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Rooted EVO 4G Users Can Now Enjoy Unlimited Free WiFi/Bluetooth Tether (Hotspot) As Android-wifi-tether App Adds Support For EVO
Last Updated: June 12th, 2010

EVO 4G users, rejoice! As of a few minutes ago, you can enjoy unlimited free WiFi/Bluetooth tethering using the Wireless Tether for Root users (or simply android-wifi-tether) app.

The app's main committer Harald Mue, who doesn't even have the EVO in his possession, together with a community contributor Andrew Robinson (who does have one) have figured out what was going wrong with the EVO compared to other phones and together collaborated on a fix all within 2 days of finding the problem

Hey, wait a minute, wasn't the EVO released the same 2 days ago? Community dedication never ceases to amaze me.

This is the change that did it by the way:

Rooted EVO 4G Users Can Now Enjoy Unlimited Free WiFi/Bluetooth Tether (Hotspot) As Android-wifi-tether App Adds Support For EVO

Prerequisites

The only prerequisite is, as always, a rooted EVO. You can read about what root means here and get your EVO rooted in one click by following instructions here. Really, there has never been a simpler way to root - you'll be done in 5 seconds.

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Update 6/6/10: android-wifi-tether does not yet work in infrastructure mode, i.e. your devices have to be capable of joining an ad-hoc network. Android devices cannot as of right now, so your other mobile phone may not be able to do so. Try a laptop or an iCrap.

Update 6/11/10: Infrastructure mode and WPA2 are now supported by the latest release!

After you've rooted, head over to android-wifi-tether's download page and download a version that is at least 2.0.2.pre14 - this is where EVO support is introduced. You can do this right on your phone by going to the above url and downloading and installing the right .apk file.

Sprint's WiFi Hotspot

Update 6/11/10: Infrastructure mode and WPA2 are now supported by the latest release!

Sprint offers its own version of the WiFi app, which supports stronger encryption (WPA/WPA2), while android-wifi-tether only supports a weak WEP. However, Sprint's hotspot app costs $30 a month while android-wifi-tether is free. You're paying Sprint $10 "premium data" per month already, so why not really take advantage of it? I've been using it on my Hero for months, and it's probably the most useful app on the market, hands down.

While being concerned about WEP, I also use a whitelist capability of android-wifi-tether, which only lets through my pre-approved WiFi MAC addresses. While there is a way to get around that too, chances are the dude on the train next to you will not get a chance to do it (really, it'd be quite complicated).

Now, there may still be bugs, but I and many other users confirmed the new pre14 release to be working. Download yours, test it out, and report back please.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • brian tai

    works for me. just need to it be recognized as a legitimate AP instead of ad-hoc =P

  • http://www.airsofteverything.com andrew

    2.0.2.pre14 not working on my rooted evo. doesn't start tethering. bummer.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Are you rooted via unrevoked or running a custom ROM?

  • koiutree

    Worked great for me THANKS!!

  • Jason

    Works great on my Evo! Installed the unrevoked app to root and then 2.0.2.pre14 for tethering.. laptop connected no problem! :)

  • chemistryman6

    very simple to do. works great. tethered my desk top and then conducted a speed test.

    96ms ping; 4.34Mb/s download; .82 Mb/s upload
    This dropped significantly when I added the encryption. BTW it was faster than the sprint hot spot which I'm trying out for a month.

  • dj scissor

    will this root reset my phone?. i have spent all weekend setting it up and installing apps. someone who has done the root please advise.

    • John

      The UnrEVOed root won't reset your phone and can be easily undone if necessary.

      • Prn

        I am an Android noob, sorry if the questions are dumb.
        How can the UnrEVoked root be undone?
        Does using it make any changes to the phone?
        Thanks in advance for your help.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          With the current version of unrevoked - the one that's just an app on the phone, just uninstall it, reboot, and you're unrooted.

  • Keith

    Have anyone had the chance to test wireless tethering with any online gaming console? I don't know if my setting are set correctly but my ps3 cant seem to recognize my wireless tether signal.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Try the latest version - it should work fine now.

