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Tip: DROIDX and 2 Gingerbread Wireless Tether Work-Around (Updated)

It was just last week that we reported on a new blocking method that Verizon had enabled to stop rooted DROIDX users with Gingerbread from using select wireless tether apps.  Today though, thanks to one of our fabulous readers, we have a work-around for the DROIDX (possibly other devices) that appears to get you up and running in just a matter of minutes.  Hopefully this gives you a little bit of time while that FCC complaint over this very same subject is being looked at.    


1.  First, you’ll need to download this new Wireless Tether beta. [more info] 2.  Open up the app after installing, and headed into Settings.
3.  Under Device-Profile, search for “Motorola DroidX (CDMA)” or “Motorola Droid2” and select it.
4.  Then scroll down to find “Change preferred DNS.”
5.  Change the DNS to
6.  Then change the “alternate DNS” to
7.  Turn on Wireless Tether and connect any device you like.

Update:  I had originally thought that the DNS server made a difference, but it doesn’t.  The key here appears to be step 3 where you specify the DROIDX under Device-Profile.  So, feel free to continue to use DNS which is Google’s public server.

*Note – If this works on any other devices, please feel free to leave that in the comments.

Cheers DroidRooterX!

  • Android User

    Worked well for my Droid 2 Global just like redpoppa said I used CDMA 1X (QSC 60×5)

  • redpoppa

    I have droid 2 rooted via http://rootzwiki.com/topic/5307-guide-root-or-unroot-your-droid-x/

    running wifi tether wifi_tether_v3_1-beta11.apk  found here : http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/downloads/list

    Then I kept getting the verizon webpage after changing all the wifi tether settings dns phone type etc.

    So I went to this page http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1182940

    followed all the instructions but for : I selected CDMA 1x (MSM 7500) w/ Android

    That didn’t work with the droid 2 so i had to select like in the picture I selected CDMA 1X (QSC 60×5)

    Then it worked like a charm

    Good luck

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve tried a million different things over the past 2 days, and changing the DNS is what did it!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt

    Gingerbread (2.3.3) Motorola Droid 2, rooted

    tethering will not work for me, I tried both of those device profiles and they didnt work.
    Idk what to do from here :/ are there any other ways to get past it?

  • Firefightenn

    Where is the wireless tether app it is gone from the market. Is there a new one out or something else. Update zaped my droid x had to do a total reset.

  • Marcopolo_1919

    I followed all the instructions to root my Droid X.  I installed wireless tether and followed the direction about setting the device profile.  When I connect to my Droid X with my android tablet, i am immediately sent to the Verizon Mobile Hotspot page…What am i doing wroing?

  • BP

    Droid X with Gingerbread.  Just rooted and using Wireless Tether App.  My laptop can recognize the device and connect, but when I try to load a web page it times out like there is no internet connection…any troubleshooting tips??

  • CoquiLostInNY

    I just rooted my Moto Droid X w. 2.3.3 and installed the latest version of WT as of today.  The problem is it after I connected my laptop and went to view a site I get redisrected to Verizon’s Hotspot page.  Any ideas on how to get around this? 

  • Arleneeliza

    Is this still working? The download isn’t coming up

  • Stewcrew

    The link for ” new Wireless Tether beta” Is broken.  Help!

  • Littlesarmiento1
  • Vociferous666

    Works on Droid2 Apex GB with caveats

    have to use TBH patch,
    DroidX device profile.
    wifi encryption. (not sure if encryption is necessary) (WPA is default)

  • tlg

    umm maybe we should fix the link!!!!

  • Be

    This does not work anymore. Please update your blog

  • Grace Quaintance

    Droid X, Gingerbread, Verizon. This still isn’t getting around the Verizon block. :[ I even tried switching the DNS. It didn’t work. Curse you Verizon!!!

    • Grace

      p.s. rooted using motorola one click.

  • Zo90075093

    Did not work for my Droid2!

  • Threebanger

    Damn you Verizon! Just swapped to a X and wireless tether worked great via BT on my D1.

  • Adamuhl911

    i have everything downloaded and my phone rooted but when i run the bootstrap reboot and select the zip file to download it stops on the first step and doesn’t do anything

  • BigWinw

    I have a Droid 2, gingerbread, rooted using the One-Click (MotorolaOneClickRoot.zip).
    I have been able to install the Wifi Tether from the link above.  I am using the DroidX model setting (Droid 2 doesnt even show the wireless network).  From an iPod Touch it allows me to connect to it but when I go online the VZW page displays and tells me I need to pay $20 per month.  Any dieas?

  • Frustrated_Tether

    I have found that these methods may work temporarily and give one a false sense of success, but are not consistent.  “Wifi Tether beta 6”, Wireless Tether, or Barnacle Wifi Tether have all been tested and will not work with the Verizon blocks.  I believe the on-board 3G from VZW is a possible culprit as it is displayed in the notification bar when the 3rd party wireless tether apps are launched.  I am unable to uninstall the stock 3G app via Titanium.  Easy Tether and PDA Net will work fine, but are not my objectives for use.  Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Droid 2
    GB from OTA, Rooted

    • Shfd100

      …also, I honestly believe until there is a hack on the VZW blocks or a successful patch, there will be no relief.  That capability is beyond my skills so I’m stuck with “wired” tether for now.

