All modern day smartphones come with the ability to offer internet connectivity on the go. This is what makes them so appealing, with the immense growth in social media also being a contributing factor in the furthering of internet prowess to some extent. You must also be aware of the fact that internet from your phone can be passed on to other devices through wireless tethering. This feature is available on default with all phones, although some carriers might disable or limit its functionality to avoid misuse. USB tethering, however, is a slightly different technique and isn’t all that easily accessible for all.
Thankfully, there are dedicated apps out there that let you share your internet with a laptop or computer over a USB connection. If you’ve been wondering how to do this and simply haven’t been able to, this particular list of apps will help you a great deal. We have picked out five of the best tethering apps for Android with the hope of finding the best solution for all. So let’s have a look.
5 Best Tethering Apps for Android
This app creates a secure connection over WPA2 to setup internet for your other devices. There’s a one click access to USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth tethering, letting you conveniently choose the option best suited for you. The data you tether will be used against your primary data without requiring a separate tethering plan from your network. While most apps require root access to your smartphone to achieve this, Tether It does it without any such requirements. The developers are aware that some of the functionality of tethering might be changed by the carriers through a software update. However, standard USB tethering should still work seamlessly on your device.
Since you don’t have to get a separate tethering plan from your carrier, you’re bound to save a good deal of money with this particular app. It is important to note that this is the trial version of the app, which comes with some limitations. This means that you will not be able to use it beyond 15 minutes at a time without restarting. We recommend getting the developer’s paid app to gain unlimited usage. This free version has no ads or in-app purchases and is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and up.
This app has been updated to keep in touch with the changes made by companies with regards to hotspot and tethering functionality. It only comes with a Wi-Fi mode and USB mode, with Bluetooth mode effectively obsolete now. Wi-Fi hotspot function is slightly elaborate here since it requires you to possibly setup a proxy on the device. However, the help button on the app should give you all the necessary instructions with a couple of clicks.
It is also important to note that some carriers (like Sprint and AT&T) might not allow the installation of this app on your device. For this, the developers recommend downloading the apk file directly, bypassing the Play Store in the process. As with any tethering app, this only works if your carrier doesn’t allow tethering by default, or is charging a premium for tethering data to your other devices. PdaNet+ has software for desktop operating systems as well, allowing you to setup hotspots on your computer. The app is free to download on the Play Store and is devoid of ads or in-app purchases.
This app is specifically designed to enable tethering on your device without the complicated process of rooting. The app only talks about tethering over USB since wireless tethering is a feature offered by default on most devices, barring some carrier restrictions. Since this only uses USB for tethering, users can be assured of not draining their battery throughout the day. It can handle multiple tasks at once, and comes with support for Windows as well as Mac operating systems.
The app also provides comprehensive setup instructions to help you establish a connection with your computer. The best part is that configuration is pretty similar to that of other apps like PdaNet+, so you will find yourself at home with Klink. This is a paid app, priced at $4.99. Naturally, there are no ads or in-app purchases. This app has been around for a long time, which is why it is compatible with devices as old as Android 1.5 which was launched 9 years ago.
Anybody involved in the developer community or have vague information about custom ROMs will be aware of the work done by ClockworkMod in the community. This is a comprehensive USB tethering solution for Windows, Linux as well as Mac operating systems. This is a no-root solution, meaning you can keep your device as is and simply enable tethering. Rooting your device does open up some fascinating options, but it’s usually a strenuous process that requires some level of understanding and expertise of the Android platform.
This is a trial version of the app, while the pro version can be unlocked with a $4.99 in-app purchase. We highly recommend users to try out this app for standard USB tethering as it makes the process incredibly simple. This free app has no ads and is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 and above.
FoxFi is a massively popular wireless tethering option for devices that don’t allow it (due to carrier interference or other reasons). But since no app is without a caveat, FoxFi no longer works with devices running Android 7.0 or higher. So this app makes sense only if you have a slightly older smartphone. This is the free version of the app, which means it works only for a while and requires a restart to enable the feature again. The paid version of FoxFi, on the other hand, allows you to use it for an indefinite period without having to restart the app. FoxFi also comes with USB mode, allowing you to tether your phone’s internet with a computer. The app is free to download and has no ads or in-app purchases.