Most Android devices come with several networking options. Unless your service provider has disabled these features, a typical Android smartphone can share its mobile network over the Internet. WiFi hotspot, via Bluetooth or via USB connection. These are highly appreciated features but something is still missing. What if you want to share your WiFi network? For example, if you have a large house, or maybe you just want to use your WiFi in the garden, but it is within range of your router. Usually, you will need to purchase additional hardware such as a WiFi extender. A cheaper, more convenient way would be to use your Android smartphone as a Wi-Fi extender. On the Honor 8 Pro or Huawei Mate 9, you can do that by enabling the Wi-Fi Bridge feature.
Before debut Android Lollipop then the Android device can use the necessary hardware to set up a WIFI network private. Users can use certain apps to do this. Manufacturers may find that some money is quickly made if they remove hardware. This is why outdated apps don’t work on many modern devices. The Honor 8 Pro and Huawei Mate 9 seem to be capable of sharing the WiFi network they connect to. However, let’s make it clear that this is not the same. These devices do not repeat the WiFi signal, but simply create a hotspot to share the WiFi network instead of sharing the mobile network. This means there will be a new WiFi network, with its own password, just like when you create a WiFi hotspot.
XDA premium member who has done some great work for devices Huawei, is the source of this mod. He created a Magisk module which means you can enable Hidden settings, without SafetyNet. There is also a manual way to enable the feature, but you run the risk of embarrassing SafetyNet.
- Your device needs to be rooted for this to work although the word Huawei seems to have disabled the feature.
- This feature is also only available on EMUI 8, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
- If you decide not to use the Magisk Module, you also need a root-capable file driver. Be warned though this method may result in your device failing to pass Google’s SafetyNet checks.
How to enable Wi-Fi Bridge on Honor 8 Pro / Huawei Mate 9 [Magisk]
- If you already have Magisk installed on your device, just download the Magisk module linked above.
- Launch Magisk Manager and go to the Modules section.
- Press the button + at the end.
- Select the downloaded zip file by long pressing. Choose Open from the ellipsis button.
- It will be installed as soon as you select it, press REBOOT.
How to enable Wi-Fi Bridge – Honor 8 Pro / Huawei Mate 9 [local.prop]
This method requires editing the local.prop file in the directory /product/etc/prop/. To do this, you will need a file opener that can work in the root directory. We will use ES File Explorer Pro for demonstration.
- Go to folder /product/etc/prop/ and click on the file named local.prop.
- Choose your preferred text editor and simply add the following line at the end of the file.
ro.config.hw_wifibridge = true
- Save the file and exit.
- Restart your device.
How to use the Wi-Fi bridge
Regardless of the method you chose earlier, the WiFi Bridge setting will be activated on your device.
- To enable WiFi Bridge, go to Setting > Wireless networks and networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
- Here you will find a new setting named Wi-Fi Bridge with Portable Wi-Fi hotspot general and other connection options.
- Touch Wi-Fi Bridge and you get the option to directly enable it by on/off or on.
- If you choose Bridget Wi-Fi Set, you can change the SSID, which is the network name and password. This is very similar to how you would set up a Wi-Fi portable hotspot.