  • Idealogical1984dissident

    Ok, it seems I’m not getting any useful responses, so I’ll try again.
    I have a droid x 2.3.3 .605 that was recently updated, wiping out my root. I rerooted, downloaded the newest beta version of wireless tether, but when I try to tether it to my laptop it reroutes me to the verizon pay website.
    How do I get the tether to work? Please be specific. Thanks.

    • Be

      I SBFed backed to 2.2 and disabled the ota update. Still looking for a solution in 2.3.

  • Bdgoose

    The link to new Wireless Tether beta. is not going through where do I go now?

  • Squizzy

    DroidX all of this is correct on my phone but the hotspot pops up also and i think that may be getting into the way because it sends me straight to a verizon page…i used to have it work and did not change anything but now it does not work…weird i know 

    • Idealogical1984dissident

      So how do I stop the hotspot from popping up so I can tether? – As previously stated, I am using a droid x 2.3.3 .406 and rooted using the above method, am using the wireless tether beta.

      Also, as of today when I tried to tether again using this method a warning popped up saying my .su was out of date and could not be updated.

      What the hell? 

      • Idealogical1984dissident

        Sorry… that’s 4.5.605, not .406. I dont know where that number came from.

  • Red2006audi

    This doesn’t work at all.  Who tested this?

  • josh has a DROID X

    when i click that link on my droid x (gingerbread of course) it says “404. thats an arror. the requested url /files/wifi_tether_v3_0-pre14.apk was not found on this server. thats all we know.” so umm it led me to a error page. not sure what to do now. lol

  • Dru_Tilt Nightclub

    so I tried these steps with my Droid X (rooted) and Im still getting the Verizon block..is it possible they fixed it? anyone else with a DX having the same issue?

  • droid 2 with official gingerbread update, rooted, and this trick didn’t do it for me. However, toggling Airplane mode did.

  • Adbright

    I can not get my XOOM to connect any help would be created

  • Teflon

    Works on Droid x2. The only issue I’m having is my windows laptop can see the android tether and connect with no problem but my xoom cant see it at all.

  • Jsamp752

    This worked for me for about a month now it does nothing when I connect it acts like I have no service even tho I do. I have a droid x gingerbread v4.9.596 with liberty v0.8 I don’t know what changed but I hope someone can find a way to make this work again.

  • Wavehopper27

    I can’t get this to work on a rooted droid2. All I get is the default Verizon screen to subscribe to their mobile hotspot service.

    • Wavehopper27

      Android 2.2.3 Gingerbread


    Just tried Bloat Freezer with no success… it doesn’t find anything that resembles 3G Hotspot. Looks like easy tether is the only option for the time being.

  • iofractal

    is there a way to block the 3g hotspot with bloat freeze? maybe that will work…


    Running Droid X Stock/Rooted .602. Haven’t found any profile in Wireless-tether that allows me to tether besides Droid X (shadow) profile which still invokes the 3G hotspot set by Verizon.

  • DrTrunk

    I’ve looked around, and I’ve not found a solution for this. I’m running on a droid 2, yes, it’s rooted, on the newest firmware (the one that’s blocking the original tether app) and when I open up the Wifi tether app, it starts up perfectly fine (I’ve changed the device setting to correspond with that I have a Droid 2), and it starts tethering fine. However, when I go to my laptop, androidtether (my droid’s SSID) is not showing up. Originally, I was able to connect to the old wifi tether just fine, without problems, so I know it’s not a problem with the Ad-Hoc connection, but it just doesn’t recognize that the connection exists! Please help! If more info is needed for the relevancy of my problem, I will post it!

    • I think the new build of GB blocked every1 again @kellex:disqus can you confirm or deny this?  I have a droidx 2.3.3 and 4.5.602. but I cant tether or do screenshots.

  • Lalo

    Link does not work

  • Mezmoney

    droid x, latest ota gingerbreaded, rooted.  have used barnacle and this new work around and as of yesterday, neither work.  any ideas on what might be the cause?  changed dns to yesterday and worked.  when i tried again today, no luck.  new message on phone and ipad from big red saying they’d gladly take my $20…

  • Oneman1973

    didnt work. still directed to verizons purchace a plan page

  • Oneman1973

    didnt work. still directed to verizons purchace a plan page

  • Nckkent

    Yo, just use barnacle or wireless tether 2.07. Works like a charm on the Droid 2 with the new gingerbread OTA.

  • Darrienk

    Can someone tell me how to flash my droid x back to froyo. Im currently running the ota gingerbread update

  • Tricoach Justin

    Droid 2.  I SBF’d my phone back to Froyo and did a factory reset.  Downloaded the GB update, and did the MotorolaOneClickRoot.  Downloaded Wireless Tether V 3.1, beta 6, and followed the above directions (except the wireless tether link, which doesn’t work any more), but when I enable the tethering, not only do I not see the network showing up on my available wireless networks, I am not seeing any dataflow on the wireless tether app.  Am I doing something wrong?