  • Ariel

    Connection fails for me. It finds the connection Hidden SSID. I enter "AndroidTether" and it always comes back with connection failed.

    Using 2.0.2.pre14 unrevoked rooted evo

    • john

      same thing is happening to me someone plz help

  • NancyKV

    Worked perfectly and super easy. Rooted and tethering within 5 minutes, tops! Thanks!!

  • Joel

    I keep getting unable to start tethering. I rooted the EVO via http://www.androidcentral.com/evo-4g-root-instructions. any ideas?

    • Mike

      I get the Same message too. Anyone have any Ideas why? Mine is rooted as well,

  • Schmidty

    I am running a custom ROM, and when I try to start tethering, it just says "Unable to start tethering. Please try again!" I did not use unrEVOked, I am running a custom ROM.

  • Hollywood

    I just bought an EVO, and I am trying to get the phone to tether I installed everything that I need to install to get the phone to tether but I can not get my lap top to connect to the phone.
    My question is? Does my PC need to have a Bluetooth capability for it to connect via tether, but I did try to connect via wirelessly, it can not log on I can see the Android name in wireless thing but can't connect can someone help me get my EVO to connect to my lap top via tether, is there something else to do please help?

  • Carlo

    It works great...!!!
    Great job guys... Thanks.

    Couple of questions, maybe silly, but:
    1) Can I do tethering and use my phone to make calls at the same time?
    2) Are you sure it is FREE?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      1) Yes, but it'll kill the Internet connection for the time you're on a call
      2) Yes, it's free

  • Cwluc

    I know this is very early in the release stages but it's not working for me. I've enabled and disable every option within the app I can think of. Is there a specific setting (app or phone) I am missing that is keeping me from successfully enabling tethering my device? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Andre

    how do I connect my laptop to the tether?

  • Jason

    Awesome app, works perfect with the Unrevoked root! Just what I have been waiting for. Dont like the fact it is not encripted, but oh well..

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You're going to love this then - WPA2 and infrastructure mode support!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Guys, I have some good news - both WPA2 and infrastructure mode are now supported by the latest version. See this post for more info.

  • Tony

    Hey thanks a million for this information. It works like a charm on my HTC EVO. I'm posting using it's connection right now.

    Rooting was insanely easy, and the tethering app couldn't be more simplistic. I will definitely be sending these folks a donation. They deserve it. I've had this phone for about a week. I traded my iPhone in at the sprint store for the EVO ($135 for 3g) and haven't looked back. In fact it has been a week full of "I can do that?", "You mean that isn't banned on Android?" Ahhh, the delicious taste of freedom. :)

  • mrthomas

    anyone know how to connect to my Ps3

    • http://androidpolice.com Kid

      I had an HTC update on my phone that went through on my phone, and the root stopped working. Does anyone know if the revoked root method will have an update for this HTC update? Phone was working with the revoked root method before the HTC update.

      • evolution

        I read somewhere they closed the security hole unrevoked was using. I cancelled my update before it went through. waiting for news from the incredibly talented unrevoked folks.

  • LB

    I accidentally updated my Evo and now I have lost my root privileges. please tell me there is a way to fix this????

    • jeff

      you will need to root your evo again

  • http://allhorrornews.blogspot.com bayareabeat

    so i was thinking about getting an evo and would be a first time sprint contract user.. but from what i understand there is a 5gb cap, with crazy overage charges.. Is this correct? Are you guys paying 69$ for unlimited talk/text/web plus 10$ (because its an evo), plus 30$ to tether, total your paying is 110$? for 5gb of data? REALLY!? if this is incorrect please explain.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The 5GB cap is a myth, and not just on the EVO - no Sprint phones have this limit. It's truly unlimited. What may have limits is 3G/4G cards for laptops.

      • mark

        Not true. Sprint is on the Clear 4g network and the same aup applies and you can read the Clear forums to see how many are throttled. Tens of thousands are getting less than dial up speed. In effect a hard cap.

