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  1. mary
    mary November 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm .

    If I don’t have Bluetooth on it tells me HTC phones have a hotspot lock? And when I turn on Bluetooth and try to activate it my phone tells me to turn off the Bluetooth option.I’m confused.

  2. Mike Fisher
    Mike Fisher November 9, 2012 at 7:42 am .

    Super article, but what do you do with the message, “This item is not available on your carrier,” when you attempt to install the app?

  3. mary
    mary November 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm .

    I have the HTC evo 3d

  4. Eliah Patterson
    Eliah Patterson February 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm .

    Does all of this uses data?

  5. Chad
    Chad March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm .

    Still saying that my plan doesnt support this and turns it off. I have a rooted Sprint S3. Is there a certain ROM I need to install?

  6. Jennie
    Jennie March 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm .

    I have a Mytouch 4g slide U8730, T Mobile. When I hit “activate WiFi Hotspot” I get the following message “fail to activate hotspot: wifi mode has ailed on your phone. Please use USB mode or Bluetooth mode instead”. I was successful with the USB tether to my laptop but I want the hotspot for my iPad. What can I do?
    Thanks!
    Jenn

  7. Jennie
    Jennie March 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm .

    Silly auto correct…the message is supposed to read ” WiFi mode has FAILED on your phone” Sorry!
    Jenn

  8. bellamee89
    bellamee89 March 24, 2013 at 2:25 am .

    Hi Matthew, I need some more help. While you suggested dropbox for transferring files from pc to my Samsung Galaxy Tab, I did install it and it does work. However, with the Samsung Tab i have a program Kies, which I transferred some music ok. Have done some pics too, but on the Tab I cant see how to actually make my own album of particular photos, samsung seems to decide!!! I recently transferred pics from my camera, to pc, and then from pc with Kies to the Samsung Tab,having the pics in folders, but the photos have gone in with other non relevant pics into “Camera”on the Tab in the “Gallery”. Any idea how I can move photos from one album to another or make a new album, Cant see anything in the Tab that will let me do it.
    Even renaming the pics didnt help. Maybe other Samsung Galaxy Tab users may have some idea. Tnx again.

  9. wayde
    wayde March 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm .

    I found a way to use foxfi on my phone although locked out from my carrier site. If you know someone with the app use app share program and transfer it to your phone I’m using it right now hundreds of yards from any other WiFi source. I just Putin on my tablet and app shared it. Awesome. Have fun

  10. Rhonda
    Rhonda March 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm .

    Wade I am not following you. Can you give more detail how you did that.
    I have a toshiba thrive tablet with pdanet and a droid razr with pdanet+ foxfi installed right now because of jelly bean can only use bluetooth connect. are you saying you can hotspot wifi again?

    can you explain what you did?

  11. Amanda
    Amanda June 26, 2013 at 7:52 am .

    I’m new to all this and i need to get a new phone plus a hotspot. This idea would be perfect. I’m wondering if there are certain phones through Verizon that has tethering will work with for sure?

  12. Chris
    Chris June 27, 2013 at 4:33 am .

    I’m with Rhonda, Wayde would like to know exactly what you did. I have a Samsung galaxy note 2 that I’m trying to get wifi teethering on. Would really like it broken down more Please?

  13. bellamee89
    bellamee89 July 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm .

    Hi Matthew, wonder if you can assist me with saving info on the Samsung Galaxy tab V10. Everything is saved to the sd card and I would like to be able to save “whatever”on the tab itself too. Have no idea how to make a root directory or whatever I need to to save stuff. Still an oldie novice but info here has helped a lot and I am improving with d/l apps etc. Still cant see why some apps on samsung apps and google require phone info which can actually save info about your device etc. An article on Wall street journal site said there is really no need but builders of apps say they dont use the private info, its marketing blah blah, well why want it. The mind boggles… just a trivia comment. Thanx for the site

  14. rissa
    rissa July 7, 2013 at 3:28 am .

    Hi matthew

    I have a samsung gravity smart tmobile phone and I tried using the app that U recommend however when I try to connect to my laptop (which is a hp) it says ‘the default gatway is not available, or connection unsuccessful due to limited connectivity or limited access’. Next I tried to connect to my samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 but when connecting it says ‘network disabled poor connection’. Am I doing Something wrong? Or should I try another app? I have a 3g connection and I have data on the account however it does not seem to be working. Please advise.

    Btw the site was really informative, I did learn a lot about how to use my phone instead of running to the library 4 times a week! Thankz

  15. Nina Grazella
    Nina Grazella July 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm .

    Hello,
    Is there anyway I can use my phone in this way with out using data, or is this impossible?
    I do 24 hour care over the weekends and where I am at there is no internet connection. I can however activate hotspot on my phone but I don’t want to use up my data.

  16. Eli
    Eli August 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm .

    hi Matthew, and thanks so much for your productive info.

    question for you: i have laptop with no problems.
    when i use my 4g metropcs smart phone the laptop is able to connect to it, and even update programs (windows7 and so on).
    it will open the explorer for me , but it just loadded without me see anything in that window. any ideas?

  17. Eli
    Eli August 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm .

    also, i do use MY HOTSPOT.
    is the program you mention (foxfi) working on usb too?

  18. Matt
    Matt September 9, 2013 at 7:42 am .

    How about for cherry mobile phones ? Plss Help me !! Thanks :)

  19. Robert
    Robert September 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm .

    Turned on bluetooth and connected it succesfully to my labtop but still receiving the “tethering” warning from my provider, GoSmart Mobile

  20. Alexandr
    Alexandr September 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm .

    Hi, will this app work with Sprint ?

  21. Jenifer
    Jenifer December 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm .

    So just a quick question, when it says “tethering or hotspot active” will my carrier know about it and will I end up getting charged more or is it ok to use and free now? Or am I supposed to turn it off and the app works without it. Thanks!

  22. denmarfl@yahoo.com
    denmarfl@yahoo.com August 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm .

    Installed FoxFi…. My phone Provider does not support their phones to be used as a Hotspot. I installed FoxFi hoping I would acquire this feature. Bluetooth Paired find, but since its Video I want to stream from my phone to my Table….Bluetooth is of no use since it only is for Audio (if I am wrong, set me straight; when I pair and then open an App on my Tablet that will stream Video I get, cannot play Video).

    Turned off Bluetooth…….

    I activated the FoxFi “Activate WiFi Hotspot feature. FoxFi29 appears in my Tablets W-Fi list..and shows an Excellent Signal……but when I tap Connect all I get is “Obtaining IP Address” and then after a minute or so get, “Network Disabled because Internet connection is slow”. While connecting and I look at Status it shows Link Speed 72Mbps…

    Something else I should be doing?

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