If you are among the 1-5 million users that have installed WiFi Tether for Root Users, you can expect a surprise today. For the first time in almost a year, the official build in Google Play has been updated with new features and fixes. Galaxy S4 users will be especially happy.

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This update is not huge, but it opens up the app to an important new device. This is the full changelog:

  • Added Samsung GS4 support
  • Added WiFi AP MAC address Spoofing
  • Added Samsung GS3 netd(ndc) modes

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This app saw its last official update in August of 2012, so it's been quite a stretch for such a venerable app. The developer also maintains the app on Google Code, which has seen some experimental and beta builds in the interim. The version now in Google Play is simply the first deemed good enough for wide distribution since last summer. You're also welcome to grab updates from the Google Code site (untold multitudes probably have).

There might be more powerful solutions out there, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for this app. And it's hard to argue with free. As the name suggests, you have to be rooted to use WiFi Tether for Root Users.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • coolsilver

    After Barnacle wasn't working for GS4 I went with FoxFi. Works great.

    • Christopher Lee

      Do you mean PDANet+FoxFi or old FoxFi? I miss old FoxFi.

      • coolsilver

        The new one. I didn't know about it until the other day.

    • Plax D

      are you rooted or unrooted with foxfi?

  • pcaccu

    Why the wifi is very weak in the park, it is difficult to connect on. http://www.batterysale.net.au(lapotp battery)

  • Virus

    good work TrevE :)


  • https://twitter.com/#!/SydHaven Syd

    Woo awesome! Just in time for my S4... I was hoping I didn't have to mod my phone out of the box just yet(att hotspot crap). Nova with the Touchwiz isn't half bad after I got things tweak to my liking. Samsung has come a long way with it!

  • Leonardo Baez

    i dont understand.... not all android units support this?

    all my androids didat least

    • Tony Sarju

      Some carriers block/disable this functionality in some handsets.

      • Leonardo Baez

        damn carriers....

  • Geoff Johnson

    All you need is a shortcut to the built-in hotspot app on the S4, no need for an actual app.

    • H3X0

      But this app enables you to tether without paying extra for a tether plan.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Wow this was an old reply. To reply to your comment though, no, that's not needed. With the S4/Note 2 all you needed was a widget that toggled the hotspot, which bypassed the subscription check. It worked even without a tethering plan.

        • Mike


          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Read my post...

  • Ian

    If you are rooted (and on Sprint), the Sprint Hotspot Mod is very simple and gives you Native Hotspot support. Takes 3 min to do. But if you don't feel like doing that (or on other networks), WiFi Tether works well too.

  • opuspenquin

    I recently rooted my Nexus S 4G. Wireless Tethering worked great. I then flashed CM10 and discovered that Wireless Tethering didn't work. I went back to stock Jellybean 4.1.1 and Wireless Tethering stopped working. Any idea what happen? Is there another ROM that will work with Wireless Tethering?

  • Rudy

    I can't find it on Google play. Is it not available anymore?