  • Dsandersnj92

    DROID X . I SBF my phone back to Froyo (Stock) and also did a factory reset. Then I downloaded the gingerbread update and installed that. Rooted phone with MotorolaOneClickRoot, download PdaNet 3.02 followed the instructions and now I have internet access through USB. Wireless Tether does not work.  

  • won’t let me see download..got the infamous 404:(

  • Jaranvr

    After the xoom forced update to 3.2 this no longer works on my xoom. However it works still on my windows 7 machine? The xoom does not see any DroidX2 device for tethering. Is there a work around for this?

  • Rp

    No dice here, I keep getting re-routed to the VZW provisions page.

    Rooted and grabbed the latest android wifi tether apk.

  • Clander3

    Wont work for me
    Droid x rooted
    Ginger bread

  • Darrienk

    I have a  Droid X its running the official ota Gingerbread Update I rooted it as well. When I use this app and go to my laptop it takes me to Verizon’s Terms Agreement to a 2gb Hotspot Plan. Is it because I’m running Gingerbread. I rooted my brother’s phone and I its working just fine he has a Droid X as well and it’s running froyo.  Follow me on Twitter @TweetThatShxt:disqus  

  • Donato

    Ive done this on my DX runing GB ver. 4.5.602 base band BD_C01.09.13P I am rooted When i connect to wifi tether i get the verizon website asking me to subscribe for $20 per month. What have I done wrong?

  • Realhich_us

    I tried it on DX 4.5.602 rooted. It DID NOT work! I skipped steps 4, 5 & 6 .

  • Realhich_us

    I tried it on DX 4.5.602 rooted. It DID NOT work! I skipped steps 4, 5 & 6 .

    • JC

      This worked for me on rooted 602 (and 596 previously), with the TBH patch. The part about having the EXACT same settings as the built-in tethering app is important (including the same channel). I used to have problems but once I made them exactly the same, I was able to use Wireless Tether app.

      • Realhich_us

         The only setting I changed was the “Device-Profile”. What other settings need to be changed?

  • Brucechidester

    This process worked for me.  I have a DroidX and was upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.3. It appeared that there was not a root solution for gingerbread and Verison was blocking tethering apps (the reason I want root).  My froyo solution stopped working after the upgrade to gingerbread.

    I found the root solution (which worked for my droidX with Gingerbread 2.3.3) at http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/droid-x-how-tos/8964-root-ota-gingerbread-any-other-motorola-device-matter.html

    With both of these solutions, I now own my phone again….thanks

  • Biggah0371
  • DX2User

    How does this whole process differ for a DX2?

  • Anonymous

    Droid X 2.3.3 .596 rooted

    I just applied the patched tether, updated my settings in the 3g wifi hotspot to match that of the latest wifi tether app and added a widget to my homescreen (before I put a widget it would still load the 3g hotspot native app, it still worked but I did not want it to load) and was able to launch and connect without an issues.  The thing I cant figure out is how to disable the data collection any advice would be appreciated.

  • John

    The link has been removed

  • Mbarnhart5041

    Droid X wireless tether works on ssx 2.0, liquid, MIUI and cm4dx no problems connecting to computer 

  • Bill Cool
  • Brandon
  • Damien1288

    Droid x rooted running liberty for gingerbread… After flashing liberty onto my phone it no longer works.

  • Merc56

    The link posted doesn’t work.. google wireless_tether_2_0_7.apk and it will pop up.
    I just downloaded it and it works fine for me without the tether patch needed.
    Fresh install of the 2 part Gingerbread on Droid X.

  • Haddykhatib

    Whats the app called?

  • SpookLemur

    I just switched back and forth from the Droid 2 and the Droid X device profile, and I am posting this on the resulting working tether. I have no idea why that works…

  • Ryan

    Worked on Droid 2G as DroidX with Froyo

  • Running rooted stock GB .596  on Droid X.

    Couldn’t get Wireless tether beta to work.  Kept redirecting me to VZW page.  Then my data connection would disable and I would have to uninstall and reboot.

    Decided to try the TBH patch, Disable Data Collection and other data tracking processes, and use stock HotSpot app.  Works like a charm.  Hope it keeps working *crosses fingers*

    • skyskioc

      Downloaded the patch and it works. What is the disable date collection and other data tracking processes for and how do you disable these things ?

    • Hey Adam I’m currently experiencing the same exact problem as you with rooted stock GB .596 on X. What is the “TBH” patch and how can I do what you have done to make the tether work??

  • MiaC

    This link no longer works – does anyone have any suggestions?

  • warp

    This didn’t work for me on a Droid X running pre-rooted 4.5.596 Gingerbread. Within 5 seconds of turning it on, the blue 3G turns white and I loose my data connection.  I also tried the WUG Packed tether patch and it made no difference. No matter what method I try, I always get the “Tether of Hotspot Active” notification and then loose my data connection.

  • Billmon

    Worked like a charm!  Thanks!!!!!!!

