    • The Security dropdown menu lets you choose between requiring a password to connect by selecting WPA2 PSK, or leaving it Open.
    • Choosing the WPA2 option in the Security dropdown will show the Password box, where you can set the password of the network.
    • Show password” checkbox will either show or conceal the above password.
    • Enabling the “Show advanced options” box will unlock additional settings. Leave this unchecked if you are not familiar with advanced Wi-Fi configuration.
  • Under the MORE dropdown in the Mobile Hotspot menu, there is a selection titled “Timeout settings“. Tapping this option will display a popup that lets you choose an amount of time before Mobile Hotspot is disabled when there are no connected devices. This option is useful to minimize battery consumption when using the Mobile Hotspot feature.

How to Use Google Now on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Google Now

Voice recognition and artificial intelligence has progressed so far in recent years that we now have what can be accurately called “digital assistants” right in our pockets. Many smartphone hardware and software manufacturers are now utilizing these advances in technology to increase the functionality and speed of their devices. You’ve probably heard of these digital assistants; Apple’s Siri on the iPhone, S Voice on Samsung Smartphones, and Cortana on Windows phones. One of the fastest and most accurate, however, is Google’s offering called Google Now. Here’s how to use Google Now on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  • By default, the Google search bar widget is placed on your main home screen below the clock. To have Google Now begin listening for commands, either tap the microphone icon on the right of the search bar, or say “OK Google” whenever you can see the widget.
  • The “Ok Google” keyword can also be used whenever you are using the Google app, and opening the Voice Search app icon will automatically start Google Now listening.
  • After starting Google Now, you can then say a voice command. Voice commands can be used to start a Google search, ask for information like weather updates, sports scores,math answers, and general facts, and can even operate phone functions like opening apps, starting phone calls, and toggling settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • To alter the settings of Google Now, open the Google Settings app (by default, you can find it in the Google folder in the App Drawer), then tap on the Search & Now, then Voice. From here, we have a few different options we can change:
    • Languages will, of course, change the language that google will listen and search for.
    • The “Ok Google” detection menu gives you the option to enable or disable the “Ok Google” detection from within the Google app.
    • The Hands-free menu lets you enable Google Now detection whenever you have a bluetooth or wired headset plugged in.
    • Speech output toggles voice feedback after using a voice command.
    • The “Block offensive words” toggle will hide offensive words in the text copy of your voice command and search results.
    • And turning on the “Bluetooth headset” toggle will use the microphone on your Bluetooth headset or device for listening to voice commands.

Using S Voice on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Use S Voice

Digital assistants seem to be all the rage these days, with Apple’s Siri on iPhones kicking off the trend that now includes Siri, Cortana from Microsoft, and Google Now. Samsung’s foray into the space is called S Voice, and is a very useful addition to their Galaxy series of android devices. What can you do with S Voice on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Let’s find out:

First, let’s go over the kinds of commands that S Voice offers: with this feature, you can use your voice to quickly perform tasks that would otherwise take more time to do by hand. You can perform such actions as calling and texting contacts, adding calendar events, posting social network updates, turning on and off phone functions like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and asking simple questions like arithmetic and weather updates, and even some more complicated questions like “When is the next solar eclipse”, and “What was the Giants score last night”.

  • Out of the box, S Voice will start listening for voice commands when you tap the S Voice icon in the app drawer.
  • For added functionality, you can enable S Voice to listen for a voice wake up command so that you don’t have to go and find the S Voice icon, and will work anywhere in the phone:
    1. To set up the Voice wake-up feature, tap the S Voice icon, then tap on the gear icon to the left of the listening indicator at the bottom, then tap on Voice wake-up.
    2. Switch the toggle to the On position, then tap on Set wake-up command to be guided through the process of setting your custom wake-up command that will enable S Voice whenever you say the command.
    3. You will then be prompted to say the command 4 times so that S Voice can learn the phrase. You should pick a unique, 3-5 syllable command that is easily distinguishable in normal conversation.
    4. After setup, S Voice will be listening for your wake-up command whenever your phone is unlocked.
  • S Voice includes a few options for additional functionality. These can all be accessed in the S Voice settings that we went to when we enabled the wake-up command.
    • In the settings, S Voice can be enabled to function even when your phone is secured with a password or fingerprint.
    • Voice feedback is enabled by default to provide vocal responses to your queries.
    • Auto start speakerphone is also enabled by default so when making a call using S Voice, speaker phone mode is automatically turned on.
    • Setting your Home address enables S Voice to provide you quick access for additional commands like setting location-based reminders and navigation.

