How it is possible to enable portable Wi-Fi hotspot from ADB shell or by editing some configuration files on Android Jelly Bean? I need to do it interactive for automatic test server

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    What's wrong with Settings > More... (underneath Wi-fi) > Tethering and Portable hotspot > Portable Wifi hotspot?
    – t0mm13b
    Jan 3, 2013 at 18:10
  • I need to do it interactive (using ADB) - need it for automatic test server
    – Dima
    Jan 3, 2013 at 19:11
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    @Dima See: How to turn on the wi-fi hotspot using ADB? Dec 23, 2017 at 19:08

3 Answers 3


If you have root on your phone, you can use Wifi Tether for Root Users. I have a Droid4 with Jellybean and got it working after installing the latest version.

For my Droid4, the following settings worked:

Device-Profile: Generic ICS/JB (wlan1)
Setup-Method: Netd-Ndc (master)

  • I need to enable Wi-Fi hotspot from ADB shell, not from GUI
    – Dima
    May 3, 2013 at 10:27

There is an app called FoxFi that lets you tether your phone's internet over bluetooth or wifi. There is no need for adb etc.

It is compatible with Jellybean because I use it too Here is the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi

  • I need to do it interactive (using ADB) - need it for automatic test server
    – Dima
    Jan 3, 2013 at 19:12

You could trigger that using Tasker:

WiFi Tether: Turn on sharing of the device's Internet connection via wifi.

You just need to pick a fitting trigger -- I picked File Events for this example:

  • Condition: File Events
  • Task: WiFi Tether

So with that set up (specifying the parameters of course), you should be able to trigger your WiFi hotspot (aka "WiFi Tether", as the Tasker manual names it) by placing a file -- and trigger it off again by removing the file. Did not try that myself -- but that's how I understand it :)

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