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How to: Wireless Tether a Motorola XOOM to a DROID X

Many of you probably already know how to tether your phone to your brand new Motorola XOOM, but we wanted to make sure that the whole community was covered and whipped up this quick guide.  It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks.     

Instructions:

*Note* – If rooting and unlocking the bootloader on your XOOM is something you are not comfortable with, feel free to skip steps 1 and 2.  Those were just added as quick reference links for those looking to root their device.

1.  (Optional)  Unlock the bootloader on your XOOM. [Instructions]
2.  (Optional)  Root your XOOM. [Instructions]
3.  Root your DROID X using z4root.  [Instructions]
4.  Download Wireless Tether from the market and install it on your DROID X.
5.  Open Wireless Tether and tap the green WiFi button to start it.

6.  On your XOOM, open up your WiFi settings and look for “AndroidTether.”

7.  Tap on “AndroidTether” and then tap on “Connect.”

8.  Watch it connect and enjoy being tethered from your DROID X to your XOOM!

As always, let us know if you run into any problems.

  • Evan S.

    Better still… I discovered the Xoom will Bluetooth tether to PDANet on an Android phone. No root required.

  • Bwasb

    Do you have to have the 3G version or can you tether to a WI-FI only unit?

  • Section8

    My Xoom does not see My AndroidTether? My laptop sitting right next to me can see it fine. Does the Xoom have to be rooted?

    • Section8

      I got it to work by updating to the latest version of WiFi Tether :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Tang/540009565 Manny Tang

    Wait! why do you need to root the Xoom? I am using wifi tether 3.0 and I can connect the Xoom or any other Android devices to my Epic 4G.

  • Prankm

    Question: do you incur any extra charges through the phone for tethering it, or does it just come straight off of the DX’s data plan?

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  • http://twitter.com/jefmes Jeff Messer

    Do you guys have any tips on improving the performance of the tether? I got my DX rooted, the app installs and creates the access point just fine…but the connection from the Xoom is very hitchy and inconsistent. I don’t have another device to really test from right now to see if it’s the Xoom, but browsing on the DX itself it fine.

    • http://twitter.com/jefmes Jeff Messer

      Nevermind, or a tip if you’re having problems too. I used WiFi Analyzer (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer) and found that I had a lot of other activity in my area on Channel 10. I switched to a less busy frequency, and the Wireless tether is working great now. :) Thanks guys, I’d been meaning to root my X anyway!

  • Anonymous

    Steps 1 and 2 are not even NEEDED AT ALL. Forget “optional”. Why are they even included? Anyone who knows anything about a Droid X did this Day 1 with there Xoom it is nothing more than connecting it to a WiFi.

    • DBK

      Because some people actually want to root/unlock it. No need to be a douche.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    From what i have seen wireless tether on the OG droid only works well with stock kernel and barnacle. I used it plenty before i went to a ROM and lost the function with the new faster kernel

  • Apfire21

    Can the incredible be done the same way rooted and tethered?

  • adam

    Too bad the wireless tether app’s performance degrades and sometimes stops working on my DX. BTW, typing this on a xoom are BB! Probably gonna walk out of here with one since I got a nice fat tax refund :-)

  • ViggS

    Is anyone having issues with LGBv1.2 or 1.3 (Liquid Gingerbread)? I can get it to work with Bluetooth but now WiFi.

  • Anonymous

    Stupid question. I’m assuming the Xoom has a USB port? Can you tether with your phone via the USB or not?

  • Anonymous

    if you can Root your device, I am pretty sure you can do this ppl.

    • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

      It’s not working for me or a lot of people on the OG Droid.

      • Dshudson

        buy a new one.. ;-)

  • Lostintranslation

    Question: Why would you want to do this? Wireless Tether shares the Droid X’s 3G/1X signal and strength for other devices to connect to. So with the Xoom also being a 3G/WiFi device, when would you be in a situation where the Xoom’s 3G/1x signal is any different than the Droid X’s – they would essentially be right next to each other? What would the benefit here be?

