The mobile hotspot feature is a great addition to any smartphone in this day & age.The ability to share your mobile data with another device saves you from trouble at the worst of times.Samsung Galaxy S9, S8 and Note 8 from the US telecom providers like AT&T and Sprint block mobile hotspot.

To enable this feature, you are required to pay an additional fees, which seems quite unfair.In this guide, I will show you two foolproof ways to enable blocked mobile hotspot with other smartphones, computers, etc.

But first, let’s start by understand what is a mobile hotspot and how to access it normally?

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What is mobile hotspot and how to access it?

Mobile hotspot is a built-in feature of every smartphone & tablet. This option allows a user to share their data with other devices connected via wifi.

When you enable mobile hotspot on your smartphone, it will show up on the list of available Wifi connections.

A simple tap on this Wifi connection followed by a password facilitates this connection.

Here’s how to access it.

Unfortunately, this easy to share feature is blocked on the US carrier-locked devices like Galaxy S9, S8, and Note 8.

If you do not want to pay extra to use this feature, follow one of the below-mentioned methods.

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Method 1: Enable blocked mobile hotspot using ADB commands

  1. Enable USB debugging on one of the devices you own, i.e., Galaxy S9, S8 or Note 8.
  2. Download and install ADB & Fastboot tools on your PC, Linux or Mac.
  3. Connect your device to a computer via USB cable.
  4. Open a command prompt (in Windows) or Terminal (in Linux & Mac) & enter the following commands:
adb shell

settings put global tether_dun_required 0

settings put global tether_dun_apn "APNDUN,n.ispsn,,,,,,http://mms.sprintpcs.com,68.28.31.7,80,310,120,,default,dun,mms,supl"

In case the DUN APN rewrite command from above does not work, try one of the below two commands.

settings put global tether_dun_apn "APNDUN,n.ispsn,,,,,,,,,310,120,,dun"

settings put global tether_dun_apn "APNDUN,n.ispsn,,,,,,,,,310,120,,default,dun”
  1. If the mobile data is ON, turn it OFF.
  2. Then enable the mobile hotspot from the Settings.
  3. Enter all the required details, set a fresh password.
  4. Now, enable the mobile data as well.
  5. Check on another smartphone or computer if your wifi hotspot is recognized.
  6. Try connecting to this wifi hotspot and check the signal strength, etc.

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Method 2: Use these free apps

App #1: Download the QuickShortcutMaker app from the Play Store.

Download QuickShortcutMaker   

Perform these steps once you have successfully downloaded and installed this app.

  1. Open this app and in the search field, type test.
  2. Scroll & locate test.LTEfunctionality.
  3. Expand this entry and scroll down to the end. Tap on try.
  4. Then browse to the bottom and locate APN setting.
  5. Leave the default selections and then find APN type.
  6. Edit the default,mms to default,mms,dun.
  7. Save changes from the menu (three dots on the top-right).

Thereafter, try to enable mobile hotspot and connect other devices.

App #2: Download the Shortcut Master Lite app from the Play Store.

Download Shortcut Master Lite   

  1. Launch the app after downloading.
  2. Tap the top-right corner menu to open App Explorer.
  3. Search & locate com.test.LTEfunctionality and tap on it.
  4. You should now see three options, select the first entry LTEFunctionalitytest.
  5. Tap Launch from the sub-menu.
  6. Scroll down to find LTE APN Setting.
  7. Select the APN setting you must edit or add a new one instead.
  8. Save changes by tapping on the menu button again.
  9. Enable mobile hotspot by accessing your carrier’s internet APN setting. This may be different for everyone.
  10. Scroll down and tap APN Type. Then, change default,mms to default,mms,DUN.
  11. Save changes and exit.

Try to connect other devices to your mobile hotspot after enabling mobile hotspot and mobile data connection.

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