  • Charlie

    I am new to all this rooting and jailbreaking. I have an eve and yes j have been paying the $10/mo charge plus the $30/mo hotspot charge. You're saying by rooting I can stop paying the $30mo hotspot charge and it wi be free to connect my ipod while I'm out or driving down the road? Does it allow the purchase of free apps like jailbreaking does for the ipod? What all can be done by rooting my evo? Again, I am new to this so can you try to explain this in a way i will be able to understand? Thank you.

    • Ryan

      Yes once it's rooted tethering is free and there are free apps like a jail broken iphone. You will be able to do more things then I could post here. But I guarantee you will no longer have to pay the 30 dollar fee.

  • brandt

    Is there an app like this for unrooted evo's that are running froyo?

  • jeff

    installed easy, but my laptop still cant get on the internet as its not getting an ip from my evo.

  • TL

    Works on the EVO but NOT WITH 4G...any help?

  • sekhar

    Hi All,

    I rooted my evo with unrevoked 3.0 and have installed wireless tether. For my system, the connection gets established but none of the webpages seems to be opening. My Ping command returns no response. Can someone please help.

  • DustyVO

    Running Android 2.2, Rooted with the new unrevoked, using Wifi Tether with pre9. I noticed that there does not seem to be a infastructure mode? Seems like when another client tries to connect the original connected client gets dropped. Is this a known issue?

    Keep up the good work!

    • tony

      i dont know how to download it to my phone how and where do i go to get my phone unrooted

  • Sugarcube

    Has anybody used the The mobile hotspot with the Wifi only iPad? Does it work.

    • Kenman

      It works on my wifi only Ipad. For some reason it would not see the default SSID but I changed it to something else and it saw it. Works great, possibly better than Sprint Mobile Hot Spot.

  • john

    Connection fails for me. It finds the connection Hidden SSID. I enter “AndroidTether” and it always comes back with connection failed.

    Using 2.0.2.pre14 unrevoked rooted evo

  • annie

    Caution
    Sprint will void your warranty if you install rooted applications.

    Ive been using easy tether which is not rooted. Was working great. Now it isnt.

    Had some sort rss app on my evo and removed it. could that be causing my problem?

  • THE 86’d

    Have to run a netfilter enabled kernel (I think it is called). Works fine WPA/WPA2 from the market on My droid2 now... Using it on Verizon with no additional monthly fee for over a year now!

  • Joshua

    I rooted my evo and I downloaded da wireless tether. I've been trying to connect my evo to my xbox live but it tells me that I have limited access. I need to know how to open the NAT?

  • michelle

    Worked for me. Quick tethering:D

  • Cliff-Man

    After rooting and tethering for free will I still be able to allow up to 8 wireless PC's or devices?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not aware of a restriction on the number of users this app can share one connection with. And even if there were, you could still use the same Sprint tether app as before if you wanted.

  • http://www.yasdc.com Slyvnr

    Works great. Download, Install, run, set Passphrase and SSID and away I went. 4g speeds are awesome. 3g speeds get the job done. Works great with a tablet, netbook and laptop. Son was playing World of Tanks on laptop in the backseat of our car tethered through my EVO Shift on a 4g network and was getting game play as good as a wired connection at home.

  • decarlos

    Hello my phone is rooted and I have downloaded multiple tethering upgrades,and none of them are working...my computer is connecting to my EVO ...but the page will not come up any suggestions...

  • decarlos

    Hello my phone is rooted and I have downloaded multiple tethering upgrades,and none of them are working...my computer is connecting to my EVO ...but the page will not come up any suggestions...and notify me of the problem

    • qwertyuiop

      Just download pdanet from your phone as a zip file, copy it from your phone to your pc and enjoin 15 dqys trial (life time membership is only $15). or if you are already rooted download roms manager on the android market (free) and download the Miui (free) within the roms manager app and that rom come with a tether. (not 4g). but the best way is pdanet.

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