Tied to Android applications turn your smartphone into a portable modem, to to which other devices can connect to access the Internet. Below are the best Android apps that can turn your phone into a binding device so that others WiFi devices such as tablets and laptops could connect to your hotspot android .

Tethering apps are useful if you don’t want to pay (usually a high price) for a data plan from your carrier, or if your phone doesn’t support tethering out of the box.

Many of these applications are not officially supported by carriers and device manufacturers. For certain devices, you may need to perform jailbreak procedures or gain root access in order for apps to work. These are «at your own risk» solutions and you need to make sure your wireless contract does not prohibit the use of modems or the use of your phone as a modem.

If you find it too difficult to connect your computer to your phone for the Internet, consider mobile broadband specially for your laptop. There are prepaid and daily use options, as well as monthly data subscriptions that are comparable to data plans offered by wireless carriers.

PdaNet +

PdaNet+ on Windows
What we like
  • Extremely easy setup.

  • Works with Windows and Mac computers.

  • Several connection options.

What we don’t like
  • No updates since 2018.

  • Terminates your connection in the free version.

  • No wireless for Mac.

PdaNet+ is one of the most popular apps for most mobile platforms. It allows you to use your Android phone’s data connection on your tablet, phone or laptop via USB WiFi or Bluetooth .

This android tethering app is also said to be the fastest option for android and it doesn’t even require rooting your phone. However, only full version will work without interruption; The free app sometimes turns you off.

See step by step instructions for using PdaNet+, if you need help.

Barnacle Wifi Tether

Barnacle Wifi Tether
What we like
  • Works with Xbox and PC.

  • No PC software required.

What we don’t like
  • Root access required.

  • More difficult to set up than other tethered apps.

  • May not work with modern versions of Android.

Barnacle Wifi Tether does not require installation of software on the PC side and no special kernel on the smartphone, but requires rooting your phone . It works by creating ad hoc network to connect other devices.

This is a tethering app for android with open source but if you like it and want to support the developers, you can buy an inexpensive paid version as a donation and get more features like WEP- encryption (but keep in mind that WEP is not a secure protocol ).

Barnacle Wifi Tether is said to work with Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as mobile devices Mac , linux , iOS and Xbox.

EasyTether Lite

EasyTether Android App
What we like
  • Root access is not required.

  • Walkthrough for easy setup.

  • Several connection types are supported.

What we don’t like
  • The free version blocks https URLs.

EasyTether is very similar to the PdaNet+ app above. You can connect via USB or Bluetooth, and there are detailed instructions on how to set up your computer, Android tablet, or other device with your personal hotspot.

This app works with Windows, Mac and Linux and can also tie into your gaming system. The lite version works just fine, but it won’t let you access secure sites with https at the start URL . To get this functionality you must pay for EasyTether Pro .

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