  • Got this to work thanks so much to the authors of this workaround. I was pissed when I upgraded to gingerbread only to find out my old tricks didn’t work anymore. Thanks for saving us all!! – Droid X running Gingerbread 2.3.3

  • Myscape06

    As of today July 01, 2011 the wireless tether beta apk no longer works.  It seems to trigger verizon’s hotspot program.  Then when you attempt to open the web browser all you can get is Verizon’s page that requires me to subscribed to their over priced wifi service.  I am even unable to use the browser on my phone until I uninstall the wireless tether beta apk then reboot.  After that I am back to using my phone browser rather than being able to use the wifi/hotspot for other devices to access the internet.  🙁

  • newtotechno

    My old phone worked even after update.  Killed old phone got new one, now it doesn’t work.

  • newtotechno

    Droid X ver 2.3.3  My phone is rooted and I have downloaded wifi tether beta.  It says started with errors is your phone rooted?  I say yes it is, but I dont thinkit believes me.  I have also used barnacle tether with the same results.  I cant grant superuser permission.  

  • Dave H.

    I have a rooted Droid X running Android 2.3.3 – System version 4.5.573.MB810.Verizon.en.US.

    In order to get root on Gingerbread (2.3.3), I used the method described on Droid Life (http://www.droid-life.com/2011/03/29/how-to-root-gingerbread-on-droid-x/).

    I followed the steps above and installed the Wifi Tether, but choosing the Droid X device profile in Wifi Tether invokes the Verizon webpage prompting you to buy a hotspot plan and when I choose the Droid 2 profile, my computer doesn’t see my phone in the wifi setup.  Anyone have any pointers?


    Dave H.

    • Dave H.

      Now, I put rooted .596 on instead of .573 and still have the exact same problem.  

  • everyonepoop5

    Finally got it working.  User Access Control needed to be unchecked.  Droid X.  😀

    • Xuann999

      you got it working on the droid x? 

      • everyonepoop5

        How I did it was restore a rooted Froyo back to stock Froyo, Then updated to a rooted Gingerbread build.  Then followed steps 1 – 7.

  • Bobby

    I just updated my X to .596 and it works again. I was running .588 and have not been able to tether at all. Now wireless tether works great. I changed to the Droid2 profile like recommended and my laptop could not see the ssid. Changed it back to Droidx, launched, it showed the built in tether app for a few seconds and then it went away. Now it works like a dream. Rebooted several times and still is perfect.

  • Anonymous

    DroidX on rooted gingerbread .596, works great. Using Droid2 profile

  • Ummmmmmm… I would put the following back and I would add that you make sure that you

    uncheck “Enable Access Control”.

    4.  Definitely keep scroll down to “Change perferrd DNS”

    5.  Definitely keep and change DNS too  

    6.  Definitely keep and change alternate DNS too

  • Gregg Suter

    Recently got the GB OTA update from VZW on my Droid X.  After sbk back to Froyo to root it, and install pre-rooted GB, I haven’t been 100% successful on getting tethering to work.  It works very briefly, doesn’t work at all, or gets the VZW provisioning page.  Changing the device type to Droid 2 did not get internet access, but didn’t invoke 3g hotspot.  Droid X profile envokes 3g hotspot but then I get no access or the provisioning page.

    • dilbert

      I was thinking of downgrading back to froyo so I could get my tethering back, but you are still having problems even after going back to froyo?

  • dilbert

    Same as everyone else on this thread….intalling the beta wifi tether and changing dns to the worked last week but no longer works.  Oh well.  P.S. – the original dns settings are and

    Anyone else having any luck on getting the tethering to work?

    I’ve downloaded the TBB tether patch (which some claim fixes the problem), but I’m sort of paranoid to run it, I’m afraid it’s going to screw up my standard radio functions (phone calls, texts, emails, etc)….

  • Sili

    Hmm.. this doesn’t appear to be working for me.  I running a Droid X with rooted 4.5.596.MB810 with the “Motorola DroidX (CDMA)” profile selected.  I’m still hitting the paywall or a “Log In” prompt when trying to tether my iPod touch.  I do not have encryption, WEP,  or authentication enabled.  Any ideas?  Should I have rebooted my device before trying it?  Lastly, anyone remember what the default alternate DNS is (I changed it and didn’t write down the original value).  Thanks for any help!

  • Matt127

    droid x on darkslide x GB rom .596….. i can connect to my laptop but if i try to go to a website it takes me to verizon pagefor tethering?

  • Gene

    Sorry running droid x rooted running official gingerbread version

  • Gene

    As of today this no longer works.now get verizon sign up page.any one else seeing this?

  • Gene

    As of today this no longer works.now get verizon sign up page.any one else seeing this?

    • Jerry

      What phone and version of GB?

      • dilbert

        I’m on a Droid Pro…running 2.3.3.  How do I determine the GB build?

  • Xuann999

    I have a brand new Droid X with Gingerbread PRE-INSTALLED.  Most rooting methods have people reverting back to froyo, rooting, and then updating.  This is not an option since on my phone, there is no previous OS prior to Gingerbread.

    Does anyone know if a way to root a brand new droid X with PREINSTALLED Gingerbread?