How to Use Easy Mode on Galaxy Note 5

How to Use Easy Mode

If the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is your first smartphone device, or maybe you just want a more simplified experience on your phone, you might want to check out TouchWiz Easy Mode. Easy Mode, when enabled, makes your Note 5 easier to navigate with a simpler app launcher, big app icons and text, and useful contacts and favorite apps page. Easy Mode can also be enabled for many built-in applications for a more seamless experience.

  • To enable Easy Mode, Open the Personal page in the Settings app and tap Easy Mode, then select Easy Mode from the list and tap Done at the top of the screen.
  • With Easy Mode enabled, your home screen now has three pages: Home in the center, Contacts to the left, and Favorite apps to the right.
  • Each page can be customized by hitting the Edit button at the top of the page, and adding or removing icons.
  • Tapping a blank Favorite Contact lets you choose between creating a new contact or adding a contact that already exists.
  • The Favorite Apps page gives you a grid of icons for your favorite and most used apps, and can be customized by either tapping blank circles with plus icons, or tapping the Edit icon. All of your apps can be accessed by tapping More Apps.

How to Take Screenshots on Galaxy Note 5

How to Take Screenshots

Did you know you can take a high definition image of exactly what’s shown on the screen of your Galaxy Note 5? Here’s how to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Open the screen you want to take a screenshot of. This could be a website page, video chat, or anything else you might like to capture.
  2. Press and hold both the Home button and the Lock button for three seconds.
  3. After you hear a shutter sound and a preview of your screen shrinks and disappears, you now have a screenshot of your display.
  4. Access the screenshot by opening the Gallery app, going to the Album view, and selecting the Screenshots album.

How to Update Apps on Galaxy Note 5

How to Update Apps

The biggest draw of using smartphones is the massive number of apps that can now be downloaded and installed to add near-infinite functionality to your device. Just like new hardware devices frequently get updated, the apps on your device often need to get updated to provide better functionality and fix bugs. Here’s how to update the apps on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

  • Launch the Play Store app.
  • Open the Menu from the top left of the screen, then tap My Apps.
  • In the Installed section, you will see a list of Play Store apps installed on your device.
  • At the top of this list, you will see a list of apps that have an update.
  • Tap the Update All to install every available update, or tap individual apps and then tap the Update button to update just that app. This is a useful feature if you only selectively want to update apps.

How to Add Your Media the Galaxy Note 5

How to Add Your Media

It’s likely that you will want to load up your new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with all your favorite music and photos, but the process of getting everything moved over might not be immediately obvious. Here’s how to do that:

  • Download and install Samsung’s Kies app for either the PC or Mac.
  • Kies is a media manager similar to iTunes. Configure Kies to include all the media you want on your phone. The app will guide you through this configuration.
  • Plug in your Note 5 into your computer using the Micro USB cable included with your phone.
  • Kies, by default, will automatically add any media on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 when you plug it in. Let Kies finish the sync process.
  • After sync is finished, you now have access to your photos and videos on your Note 5.

How to Manage Photos and Videos on the Galaxy Note 5

How to Manage Photos and Videos

Smartphones have rapidly become the most used devices for taking pictures in the world, surpassing the use of dedicated cameras and even eclipsing the total number of pictures taken previously. We are now taking more photos per year than we took in the entire 20th century. All those selfies have to go somewhere, right? Let’s look at some times for managing photos and videos on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

Where to find them:

  • All the photos and videos you take and save on your Galaxy Note 5 will end up in the Gallery app. You can find the Gallery app in the app tray on the home screen.
  • You can sort and find media a couple different ways in the Gallery app. When in the app, tap on the title with a down-pointing triangle next to it in the top left corner. You should see four selections: Time, Albums, Events, and Categories.
  • Time will show every photo and video organized by the day they were taken or added, albums will show the albums either manually or automatically created, Events are similar to an album with a customized layout and the ability to share, and categories shows media sorted by type.

How to manage:

  • Albums are the quickest way to see all your photos and videos quickly. Some albums will be created automatically: images and video downloaded from the web will get its own album, as will screenshots. Photos and videos taken with the camera also get a dedicate folder.
  • Viewing media is a simple as tapping on them, and the view mode gives you a few options such as favorite, share, edit, and delete. You can do even more with a photo by tapping the More button at the top. Here you’ll find options to view more details about the photo, start a slideshow, or set the photo as the wallpaper or a contact photo.
  • Multiple images can be selected by tapping and holding the thumbnail. In the multiple selection mode, you can select photos individually or all at once. Tap the square with a diagonal arrow to get a peek at that photo without losing your selection. Once you have your selection, you can share, delete, or move or copy them to another album.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Battery on Galaxy Note 5

How to Get the Most Out of Your Battery

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is perfectly suited to be incredibly capable under heavy usage and multitasking, sometimes you want to eke out every minute you possibly can from the battery. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes lots of settings and features to help your battery last as long as you do. Here are some tips and tricks:

The Screen

Usually the biggest battery hog on any modern touchscreen device is the screen itself. It takes a lot of juice to power all those thousands of individually lit pixels with different colors and brightnesses, and the Galaxy Note 5 is no slouch in the pixel count department. The biggest boost to your battery is to simply keep your screen off as long and as often as possible. When not possible, however, make sure to turn down the screen brightness, or use the automatic brightness setting that sets the screen brightness for you based on available environmental light.

