11 Best tethering apps for Android

11 Best tethering apps for Android

Tethering capabilities mean that you will never have to worry about finding Wi-Fi or being within the reach of a wireless access point. In this article, we will consider various applications to use your phone as a modem. Of course, the computer and the smartphone should be charged and ready to work.

tethering apps

ClockworkMod Tether

Some mobile operators block tethering function as it is not profitable to them. Just, in this case, the program ClockworkMod Tether has been created! It allows you to share the Internet from any phone! At the same time, developers pay attention to the fact that ClockworkMod Tether does not need getting root access rights. This means that you do not lose the warranty and will not have a headache!

All that is required of you: install the application on your phone and on the computer. This is the only inconvenient moment. There will be a binding of the desktop computer to the phone. The program has a very simple and intuitive interface. The main screen displays information about the data sent and received, as well as the total traffic. In the free version, you will be able to use all the functions of the application within 14 days. Next, the daily traffic sent by ClockworkMod Tether will be limited to 20 MB. The application is suitable for every smartphone. It works on all versions of Android!

Easy to use
Does not need root
Large trial period (2 weeks)

Binding to computer

ClockworkMod TetherClockworkMod Tether

Downloads: 32 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Easy Tether Lite

A new application Easy Tether for Android will be useful for those who need to connect a laptop or a regular PC to the Internet using USB. In order for the application to work correctly, you first need to download the drivers that will give this possibility. Besides, you need to have standard drivers on the phone itself.

Follow the instructions:

  1. Install this application on both the phone and a personal computer
  2. Connect your smartphone to your PC via USB cable
  3. Install the required drivers on the PC if there is such a need
  4. Activate the USB debugging mode on the Android device (Settings – Applications – USB debugging
  5. Right-click on the EasyTether icon on your computer and select Connect Via Android. The computer will have access to the Internet.

The advantage of EasyTether is that during operation in this mode it remains possible to use the smartphone as a usual removable media. The connection to the Internet is not violated at this time. The stability of the application, which has been confirmed by more than one user deserves special attention.

Easy Tether LiteEasy Tether Lite

The free version (Lite) of the application does not allow you to use the modem mode for accessing websites via https, instant messaging or online games. If you want any of the above things to be available, you will need to buy the full version.

Downloads: 23 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)


TetherNet application allows you to use any Android device with an Internet connection as a Wi-Fi access point. It can be used for a laptop, desktop computer or any other device that is capable of working on a global network. The settings are easy, just 3 steps and the app will start working properly connecting your smartphone and PC or any other device. The interface will please you with its simplicity and clearness.

Note: TetherNet requires ROOT to work.


Downloads: 660 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Extended Controls

Extended Controls is a new, convenient and just a great widget which has a huge number of features. The widget has more than 30 functions built in. It can turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, change backlight, turn on flight mode and many other functions. Thanks to the fact that it has many functions, everyone can customize the appearance and functionality for themselves.

With Extension Controls, you can:

  • switch between 2G and 3G networks,
  • turn on the access point mode,
  • activate the Internet distribution mode with USB,
  • turn on / off Wi-Fi and mobile Internet,
  • control GPS and Bluetooth, sound, screen rotation and many other useful settings.

Extended Controls

Downloads: 8 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.1 / 5)

WiFi Tethering

WiFi Tethering has much fewer options than previous one. But it is compensated by the fact that the phone does not need to be “rooted” beforehand. In fact, in addition to the settings of the Wi-Fi network itself, the program has only the function of tethering.

And yet, this is not the end of the program capabilities. the developers have added to it another nice bonus – USB Tethering. This feature allows you to use your phone as a wired modem when connected via USB to a computer. In other words, the PC will access the Internet through a USB-3G connection. You can activate this feature only manually. So after connecting the phone to the USB port (as this option is locked in the settings), you must tick the  “USB Tethering”.

WiFi Tethering

Downloads: 12 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (3.7 / 5)


The following application is suitable for owners of older devices (Android 2.1), as well as devices running Android 4.0 and higher.

