FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Ease of use
  • Works properly
Cons
  • Some devices aren't compatible
  • There's no screen widget
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"WiFi tethering isn't a root privilege anymore"

Reviewed by / Jun 28, 2012

FoXFi allows you to tether even if you don't own a rooted device

Tethering is turning your mobile device into a hotspot, that's it, an acces point. It takes your WiFi or data connection to provide access to other nearby device (computer, tablet, other smartphones...).

Just launch the app and enable "WiFi Hotspot". You can also change network name and set a password, which uses WPA-PSK encryption. You can also leave it open, free access. FoxFi provides also Bluetooth mode for connections which seems to work for all phones. We say that because there are issues with some devices regarding WiFi mode. Check out developer's description in order to know if your device is on the list.

There's also a FoxFi AddOn app that comes with extra features like hiding tether usage by setting a proxy server address in the computer browser. Check it out to know all the features that it brings.

The app is simple and easy-to-use. We're just missing a widget (switcher) for enable/disable WiFi Mode. Good app.

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Developer's original description available here
Turns your Android phone into a free WiFi Hotspot - no rooting or tether plan required.

You can connect from any computers or tablets or even game console. Access Point is infrastructure mode with WPA2 security. FoxFi usage is covered under the same phone data plan you have and no tether plan needed. This saves you $20/month from your carrier.

Currently WiFi mode may not support some phone models and we are working to expand the supported list. However Bluetooth/USB mode works for all phones. To check and see if WiFi mode can be supported on your phone visit http://foxfi.com/devices

Again you do not need a tether plan or root your phone (otherwise this software will be meaningless). It WiFi mode prompts you to call your carrier that means FoxFi has failed and you should use USB mode or Bluetooth mode instead.

*If you have T-mobile, you should use USB mode with "Hide Tether Usage" enabled.

*Sprint and AT&T has removed FoxFi from Market. If you can not find FoxFi please install or upgrade from http://pdanet.co/bin.

*Some Jelly Bean phones has locked-down the WiFi hotspot feature, because of that FoxFi will ask you to install a user certificate on those phones. The side effect is that Android system will require you to set a screen lock (and only allows Pattern, PIN or Password) when any security settings is changed. There is indeed a way to remove the lock screen while keeping the certificate: set a pattern lock and try to unlock the phone with a "bad pattern" for 5-10 times, it will show you an error message, now select "Forgot Pattern?" and enter your gmail/password. After these steps the screen lock will be removed without removing the certificate.

*AT&T Galaxy S4 with latest firmware update: you will see a message to call AT&T when you turn on WiFi mode. Please do NOT close that message (or simply hit the home button to hide the message). You will still be able to use the WiFi Hotspot. Probably does not apply to 4.3.

*The free version has a usage limit that requires you to restart FoxFi to continue using free mode. You can purchase the full version key to unlock this.

Here are some tips to help your usage:
1. On some models if you run into WiFi problem after using the Hotspot, simply reboot your phone and rename the hotspot before activating to clear the issue.
2. For some Samsung phones if your computer is not able to get an IP address, try to turn on WiFi on the phone first and make sure it does not connect to any WiFi network, then turn on FoxFi.
3. FoxFi is tested on non-rooted phones. If your phone has a rooted ROM it may or may not work.
4. When WiFi hotspot is activated you may also see a hotspot notification of the built-in WiFi hotspot feature. Please ignore it. As long as you do not sign up for a tether plan you won't be charged.
5. If you enter or change the hotspot password, make sure you rename the hotspot also before activating.
6. Sometimes Windows need a "repair" on the WiFi menu to get a correct IP address.
7. If you install the FoxFi AddOn app, you will also be able to hide tether usage by setting a proxy server address in the computer browser.

Recently changed in this version

WiFi mode currently will not work if you have updated your phone to Android 4.4 (KitKat). Please use USB/Bluetooth mode instead.

Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2, 3: WiFi mode issue has been fixed and will also work with the 4.3 update (not 4.4!) from Verizon (not AT&T). There is also a way to remove the lock screen if you don't like it, please see descriptions!


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Comments and ratings for FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)
  • (62)

    by L-Doc B on 20/04/2014

    Works great just don't work with my tv anymore!

  • (62)

    by Parrish Holland on 20/04/2014

    I got wifi on my tablet but using my phone

  • (62)

    by Austin Davies on 19/04/2014

    Does not work on Galaxy S5.

  • (62)

    by Andrew Piereson on 19/04/2014

    The only tether app that worked for me on s4. Perfect and works amazing!

  • (62)

    by Wes Poole on 19/04/2014

    Would have given it 5 stars...but I can't use it since I upgraded my phone. Come on people, an app with no support is useless! Update it for KitKat or I'm moving on!

  • (62)

    by Lazarus Solsong on 18/04/2014

    Used to work no problem for my Droid Bionic. I upgraded to the G2 now I sit and wait til it works again

  • (62)

    by Marie K on 18/04/2014

    Great app, however, since my phone upgraded its self to 4.4.2 it will not work with WiFi or Bluetooth. :-( Please fix it quick... I miss using this app!!