On most operating systems, you can set up name, password and encryption type for your WiFi hospot. For some reason, Android only has this switch to enable/disable it:

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When I enable it WiFi Android AP is created. Of course, I can't connect because I don't know the password. I would also like to change the name.

I also looked in Security and WiFi settings sections but nothing there either. What's wrong with Android?

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    On my Xperia S (also running 4.1.2) it's listed above Bluetooth tethering on that same menu. I've seen on other devices it only appears after you've turned Portable Wi-Fi hotspot on. – Kev Feb 27 '16 at 17:53
  • Is the device rooted? If yes, can you confirm whether the file /data/misc/wifi/softap.conf exist? If yes, what does it contain? (Note: the file should be containing SSID and password of hotspot). The SSID would also be available from /data/misc/wifi/hostapd.conf or wherever your device stores hostapd.conf. Some devices don't even use hostapd.conf to manage hotspot. – Firelord Feb 28 '16 at 0:57
  • @Firelord No, the device is not rooted. I also didn't try to alter configuration program in any way, so settings should be on their places. – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Feb 28 '16 at 7:48

To access the hotspot settings you have to keep (tap-hold) your finger on the same field Portable Wi-Fi hotspot for a few seconds, then release the finger. Unless there's a menu icon (three dots) on the top right corner, in which case you can access the settings by tapping on the menu icon and choosing Configure.

Generally speaking, in most apps you can tap-hold on a field to pop up a list of options. This is not very intuitive at a first glance, but after you've used Android for a while it becomes natural.

  • I tried that already. I will try once more to make sure but I'm little bit sceptical. – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Feb 28 '16 at 17:59
  • Try to do that both with the hotspot turned on and turned off, just in case. – dr01 Feb 29 '16 at 8:44
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    The problem is one has actually to release the finger without moving it much. Normally, the toutch and hold gesture works so that you don't have to release the button. – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Feb 29 '16 at 18:52
  • yes, releasing the finger does solve it. Maybe @dr01 can include this in his/her answer? / This is the most horrible thing I have witnessed all day – phil294 Jun 14 '17 at 7:03
  • @Blauhirn Done. – dr01 Jun 14 '17 at 7:09

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