Hack lets you enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone without jailbreaking


Joseph Brown of iTweakiOS who has released hacked carrier bundles to boost download speeds, has just figured out a way to enable tethering (or the mobile Hotspot) feature on the iPhone without jailbreaking.

Many carriers currently charge a monthly fee for the mobile Hotspot feature, and it has been possible to use the feature unofficially using jailbreak apps such as PdaNet, MyWi.

There have also been a number of apps that have enabled tethering as an easter egg, but have been quickly removed from the App Store.

So it is quite a breakthrough that Joseph has managed to enable it without jailbreaking. He explains:

Many of you may remember a story I put out ahile back talking about how CommCenter blocks edited carrier.plist files. This happens because of the very thing we’re doing right now, which i suspect will likely be patched quickly by iOS 7 GM release. People were enabling tethering by modifying the original carrier.plist files and this stopped entirely when Apple implemented signatures into the carrier.plist files and creating what we all know as CommCenter which is the process that checks these signatures. So, the challenge was finding a way to enable it without CommCenter checks and verifications. After months of research and digging, I’ve finally found a genuine workaround to enable this great feature and its quite simple, really.

Joseph has tried this only on T-Mobile so far, but is quite confident that it will work for all GSM carriers. He says it may not be work on the CDMA iPhone as it handles APNs differently. The hack involves editing the tethering APN in one of the system files using application like iBackupBot.

You can head over to iTweakiOS for the step-by-step guide on how to enable tethering on your iPhone without jailbreaking.

As always, please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments.

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  • Casey Threadgill

    Is this for iOS 6 or 7? I don’t believe you specified in the article.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      iOS 6 as iOS 7 hasn’t been released yet.

      • Casey Threadgill

        Makes sense! Thank you sir.

  • Sako

    Will this work on iphone 5 ?

    • Joe

      It will work with all GSM iPhones that have a specific data APN that can be changed to the regular data APN. AT&T is the exception right now because they use their phone APN universally with Hotspot which makes it difficult to activate Hotspot.

  • 19EIGHTY A/D/P

    Interesting for sure, does anyone know if AT&T can detect you using this tweak. Unlimited plans like the one I currently have are a dying option, and a nasty text from my evil carrier warning, or simply changing me to a tiered plan would truly suck!

    If anyone knows feel free to let me know.

    • jay

      they can always find out… but if u do it a certain way it they wont notice..
      only tether to another iphone or ipad for the simple fact thAT the coding would be the same. ( May work with other mobile devices but never tried)
      AND NEVER EVER run a SPEED TEST when tethering. N Dont go crazy using it that will bring up a red flag for sure.

    • Yup_I_Know

      Oh yes AT&T can tell if you hack tethering, you will get a tethering warning flag on your account. Trust me…I work for them.

      • mojo

        and then what?

  • Jay

    PERSONAL HOTSPOT work for tmobile without a need for a tweak just to let u know..

    • Nasser Cedeño

      Not for Unlimited Plan :/

  • FrankC0stanza

    Has anyone tried this on a Verizon CDMA phone? If not, what’s the best 6.1.3 jailbreak?

  • Chad

    Sure would be nice if somebody actually knew how to use this on AT&T and posted a how to guide otherwise this is useless to us all.

  • Chad

    Hey all! After doing some research on these plist files amongst other carriers I just wanted to ad — there is a decent chance this will go u detected and carriers will not be able to catch you tethering —- seems unlikely I know but one thing we must realize is that the VPNs are actually legit ament carrier settings and not just a patch to enable the feature. Therefore the carriers satellite/servers will detect this as an official paid for native tether plan. Also what would really camouflage this from the carriers is that some are reporting adding a legit tether plan to their phone then making a backup of the phone w iTunes. Then they delete the plan, wait for tethering to disappear than go back

  • Chad

    … Into ibackupbot and doing a restore of the plist preferences from your original native carrier tethering settings. As always use with caution but this may very well be the first carrier workaround that goes undetected.

  • JayeSin

    im not trying to be a smart@ss, but i do not understand this article, Verizon already offers free Mobile Hotspot usage. Am I missing something here?

    • Zibri

      No Verizon does not! They charge double for hotspot usage…If you have the 2G plan they charge another 20$ a month to get hotspot usage

  • Bill

    When this works for ATT, I’ll be happy. Til then, I’ll just sulk

  • Good Luck

    I have iphone factory with uprgaded iOS. About a year ago on AT&T, work just fine to this day. One feature I’ve enabled is personal hotspot works great. Also have Sprint phone same options. Just wanted to let everyone know that it’s done on both technologies. Easy, doesn’t take too much time, or effort. Just have to actually work at it and you’ll succeed at it. Good Luck. Read comments, I didn’t edit any VPN if that helps.

  • smokin

    need help i have iphone 4 verizon unlimited data plan with ios 7 bata

  • Chosen

    Has anyone found the web apn for verizon yet?

  • claudiu

    hi, I have i5 with all the updates I cannot find the hot spot service in my phone. I am with Sprint, how can I unlock the hotspot?!?! NEED HELP