If the app was included with your phone, there is no way to remove it without root. This goes for all the bloatware that gets installed by the carrier and is the main reason that I initially decided to root.
I have also between looking for a way to disable the annoying stock hotspot app from the stock ROM. I don't think this is possible as it didn't seem to have a separate apk. It seems to be built directly into the ROM, which is disappointing. It tends to conflict with third party tether options.
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