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Almost one full year ago, carriers threw the gauntlet down on tethering applications in the Play Store. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile were among the first to lay down the banhammer, with Sprint following soon after.

Here we are, a year later and guess what? Version 3 of the infamous Wi-Fi Tether for Root Users app just hit the Play Store, sans carrier restrictions. Of course, this is only because carriers haven't yet found out about the app; when they do, however, you better believe its availability will quickly be laid to rest - so you better grab before it's gone. (If it does get pulled, however, you can always grab the apk from here.)

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This probably goes without saying, but you must be rooted in order to use this app.

The app offers all of the features that you've come expect from the Wi-Fi tether family, including:

  • Widget-support. One-click enabling/disabling from your home-screen.
  • Disable tethering after a configurable idle-time.
  • Access-control feature. Allow/deny clients to use your mobile-data connection.
  • Wifi-Encrytion. 128-bit WEP in general (adhoc). WPA/WPA2 on supported devices (infrastructure-mode).
  • Settings for wifi-ssid, wifi-channel, lan-network and more.
  • And more ...

The app is free in the Store, so grab it before it's too late.

Thanks, Devon!

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.

  • http://twitter.com/nickbrouhard Nick Brouhard

    Not to worry! If the app is blocked by anyone's carrier, simply go to their site and download the apk:
    http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ 
    =)

    • John

      Yep. Came to post this as well. I just subscribe to the rss feed on the downloads section & download it as new betas/version are available.

  • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

    ah thanks, wouldn't have known there was an update guys. thanks still works!

  • Mike Loomis

    Also, if you are running CyanogenMod, and probably about any other mod, wifi tethering is built in. And if you bothered to root your phone to begin with you probably have one of these mods installed already.

    • Xsirxx

      I was under the assumption that that was just a placeholder and hadnt been built yet...

      • Matthew Fry

        Works *sometimes* in CM9 on the Epic 4G.

    • Xsirxx

      When I turn mine on in cm9 it just freezes... Doesnt do anything...

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      those mods don't always work, especially for HTC phones and even more especially for wimax phones

      • ChumbleSpuzz

         Works perfectly fine on my Evo 4G

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          The 4G does? I have 2 evo 4Gs (my original Evo and my wife's evo) and I coud never get the tethering to work with wimax. 3G worked just fine. and on my evo 3d every time I try a rom with "unlocked tethering" it tells me that I don't have it on my plan. But only when I use 4G Wimax and not 3G. But 3G isn't enough for me to really do anything

          • ChumbleSpuzz

            Since I can't seem to get wimax when I need to tether, it's always at 3G for me. So it may in fact not work on 4G.

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

            My EVO 4G tethering always worked with WiMax and this program. In fact, my Epic Touch only works in ad-hoc mode with this, but EVO 4G was proper infrastructure mode (just like your router).

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            yes, "with this program" the argument earlier was why use this when android has built in tethering. I was simply saying that those don't work with wimax phones (and probably just HTC phones in general)

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

            Well, built-in tethering is disabled on the EVO, so you'd have to use custom ROM to get it re-enabled. I remember in CM7 it wasn't working on 4G at some point but they did fix it and later on it started working.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            bult in tether can be enabled with a mod but the tethering never worked for 4G. I periodically check and it still doesn't work.

  • Xsirxx

    Whats the difference between this and Barnicle?  Ive been using that for my tablet to latch on without issue for the most part except some drivers dont allow seeing adhoc networks.  Does this fix that or is there a setting for this?

  • jimmy

    This worked great on my Atrix until the 2.3.6 OTA update wiped my root.  When I get a chance I'll re-root.

    • Martina Martel

       Hey Jimmy, how do I root my phone?  I installed the 3.5 Tether for Root
      Users program but I got a message that there is no root.

  • Devon

    Awesome! Thanks for posting and you're welcome.

  • Seth Goldstein

    I SVTP is a great one that you don't need to root your phone for, but it's $14 but well worth it. Also Verizon also blocked the ports on the last version of this tethering app and sent up a splash page asking for payment. Scummy corporate bastards.

    • SillyGirl

      Hey Seth, I downloaded the Wifi Tether for Root users, apparently I have no Root... how can I check that?  Can I add it?  Would the "SVTP" work for me?

  • Gav456

    What's the difference between this and the wifi hotspot?

    • BlackGod

      Well depending on carrier, you have to pay for your wifi hotspot. With this, if you have a rooted device, you essentially have a hotspot for free. Tether is the correct term, hotspot is just used for marketing purposes.

      • Gav456

        Is this paying thing an American problem? My phone (sensation XE on T-Mobile UK) came with mobile hotspot embedded into either sense or Android in the settings under "wireless and networks". The closest I get to being charged is when they choke my bandwidth between 4pm-12am if I use over 1GB pcm. Obviously this doesn't require root either. Or am I talking about something completely different?

        • guard her

          All T-Mobile customers have it for free. Ya tourist

        • BlackGod

          T-Mobile and I believe Sprint have it free. Verizon and AT&T users need a plan.

          • RonD45

            Free on T-Mobile, but $30 on Sprint.  3.5Mbs up on T-Mobile, about 50 to 150 kps up on Sprint.  Sprint also limits you to 5GB of data on the hotspot and then charges for data over that limit, so is that really unlimited data? T-Mobile gives you 5GB and then throttles you. The throttled T-Mobile is probably faster than the unlimited, unthrottled Sprint.

  • RyanALLDAY

    foxfi ftw

  • Hitnrun30

    Why not just use Foxfi

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

      FoxFi doesn't work on all devices.

  • Spam

    No problem with USb tethering on CM 9/SGS2

  • Idle Time

    I use Open Garden.  Is there a difference?

    • Alexander Dupree

       a little more functionality I think

  • Wafflehouse3

    Dosnt work on my galaxy 2 im with Sprint

  • Alex

    september 2012, I have an evo 4g, I rooted it last month and wifi tether was working fine

    Installed cyanomodgen last week and now the wifi tether is messed up.

    I works half of the time if not less, the wifi tether app doesnt work, I have to use the built in blue thingy wifi tether to work.

    Windows will connect to the phone but the phone will not send data back!!

  • David Cherry

    These Mods Work great on rooted ZTE Warp & Warp Sequent

  • Terry Hill

    I have been using WI-FI tether on my HTC Thunderbolt ever since i rooted and works great even with ICS