How to Enable WiFi Tether on Verizon Galaxy S4, Note 3 & Others without Root

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Internet connectivity has now become an essential part of our gadgets. Just imagine a computer, tablet or smartphone without data connection! Most people in the world who own a smartphone also own a computer. There are millions of users who have a variety of gadgets that require data network. We can have, for example, a computer, a laptop, more that one smartphones and so on. One can depend on a wired broadband connection for desktop computers, but we cannot carry our computer and WiFi router everywhere or let’s say, anywhere. That’s why, when it comes to portable devices, a wireless data connectivity solution is definitely the best thing.

If you use a laptop, or own many smartphones, you can share the data of one device on all by using WiFi tethering feature. While this feature is found on all WiFi-enabled Android devices, there are some countries where this option does not work without root access. If you own a an US or Canadian variant of the Galaxy S4 or Note 3 from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc., we are sharing a little tip that lets you use WiFi tethering without having to root your device. Just follow the steps below to make your turn your Galaxy or any other Android device into a WiFi Hotspot.

  1. Open Settings> More Settings> Mobile Hotspot on your phone.
  2. Select Mobile Hotspot but do not turn it on.
  3. Tap on Configure and set your hotspot settings.
  4. Now go to Google Play Store and download the Hotspot app:
  5. The app will add a widget in your phone’s widget drawer. Add the widget to your homescreen.
  6. Now turn the toggle widget on.
  7. Press the Home button to cancel if you see any popup window.
  8. Done!

You can now enjoy WiFi tethering on your device. The given method also works with Foxfi. When you get the subscription notification, just click Home button and enjoy tethering.

App to Enjoy WiFi Tethering without Root:

If you have no root access on your Android device and wish to enjoy WiFi tethering, the Google Play Store has a very useful app for the purpose. You can install the FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root) app:

FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)
FoxFi Software Communication Free
Download

Update for Verizon Galaxy S4 (Android 4.3):

Please note that with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updating coming to Galaxy S4, the tethering method given above no longer works now as it has been licked by the carrier. However, you can still unlock and start enjoy tethering on VRUEMJ7 (Android 4.3) if you have root access on your Verizon Galaxy device. Make sure to follow the steps carefully and correctly.

  1. Download the following zip file corresponding to your firmware build version and unzip it:
  2. Copy the extracted folder to the external SD card of your phone. Make sure the path of the file is as follows: /mnt/extSdCard/MJ7_tether_unlock/
  3. Download the Terminal Emulator app from the market: 
    Terminal Emulator for Android
    Jack Palevich Tools Free
    Download
  4. Launch Terminal Emulator, grant it root permission when prompted.
  5. Now type the following command in the terminal box. If you have downloaded the MK2 version, type MJ7_tether_unlock instead:
    su
    cd /mnt/extSdCard/MJ7_tether_unlock/
    sh tether.sh
  6. Doing this will replace your phone’s stock framework with the modified one and thus tethering will be unlocked.
  7. Your Galaxy S4 will reboot automatically and when it boots up, you will be ready to tether away.

Please note that after following the steps given above, you’ll have a backup of the original framework-res.apk. You can find the backup file in the following path on your Galaxy S4: /mnt/extSdCard/MJ7_tether_unlock/orig-framework-res.apk. In case you later decide to restore back the original file, run the following command in Terminal Emulator app:

 su
 cd /mnt/extSdCard/MJ7_tether_unlock/
 sh untether.sh

Enjoy tethering on your Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 and do not forget to share with us how it works for you. Cheers!

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