Enable your phone’s hidden tethering feature with Hotspot Control

by: Conan HughesApril 14, 2013
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Tethering functionality on Android devices is no doubt convenient for users. Unfortunately, some devices are subject to carrier branding and therefore modified to have the ability of creating their own local networks disabled. The functionality may be even unavailable when no SIM is present. With the Hotspot Control app, however, users can bypass said issues that prevent creating portable hotspots, allowing their devices to connect with each other.

Developed by Chainfire, the app comes with a straightforward interface to complete a simple task. To allow tethering, just turn on the Wi-Fi, input a name and password, and then enable the access point. A password is always present for security purposes and uses WPA2 AES + TKIP encryption. The app is friendly even to the average user since, in most cases, rooting is not required.

Hotspot Control

Take note that Hotspot Control is used for establishing local connections only. As per the description in the Play Store, the app is not created with the purpose of circumventing the carrier-implemented protection used to prevent sharing a mobile device’s Internet through tethering. Users have submitted reviews with varying results upon using the app. Depending on how carriers deactivated the tethering option, certain devices are not compatible with the app while some others are lucky enough to actually gain Internet access.

Hotspot Control works on devices running on Android 4.0.3 and up. It only requires a measly 80k storage space and can be downloaded for free. Also check out the issues, results, and suggestions that are further discussed at an XDA Developers forum thread.

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    Doesn’t work with Sprint Galaxy Note 2. I wish FoxFi just supported jellybean devices.

  • Kuladoz

    This is so funny, everyday i see thing like “oh new app that lets you do this and that” and im always like, dude, just get a damn xperia and the phone will have that for default.

  • JT

    Your galaxy note 2 should be rooted anyway? ?

  • Timbo

    Works with a FREE zte Flash from sprint

  • JuanR

    Doesn’t work on At&t HTC One X, so sad……….

  • Shadad

    not working at all

  • ty

    Does it work for at&t galaxy note 4?? Does any one know