Carrier branded devices usually have Tethering and Hotspots disabled and you can activate them by purchasing a special contract, so of course by paying more money. Luckily, developers are always finding ways to override these restrictions and enable the options for free. This following method that I’m going to present to you requires NO ROOT, which is a great advantage because many people are afraid not to break their device by rooting them.

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How to enable Hotspot and Tethering on AT&T Galaxy S4:

All you need to do is to visit Google Play and download ES File Explorer File Manager. There is no root permission required. Just install the app and then run it. Go to Menu > Tool > Net Manager and turn on Tethering. That’s it, as simple as that.

The method will probably work on other Carrier branded versions, not only the AT&T one, so if you decide to give it a try, please let us know :).

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  • Tom

    Help! I downloaded it and it says it’s working, but when I connect my mac book pro to it, there is no signal downloading!

  • Perry

    You would normally want to do this only when you have no wi-fi connection, But if you want to test while in range of wi-fi, then within the app’s Menu > Tool > Net Manager , first choose to Exit any Wireless connection currently in session, and then it will allow you to select for creating a hotspot to your mobile data (3g/4g).

  • Kirk

    Yes this is great I installed es file explorer file manager on my Samsung s4 from at&t that is now t mobile an I can use my hotspot. I even change the name and password. So it works. Thanks

  • Michele

    I have an S5 on AT&T and I can’t get the hotspot to work. Anything new?

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    Great, i downloaded the app, followed the instructions but still telling me invalid sim

  • Sikero

    I have the same problem on my S4 active AT&T.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool