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A look at Wifi options on the Samsung Galaxy S6

Wifi is one of those things we just sort of take for granted as long as it is working, but you'd be surprised at how much better your overall mobile experience can be if you take a quick look in your settings and poke around at what is possible. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Wifi settings are a perfect example of this, as it turns out there are a couple of important things going on in the settings that will make your day to day experience a little. Whether you're constantly connected to fantastic Wifi or you find yourself on the edge of a less than great connection, your Galaxy S6 has tools in settings to help you out. Lets take a look.

Galaxy S6 Wifi basics

There are a couple of things that work in just about the same way, regardless of the device you are using. When you want to connect to a Wifi access point, you head to Wifi in settings and pick the network you want from the list. If it's an open network, you'll be connected right away — occasionally with that warning you ignored about the network being potentially unsafe — and if it's a secure network you'll be prompted for a password. If you're connected to a Wifi network with WPS as a security measure, you can tap the MORE button in the Wifi panel and access your WPS options, which handle one-press connect and pin-based entry to WPS networks. If you have connected to a network and would like your phone to forget that connection, long press on the name of the connection and you'll see a forget option pop up.

Galaxy S6 basics

If you want to set up a Wifi Direct connection, which is occasionally required when connecting to wireless storage devices or for wireless device-to-device data transfers, the Wifi Direct button next to the MORE option on this page will start a countdown where your Galaxy S6 is available to connect with. During this countdown, the other device you're using for this activity will be able to see and connect to the Galaxy S6.

This behavior is separate from a Wifi hotspot, which allows you to share the mobile data from your carrier with other device by acting as a Wifi access point. Wifi hotspot settings are in a different place, under their own section. This will walk you through setting your SSID and security options before activating the hotspot function. You'll also be able to limit which devices can connect to your hotspot through Allowed Devices in the MORE section. Depending on your carrier, this function may require you pay extra to access, but assuming there are no carrier-based limitations the hotspot will start once you flip the toggle to on. As is always the case, Wifi hotspot will consume both battery and mobile data while in use.

Galaxy S6 SSID list

Passpoint, Download Booster, and Smart Network Switch

Wifi is suppose to be faster and more robust that a mobile network. That's not always the case, of course. Buy toggling back and worth between your Wifi and mobile networks — especially on networks you use on a daily basis — is unnecessary on the Galaxy S6. Your Galaxy S6 will automatically connect to private networks you have previously connected to. And if you frequent public networks that require separate login information to get going you can enable the Passpoint function in the Advanced part of the MORE tab, which will allow you to connect to most public networks you have been to before without needing to log back in every time.

Once you're connected to a solid network you can use Download Booster to grab certain kinds of files faster. Flipping this switch in your Wifi settings theoretically lets your Galaxy S6 use Wifi and LTE at the same time to download a file, and since your maximum number of connections to a single source has theoretically increased you'll be able to download larger files faster. This only works if the service you are downloading the large file from lets you download in this fashion, but when it works it's very cool stuff.

Galaxy S6 wifi

For those of us with the other kind of problem, Samsung's Smart network switch is in the MORE tab and is specifically designed to switch from Wifi to your mobile network if the connection is poor and causing problems. Smart network switch will keep you from dealing with spotty or low quality Wifi by making the switch automatically, leaving you a notification explaining an unstable connection was discovered so you know why you aren't on WiFi anymore.

And that's about it. There's some variance in the settings between versions of Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models, due to carrier decisions to enable Wifi popups when you're near an approved connection as an example, but this is what you need to get the most out of your Wifi experience. Enjoy!

