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  1. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    When I am at home, my Android phone (Le ECO) sometimes shows a QR code against my home Internet connection and says Tethering. What causes a connection to tether? Is there a permanent fix other than rebooting the phone?
    06-18-2021 08:31 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can you show us a screenshot of what you see?
    06-18-2021 11:25 PM
  3. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Here is the screen shot of the lower part of the Select Wi-Fi from my phone in the downloads folder of my PC. The screenshot is 107 kB in size in JPG format. I am however unable to attach the screenshot to the thread using the Insert Image functionality on the tool bar. I would appreciate suggestions.
    Attached Thumbnails How to avoid tethering?-tether.jpg  
    06-20-2021 09:02 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Are you using the forum website in your browser, the Tapatalk-based AC Forums app, or the main Android Central app (the one with news)?
    06-20-2021 11:16 AM
  5. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Thanks for your reply, B. Diddy. I switched to Chrome from Firefox. I attached the screenshot to my prior message.
    06-20-2021 03:58 PM
  6. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    The W-Fi screen shows the following:
    On - Yes

    Connected network (section heading)
    Network name
    Status: Connected

    Icons for tethering and wireless signal strength are shown next to the network name.

    I see the following screenshot when I tap on the tethering icon.
    Attached Thumbnails How to avoid tethering?-tether.jpg  
    06-20-2021 04:03 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What about the options in the Settings>Network>Hotspot & Tethering​ menu?
    06-20-2021 04:35 PM
  8. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Under System settings > Wi-Fi Network > Personal hotspot ... there is a Tethering section.

    There are two selections available in the Tethering section, neither of which are active.

    The two selection available are:
    USB tethering (USB not connected)
    Bluetooth tethering (Not sharing this phone's Internet connection)

    Both selections are OFF.
    06-20-2021 05:29 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ok, and what kind of wi-fi network is the phone currently connected to? Is it your home wi-fi router, or are you connecting to some other device that is acting as a tether?
    06-20-2021 05:38 PM
  10. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    It is connected to the home wi-fi router.

    I do not know if this is related. My phone however frequently points me to this URL: and asks me "Use this network as is" or "Do not use this network". I pick the latter option and move on.

    Is there a way to delete this annoying URL from the phone?
    06-20-2021 09:56 PM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Are you certain you're connecting to your home wi-fi network? Are there any other networks nearby that your phone might be trying to connect with, like a public network?

    Also, who's your ISP? Which DNS server are you using? Make sure it's a trustworthy one like Google's or Cloudflare's:

    From what I can tell, QCloud is owned by TenCent, a big Chinese company.
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    06-20-2021 10:04 PM
  12. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Are you certain you're connecting to your home wi-fi network? Are there any other networks nearby that your phone might be trying to connect with, like a public network?= > I believe my phone is connects to my home wi-fi network. The connection shows my Home network's name.

    Who's your ISP? Windstream

    Which DNS server are you using? I do not know. When I long-press the network name as described in the URL you provided, my phone does not give the 'Modify Newtwork' option.
    06-20-2021 10:16 PM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    You'll need to log into your router's settings to change the DNS server it uses. Logging into a router's settings is usually pretty simple, done through your browser. What's the router's make and model?
    06-20-2021 10:51 PM
  14. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    I have a Windstream Wi-Fi Modem Model T-3200. The router is TP-LINK Model Archer C50.

    I have tried shutting off the home Internet connection. The phone loses its Wi-Fi connection when I do so. This would suggest the phone is using the Home Wi Fi connection.
    06-21-2021 09:58 PM
  15. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I suggested previously that you make sure your DNS server is either Google's ( or or Cloudflare ( Use the instructions in that link to check which DNS server your router is using, and change it if needed.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-21-2021 11:28 PM
  16. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Apparently, this a recent, common issue with LeEco phones. I found two threads:

    The first one talks about a easy solution. It involves accessing the Phone Manager.

    When I try to open Phone Manager from Tools, the Phone Manager on my LeEco does not open.

    If the diagnosis provided in the second thread is correct, i.e., Seems like the phone has been trying to ping a server that has recently been shut down, is there a way to stop this ping?
    06-25-2021 08:53 PM
  17. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hard to say what's causing that. It could be something baked into the phone's firmware, so booting into Safe Mode might not prevent it from happening, but it's still worth a try: (Not sure if those steps will work on your phone.)

    The original screenshot you showed is pretty clearly related to the phone's own mobile hotspot feature -- scanning the QR code would allow another device to connect to your phone's hotspot. Not sure why that crops up, though -- you typically have to go deeper into the system settings to find that.
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    06-25-2021 10:15 PM
  18. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    Thanks for your replies and suggestions. does not work on my phone. Just checking if you know how to get Tools > Program Manager to start? Thanks again.
    06-26-2021 10:14 AM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Sorry, I'm not familiar with that app or menu. Is it in your system settings?

    Which Le Eco model do you have?
    06-26-2021 11:28 AM
  20. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    The model is S3.

    Phone Manager is a Utility inside Tools.
    06-27-2021 11:23 AM
  21. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ok, try these steps, although they're the same as the ones I previously linked:

    When you say it didn't work, do you mean the steps didn't work, or that the link didn't work?
    06-27-2021 12:37 PM
  22. SuttonKathy's Avatar
    The steps did not work. The setup looks different in LeS3.
    06-29-2021 08:49 AM
  23. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Some manufacturers inexplicably don't let the user boot into Safe Mode, which I think is one of the most user-unfriendly moves ever.

    Try this -- the next time the QR code shows up, immediately swipe down the Quick Settings panel and see if the Hotspot/Tethering setting is toggled on. You might have to edit the Quick Settings panel right now to make sure the Hotspot toggle is added to it.
    06-29-2021 11:16 AM

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