How it works:

  1. Download the PdaNet + application from Google Play and install it on your device.
  2. Turn on the “Debug USB” mode by going to Settings -> Applications -> USB Debugging.
  3. Then download a special client for Windows. After that, install this client on your computer (the icon will be displayed as a phone).
  4. Connect a smartphone or tablet running Android using USB to your computer.
  5. Launch the PdaNet + application on your mobile device. Then, select “Enable USB Tether” in the main menu.
  6. If the system prompts you to install the drivers, you must install them.
  7. Find the icon of PdaNet + for the desktop version. Select the “Connect Internet” button in the pop-up window.

This process of setting up the Internet via USB can be considered finished. Download PDANet + and fully appreciate the provided opportunities to access the Internet using your device. Naturally, it is not yet possible to widely use the Internet for downloading movies and music in huge quantities. But for work, when there is no other option, this function on your smartphone will be very useful.


Downloads: 72 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.3 / 5)


FoxFi is another program with standard features and tethering via Wi-Fi / Bluetooth. FoxFi does not use root. It is designed to bypass the restriction and not pay operators for using mobile traffic on other devices. This application was developed specifically for devices based on the Android operating system. This application allows you to realize the functionality of the modem on the phone and achieve greater performance.
The advantage of this program is that it will allow using the Bluetooth channel in the absence of WiFi on the receiving computer. The settings menu is pretty straightforward. The names of the option items correspond to those in the router settings. Ticking the first option you will activate the access point mode on the phone. In the second paragraph, you can enter a name to your network. The password is entered accordingly in the third line. In the fourth, the distribution of the Internet via Bluetooth is activated.
FoxFi on Android is a compact small application for those who want to distribute the Internet from their Android-device. The Internet is transmitted using two technologies – Bluetooth and WiFi.


Downloads: 57 500 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (3.9 / 5)

Barnacle Wifi Tether

Barnacle Wifi Tether allows owners of superuser rights to use their device as a wireless access point. Thus, all the devices that connect to you, will have the opportunity to use the Internet. You can set a password on the network to limit unwanted connections, as well as put a limit on the MAC address. Each new connection is tracked and you will be notified about it. The program has very easy control. To open the access point, you just need to click on the Start button. The application supports WPA and WEP encryption. The user interface consists of three windows. Its main advantage over the standard tether is the display of the following information: incoming and outgoing traffic, transmission speed, and connected clients.

How it works. To use the access point, you need to configure the application. Go to the settings of the application and select the item “Wireless Encryption”. Then you can create and enter the password for the Wi-Fi network in the “WEP key” field. Also in the settings, you can change the name of the Wi-Fi network (by default “barnacle”). It is possible to choose the channel number (by default the 6th) if the default is already occupied in your environment, and much more. Then you should go to the main window and press the “Start” button. The Wi-Fi network will start working.

Barnacle Wifi Tether

Downloads: 13 500 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

Wifi Hotspot & USB Tether Lite

Wifi Hotspot app is a small program with very useful functionality. It allows your smartphone to distribute 3G / 4G Internet to other devices. It will allow all the necessary devices to connect to the Internet without unnecessary fuss with the settings. It’s enough just to run this program and press one single button. If necessary, you can also set the name of your access point and put a password on the connection. This will protect you from accidental searchers of free Internet.

Wifi Hotspot & USB Tether Lite

Downloads: 13 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Tethering Widget

In fact, this is a simple widget, not a full-fledged application. So the possibility of tethering should be supported already at the level of the smartphone on which the program will be launched. Icons for home screen allow you to individually activate/deactivate USB and Wi-Fi tethering.

Tethering Widget

Downloads: 6 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (3.9 / 5)

Auto USB Tethering

It is for cases when the smartphone is often connected to a PC / laptop as a modem, and the program Auto USB Tethering has been developed. It monitors the connection and automatically starts tethering as soon as the USB cable connects the phone and the computer (optionally you can display the confirmation dialog).

Using Auto USB Tethering and connecting to a smartphone via USB instead of Wi-Fi is preferable for the following reasons:

  • USB connection is usually more stable and is installed with fewer problems; 
  • USB transmission speed is higher;
  •  the battery of the phone will not be discharged, but on the contrary, it will be charged.

Downloads: 7 000 +

Customers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.0 / 5)

Choose one of the applications offered and test it right now in order not to lose so important work the next time.

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