Published on November 18th, 2012 | by Tim Schofield


Free Wifi Tether for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II on Jelly Bean

Developer TrevE has finally gotten wireless/wifi tethering going on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2.  I know many have been waiting for this, so I have went ahead and uploaded the file and made a video showing how to get tethering working! Download the APK below and transfer it over to your device!

DOWNLOAD (Credit TrevE)

T-Mobile users might want to try the latest beta from here IF the above link doesn’t work (uninstall above link beofre you try this one):

If it doesn’t work, you can also try the Wifi Tether APK’s here:   (Uninstall previous ones before you install a new apk)

Galaxy S III:

Galaxy Note II:


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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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113 Responses to Free Wifi Tether for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II on Jelly Bean

  1. nemo7174 says:

    Cant find trevemod anymore. Do you have any idea why

  2. Bo Norris says:

    I am running cm10.1. Wifi tethering loads with ap errors can’t get it to work is their away I can manually fix this

  3. MrHARLEQUIN33 says:

    Only issue I am having is when my phone sleeps and I go to wake it up, I get the “what the hell…” message, not really a huge issue, but I was wondering if there’s a way to correct this, otherwise fantastic

  4. Alison Rubin says:

    As an avid fan of Qbking77, of course, I rooted my new delicious Galaxy Note 2 immediately in November – and have been using the wireless tether feature since then. But over the past week, it’s been dropping and not connecting – and yesterday, died altogether – despite all of the reinstallations (of various versions, based on feedback in forums), nothing worked. So I simply unrooted my Sprint Note 2 back to stock…updated it…and then rerooted it…and installed the wireless tether – and now working perfectly! When in doubt, sit back…restart…and try again. And if you need help, Qbking77 is always here to help!! THANK YOU TIM.

  5. Works great Tim, thank you! 🙂

  6. Gary says:

    Anyone else having a problem with the WIFI not being able to be turned on after using the tether? I have to reboot the phone to get it to turn back on.

    • Messy says:

      yes, i have had the same problem… also now it seem lik eth ephone has issues sending emails and text messages.. where as before I had no issues

  7. deadheadland says:

    The download link is not working…

  8. marcor says:

    its not working for my s3. phone says ” the hell phone taking over shutting down tethering please help

  9. Skeeredfitless says:

    My phone also said about wireless being taken over by the phone in standby but only after connecting a second time. I also could not connect to wireless on the phone after turning off tethering. I had to manually reboot the phone.

  10. julio says:

    Hey man im having a problem wen my phone goes to sleep wile tethering my and i turn it back on it give me a what the hell can u plzz corect this

  11. rick says:

    this worked for me, thank you so much!! disregard my support email sorry about that, i sent that before i saw this video!

  12. rick says:

    i spoke too soon…i am getting the following error, i am rooted on stock rom.
    ” Wifi Tether Issue: What the hell. Your phone takes back control over the Wi-Fi” and then it stops connection?

  13. rick says:

    my last question went away? I am getting the following error after wi-fi connects (probably 30 seconds to 2 minutes later) “what the [email protected]@ your phone took over the wi fi connection immediate tethering shutdown NOW” and then it kicks me out. Any idea what is causing this? I disabled sprint optimizer as well and no luck

  14. Herojig says:

    hi there thx for the great website but for this i get errors: Activating WIFI interface, Setting AdHoc Mode, Setting essid, Setting Channel – all other items in the log are green. Any ideas? I am on a note 2 with 4.1.1

  15. jfire says:

    Everything worked great! The only issue is that after I’m done tethering, I can’t turn on my wifi at all without rebooting. Has there been any updates that fixes this problem? Thanks.

  16. Tim says:

    Works like a champ! Thanks! BTW, I’m on TMO, and I downloaded and am using the first downloadable apk.

  17. brandon says:

    ok so i installed everything as you said but when i start wifi tether i get “wifi teather started with errors” so i checked the log and :

    1) activating WIFI interface failed

    2)setting AD-Hoc mode failed

    3) Setting essid failed

    4) Setting channel failed

    everything else is showing done. Any help is appreciated

    I have the galaxy note 2 from sprint running everything stock. The phone is rooted.

  18. I am have problems using the wifi tether. I have GS3 with stock deodex rom, android version 4.1.1. When I turn on wifi tether a message show up for about 2 seconds that says : What the hell. Your phone takes back control over wi-fi interface. Then the wifi tether stops, I have tried unchecking the sprint connection optimizer and searched for solutions but I couldn’t find anything… Need your help!

  19. I am having the same issue as many people below, but nobody seems to have any answers…I get the app to work using the modded build, but when I exit it, I cannot get my wifi working again without a reboot.