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

30 Comments
  • Wow tech without wires? What the hell is this witchcraft? And BTW the gs6 is not exactly without wires since you're charging it every 5 minutes Posted via the Android Central App
  • My S6 lasts all day but your idiocy is noted (: Posted via the Android Central App
  • HEY IAMKLOUD S6 LASTS ALL DAY HE APPLYS TO EVERYONE SO WHAT HE SAYS IS FACT Posted via the Android Central App
  • What you said wasn't any better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly and you saying you have to charge it every 5 mins applies to everyone? I have the S6 edge and I charge it one time through out the day at work. That's also with 3-4 hours of screen time. So don't be a idiot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • a bit of WD40 should fix that sticky capslock key
  • What are you in the special education class? You say he's exaggerating by saying his actual experience with a galaxy s6 lasting a full day is outrageous while you hypocritically and hypothetically claim it needs to be charged every 5 minutes. I don't claim to be a genius but by god you couldn't even come up with a number that sounds at least possible even an idiot would look at that and say "what a complete and total idiot". I don't even care about your original comment its just that it was so poorly written and then to have the audacity to respond back to someone who actually has experienced the phone versus you who have clearly never seen nor touched one and then claim its outrageous to think many people are getting a full day off one charge vs your ridiculios claim of it lasting 5 minutes.
  • Then you don't use it very much. Quit trying to defend the S6 battery life.
  • My 43 hours standby with 4 hours 50 mins SOT would say otherwise.
  • I've owned a S6 since launch and don't see how this is possible.
  • Screenshots http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=60454212&postcount=308
    No it's not stock rom, but I don't need all TW "features". Stock kernel though.
  • I don't have that issue @thatguy :).
  • OK that's great I like the s6 but the battery holds it back for a power user Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would have to disagree there as well. I would consider myself a power user (100-150 GB a month so I def use it a lot).
  • Then your a candidate for the note 4 . That's sammy options for power user . The S phones where never ment fir power users . With my gs6 edge it'll last me most of the day till 11 pm when I lay down there's 25% that's more then enough for the average person. If you want more battery stop complaining about it and get a note 4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • @Phillip - I had a Note 4 .. got rid of it :). I also am not complaining about battery. Mine is fine.
  • My phone lasts 16 hrs ish of hard usage every single day.
  • Uh yeah... My S6 lasts all day. You should do a little troubleshooting if yours doesn't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wireless charging
  • My s6 edge 64gb gold last all day from 630am to 11pm... Usually with 5% left.. That includes me on a 1hr commute on a train one way..
  • But my build date is April 20th
  • All these options... And wireless is still broken for many people. Would be nice to know if there is a fix coming or if I need to return this phone. Posted via a SGS6
  • Broken?
  • What does that even mean? Wireless is broken? The article is about wifi. If you have a problem with wireless charging that's entirely different. Just out of curiosity, what issues are you having? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do a few searches. Lots of people having issues with connectivity after connecting to WiFi. Basically, you can be on WiFi and things will be painfully slow to the point of often not working. Possible issues were TKIP vs AES, 2.4ghz vs 5ghz, and IPv6. The only constant I've found so far, is networks with IPv6. People have factory reset and even exchanged devices to no avail. Posted via a SGS6
  • @Arthur -  I have heard of 1 report from a user in our forums but I am not seeing it wide spread. The wifi works on my S6 just like it should.
  • Check out the threads on XDA and such. It's more than just one user, and it doesn't appear to be phone specific, as others have reported their replacements having the exact same issue. I can say that mine, and two other ones in the company have the same problems on the same networks. However, we only have 3 in the company so far. For me? This is a show stopper, and the lack of any promise of an update to fix it is really getting me to want to return all of these before the return period window is up.
  • My Verizon S6 gets about the same SOT as my Note 4, which is 5 1/2 hours. That's all on LTE. So you people that rag on the battery, need to get off of T-Mobile. ~ 64 GB S6 ~
  • I'll agree with the connectivity issues with WiFi, I've experienced them first hand. However, my battery life has been stellar, and my quick charger makes topping off a breeze. You don't have to like the s6, that's why other phones exist. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The WIFI issues are absurd, totally absurd. How can you not have WIFI working properly? I simply cannot get WIFI to work properly at my house. I've been on other networks and it's fine. I am not replacing my routers. I do not have IPv6 on at all. Total joke.