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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. – SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Aug 17 '12 at 22:49

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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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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  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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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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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 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 at 16:30

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