  20. looni says:

    Fookin fantasic! Works on the Wicked Jelly Bean Rom (Super SU installed by default)

  21. TD says:

    Can’t turn wifi on after i stop tethering. Anyone figure out a fix?

  22. Tammie says:

    When I try to connect to tether connection my computer does not connect….
    What do I do to get my computer to and iPad online through the tether?

  23. Tammie says:

    I’m sorry, I have rooted my phone and got the tether app on my phone. I do not have any error messages in the log file…… but my iPad nor my computer will connect….????? WHY? How to fix it?

  24. sam says:

    Im on tmobile first one got blocked I don’t know how to create the access point on note 2 currently using the app for tmobile users please help

  25. I’m having trouble getting my hot spot to work on my note 2. I’m using the T-Mobile version. I used all the wifi apks and all gave me errors. Can you help?

  26. CCHpounder says:

    Works GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Anyone find a solution to the “started with errors” message yet?

  28. Mad Vaper says:

    works great for me on 4.1.2…but now my adroid wfifi will not turn on…slides to on and just bounces back to off. So when home I can’t connect to my home network. Not sure if it happened during root or trevmod but assu,ing trevmod. Any ideas?

    • Mad Vaper says:

      seems checking wifi driver reload 2 as suggested above in settings did the trick. Great work! This was my 1st time rooting something which I did to get this hotspot capability! Thanks well done!!!

    • David Ross says:

      Since I updated my Sprint Galaxy S3 to 4.1.2 a few days ago Treve Mod tether no longer works. It acts the same, as if it is broadcasting, but my TF300 can no longer connect to it-any ideas? Did you do anything after upgrading to 4.1.2?

  29. Nimbus says:

    Now I am having new issues. Now It will activate but not be visible to anything so nothing can connect. or if I switch back to WiFi Driver Reload checked only then I can only connect for a few seconds before it stops tethering with a TOAST message

  30. mallory says:

    can someone please help me. I have it all installed and it connets properly but I have 0 connection speed up or down. .01 is the fastest I get it. im on sprint note 2 4.2.1 any help is greatly appreciated. thanks.

  31. Vance says:

    Upon startup I get these errors in the showlog.
    Activating WiFi interface: Failed
    Setting ad-hoc mode: Failed
    Setting essid: Failed
    Setting channel: Failed

  32. ToddL says:

    OK. There seems to be a consistent issue that has been mentioned on several forums… The “WTH” or “What the Hell” message appears anytime you try to wake up your display once it has dimmed. I have not seen any solution to this.

    Tim (@qbking77:disqus ), if you could represent the SGS3 masses out here, we really want a way to let the phone’s screen dim and then wake up while maintaining our tether session without interruption.

  33. andres says:

    i can’t get it to work.. im unsing liquidsmooth 4.2.2 but nothing…
    i try all kinds of setting but not luck..

    please help….

  34. Alex Gomes says:

    I got a Samsung galaxy S3, working on T-mobile. I got the app to work perfectly, but after maybe 30 minutes, I tried to change the page on the browser and it showed me a T-mobile page, asking me if I wanted to turn my device into a Mobile Hotspot. Do you guys know how to fix this? Please help!

  35. Will not work on any version on SGS3 MB1 closest I got was auto/auto force 1 just for the wifi to even show up before it failed. Also no longer have a factory tether.

  36. Mike says:

    Got my 1st DROID phone (Note 2), rooted and installed wifi-tether. Just wanted to say thanks for all that you do.

  37. eldudester says:

    I got it installed I have the supersu I did everthing posted on here had to use a different profile to get it to download and upload but it wont brodcast the signal help me plz

  38. lappdog says:

    where do I get the apk file to download to my note II for sprint

  39. For all those people getting that “error” do this: GO TO SETTINGS… UnCheck “WiFi-driver reload 1”. and You need to Check “WiFi-driver reload 2″…

    • mrcampbell06 says:

      This doesnt solve my issues that says ” Error in logs”, but when i click show logs, it says phone doesnt exist.

  40. chamucoliz says:

    this is how i set up wireles tether app and is working great for me hope this help
    device profile auto
    set up method netd-ndc (master)
    send netd max client cmd checked
    wifi driver reload uncheck
    wifi driver reload 2 checked

  41. Root worked great on my and my wife’s phone so I donated but i can’t get the wifi to work on either S3. Any help?

  42. Tried 3 different SGS3 and none work. I can’t find wifi driver reload2 in options on the menu to try that. I unchecked wifi driver reload.

