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No Jailbreak! iOS 7 Share Hotspot Network with iOS 6

2013-09-10 17:34:01 / Posted by to How to iPhone
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Please note that this is only confirmed for GSM carriers and work on T-Mobile. AT&T users can make some adjustment to make it run correctly as well if they don't succeed for the first time. Don't like the default APN Settings? Well, you can edit the other APNs. But CDMA carriers may not able to use this feature due to the way CDMA devices handle APNs. Last but not least, you need an unlimited flow plan, or higher tiered data plan over 2GB, otherwise it is not worth doing that, because it will run out of your traffic quickly.
personal-hotspot

So if you don't want to jailbreak your device to enjoy unlimited hotspot, it is your lucky day today, because I have good news for you. Some may remember the other day I had talked about how to use CommCentre to stop edited carrier.plist files so that to get hotspot sharing enabled. Well, I've found a method. But first, let's learn about why CommCentre block plist files editing. This happens because of the very thing we're doing now, which I think is very likely to be patched by iOS 7 GM release time.
Some would like to enable tethering by modifying the original carrier.plist files, but this was suspended when Apple added digital signatures into carreri.plist files, which are checked by CommCentre, a process Apple created to stop the modification of carrier.plist files. So the main challenge here is to find a way to edit Carrier.plist file bypassing CommCentre's check and verification. After several months' research, I finally found a simple solution. Please follow the steps below.

Steps to Share Hotspot on iOS 6 and iOS 7:

Step 1: Download a program named iBackupBot: Windows version or Mac version

Step 2: Launch iTunes to backup your device, and record the date and time of this backup.

Step 3: Minimize iTunes and run iBackupBot. If there appears any error reports, just click cancel, continue or ignore.

Step 4: Run the program, you will see a list of backup stored in your iTunes library. Find the latest backup and click the plus sign to unfold it. It will show you a few different selections. Take the picture below as an example.
iphone-itunes-backup

Step 5: Navigate to System Files > SystemPreferencesDomain > System Configuration, right-click a file named preferences.plist, select Open with built - in editor. Then you can see the code we need to modify.
system-configuration

Step 6: Open the file, drop-down to find the wireless tether APN associated with your carrier. If you don't know what it is, you can directly find the APNs with "type - masks", which are generally 16 bit or 48 bit. You can also google the tethering APN of your carrier. Please remember to delete the several lines of code as below:
apn-carrier

For CDMA carrier, they may be the so-called DUN APNs. When you find the  tethering APN, change it to the regular data APN fits your device. The follow figure display an example of a tethering APN on T-mobile. The existing pcweb.tmobile.com APN settings can be modified to fast.t-mobile.com or epc.tmobile.com. according to you preference.
pcweb.tmobile.com

Step 7: After the change of APN, please save the file and close iBackupBot.

Step 8: Open iTunes again, holp pressing the Shift button on Windows or the Option button on Mac to select "Restore From Backup". Choose the corresponding backup to restore . After that, your device will be restarted, then you can enjoy the wireless sharing.

See also:
Enable Hotspot Tethering On iOS 6 And iOS 7 Without Jailbreaking
Crack iOS Generated Hotspot Password in 50 Seconds

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