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I use the hotspot feature on my HTC One X alot for connecting to the internet with my laptop. It's worked fine for months, but all of a sudden the last two days, the hotspot just stops for no reason that I can discern. I have restarted my phone and haven't installed any news apps recently. Any ideas?

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You most likely have a hotspot timeout setting enabled.

You can disable it by going to your Advanced Hotspot Settings, and editing the timeout value to never.

Note that in some versions of Android in order to access the Advanced Hotspot Settings you need to first access the WiFi Hotspot Settings and then press the phone's Menu button.

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Thanks for that, this was the issue. Never noticed the Advanced tab for this! –  Wil Feb 4 '13 at 17:52

I had the same problem. And then I realized that I'd set up Tasker to turn the hotspot off if it detected my favorite wifi network nearby. I've since removed that Tasker option, and the hotspot has stayed on.

I did not simply forget about the Tasker setting. Rather, even when I was nowhere near my favorite wifi networks, the hotspot would turn off. Tasker needs to briefly turn on the phone's wifi every so often, in order to see if it's near my favorite wifi network, and in so doing, it must also turn off the hotspot; my guess is that, somehow, it was unable to turn the hotspot back on after it shut wifi down.

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Thanks for the reply, unfortunately I am not running tasker. Glad you were able to figure it out though! –  Wil Sep 19 '12 at 15:37

Just a note for others out there, the setting is not very easy to find (at least on my Samsung Galaxy S3 mini Android 4.1.1).

Go to Wireless and network -> More settings... -> Tethering and portable hotspot -> Portable WiFi hotspot. Once there, you'll have to press the Menu button (bottom left of your phone) and up pops Timeout settings!

One can only guess why they decided to hide that setting in such a hard-to-find place....

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Try calling your service provider. I had the same problem and upon making the call discovered that the company had some weird stipulation on my "unlimited" data plan that didn't allow for the hot spot without first paying a fee. Maybe there was a change in your service that weren't informed of

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The fix is simple: Got to the setting in your device that is called: "Data enabled (Enable data access over Mobile network)" UN-check it OFF, wait about 30 seconds, then RE-check it ON.

You will notice then within 10 seconds the 4g will re-appear, and turn a beautiful blue - which means all good and working.

Works everytime.

On Verizon, you will need to do this every 2 to 3 hours. Why? Because that's how Verizon does it. T-Mobile does NOT create this restriction.

Also, you will notice that MOST devices wil NOT charge the battery when data is being DOWNloaded/streamed, so be ready for that.

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