Sharing is Caring. It doesn’t hurt that much in giving your friend, colleague, or a relative some Internet connection in an area they can’t signal in to. That’s why you need to know how to enable tethering or Wifi-hotspot feature on your device.
There are times that our phones aren’t able to connect in a vicinity in where other devices are able to access the Internet with. The most annoying thing about it is that there’s nothing you can do about it. So if you have a friend with you that has a mobile data on his/her phone, or is able to connect to the Wifi (or you’re the friend that has an internet connection and your other friend is the one that can’t connect), know that sharing is caring, and know that you’re able to share your connection with that friend of yours.
WiFi-hotspot or Tethering is one of Android’s feature that we sort of taking for granted these days. Almost every smartphone nowadays, if not all the current phones in the market, is enabled to create a Wifi-Hotspot to share mobile data with another device. Yet some carriers don’t allow tethering or the creation of Wifi-Hotspot with the mobile data they’re emitting so easily.
What they do is that they charge consumers an extra subscription fee to enable sharing mobile data through Mobile Data hotspots. In that sense, if you purchase a carrier locked smartphone, there’s a great chance that the WiFi/Mobile Data Hotspot features is either locked down or removed so may not utilize it unless, of course, you pay for the extra subscription fee. It’s the same with the case when using a Verizon locked Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus or S8. Yet, it’s still Android, and it is your Android. So yeah, you are still allowed to activate Wifi-Hotspot or Tethering on your Galaxy S8.
There’s a lot of pros that you’ll be able to reap when sharing your Mobile Data to other devices. First, is that it can act as a portable WiFi hotspot when you’re traveling. Second, your family can save a lot of bucks, considering that there’s no need of purchasing a new data plan for each member of the household who has a smartphone, which means more savings for the whole family and fewer profits for your mobile carrier operator. Lastly, enabling a friend or a colleague to connect to your WiFi Hotspot if they’re unable to connect to the net. Hopefully, your carrier allows this feature on your phone. These are the reasons, unexpectedly, why carrier companies want some benefit of this feature as well.
The feature can be activated with an app called Net Share-no-root-tethering. Not just a Verizon Galaxy S8 but it should, in theory, operate on any Android device having an Android 4.0 and above. The application utilizes WiFi Hotspot direct to share your Galaxy S8’s mobile data. Sadly, it seems the hacked utilized by FoxFi to share Mobile Data through WiFi doesn’t work anymore on Verizon locked Android nougat smartphones.
That only means that if you have one of the said devices, and is longing to share your friends and family members some Mobile Data through WiFi Hotspot, Net Share-no-root-tethering is the choice you should go for. Know that you’re still able to share Mobile Data using Bluetooth if ever you’re using the FoxFi app.
Using the Application
The application is a no-brainer thing to use. When you first open the application, all you have to perform is check the Share internet connection option. It’s located on the upper part of the main screen. Afterward, it’ll automatically create a WiFi hotspot with a random name and passcode. Both of which you can view right on your phone’s screen. Then on that forth, open then sync any device to this WiFi-hotspot using the random password given to you earlier.
A list of connected smartphones is displayed right underneath the Hotspot name and password. You can press on any of these and manage some few options. These include settings that allowed speed and bandwidth as well as monitoring its usage. Net Share does cater some few themes that generally changes the color of the top bar and a few buttons between Green, Blue, and Red. This can be opened via the menu button located on the upper right part of the window.
Now, if your carrier allows the usage of this feature, without any extra subscription fee, then you can simplify the process by heading to your Galaxy S8’s included WiFi Hotspot or Tethering feature. Here’s how to do it.
Steps in Enabling the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus WiFi Sharing
Now, this feature is disabled by default on your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, but is easily accessed if your carrier enabled this feature on your phone without any extra subscription fee. To do this, perform precisely each step below:
- Go to your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus Settings app
- Press the option for Tethering and Mobile Hotspot,, then hit on More
- Switch ON the WiFi Sharing toggle to activate the feature
It’s great to keep in mind that this feature shall only work for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Even the Galaxy S8 does not support the WiFi sharing feature. Some Galaxy S8 users have also stated that this feature does not work on the Verizon version of the Galaxy S8 Plus and S8.