    • Dshudson

      Because most people are not going to pay for 3g service we already have on our phones.. that’s why. If I am home i’m wifi, out tethered to my dx.. got it?

    • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

      Because I don’t want to pay $50 for 5GB/month so my XOOM is WiFi only.

  • Anonymous

    For some reason mine didn’t work quite so easy.. I also had to use the 3G HotSpot Patcher from the Team Black Hat app. Wouldn’t start the tether on my DX without it. Works great now though.

  • Dshudson

    The reason why some people have problems and other do not, is because the wireless tether ver. 2.0.2 does not work with xoom, you must update to ver. 2.0.6 and you will not have to root your Xoom

  • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

    I wish I could wireless tether on my OG DROID.

    • http://www.facebook.com/CoryLeeLind Cory Lind

      you can, root and install the tether app, i rocked it on my og droid for awhile

  • Brendan

    mah spooons too big! D:

  • http://twitter.com/dl_evans dustin evans

    i tried this with an original droid and a brand new xoom at my local verizon store. is there something special about the droid x? maybe i wasn’t doing it right….

    • Anonymous

      I have a xoom and in the store me and my buddy used his dx to wi-fi tether and it worked perfect but when I got home and tried to do it from my D1 it wouldn’t work for me… I have no idea why, but if any one does know I would really like to know thanks.

  • Mtd719

    It seems as though this is possible without rooting the xoom…

  • Anonymous

    I tried to tether the Xoom at VZW from my OG the day it came out and i couldnt get the Xoom to find it. Maybe it was the CM7 nightly im on right now, but can anyone else verify if the OG can tether to the Xoom or not? If it does and it was just my rom, i might just have to get one!

  • Giuseppe1010

    How quick does the battery drain when tendering the Xoom to the phone? Thanks.

    • Giuseppe1010

      tethering, lol, darn autocorrection.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe it took me 7 months with the DX to finally root it, but having a Xoom with no 3G contract was enough to convince me… literally took 3 minutes with 4zroot, another 30 seconds to install Wireless Tether, and now my Xoom can go anywhere my phone goes… lovin’ it. Now I’ve gotta grow a pair and learn to root my Xoom…

  • Aaron

    This won’t work with my OG Droid1! I’ve tried and tried again.. anyone have a solution?
    -posted from my xoom:-)

    • http://twitter.com/dl_evans dustin evans

      guess it wasn’t just me. had the same issues.

      • Scott Strool

        Same here… I have been looking for a way all day.
        OG/GPA12

        • http://twitter.com/dl_evans dustin evans

          I thought… but could be wrong… that someone made an Ad Hoc-capable rom for the OG Droid. I’ll search and let you know what I find.

      • Scott Strool

        Same here… I have been looking for a way all day.
        OG/GPA12

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119788184 Tobie Azeez

    why does this only work with the droid x?

  • Mth2134

    No true HYPEBEAST is complete without some “illegal” activities and irresponsible behavior. At least I think so. :P

  • Hamholla

    kellex is HYPEBEASTIN’ rooting the XOOM….

  • Nxus1ne

    Good to know they fixed the ability to connect to an ad-hoc network in Honeycomb.

  • Tim242

    I guess wireless tethering is nice for a quickie. However, I prefer wired tethering, via Easy Tether. It provides the fastest, most reliable connection. It does not make your phone heat up. It does not use battery, as it is plugged in to the computer. Wireless tethering zaps your battery so quickly, that you have to have it pluggedin any way.

    • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

      Um I don’t think you can wire tether a Xoom to a Droid X.

      • Atil

        Pda Net

  • Albokay

    Exactly reason why I’m waiting for the cheaper wifi only xoom.

    • Scott Strool

      How does a wifi only help. You still need a network. My xoom is wifi only since I don’t have a 3g plan.

  • Lwvyruz

    i have a samsung fascinate and when i turn on the tether my xoom doesnt show it under the available wifi networks, my phone is rooted my the xoom is not.