    • pat2kee

      i have been reading so many forums its not funny and i keep seeing apk google gingerbreak and look for forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1044765 it seems to be what i am looking for also but i am afraid to mess with stuff in my phn because as far as i have read if 1 thing is messed up your phn is what they called bricked dont know what that means but it doesnt look good

    • Liberated Drod X

      It doesnt matter if you are on Gingerbread that was pre installed. If you want ROOT access you have to SBF back to 2.2.340. I did it. I got a replacement droid x from Verizon and  it was pre installed with Gingerbread. I Downloaded the SBF file and put my phone into bootloader mode. I then started the process with RSD lite. When it was finished it put me back to original FROYO and then I rooted my phone then downloaded the 2 files needed to install Gingerbread 4.5.596. I did this and it worked like a champ. My phone is now running Gingerbread  with complete root access. Hope this helps.  Good luck

      • Xuann999

        Interesting.  What is SBF and RSD?  Can I have your email address?

        • Liberated Drod X

          Just google everything that I talked about. Google   RSD LITE 4.9  also Google DROID X SBF. Also go on Youtube and search the guy called   XDROIDROM   for videos. His videos are great and explain everything in detail. I must have watched the video on  HOW TO SBF my phone at least 10 times before getting the guts to try it. GOOGLE everything you want to know about your DROID X. It is almost impossible to really brick your phone. As long as you can get to the bootloader you should be fine as long as it says OK TO PROGRAM. Just do your homework and read and read and watch and watch. Its not that hard to do. I was really scared to try anything but now I am very confident.

      • Xuann999

        So now that your phone is rooted, are you able to use Android Wireless Tether?  Are you able to uninstall all the bloatware that came with the DX? 

         If so, is the phone unstable?  Does it crash often?  Does it stall or lag?  Does scrolling through the list of recent calls, or scrolling through your list of contacts lag, pause, or otherwise get choppy?  

        It would be great to be able to root, but if the cost is somehow making the phone mysteriously misbehave or underperform, then….

        Pls advise.

      • pat2kee

        where do i get the download for the sbf that i can understand most of it makes my eyes cross trying to understand it and all the tech talk is crazy to me all i know is my phn doesnt do what it use to before this update

  • pat2kee

    oh sorry i have the droidx 2.3.3 dont know what that means

  • pat2kee

    i have the droidx just did the upgrade and now the root wont work and found this site because the tethering wont work just says must root i did the qr for this download and its loaded but when i click on the icon it says tehering but with errors check error log but when i check error log it says unable to open log file does not exist please i have been to so many sites but i dont understand any of this some guy rooted my phn says i could do all these things but i dont use that stuff all i do is tether my phn to my computer and xbox…help

    • Tracy Ngo

      Wow, was that one sentence?

  • Hawebb3

    I did the update and the tether works now but only on the VZW app.  I have not seen anything from VZW limiting my usage.

  • wishIstayedwithTMobile

    Not working anymore..not even if I choose droid 2 as profile. If I choose the droid 2 as profile it doesn’t even broadcast SSID

  • Sldjohnson70

    does not work on Droid 2 (A955), rooted, 2.3.3

  • Mega0725

    i’m prerooted gb, droidx i’m trying this app and i can’t figure out how it works good please help

  • droidOZZ

    ok thats wierd, i have DX gingerbread root 4.5.596, wifi tether v3 0-pre14, it first started working just fine, a day later it quit and kept sending me to vzw pay me now site. i messed with it & didnt really do any thing then it started working again, today i keept trying to use tether and again it started sending me to verizons site. then without doing anything just set the phone down with wireless tether off i turned it back on, this time i noticed that i only got the wifi tether icon on top left but not the one thats built into my phone. and wireless tether is now working again. hummmm, something to think about. i guess it works when it wants.

  • Austin

    I still use the OG Droid and the original Wifi Tether app that got removed and it still works like a charm>

  • they have not blocked it, workaround is no longer working.  boo

  • eyedroid

    I tried new wireless tether beta and it doesn’t work on my droid x.  I follow your instruction and couldn’t connect it to my laptop.  When I tried to turn off the WiFi tether it just hung up my phone and I had to manually turn it off.

    Also, my system version is 4.5.596 MB810
    Android Ver 2.3.3
    Build Number 4.5.1_57_DX5-26

    I was able to do the WiFi tether with froyo but not with GB….this sucks!

  • Tporter2010

    Droid2 on gb leak and it works fine; however, I didn’t have to select a device and just left it on auto.

  • Guest

    Doesn’t work on my DroidX… asks if my phone is rooted? I am running stock GB update 4.5.596.MB810.
    Says “Tethering started with errors” then when I click Stop Tethering it says “Unable to start tethering. Is your phone rooted?”… then says “Phone is in an unknown state, reboot”… which I did to no avail…

    Any ideas?

    • TeflonBilly

      The question is your phone rooted?

    • Xuann999

      I got the exact same message(s).  The question then becomes, how do we root a brand new, stock Droidx with Gingerbread PREINSTALLED at the factory?  Anyone?  ANYONE?

  • Well, that was an utter fail for this Evo user.

  • James

    Looks like this will only work if you have the Team Black Hat NVRAM patch (this is my conclusion after a bit of digging on google). Too bad they removed it from the web, at least it appears that way as no traces of the patch remain, only the un-patch.  

    • Jherndon12

      Yes it works with the TBH patche installed. I just installed and verified it works fine.

