Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 "no internet" when Hotspotting Mobile Data

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 "no internet" when Hotspotting Mobile Data

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    I have purchased a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global Version Android phone.  Its a wonderful device and lives up to the Chris’s reviews.  So far there is one only but significant for me issue.  Its related to setting up a Hotspot on the Note 5 to share its mobile data [ie its data provided by its mobile phone provider].  On previous phones I have used I have used phone hotspot to share Mobile Data all the time to obtain internet on wifi connected notepads, tablets [ android, windows and apple i devices] when away from home.

    What does work with the Redmi Note 5: – Hotspot turns on ok and all devices I have used [android, apple and windows can see the hotspot ok on their wifi and connect to the Note 5 ].   Further, if the Note 5 is itself connected to the internet using its wifi it can share the internet with any of the other devices [ie they connect to the Note5’s hotpot and obtain internet services being able to browse, use facebool etc].

    Now I get to the problem:  If the Note 5 has its wifi set OFF and is connected to its Mobile Data [ie connected to its mobile phone provider with DATA = ON] and the Note 5 Hotspot is set to ON: — 1) all other devices I have checked can SEE AND CONNECT to the Note 5 using their wifi.  However their connection to the Note 5’s hotspot shows NO INTERNET [this happens on Windows, Android and Apple devices].  None of the devices I have tested can browse or obtain any internet services while connected to he Redmi Note 5 when the Note 5 is providing the hotspot while using its Mobile Data.

    Reading the blogs around the world I find that this happens with many Xiaomi phone models and with all Mobile Data providers [ie mobile phone providers]  .  I did not notice this point being mentioned in Chris’s reviews of Xiaomi phones.  I wonder if he is aware of this problem and if he has become aware has he found a solution.

    Apologies if this problem has been covered elsewhere.  Regards,  Barry

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    Roger Donoghoe
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    I have the exact same problem. I wouldn’t have bought this phone if I’d known about this problem. Is the no solution?

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    Hi Barry

    I’ve got the same problem. Did you find a resolution?

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    Rubber Corners
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    I was able to fix this problem on my Mi 6x after much troubleshooting. (Not sure if you need a rooted phone for this).

    The first answer on this thread worked:

    It was a tethering issue where a setting was enabled restricted tethering.
    (Note: In Developer settings I had to have both ‘USB debugging’ and ‘USB debugging (security settings)’ on to be able to alter the setting through an ADB shell. Also note, when testing if the setting has changed, the result has to be ‘0’ (zero), not ‘null’ as I got the first time I tried).

    There may also be other options eg changing APN settings under SIM in your phone settings, or changing your phone to allow 3G only (not 4G) etc. Google “tethering” “no internet” (including the quotes), your phone carrier, your phone type etc.

    I’ve read that tethering may be becoming more tied down (in some countries?) on Android. So before buying a phone or choosing a mobile carrier, it’s worth researching such tethering restrictions.

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    Thanks for sharing this great. Keep sharing more useful and conspicuous stuff like this. Thank you so much.

    subway surfers

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    Hi everyone, Sorry for not responding. I have successfully been able to create a hotspot on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 phone. I followed the following two url’s in the order they appear below:-
    1. This url shows how to download and install a program called ‘adb’. adb is a small file sized program that runs in Windows and other operating systems. It’s free. It’s best to follow this url that contains the detail on installing the program. To run adb in Windows it’s important to follow the directions on being in the correct folder. adb does NOT root you phone.

    How to Install ADB on Windows, macOS, and Linux

    2. Then follow this url that explains the how you use the program adb on your Windows 10 computer to change setting on your Xiaomi Note 5 phone. The computer is connected to the phone’s micro usb port using a cable that is capable of transferring data [ie not a cable that is only capable of charging the phone].
    The steps shown in this url are listed here:-

    1 – Put your phone in debugging mode
    Under Setting -> system -> about phone, tap repeatedly on Build Number, until the prompt asks if you want to enable developer mode

    2 – Enable USB debugging on your phone
    Under Setting -> system -> Developer options turn on USB Debugging

    3 – plug your phone into USB, there may be a popup to allow remote debugging, allow this.

    4 – Open a command window, and browse to the folder where you have adb.

    5 – Type the following and press the [Enter] key

    adb shell
    This starts the Android shell (terminal where commands can be typed), which can work on your phone.

    Once in the shell, type this:

    settings put global tether_dun_required 0

    Press return. To confirm it worked, type this and press return:

    settings get global tether_dun_required

    3. After making the changes as set out above, reboot the phone.
    4. Then on the phone have the WiFi turned OFF — have the data from you phone Telstra/Telco turned ON — then turn your phone hotspot ON — then go to another device [phone/laptop/desktop/tablet] that has WiFi capability – on this other device go to the WiFi and look at the list of WiFi ‘available networks’ and find the phone’s network and ‘connect’ — then go to Google or some internet service and open it — the internet should be coming up ok — That’s it – now your Note 5 is the perfect phone.

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    thank you Rubber Corners. Your solution works. I reiterated your solution expanding the explanation a little just in case it helps some people. It rounds off a great phone to be able to share telco data with one’s other devices. Thanks, Barry

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    Thanks Rubber Corners — your solution works — I have submitted an entry that expands the detail of the solution a little hoping it helps some people. Being able to share telco data through a hotspot rounds off a wonderful phone. thanks.

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