Instructions to install APN and Native Hotspot on Galaxy S9 and Note 8

If you purchased your new Samsung Galaxy S9 from a carrier, chances are you are being blocked from using the device’s local network sharing features. It’s also not uncommon for mobile service providers to lock these devices on their networks, which also means users can’t set APNs. If you want to share your mobile network with other devices you have or someone else’s device has, you have to pay for it. Whether you think is acceptable or not is your opinion. However, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are Android devices that always have a way. Usually, through root and custom ROMs. But to edit APN settings and enable local hotspot on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, you don’t need a custom ROM, not even root.

This can be done using an app freely available on the Google Play Store, called Shortcut Master Lite. The app is not really developed to allow the correct local hotspot features. Shortcut Master Lite is a Lite or Free version of Shortcut Master, an app that reveals any hidden shortcuts or secret codes on your Android device. Since cellular networks only disable the ability to launch APN settings or enable hotspot from the Settings app, users can use an app like Shortcuts to do that. It’s a process that simplifies the process but that is, more or less.

This method was originally incorporated by from XDA, who tested it on a Sprint Galaxy Note 8 as well as an unlocked Galaxy Note 8. This method is very similar to the Galaxy Note 8. We also wrote a guide for the Galaxy Note 8 that you can see. However, both methods are the same so it shouldn’t make much difference. Note that even if you enable the hotspot using this method, the data shared through the hotspot is still counted as your mobile data and not the hotspot data.

Another XDA member with the name tested this and found it works for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus and Sprint carrier device so it works fine on release carrier devices. Some users have managed to allow hotspot hotspot and even edit APN settings while others have not. So far, it’s hard to say because there is no consistency between user reports even across devices with the same version of the operating system. In some cases, you can enable the hotspot but not edit the APN settings. You will have to try it yourself. This will not void your warranty and the method is risk-free.

Install Shortcut Master Lite

Edit APN . Settings

  1. Launch Shortcut Master Lite .
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Choose App Explorer (App Explorer). It may take a few seconds for all apps to load up.
  4. Find com.test.LTEfunctionality and select that file. You can do this by simply scrolling down or you can simply click the menu button and select search. Type com.test.LTEfunctionality to search for it. It’s easy to identify as it has a gear icon next to it.
  5. When you have chosen com.test.LTEfunctionality , select the first item labeled as LTEFunctionalityTest.
  6. Choose Launch from the menu that appears.
  7. Now scroll down and select LTE APN Settings.
  8. Then select the APN Settings you want to edit. You can also add your own page by clicking More.
  9. Once you’re done, click the menu button again, select Save and exit the application.

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Enable Hotspot Native

  1. Select your carrier’s APN settings in step 5 above. This is obviously different for different carriers. For example, listed as Internet APN2 LTE for Sprint. It might be listed as something else for you.
  2. Scroll down and select Type APN.
  3. More DUN enter settings in mode default, mms, DUN as seen in the screenshot above.
  4. Save the settings by pressing the menu button and selecting Save .
  5. Exit the application.


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