  • Anonymous

    Whay do you need to root your phone. If you are using a Droid 2 or a X you can Bluetooth tether also. I think you should do a story on that for the non-rooted people. I am using both methods an they both work fine.

    • Porschephile2k3

      The Fascinate probably doesn’t have the capability to provide tethering as a network infrastructure, just as an adhoc peer to peer. I have the same problem with my OG.

    • Brian

      I also tether using bluetooth. Extremely simple and works great.

  • Sparking22

    Anyway to tether the of droid with the xoom?

  • The350zWolf

    Hey, wasn’t wifi locked on the Xoom?

    • Eric

      No.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    Anyone running rubix rom use the 3G hotspot on the Xoom? I can’t test this until Wednesday or Thursday when my Xoom comes in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerrygillock Kerry Gillock

    Seriously people! If you think that rooting or unlocking your bootlader is “wrong” or “irresponsible” you should probably stick to BGR or Engadget…. Just saying

    • Anonymous

      Hey buddy. :)

      • Adrianramos0977

        i was able to tether without root on my xoom from my X before, then last night i had an update kicked to my xoom and now i cant? any one know anything about this? 

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      I second that.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/107430353005607798966 KiriusKris

    Wirless Tether is probably one of the best apps on the Market for rooted users. As always, make sure if you’re in a public area to setup the WIFI security on Wireless Tether. It’s very simple and fast to do. If you plan on using Wireless tether for long, make sure you bring your phone’s charger because it will suck the life from your battery!

    • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

      Wireless Tether is one of the main reasons I rooted my DInc to begin with. VZW charges an arm, a leg, and several fingers to tether with their app.

    • DummernHell

      After the update, it seems like my DX doesnt get all hot and the battery suckage doesnt seem nearly as bad as before.

    • DummernHell

      After the update, it seems like my DX doesnt get all hot and the battery suckage doesnt seem nearly as bad as before.

  • Eric

    Where was this article 2 days ago when I had to figure it out on my own. Jeeze. I did it a little different but it works great!

  • Skyskioc

    The skys the limit ! Woooo Hooo

  • Nvious1

    You should include how to hook up via bluetooth to an OG Droid cause the wireless tether on an OG Droid doesn’t project the hotspot in infrastructure mode but instead, ad-hoc mode. Since the xoom currently can’t see ad-hoc hotspots, you have to use bluetooth tether.

    • Anonymous

      Working on that as well. :)

  • http://twitter.com/technoveg Josh Phillips

    You really need to take the nonsense about rooting and unlocking the Xoom out of this post. It is borderline irresponsible of you. It works 100% fine without doing that. People could easily screw up their new $800 device trying to do that when there is zero tangible benefits to rooting and unlocking unless you are a dev.

    • Anonymous

      Well you have to root your $600 DROID X, so people should be comfortable at this point.

      • Seedster

        Ignore him, Kellex. He’s not on drugs…he’s on Charlie Sheen.

        • Mr.Joe

          Yeah… cause beating/abusing/shooting women = anti rooting/unlocking bootloaders.

          • Atil

            Its a joke. But god forbid someone make a joke that might hurt someones feelings

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        or pay VZW’s tethering fees to wireless tether without rooting either. uhh….no

        • Mr.Joe

          You can still tether and not be rooted son.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538200320 Daniel Sasson

            HOW

        • Mr.Joe

          You can still tether and not be rooted son.

      • Mr.Joe

        yeah, assuming you paid for it off contract. We don’t have money to throw on phones like you do kellex.

    • The350zWolf

      While I agree that some disclaimer needed to be added to steps 1 and 2, which Kellex already took care of it, I completely disagree with your “zero tangible benefits” statement. This forum is about taking control of your device and anyone can do whatever they want with their hardware. If you don’t like what it is posted go read some place else. I benefit greatly from the information posted here as I’m sure others do as well, so don’t come here to patronize Kellex on normal stuff that he posts here.