      • James

        TBH patch installed and tethering is working again. However I could not get the latest beta version of wifi tether to work (3.0 pre 14) as suggested above. Instead I reverted back to version 2.0.7 and it’s working flawlessly. Posting from my tethered Droid X right now. 

      • Benf000

        I’ve got the patch, but are you using the stock tethering app or the yellow wifi?

        • James

          I could only get it to work with version 2.0.7. I haven’t tried the stock app though.

    • James

      A bit more digging and I found the patch. TBH is very against the use of it though.

  • cking

    i also lose 3g connection after turning off the wifi hotspot. going into airplane mode and back to normal fixes that though, no need to pull the battery

  • Percy615

    I’m rooted on Droid X the official GB deoxed but still doesn’t work can someone help me

  • Lawdogg602

    Using pre-rooted GB .596 deodex , wifi tether is not working for me. 3G goes from blue to white then computer says windows not able to connect to device??? did i do something wrong ?? tried both old and new version of wifi tether. 

    • Sketch

      Windows is gay

      • James

        You’re one of those weird linux/ubuntu guys aren’t you??

  • Mcernuto127

    doesnt work…… stock rooted GB

  • Fireman134

    I am not able to get this working…..it appears I am getting a notification that Tethering or hotspot active (trying to use stock thether app) along with WiFi Tether…….am I doing something wrong?
    Droid X Rooted running custom GB

  • Brett Hattaway

    I couldn’t get mine to work either. I am running rooted Gingerbread on my Droid X.

    I’m still getting the provisioning page.
    I tried changing the profile to Droid 2 but no luck.

    Any ideas?

  • Broken X

    From a lot of testing here are my findings:

    DX, Ginerbread, Rooted, wifi tether  2.0.7 and also tried 3.0-pre14 version:

    Works while tethered with Asus my eee Pad (another android client device)!
    Does not work with my windows 7 machine (running IE, or firefox or chrome)
    Does not work with my Google cr-48

  • Josh

    I am using the Droid 2 with liberty v1.0 & I am rooted, but I can’t get wifi tether to work. When I tap to start tethering it starts up & acts like it’s working, but it never asks me to give it superuser access. When I try to scan for networks on my pc it doesn’t see anything. & then when I go to stop tethering it locks up & gives messages saying I am not rooted. Any advice?

  • does not work on GB rooted

  • Ricardo Sanchez

    device: Droid X with rooted Gingerbread

    Wifi tether worked. However, after using it, I can’t use pandora or tunein. Not sure if it has something to do with music/audio playing or something else in common between these two apps. Force stop or cache clearing didn’t work either. They started working after I reset the phone.

    After using the wifi tether AND before restart, I could watch videos on youtube or browse the net. Just the two apps I mentioned above.

  • Anonymous

    Just tried this and I’m getting the stupid Verizon page saying I have to pay.

    • Ok guys this worked for me, I’m running rooted Gingerbread with no additional ROM’s on DX and I downloaded wifi tether version 2.0.7 from google downloads, I’ve tested it on a PSP, tethered another phone, and my laptop and I don’t get the verizon page. Anybody else care to try this out?

  • Thebudman30

    So I guess for now the gingerbreak 1.2 does not work on final update of gingerbread from Verizon, it just stays on rooting screen in dx

  • Guest

    Oddly, I never received the notice from VZW and continue to use the provided 3G Hotspot app from VZW to get free tethering with the TBH NVRAM patch no problem. Just wanted to throw that out there

  • Ok guys this worked for me, I’m running rooted Gingerbread with no additional ROM’s on DX and I downloaded wifi tether version 2.0.7 from google downloads, I’ve tested it on a PSP, tethered another phone, and my laptop and I don’t get the verizon page. Anybody else care to try this out?

    • fixed dx

      Yes!!!!!!! That is working for me after having issues with the experimental version. DX gingerbread rooted.

      • GLAD I COULD HELP!, Only reason I rooted was to be able to tether!

    • Bummer

      Woohoo! Works for me too.

  • PC PIMPin

    Does not work for a lot of users!!! 

  • Fflan513

    Looks like Verizon has worked around “the workaround”; I’m being redirected to a Verizon page that suggest I buy Mobile broadband or something to that effect. Wow, gonna miss free wireless tethering 🙁

  • I”m running Droid X Gingerbread (2.3.3), rooted, did just like it said, and I’m still being directed to the Verizon page

    • Jeremybrowning4

      me too

  • Johnfriend33

    Droid 2 on latest rooted gingerbread. Its working intermittently. Initially everyything but gmail and facebook would work, then it was just fine. Now nothing works. Getting the vzw page. Data doesn’t return, have to restart phone after stopping the tethering.

  • didn’t work on my droidx rooted .596 🙁 just get verizon highjacking my browser.

  • astr0ng

    not working on p3’s pre rooted .596. straight to vzw page.

  • oxlilxmanxo

    droid x .596 rooted stock is not working. 🙁

  • Masterchiefb117

    On OTA .596 rooted p3droid, Runs awesome. Did a full test this past 2 days, he had this pre release before this blog. Basic run down, dont upgrade from previous wireless tethers, uninstall first before using installing this apk. Follow steps down the the letter here, DNS has nothing to do with this so dont touch it. All your doing is changing your phone setup. Im on Droid X and it runs flawlessly, no VZW rerouting, able to go go to my online chase banking account as well as log in thru VZW

    **both sites use https**

    I wont lie either, I had my wireless tethering on since I had it. Tethering to Rooted 3.1 Asus Transformer and i have no problems, hardware or software but I thinking im developing some attachment problems with my Transformer, cant put it down for 5 min,… anyways back to the point.

