IS YOUR ANDROID PHONE DISCONNECTING AUTOMATICALLY FROM TETHERING OR HOTSPOT SHORTLY AFTER TURNING IT ON?
I can imagine the frustration that comes with having your Android Phone’s WiFi hotspot turning off automatically after you put it on. Oh, yea! I have actually been through that and I visited a couple of blogs and forums for help. For me, backing up or doing a factory reset wasn’t an option to consider even though a couple of friends suggested that as the easiest way out. I needed to find out how to correct whatever went wrong with my Android phone and also learn why it kept disconnecting from Hotspot.
From my findings, I gathered that a number of factors could be responsible for android phone’s Tethering or Hotspot to disconnect automatically shortly after turning it on:
1. You most likely have a Hotspot timeout setting enabled
What you need to do is to disable it by going to your Advanced Hotspot Settings, and editing the timeout value to never. It is important to note that, in some versions of Android in order to access the Advanced Hotspot Settings you need to first access the WiFi Hotspot Settings and then press the phone’s Menu button.
Steps to disable Hotspot timeout in Android 6.0 and later
i) From phone settings, go to “Tethering & portable hotspot”.
ii) Click “Wi-Fi hotspot” to proceed.
iii) The next step is to click on “Keep Wi-Fi hotspot on”.
iv) Check “always” to disable hotspot timeout.
2. Temporarily disable Security (Pattern lock, Password etc)
Turning off the security (pattern lock/password etc.) has been found to also help resolve the issue. Go to “Settings” -> “Security” -> “Screen Lock” (you may have to enter existing pattern or password for the lock) and set security to “None“. Also, you can also try setting the sleep duration to 2 minutes, 15 seconds etc. A duration as low as possible. To do that, go to “Settings” -> “Display” -> “Sleep“. When you are done with your task, Enable the security by going through the same step as before. You can also change the sleep settings to your preferred time.
3. Other installed Programs might be interfering with your Phone’s Tethering or Hotspot
There are possibilities that an installed program such as Du Speed Booster or BaBel Fonts can turn off hotspot in order to perform its functions (like boost the system speed in the case of Du Speed Booster).
In the light of that, I wish to share the experience that led me to write this article.
I noticed my Android 6.0 Marshmallow Smartphone developed issues pertaining to the Hotspot disconnecting after about 10 seconds. I will usually struggle with it, turning on the WiFi tethering after it automatically turns off (disconnects). Somedays, I get lucky and the struggle ends after about 7 tries. On other days, I continue in my frustration till I get tired I leave it.
I search different tech forums and blogs for help and tried different suggestions that worked for others, but it seemed like I was far from the solution. At some point, I contemplated a backup so I can initiate factory reset, but I still wanted to exhaust all available options to fix the issue.
Finally, I stumbled on this very helpful video on youtube by yy c and that was the fix I needed.
Uninstalling updates to replace Babel Fonts app with the factory version solved the issue for me. Here are the steps I followed:
Click on Apps
Look for the app “BaBel Fonts”.
Click on the 3 vertical dots located at the top right of your screen in “App info”.
Click “Uninstall updates”.
Click “OK” to replace Babel Fonts app with the factory version.
The Uninstall Process should complete in few seconds.
You will need to reboot your phone to finalize the process.
Your Android phone’s Tethering or hotspot issue should work normally now.
The problem causing the automatic turning off of your tethering or hotspot is associated with the updates with the app “Babel Font”. This issue is associated more with devices using Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Tecno Camon C9 users have complained more about this. In event that your Phone develops this kind of issue, please do not hurry to reset to factory. Try out these suggested solutions. Hopefully, your WiFi hotspot disconnect nightmare will soon be a thing of the past.
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