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I use my phone (a OnePlus 3 running the stock ROM and Android 7.1.1) as my primary internet connection. This means that I make heavy use of wireless tethering, especially for work. The trouble is, whenever my phone rings, regardless of whether I answer it, wireless tethering gets disabled. If I use USB tethering, I have no such problem, but wireless is much more convenient.

I previously came across this answer, but it doesn't apply to me. I've never had a phone which was unable to simultaneously use phone and data. When I'm on a call, I can enable wireless tethering with no problem. It just gets disabled for no good reason whenever I receive a call.

Note that that the issue is not the connection technology (WCDMA, VoLTE, carrier support, etc.) This is absolutely impossible, since the fact mentioned above that I can manually re-enable tethering while on a call, coupled with the fact that I have full access to data while on a call, disproves any such theories. This is why I started a new thread instead of using the old one I linked to above.

Is there any way to prevent wireless from being disabled? Failing my first question, I would also accept a method to make my phone completely ignore incoming calls during specified times so that they couldn't disable tethering, so long as I kept internet access and text messaging.

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  • It has two SIM slots, but I only have a single SIM for it. I see no reason to pay for two phone subscriptions. Aug 11, 2017 at 17:29
  • For second part (ignoring calls ) you could try Macrodroid. Trigger: call incoming> any number; Action;: call reject:; constraints: WiFi hotspot State > WiFi hotspot on. If this solved your problem and you want me to post this as an answer, please tag me to post as I would be logged out
    – beeshyams
    Aug 12, 2017 at 1:44

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On my LG K20 running 7.0 I have “Do Not Disturb” under” Settings > Sound & Notification”. With that turned on, incoming calls do not turn the WiFi hotspot off. I just now tested it to make sure. I can leave it on until I switch it back off again myself or I can set a timer that will turn “Do Not Disturb” off after a specified length of time.

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