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    Default Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Does anyone know of a Mobile HotSpot toggle widget or app that works on the S5 with Verizon?

    I tried the widget I used on my Droid3 but it doesn't turn on the HotSpot on the S5. All it does is turn off WiFi, flash the "Checking Subscription" message and then stop.

    I tried a different HotSpot app and it just continually flashes the "Checking Subscription" message until I back out of the app.

    The HotSpot works fine if I go through Settings...More Networks...Mobile HotSpot...On

    I called Verizon Tech Support and they suggested 2 things:

    1 - "Keep trying different apps and widgets until you find one that works."
    2 - Post the issue in a forum to see if anyone else has found one, so here I am. ;-)

    The rep was surprised that the S5 didn't have it's own widget, but he checked and verified that there wasn't one.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    I just verified that it doesn't seem to have a shortcut myself.

    I am "assuming" that it was done that way simply because once you turn Hotspot on, the battery consumption will increase quite a bit. There is the admonishment to plugin to a charger so the phone doesn't die while it is acting like a modem.

    On my previous Galaxy S, I used FoxFi with PDAnet and it worked very well. You can create a shortcut to FoxFi and turn it on/off in a heart beat.

    FoxFi works with the S5 and is easier to get along with than the Hotspot on the S5.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Thanks for the reply.

    My son invited me to tag along to a S5 class given by Verizon tonight, so I'm going to go and see what tips I can pick up. If I get a chance I'll talk to the instructor about a Hotspot widget. After that I might give FoxFi a shot. Thanks again.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Well, the class wasn't any help with the Hotspot widget issue. The instructor didn't know of one.

    As far as the class itself, it was unfortunately a little more basic than I had hoped. Of the 10 people in attendance, 1 person was a first-time smart phone use so he had to stick to his curriculum of starting the class with some very basic Android stuff - dialing, messaging, what is an app, etc. Once he got to the S5 material, I gleaned a few tips that will come in handy, but the guy didn't go very deep.

    Let's just say it wasn't a complete waste of 1.5 hours.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Having the same problem. Have tried several apps but nothing seems to work.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Have you guys tried Widgetsoid? I don't use Hot Spots, but it would be my go-to app for widgets that toggle.
    Moto Photon Q (work/power phone) / Sam S5 (new primary) / Sam Continuum (music)
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    I use nova launcher's mobile hotspot shortcut. But it's not a toggle shortcut or widget, it just takes you to the mobile hotspot menu to turn on/off the hotspot. It works well.

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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Quote Originally Posted by AZgl1500 View Post
    I just verified that it doesn't seem to have a shortcut myself.

    I am "assuming" that it was done that way simply because once you turn Hotspot on, the battery consumption will increase quite a bit. There is the admonishment to plugin to a charger so the phone doesn't die while it is acting like a modem.

    On my previous Galaxy S, I used FoxFi with PDAnet and it worked very well. You can create a shortcut to FoxFi and turn it on/off in a heart beat.

    FoxFi works with the S5 and is easier to get along with than the Hotspot on the S5.
    FoxFi may work, but I installed it and when it REQUIRED me to use a pin or password to unlock my phone screen, I uninstalled it. The whole point for me is to be able to turn my hotspot on QUICKLY as I use it hourly and daily. I have no security to unlock my phone for expediency sake as well. My phone never leaves my presence and if it does, I can lock it from a laptop. Why on earth FoxFi cares if I have a security code on my unlock screen, I don't know.
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    This whole thing is ridiculous. I supposedly upgraded from an S4 to an S5, but all I've done is get a phone with less convenience and more useless "card tricks". How about getting the basics right and keeping them that way?

    If Samsung doesn't get with Android and get their crap together, I'll be switching brands (and I've been loyal to Samsung for a decade now)
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    Default Re: Mobile HotSpot Toggle Widget

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Burnes View Post
    FoxFi may work, but I installed it and when it REQUIRED me to use a pin or password to unlock my phone screen, I uninstalled it. The whole point for me is to be able to turn my hotspot on QUICKLY as I use it hourly and daily. I have no security to unlock my phone for expediency sake as well. My phone never leaves my presence and if it does, I can lock it from a laptop. Why on earth FoxFi cares if I have a security code on my unlock screen, I don't know.
    After FoxFi is installed, you delete all of the Certificates on the phone and bye bye lock pincode...

    I, like you, detest pincodes.... I use a Swipe Screen.....
    I also have a Neck Strap on my phone's case to keep it secured to my neck, or my wrist.... whatever is appropriate when needed.

    I carry my phone in my shirt pocket for faster access.
    Verizon Galaxy S5 since Launch Day, using ART
    Box Stock, not rooted
    Nova Prime, Textra, Blue Mail
    MacroDroid senses Scrn off=Wifi & Data OFF,
    senses Scrn on=WiFi & Data ON

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