    I need help confirming though,
    in the past some releases for wireless tether had a limit on how many ppl can be attached to your phone, normally 5, some 7, max being Ive never reached, lol. Can someone help me confirm how many wireless devices I can be tethered at once. Also works well for Xbox Live, so long as I have nothing else tethered.

    Recap, dont touch DNS settings, only phone profile, and nothing else.
    Will work for https sights including gmail,online banking, VZW, ect…
    Dont apply new wireless over old, uninstall old first.

    Have fun… oh and I spoke with some VZW reps, seems like half their staff either has there phones rooted the f@!# out or dont know what root is….
    point being is all the rooted employees said they wont pay them for something so pointless, pay alot for a little…
    So they started to invite ppl to help root there devices, but you didnt hear it from me….

  • Droiduser

    This Is not working for me. It launches the 3g mobile hotspot app and shuts off the data connection. Im on the pre rooted version of gingerbread.

  • Anonymous

    Running the rooted OTA Gingerbread, and no workie for me.  🙁   Will try Droid 2 to see if it helps, but it went straight to the VZW site.   

  • eSmKe8r7i1c0a

    Took me to Verizon’s page…

  • Works great for me, posting from my laptop now.  .596 rooted p3droid.  droid 2 setting didnt work for me but droid x does.  i am one of those people who rarely tether but at times i do need it so i really appreciate the new wireless tether working! Simply not worth 20 a month for how little i use it.

    Its the people who use wireless tether to play xbox live or for their whole homes internet access playing online games that are ruining this for everyone. 

    those people should buy the service in my opinion.

    • Charles, I have the same setup you do… but different results.
      Mine is working for non secure pages, but if I hit an HTTPS link it takes me to VZW’s page.  When I stop the wireless tether app, I can’t even access secure pages on my DX until I reboot the phone.

      Are you actually able to access HTTPS pages through wireless tether?

  • Ufischer

    Can someone please clarify.  Is Verizon blocking wireless tether for all rooted users, even those who are paying the additional $20/month for the service?

    • Just for root users, why would they block paying dummies?

    • Just for root users, why would they block paying dummies?

    • Just for root users, why would they block paying dummies?

    • Just for root users, why would they block paying dummies?

    • Just for root users, why would they block paying dummies?

  • Bummer

    No workie for me,  .596 rooted.  Takes me to VZWs ugly page

  • Spickle

    DroidX running the rooted Gingerbread and it works great.  thanx!

  • worked right away DX .596 rooted.  Obviously I did not do the OTA but manual update.

  • exorcisedkilla

    Not working even VZW still blocking once you try to log on

  • CyberPete

    Wireless tether never stopped working for me.  It was NOT available in the market about 3 weeks ago (for me), but it is there currently.
    OG Droid
    SS 5.4
    OC LV 1.0ghz

  • Temchik

    TeamBlackHat’s NVRAM hack still works and no extra apk is required, just use the 3G Hotspot

    • Anonymous

      Except it seems as if the files have all been taken down.   Suspect the Big Red lawyers got upset about that one.   🙁

  • Anonymous

    Thank U. Droid Life for standing up for the users unlike AndroidForums who whimpered out of this issue and made it a taboo

  • Yaminski

    I have a droid x with 596 rooted. The app works but when I disconnect, I lose my 3g and have no internet. The only way to get it back is to reboot the phone. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Andrew Puffer

      Yeah. I’m having similar problems. Laptop can connect but bounces me to the “Referral Page”. Turning off wifi tethering i have to reboot to use the browser again.

      • Anonymous

        Yup, I had to reboot as well.  could not turn off wifi tether.   

    • Andrew Puffer

      Yeah. I’m having similar problems. Laptop can connect but bounces me to the “Referral Page”. Turning off wifi tethering i have to reboot to use the browser again.

    • Andrew Puffer

      Yeah. I’m having similar problems. Laptop can connect but bounces me to the “Referral Page”. Turning off wifi tethering i have to reboot to use the browser again.

  • Andrew Puffer

    Not working for me. DX rooted .596 from p3’s update zip. Still being bounced over to BBAC referral page. I tried new SSID, differernt DNS numbers, enabling/disableing encription, and also turning access control on and off. Still nothing. I also tried PDAnet and that even bounced be over to the referral page.

    Any updates on this?

    • Bummer

      PDANet (USB) works for me, You have to choose ‘Level 1’ under ‘Settings/Hide Tether Usage’

  • Testticle123

    Does this work with the droid charge?

  • Tim

    Installed on DroidX GB Rooted. Still showing the VZW “buy it now or we’ll kill you” webpage.

  • .Will it work with DroidX GB .595 rooted deodexed?

    • I seem to have answered my own question. It is working with DroidX GB .595 rooted/deodexed.

