While the transition from my S4 to S6 has gone generally smoothly, I do miss the lack of support for the Xposed framework, specifically, the ability to create a wireless hotspot. However, there is a simple fix, with very little technical knowledge required (taken with gratitude from a post buried on xda-developers)
- a rooted phone. S6 and Note 3/4 are known working, but it should work on recent versions of Android.
- An app called SQLite Editor. It’s available on the Play Store for $2.99 (at the time of publication), and I gladly paid it. If you insist on not paying, you can probably find it free online, but be careful what you install!
- Open SQLite Editor.
- Select Files from the top menu.
- Find /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/telephony.db
- Select carriers.
- Find APN2LTE internet and APN2 EHRPD internet, which should be the last two lines.
- Change the type field from its default “default,mms” to “default,mms,dun” on both lines.
- Enable your device’s native hotspot.
Full Steps with Pictures:
Wow. Coming from the S4 (Latest CyanogenMod nightly), the S6’s built-in hotspot is absolutely incredible. I came from having controls for AP name and Password, to an array of controls that nearly puts my router to shame. Beyond the usual, the new native hotspot (Android 5.0):
- Lists connected devices
- Allows for MAC Address filtering (Whitelist)
- Allows configuration of the channel (frequency AND band)
- Allows control of IP addressing: Subnet, etc.
- Allows fairly fine-tuned control over DHCP settings: IP range, etc.
Also, if the phone cannot connect to the internet, it (as far as I can tell) assumes that tethering is disabled for your account, which causes a potentially misleading notice.