  • Turn down your screen’s brightness level through Quick Settings by dragging down the Notification Drawer, then enabling the check box next to the brightness slider (just below the quick toggles).
  • Keep your screen from using too much battery by keeping the Screen Timeout set low. You can edit this setting by going to the Settings app, tapping the Display menu on the Device page, then picking a time limit in the Screen Timeout menu.
  • A darker wallpaper will help your battery life as well. More pixels at a lower brightness means less power is being used. To learn how to change your wallpaper, check out our article Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Home Screen Tips & Tricks.


The latest and greatest devices come equipped with the latest and greatest wireless technologies. That’s what makes it a cell phone, right? Unfortunately, with every new kind of wireless connectivity, you also add a new drain to your battery life. Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS are all amazing and useful tools, and they all use power.

  • Turn off unused network modes. If your carrier doesn’t use LTE, then neither should you: it’s a battery hog. Unless you’re doing something data intensive like downloading photos or watching videos, it’s safe to keep LTE off. To turn off LTE on your Galaxy Note 5, go to the Connections page in the Settings app and tap on Mobile Networks, then Mobile Data. Uncheck Enhanced 4G LTE Services to turn off the LTE radio.
  • Wi-Fi uses less battery than LTE (the highest speed data connection carriers provide at the moment), and there’s generally no need to have both on at the same time.
  • Keep Bluetooth and NFC turned off unless actively using them. You can turn off both using quick toggles in the Notification Drawer. Check out our article How to Customize Quick Toggles on Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
  • Unless you’re getting navigation directions or playing a game that requires your exact location, GPS can also be turned off using quick toggles.


The next biggest battery drain on your Galaxy Note 5 is simply doing stuff, and doing stuff generally involves using apps. Unfortunately, apps are often running even when you’re not actively using them. Usually they’re working in the background, downloading or listening for changes, or doing some other kind of process. You can help rein in background power consumption of apps with a couple tricks.

  • Get a list of currently running apps by tapping on Applications in the Device page of theSettings app, then tapping on Application Manager and swiping over to the Running page. This shows a list of currently running tasks and applications, and an overview of the RAM currently being used. As a general rule (although not always the case), apps using more RAM are also using more power.
  • You can close currently running apps by opening up the Recents carousel by clicking the Recents key and swiping the app away to the left or right.
  • Another potential battery hog is notifications. The more apps that use and send notifications, the more battery is used, from both getting the notification itself, and new notifications turning on the screen when it’s off. Check out our article How to Manage Notifications on Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Extreme Measures

If all the previous measures aren’t enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 brings even more power saving features to squeeze the absolute most out of your battery. Check them out:

  • Turn on Power Saving Mode.

    “Save battery power by limiting the maximum CPU performance, reducing screen brightness and frame rate, turning off the touch key light, turning off Vibration feedback, and reducing the time before the screen is turned off when notifications are received.”

    You can turn this mode on either through a quick toggle, or navigating to the Battery menu under System in the Settings app, then tapping on Power Saving mode.

  • Ultra Power Saving mode, is as the name implies, an extremely battery-conservative mode you can put your phone in. In Ultra Power Saving mode the phone turns off as many features as possible and locks down lots of functionality. When in this mode, you are limited to a total of six apps: Phone, Messages, Internet, and three optional apps you select. Turn on UPS either with a quick toggle or going to the Battery menu under System in the Settings app, then tapping on Ultra Power Saving mode.


How to Factory Reset the Galaxy Note 5

How to Factory Reset

At some point, you will want to make your phone as clean as the day you got it. Whether you’re selling or giving your device away when upgrading, or you just want to start fresh, here’s how to reset your Samsung Galaxy S6 to factory settings:

  1. Before factory resetting your phone, make sure you have backed up or downloaded any data you want to preserve, such as photos and videos.
  2. Open the Settings app and swipe to the Personal page.
  3. Tap on Backup and Reset.
  4. You are presented with a list detailing everything that will be erased from your phone. Tap RESET DEVICE at the bottom of the screen.
  5. If you have set up the fingerprint scanner, you will be asked to confirm your fingerprint.
  6. Your device will begin the reset process. When finished, the phone will operate just like the day you got it, and starts into the phone setup process.