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is there a way to automate (or at least reduce the number of steps) to turn on or turn off the WiFi hotspot on my Galaxy 3.

I have to

  1. unlock
  2. press the menu button
  3. press settings
  4. press More Settings
  5. Tethering and portable hotspot
  6. Slide portable hotspot on.
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I can only recommend CyanogenMod, or, if you want to keep your ROM: HotSpot Widget.

CyanogenMod allows you to create a HotSpot Quick Setting Tile.

The widget is placed on your home screen and if you want to enable/disable the hotspot tap it.

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This brings it down to three steps. – offby1 Aug 17 '12 at 20:31
@offby No. Just two.. Unlock and tap on widget. – Evil Angel Aug 17 '12 at 22:49
HotSpot Widget has fallen into disrepair. – Jess Riedel Feb 28 at 0:18

There is an app on the Android Market called "Tethering", which requires no permissions to run, which provides a shortcut to the "Tethering and portable hotspot" configuration screen.

You can put this app on your home screen and that reduces your steps to:

1) unlock
2) tap the Tethering icon on your home screen
3) slide portable hotspot on


I use it daily.

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Note that on newer version of Android on Samsung Galaxy S4, and possibly much more broadsly, there is a Settings widget which provides this sort of link, so you don't need to download anything. – Jess Riedel Feb 28 at 2:06

This is one of the many things you can toggle with Widgetsoid. You can either put a widget on one of your home screens or place the toggle in your notification tray.

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This doesn't seem to work unless you can make Widgetoid a "system app", which requires rooting. – Jess Riedel Feb 28 at 0:56
  1. Replace your lockscreen with WidgetLocket Lockscreen.

  2. Add Hotspot Toggle widget on WidgetLocker lockscreen. You can find many such toggle widgets in Play Store. Personally, I use Widgetsoid (it has lots of toggles). Hotspot Toggle is great if you are interested in only Hotspot toggle.

Technically, I am the winner because its a 1-step solution. All you need is to tap the Hotspot Toggle widget on lockscreen. You don't need to even unlock. :)

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Note that WidgetLocket Lockscreen has fallen into disrepair. – Jess Riedel Feb 28 at 0:15

Don't bother with these 3rd party apps.

Go to "Widgets" in your app drawer. Long-press the "Settings" icon and drag it to your main home screen and the shortcut settings menu for all your settings automatically appears.

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Errm... the "hotspot" setting is not in there on the Galaxy S3. – fretje Apr 19 '13 at 15:53
Awesome stuff - works great on my Nexus. Thanks! – Rob Cooper Feb 13 '14 at 17:17

Goto Apps (long press an empty spot on your home screen)

Find "Mobile Hotspot" press and hold, drag onto your home screen.

That's it!

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Old question is missing an up-to-date answer: Meanwhile, the solution is built-in to Android and called "Quick Settings".

  1. Go to Settings › Notifications › Quick Settings
  2. Tap the entry to chose/arrange tiles
  3. if "WiFi Hotspot" isn't shown on a tile:
    1. tap the + symbol
    2. scroll to the end of the list
    3. tap the corresponding entry to add (WiFi-Hostpot)
  4. optionally: move the tile where you like to have it

Now, toggling the hotspot is as simple as

  1. pull-down the notification bar from the right corner (this should immediately show Quick Settings)
  2. if Quick Settings aren't shown (but your notification area is), tap the top-right corner to switch over
  3. tap the hostpot tile

Some ROMs (such as CyanogenMod) even allow you to have the very same stuff "synced" to quick toggles placed on top of the notification area, for even easier access.

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This doesn't work for the Samsung flavor of Android, right? Maybe you have pure android on a Nexus? – Jess Riedel Feb 28 at 1:08
@JessRiedel I'd never buy a Nex (not unless they give it an SD slot). Not sure about Sammy either. Currently I only have two devices here running Kitkat with CM-flavor. – Izzy Feb 28 at 1:13

I am using "Wifi hotspot settings" from android market. Only 24 kb in size.

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Could you mention a link for this app, alongside a brief description of it? That would be helpful. – Firelord May 27 '15 at 14:55
Add this application to your homescreen for a shortcut to your phone's wifi hotspot and tether settings. Please note this is only a shortcut, not a widget.… – Irshadullah May 28 '15 at 16:30

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