  43. Ron says:

    I’m using a rooted galaxy s3 and followed the instructions. I am able to get the tether to work, however after 5 min it says your phone has taKen control and disconnects the tether. I also want able to flash a rom yesterday to my phone, any ideas what might be wrong? I’ve downloaded a root checker app and it says my phone is rooted.

  44. mk says:

    If you have a Galaxy S II, this version also works after you update to Jelly Bean

  45. DaBears says:

    Does it matter what network you are on? I’m on Verizon

  46. jdpremo 89 says:

    Im having trouble getting my s3 to work. It says its on but I cant find it anywhere on my other device’s that I want to tether on to.

  47. tom says:

    guys, t-mobile, not2, I rooted the phone, did the busyboxfree, installed many different versions of wifitehter, and I am getting the same note Activating WiFi interface: FailedSetting ad-hoc mode: Failed
    Setting essid: Failed
    Setting channel: Failed

    PLEASE HELP, I was googling and nothing

  48. espylber says:

    Is it working with mc3 or md4 updates for gs3?

  49. Alex says:

    Settings that worked for me >

    1. Set Profile to Samsung Galaxy S3
    2. Set Setup-Method to Netd-Ndc
    3. Check Send Netd Max Client Cmd
    4. Enable WiFi Encryption
    5. Channel 01
    6. Check WiFi-driver reload 2
    7. Check Routing fix

  50. Shadeed Ameer says:

    Everything working on this end, super big thanks, you guys rock!

  51. iDabuimsu says:

    After install everything and turn on the wifi tether, other wireless device can’t detect the phone, im on rooted international version note2 at&t, android 4.1.1, thanks for any help
    device profile generic ICS/JB (wlan0)
    Set up method Netd-Ndc (master)

  52. Anton.d09 says:

    When I’m tethering, I can’t get incoming calls. Is there any fix for that?

  53. Douglas Peterson says:

    HI, I LOVE your site! Been very useful. I had soft bricked my phone but got it back with a 1-click Odin file “SPH-L710_MC3_1095534_Rooted_Restore.exe” downloaded from

    It is rooted and when I load this app, it loads fine but I never see the SSID name on other devices.

    Phone info is Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710, Android 4.1.2, Baseband version L710VPBMC3, Kernel version 3.0.31-1095534, Build number JZO54K.L710VPMMC3
    Hardware version L710.14

  54. jon says:

    I have a gs3 on virgin mobile and I have tethering working but my pc cant connect to the android tether signal because it is busy?…help

  55. mikev says:

    it worked. however my carrier (T Mobile) detected I didn’t have mobile hotspot service so it blocked it 🙁 how to go around this?

  56. Chad says:

    Awesome clear instructions that worked great on my Rooted Sprint S2! Thank you Tim!!

  57. kronos says:

    My settings for 4.1.2 Note 2: Setup-Method: Netd-Ndc (master), check Send Netd Max Client Cmd, Device-Profile: Generic ICS/JB (wlan0), uncheck WiFi-driver reload (if checked), and check WiFi-driver reload 2. Enjoy.

  58. Lalo says:

    I’ve done all this and my data is still being used from my phone. Really confuse at this pt. Please help.

  59. Mikey Dormens says:

    This is wonderful Guys thank you, You help me root and now I’m able to create a hotspot for free.
    Shout out to all those who work to create those magic.

  60. wayne says:

    does this work with the Samsung galaxy S2 virgin mobile Gb 28 rooted?(SPH-D710VMUB)(Android 4.1.2 stock rooted) btw I used your method of odin one click to root

  61. justmike says:

    Can you post a video on how to hack the unlimited data plan tethering block?

  62. Brandy says:

    I have the Samsung Galaxy SIII mini. I have tried every setting I can find but there seems to be nothing strictly for the mini and I can not get it to connect with my ipad.

  63. Krazy Birde says:

    Used the newest version on my Samsung GS3 (SPH-L710) – jelly bean, stock rom, 4.1.2 Build MD4

    Used v3.3 beta2

    Followed what he said on his video

    Could not get it to work, then changed my device-profile in setting to GS4 and it now work.

    Dont know why, but it does.Cheers!

  64. darrin55 says:

    i have a sprint galaxy 3 / 4.3 update kicked in knocked out my root, tried to re root, it wont take, only use root for wifi tethering, is there a way to get free wifi , without root or a method to root the 4.3 properly, thanks

  65. Mark Joseph says:

    my laptop cannot detect the “androidtether” what can i do to solve this ?

  66. Rajma says:

    This actually works on galaxy s2 (sprint)

  67. lou says:

    I have a glaxay note 2 unlocked under go smart network and every time I try to use the mobile hotspot it tells me number not found what should i do

  68. john l moody says:

    I used the WiFi tether and my phone said I’m not subscribed to hotspot. Help please

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