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At one point, tethering was a simple process - installing a program from the Android Market would enable the feature and you were good to go. Of course, carriers didn't like this, because instead of paying them an extra $30(ish) a month to use their hotspot service, you were gaining access to the feature for free. So they had many tethering apps pulled from the Market. Not only that, but many carriers put a block directly on devices that disallowed the use of common tethering apps.

Update 1/7/12: The app dropped its Alpha status and is now available in the Market. Do note, however, that it is good for 14 days, after which you are capped to 20MB of transfer per day unless you unlock the full version (in-app purchase). If it works for you, especially if you're on Verizon and AT&T, the carriers that monitor tether usage, I'm sure you will gladly reward Koush for his efforts.


Now, you can find "tethering" gracing many of the reasons to root your Android device articles across the net. But what about users who only want to tether and aren't confortable with rooting (or otherwise have no desire to gain root access)? Enter a new app from Koush, the mind behind some of the most important apps on Android, like ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager. This new app, called ClockworkMod Tether, will allow users to bypass carrier tethering restrictions without root access.


This is a USB tethering solution and also requires a virtual network adapter to be installed on any computer (it's Mac, Windows, and Linux compatible) in which tethering will be used (also provided by Koush). At the current time, ClockworkMod Tether is still in its alpha stages, and as a result, Koush is asking for user feedback on the apps ease of setup and use, as well as how well it functioned during use.

If you're ready to give it a shot, head over to this Google+ posting to grab the download and give it a shot! Update: Use the widget below instead.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RT8392james

    Excellent article. I'm planning on checking this app out and giving feedback asap.

    • Mark Boyle

      Sooooo tether apps get blocked because they are common and popular, so you write multiple articles basically advertising this app?

  • Falconator

    Unless they are making this free when stable, there is an app already doing this that works flawlessly called PDAnet and doesn't need to be rooted plus you can tether via BT.

    Good effort and I hope they make it a success but right now I am very happy with PDAnet.

    • Alex

      If Im not wrong PDA Net doesnt allow HTTPS Connections unless you pay....

      • Falconator

        During the trial period its accessible but once done then yes you need to pay.

  • http://billatjoes.com Matt

    Koush is in the Android Hall of Fame.
    You are uninformed as to his skills.

    Its open source like clockworkmod

    • Falconator

      Uninformed? I have been an Android user since the G1 on tmobile. I know you don't know me but "trying" to put me on the spot like that is rather silly.

      Just because it's opensource doesn't mean they won't give you basic features free and charge advanced items like they did with rom manager.

      I offered another option IF they charge later on. If not, then great! No need to go crazy because of a simple comment that doesn't even show any form of negativity either.

  • Stuart P.

    Easytether does the same thing, and is rock-solid stable. No root required. Not that I ever use it (wink wink Verizon).

    • le sigh

      No root required for this

  • Jared

    I use PDAnet usb tethering and it seems to work very well. I just cant seem to get the bluetooth wireless tehering to work for me. Bluetooth is janky as hell. Anything I've ever had that was bluetooth was a major PITA.

    • Alex

      My G-Nex has Bluetooth Tethering (Or ICS...) Never tried it but i do know that bluetooth cannot send data at a high rate so its always slow...

  • Owen Finn

    I'm never sure why people who would use this sort of thing (tethering behind their carrier's back) wouldn't just root in the first place...?

  • Franz

    Do we have any fixes for the Droid 3 (Rooted, but not ROMed) for Wi-Fi tethering? Not USB?

    It's one of my friend's phones. I'm waiting for CM9 Builds for it but no camera fixes yet =\.

  • Spydie

    What the heck? just for tethering your computer? What about the people that want to tether their android tablet or ipad? This is a weak work around for a problem that doesn't exist. I root and tether my tablet.

  • Knish

    Have you tried Barnacle?

  • J-Dog

    Don't know if it'd be possible, but I'd like to see this converted into a untethered tether (if that makes sense)....

    I don't tether very often, but when I do its usually randomly. And I don't usually bring any cables with me when I go out for the day...

    So in all likelihood, I'd be a tether short of a tethered tether if I needed to tether.... (and that was probably the most times I used 'tether' in one sentence)....

    'Course I suppose the other issue would be getting the virtual network adapter to install it on the computer as well... I could pre-install it on my own laptops, so it'd be there, just in case. But if I were trying to get someone else's laptop online...

    • Cameron Summerson

      Sounds like you just need to root and use Wireless Tether. ;)

  • g00n

    Everyone realizes that the mainstream ease of use and adoption of wired/wireless tethering will eventually bring about tougher restrictions implemented by carriers that will make it much more difficult for even us "power users" to have tethering access. The more widespread it becomes, the more likely carriers like Sprint will finally do something aggressive about it.

  • Drak

    I have no problem with using an app like this. I don't think the carriers will do anything different. It's your data, you paid for it. Why should they care if you use your 2gb a month or whatever on one device or ten? It's still just 2gb. I always thought they would encourage "sharing" your data since it would make people have to pay more.

    • g00n

      Unlimited data (including 4G) on Sprint SERO for example (paying next to nothing). Not everyone has capped data. All things like this do is make it easier for literally ANYONE to tether. We are hastening our own demise! :D

  • Dr. Steve

    Doesn't stock Android have both Tethering and Mobile AP?

    Does ICS have those two stock as well?

    • Alex

      Not if youre on VZW. Im enjoying it on my gnex on tmobile though...

    • Tee

      I was wondering the same. All the way down here...

      Is it really so that carriers want to prevent this? I don't get it, it's not happening in Finland...

      • JoAnn

        They don't want to prevent you from tethering, you want you to pay for it.

        I have a moral objection to paying for the same bandwidth twice.

  • Nick

    Wi-fi Hotspot has been a standard feature on my android phones since my HTC Desire was updated to Froyo in 2010. Is this problem of tethering only in the USA..... the land of the free??

    • le sigh

      definitely a USA problem

      • http://talk3g.co.uk Hands0n

        Its always just about the money, and double-charging for some implied but non-existent value is common.

        Koush is to be congratulated for offering yet another alternative to those people who need such things.

        I'm only glad that I don't have to put up with all this nonsense (Three UK, All You Can Eat data on The One Plan, 2000 mins, 3000 text £25 [$38.74]).

  • squiddy20

    Just an FYI, the cost of the full version via the in-app purchase is $4.99.

  • Pachi

    I would buy this to support him....

  • pb

    im looking for reverse tethering without root ? anyone a solution please...

    no data (roaming) and no wifi here

  • The One

    Last message was wrong for you just a general food for thought. But my main question for you is. How can a carrier crackdown on free or illegal as some say tether? I heard from a reliable source that anyone caught using illegal tethering, Sprint will delete their account and not allow them on the Sprint Network ever again. How would they know and what can be done to hide your tethering usage? Much help would be appreciated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=307000051 Joseph Cagle

    Cricket Wireless detected the tethering when I tried.

  • velia

    I have aquestion & idk if anyone can help me. is the $5 charge monthly? a one life time charge or a daily charge?