FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)

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About this app

A new WiFi Direct solution (free update) is now added to PdaNet for connecting computers or tablets in addition to USB tether. The legacy WiFi Hotspot solution remains in FoxFi. If the legacy FoxFi feature still works for your phone, it is still the best solution for sharing phone Internet since there is no limit on what kind of devices you can connect.

======(New)WiFi Direct Hotspot=======
This new WiFi Direct feature in PdaNet 5 allows you to connect WiFi mode from computers or tablets. However unlike the old WiFi Hotspot, it will require you to either install PdaNet on the connecting computers/tablets or set up proxy settings. Use this feature if you are no longer able to turn on WiFi Hotspot, or if your WiFi Hotspot usage is being metered when you already have an unlimited data plan.

======(Legacy)WiFi Hotspot=====
Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later no longer allows the old WiFi Hotspot mode even for Verizon phones. Please refer to PdaNet instead for alternative solutions.

Due to lockdowns through each phone system update, the old WiFi mode will only be allowed on a short list of compatible devices. As of 11/2016, IN GENERAL:
---Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later no longer allows WiFi mode even for Verizon phones.
---Verizon Samsung phones (S3/4/5/6/7/Edge, Note 2/3/4/5 etc.) , Verizon LG phones (V10, G2/3/4/5 etc.) and Verizon Sony phones (Z2/Z3) are supported by Android versions up to Android 6.0/6.1.
---Verizon HTC phones (M7/8) will only work on Android 4.1 ~ 4.4.
---Verizon Motorola phones will only work on Android 4.3 or below.
---AT&T Samsung phones will only work on Android 4.2 or below.
---Other carriers/phones will only work if they still have Android 4.0 or below.
---Straight Talk phones will only work if it uses Verizon and are compatible with the above.
---For all other phones, use USB mode or Bluetooth mode instead.

*To get around lockdowns on WiFi mode FoxFi may prompt you to install a certificate on your phone, this will cause the Android system to enforce a screen lock and show a security message in notification. For more detail and steps to remove screen lock please visit
*If you receive a message asking for a "password for credential strorage" this is due to a bug in the Android system. Please see steps to clear this message at

Free edition will turn off after timed usage limit but you can turned it back on, otherwise it is same as full version.
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Dec 7, 2017

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61.2K reviews
Jorell Helmick
July 4, 2022
While it does have its uses, the FoxFi app is very, very slow. The speed is awful, regardless of wifi or usb tethering, and wholly inconsistent. I've had great luck with this app in the past, but I believe those times are done for now. Edit: For a while, the app was in the 4-5 star territory, but it's since completely quit working, with constant "code 16" errors.
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Essy Chilcutte (Essy)
June 23, 2020
This is part of a set of apps. I use a lot for travel. Hotels often offer internet but not always and it can be expensive. Having this as a back up is great. Occasionally I have just lost service like in power outage. That happened last week during a timed finals. So glad this app works and batteries were fully charged.
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matthew prine
January 6, 2022
I loved this app for years. Every time the providers came out with a update to block it; it would not be very long before FoxFi had a update to bypass them throttling the connection speed. Then I am not sure if they stopped updating it or were unable to find a way bypass the throttling. The wifi-direct works great but it doesn't work with gaming consoles. Miss the good old days.
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What's new

Add a new "WiFi Direct Hotspot" feature in PdaNet to connect computers and tablets if existing Hotspot feature does not work.