    • The350zWolf

      This guy is probably a right wing nut!

    • Jbarb21

      Why is it fine to have ‘admin. rights’ on your laptop or desktop but when you purchase a smartphone/computer and you want to have the admin rights to it (it is YOUR phone isn’t it?), it is made out to be an ALMOST illegal activity??? I don’t get it,

      • Mr.Joe

        Actually you really shouldn’t be using the admin account on your computer. It’s more secure that way.

        • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

          True (especially on Windows, I cannot take enough time to stress how right you are), but I think what he’s trying to say would be best as:

          Why is it okay to be able to temporarily access administrator privileges for a certain task on your laptop or desktop (through UAC on Windows, sudo/gksudo/kdesu on Linux, or whatever OSX uses) but people act like it’s so much different and taboo on smartphones, tablets and the like (Through the Superuser control app)?

        • Juhdgvcas

          Wow. so now my computer is more secure if I don’t have access to it. We need socialism in America because it looks like the mindset with most people is already there.

    • Josh4President

      Josh, you are one of those people that should switch to Apple. Your personality with trying to tell everyone else what is best for them and how to use their devices is perfect for it. The day that you actually PAY for all of our devices is the day that you can tell everyone how they should use them, what is perfectly fine the way it is, etc.

  • Ishbudigital

    works on droid 2 rooted with xoom non rooted just fine

  • Anonymous

    Holy ish people, did any of you read the “Note”? The words “skipping steps 1 and 2″ are now bolded, is that better?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry Professor Proofread :) Nobody really reads anymore, we just kind of skim for keywords.

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re asking a little too much, nobody has the time to read notes that are posted in the instructions!

      • Anonymous

        Silly :P

    • Anonymous

      Will the real Step 3 please stand up? :P

      • Anonymous

        Some nerd you are, ignoring the tractor beam pulling in the rebel frigate in Star Wars.

        Vader full on rooted and ROM’d his Star Destroyer.

        • Anonymous

          Who are you calling a nerd? That’s almost as bad as asking me if my Droid X is an iPhon’t. I’m a geek damn it! LOL

      • Anonymous

        Wait, you weren’t supposed to see that. :P

      • Brendan

        smoochie FTW i was just ganna write a comment about that but saw yours

      • Anonymous

        you just made me listen to Eminem… lol

    • NetworkPIMP

      @kellex, no good deed goes unpunished… thx just the same!

    • Anonymous

      While you’re being responsible, you should instruct people to encrypt their wifi network traffic with WPA in the Wifitether app options. Otherwise, almost everything goes out as cleartext ripe for sniffing.

    • http://twitter.com/cheese cheese
    • Anonymous

      This is a pretty pointless article dude.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve seen a lot of people asking how to tether to the Xoom, seems relevant.

        • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

          Indeed, not everyone know’s how to use Android, or root apps. We should all respect Kellx and the team, they took the time to post these tutorials.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry Kellex! I honestly missed the whole note. Now I feel really sheepish. I will double-read from now on.

      :-/

  • Brian

    You can also connect via Bluetooth without rooting your Droid X or Xoom….

  • ghoticov

    No reason to Root the Xoom in order to do this.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, why do you have to root your Xoom to use it on the wireless tether? Can’t you automatically connect to any wifi network available? Confused.

  • Anonymous

    Why, exactly, do we need to root our Xoom to wirelessly tether? Can’t we just hook up to the WiFi network created by Wireless Tether?

    • Anonymous

      yea i was wondering that too.

      • Tim242

        Wireless Tether only works on rooted phones. Not required on the tablet.

        • Anonymous

          o0o nvm i misread it said it was optional to unlock the bootloader for the XOOM. i got the rooted for the Wireless Tether

    • Anonymous

      As the note above suggests, people should try it without rooting first.

    • Tim242

      Wireless Tether only works on rooted phones. Not required on the tablet.

  • Mr. Joe

    This is paradise!