There are many reasons you may need or prefer to use your iPhone hotspot and cellular data for your Samsung TV rather than using Wifi.
Maybe you live somewhere more remote where home internet service is difficult to obtain, and even if you can get it, it is expensive and slow. So, is it possible to use an iPhone hotspot to connect to a Samsung TV?
Table of Contents
- Can You Use An iPhone Hotspot With A Samsung TV?
- How to connect a Samsung TV to an iPhone hotspot
Can You Use An iPhone Hotspot With A Samsung TV?
It is possible to connect your Samsung TV through an iPhone mobile hotspot. To do so, you will need to make sure that your Samsung TV is a smart TV that can connect to available Wifi networks. To check if your Samsung TV has a wireless adapter, you should review the owner’s manual.
So, you have your Samsung TV all set up in your living room and now you would like to connect it to Wifi using your iPhone’s mobile hotspot. By connecting your Samsung TV to your mobile hotspot, you will be able to access the full potential of your smart TV, so how do you do it?
How do you connect so that you can have your Netflix, HBO, and other streaming services up and running with your favorite programming?
Let us take a look at these step-by-step guides to determine how to set up your own Samsung TV in your own home.
How to connect a Samsung TV to an iPhone hotspot
Attaching any electronic device to a mobile hotspot is an extremely simple process. Whether it is your Nintendo Switch, Roku, or a smart TV, it should take no longer than a few minutes to have your device connected to the internet.
Creating a personal mobile hotspot on an iPhone
Before you create a personal mobile hotspot on your iPhone and connect your devices to your hotspot, you may want to make sure that you have a data plan that will support the amount of data you intend to use.
You may want to see if your cellular service provider has an unlimited data plan that you could pay for if you intend to use mobile data rather than a home interest service through an ISP.
Streaming services like Netflix use an incredible amount of data and you could either run out of data very quickly or it could become very expensive if you do not have the proper data plan.
The first thing you need to do to connect your Samsung TV to a mobile hotspot is to create the hotspot on your iPhone.
- Go to settings
- Click on cellular
- Go to personal hotspot
- Create the hotspot
If you have never created a personal hotspot before, your iPhone will ask you to create a name for the hotspot and also give you the option to secure the hotspot with a password.
99% of the time you should secure your mobile hotspot with a password to prevent your neighbors and other unauthorized users from using your mobile data.
Once you have created your mobile hotspot using your iPhone, you can go ahead and connect to the hotspot with your Samsung TV and other devices by finding the network name of the hotspot, entering the correct password, and then connecting.
To disconnect your hotspot from all devices, simply go back to your settings where the hotspot information is located and click the on/off tab to turn off the hotspot and disconnect all connected devices.
Connecting a Samsung TV to a mobile hotspot
Before you try to connect your Samsung TV, you will want to make sure your television is indeed a smart TV and that it contains a wireless adapter to connect to Wifi and mobile hotspot connections.
You should be able to know if your TV is a smart TV by looking at the box, reading the owner’s manual, or if you are shopping for a new TV, you can ask your sales representative to confirm that the TV you would like to purchase is a smart TV with a wireless adapter.
Once you have your Samsung Smart TV properly set up where you want it, you can connect it to the internet through your iPhone’s mobile hotspot by following these steps.
- Using the remote control for your television, press the menu button and open the settings.
- Find the network settings option and select it.
- Once you are in the network settings, you may be prompted to select the network type.
- Select “wireless” network type if you would like to connect the TV to your mobile hotspot.
- Find the wireless network name that you chose for your iPhone’s mobile hotspot.
- Once you select your network, you may be prompted to enter the network password if you created one.
- Enter in the correct password and click connect.
Once your Samsung TV is connected to the mobile hotspot, your TV may want to run automated testing of the network status and strength. Once the test has run its course, you can go ahead and close everything and begin to download TV apps, connect to your favorite streaming services, or even open a web browser and surf the internet directly on your television.
If you would like to disconnect your Samsung Smart TV from your mobile hotspot, you can do that in the same menu you used to connect your television.
- Using the remote control for your television, press the menu button and then open the settings.
- Go to the network settings option and select it.
- In the network settings, find the network status option.
- Click on network status and it should give you an option to disconnect.
- Simply click on disconnect and your television should disconnect from your mobile hotspot.
If your Samsung Smart TV is connected to your mobile hotspot but the connection is weak or the speed is abnormally slow, then you may need to make a few adjustments. First, make sure that your mobile device is placed in a central location where it can get a full cellular signal from your provider. Avoid placing your mobile device in corners or near thick concrete walls.
Additionally, your mobile device should be no more than 50 feet from your television. The closer your mobile device is to the television while being in a position to get an optimal cellular signal, the better.
If you having trouble finding a good spot in your home to have both a solid connection to your cellular service and your television, then you may look into purchasing a Wifi repeater or Wifi extender that can connect to your mobile hotspot and be placed halfway between your television and your mobile device.