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FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

5,000,000 - 10,000,000 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 blocked the original FoxFi from Market. If you get error installing please use the second link from http://pdanet.co/android

*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. Please find it at http://pdanet.co/help/wifi.php

--Android 4.4 will also show a warning message that says "Your network usage may be monitored..." as a result of installing the "FoxFi Certificate". The FoxFi certificate doesn't really do anything beyond turning on hotspot. If the screen lock or the certificate warning bothers you, you can actually remove the FoxFi certificate after WiFi hotspot is ready. That is because the certificate (as well as the VPN) is only needed during the "turning on" period.
--To remove the FoxFi certificate, select "Clear Credentials" from phone security Settings (this removes ONLY the FoxFi certificate, all the stocked certificates will stay). If "Clear Credentials" is disabled, open the list of certificates and select the "User" tab, then open the FoxFi Certificate and scroll down to remove. Only after that your phone will allow you to set screen lock to "None".

*AT&T Galaxy/Note phones: WiFi mode is now blocked if you updated to 4.3. Please use USB/BT mode.

*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.

Recently changed in this version

1. Adds supports for Verizon HTC phones updated to 4.4, in addition to Verizon Samsung phones.
2. Allows Network name and Password to be changed within FoxFi.
3. Restore WiFi state after Hotspot is done.


Lists with FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Reviewed by Anna Grace.

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

    by utz1975 on 18/06/2014

    To remove the pin lock on the Samsung Galaxy S5 after FoxFi . Go to settings, fingerprint, at the bottom of that screen go to features and tap on screen lock and it will give you the option of setting your screen lock back to swipe, pin, or password etc.

  • (62)

    by CreativeSparkle on 15/04/2013

    I'm using a Droid DNA 4.1.1

    After installing FoxFi and PDANet I've been unable to turn off screen lock. I've turned wi-fi off, deleted credentials and uninstalled FoxFi and it still won't allow me to turn it off. Is there something else I can do?

  • (62)

    by Raamst on 17/11/2012

    Im new at this, but its the best money ive ever spent ! Does this mean I can cancel the extra data usage plan with T-mobil at $15.00 per month ?

  • (62)

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  • (62)

    by MEEMEEBOO on 11/10/2012

    This App does not work with "hotspot" for Tmobile Prism.. I have to use the PDANET tethering app. I would much rather use the hotspot because the internet works MUCH faster that way. Does anyone know if there's a way around it?

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    by funiwant on 17/09/2012

    i have it installed on my htc rezound, other devices will connect but will not "obtain IP address" what's up with that.

  • (62)

    by BobFromLI on 07/02/2012

    This WORKS. I use an Samsung Epic 4G/Sprint. If it doesn't, use PdaNet Tablet...the old one. The new one will mess with email and other secure sites.