Monday, January 23, 2012

Use your Galaxy S2 as a Portable Wifi Hotspot

One very nice feature of the Galaxy S2 (and some other phones in the Galaxy range), is the ability to use it as a portable wifi hotspot! This is fortunately very easy and simple to set up!

Go into your phone's settings:

There, tap on "Wireless and network", which brings you to this screen:

Here, tap on "Tethering and portable hotspot", which takes you here:

Now tap on "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings":

On this screen you can enable your wifi hotspot, and also configure the security settings and stuff like that for the phone:

I'd highly recommend using WPA2 PSK as your security setting, otherwise anyone in range can connect to your phone, and with the ludicrous data rates out there, this can get costly, REAL quick!

Now simply connect with your laptop/tablet/other cellphone to your phone's wifi hotspot, enter the password, and you should be good to go! Very handy for if you don't have a 3g dongle or built-in 3g in your laptop. Also if you're in South Africa, free wifi hotspots are a very scarce thing - also, the ones that do exist almost never work!


How to make one of your MP3 files a ringtone

If you have the Samsung Galaxy S2 (or any other Galaxy range I'd reckon...), setting one of your music files as a ringtone isn't as straight forward as it should be.

One would think that to do this, you need to browse to the file with the file manager, but that doesn't give you the option to make a specific mp3 a ringtone.

You can do this, however... You need to do it from the built in Music app.

First is to go to and play the mp3 you would like to make your ringtone:

Now tap on the bottom left button of the phone (uhm, I don't know what to call that button actually haha! It's to the left of the home button in the middle on the phone) - this will bring up the options for the screen you're currently on, like so:

One of the options there is "Set as" - tap on that, which will give you this screen:

And voila, select the appropriate option, and you can now listen to Metallica whenever someone calls you :)