      • But now, when I try to connect to any website, after disabling wireless tether, i get redirected to the VZW tether subscription. I will try restarting my phone and see if that fixes it…

        • Indeed that fixed it…
          I realize I’m kinda talking to myself here. Just like those dark days in highschool *sigh*

  • Dman27


  • Broken X

    How is this a new version when the apk was uploaded on Apr 18, 2011???

    • Guest007

      this is version: v3_0-pre14. previous version was v3_0-pre12.

  • 596 Rooted, I also get the provisioning page.  Also after I disconnect, I have to restart the phone otherwise I get the provisioning page on my phone browser when I try to use 3G.

  • Broken X

    DROID X rooted with 596….no go.  Still get the provisioning page.

    • MisterTwisted

      I changed my DNS to the ones stated above and it worked. droid x 2.3.

    • Falk0069

      I just started getting the dunsp.vzw.com provisioning page as well.  It use to work a couple of weeks ago.

      • Falk0069

        Uninstall and reinstall seemed to work for me but only temporary.  As mentioned below the wireless_tether_2_0_7.apk along with the TBH_DX_Tether_Patch_1.0.zip patch is probably the best route.  So far it has been doing well and the initial connections are much faster.  Currently running vanilla DX .596 rooted.

  • anonymous

    Is root required for this to work. If not then I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but it doesn’t show up. 🙁

    • James

      Yes, your phone has to be rooted for the app to work.

    • James

      Yes, your phone has to be rooted for the app to work.

    • James

      Yes, your phone has to be rooted for the app to work.

  • Coldnorthmenace

    I am still hitting the paywall.  Rooted 596 Deodexed on Droid X.  What am I missing?

  • tjhrulz

    I figured this out yesterday, lol

  • Anonymous

    I tried it on my DX. It does not work 🙁

    I am running .596 GB Deodexed.

    When I set my phone to the DroidX profile, I still get the provisioning page. I saw on twitter that it works if you switch to the D2 profile and I did that but the network does not appear on my Nook Color.

    I use tethering infrequently but I was hoping that this would work.

  • Mylifesalivinghell

    A who is ip search comes up level3 comunications as the owner

  • Mylifesalivinghell

    A who is ip search comes up level3 comunications as the owner

  • ANON

    Rooted Droid X….cannot get it to work either…..same dreader red buy a plan page.  It is still launching the default hotspot app!

  • Is it just me or is it whenever you go to a website that requires a login, that’s when it shows you the Verizon page?

  • Rooted Droid X running Liberty v0.5, I can’t get this to work with the Droid 2 or Droid X profiles and I’ve tried several restarts and shut downs. Using the Google DNS ( and

    Is this the consensus? Who DOES have it working, and what did you do differently?

    • Mgault

      Same problem here running liberty .7  I can get it to connect to verizons pay or die page and when i switch it to d2 i cant even get it to broadcast a signal.  Oh well    easy come easy go   I tried both sets of dns settings with no luck

  • Dorid X/Gingerbread 596 Bluebread 1.2 / Rooted / Odexed: Okay just to clear up a couple of misconceptions I’ve noticed.  Official Gingerbread is unrootable.  If you are on OTA Gingerbread and want root, you need to sbf froyo and download P3Droid’s 2 part pre-rooted 596 zip.  Also, the Hotspot Notification is (I believe) a motorola or google app, not associated with Verizon.  That being said, I’m not sure whether or not VZW can track your tether use.  This depends on whether this app simply bypasses vzw’s page or disguises the tether use as on-phone use.  Either way, I would be careful.  Team Black Hat released a patch that disguised all internet use as phone use, but even they have revoked this patch, warning that Verizon likely has methods of tracking tether that are not yet apparent. Use with caution, although I believe tethering is our right, Verizon does not agree, and has made it clear that they are going to crack down on it.

    • Tedm

      official GB is NOT unrootable, please don’t spread misconceptions.

  • Still showing verizon broadband page on rooted GB DX!!!

  • Tethering on my device has always been hit or miss. It’s strange. Some days it works fine, other days it won’t work at all.

    – Sherwinator

  • Not working for me. Wireless Tether says it is making broadcasting, but I can’t find the network with my Xoom or other devices.

    Droid 2
    Apex 2.0.0 Beta (Built on .595 leak I believe)

    • Weird.  Switched my device profile to Droid X and it works.  I’m going to guess it’s because the GB leak was based on the Droid X build…  Thanks for the tip DL!

    • Weird.  Switched my device profile to Droid X and it works.  I’m going to guess it’s because the GB leak was based on the Droid X build…  Thanks for the tip DL!

  • Pomacat

    Working on my rooted Droid x2

    • Crazylocha

      Just curious, just got my X2. What o/s r u on and probs have u had? Btw, which did u use to root?

  • Jhmurphy96

    I downloaded the apk file. What app do I need to run this tether app? Do I need to be rooted?

  • it came preloaded with GB

    • try GingerBreak http://forum.rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?79-Gingerbreak-Testing

  • THAT guy

    I Have A DX running rooted and deodexed GB that I got from P3Droid.  I have tried this, then tried with with DNS modifications given and rebooted.  Still getting the VZW page.

  • i just got a replacement x from vzw and z4root is not working any suggestions?

    • Anonymous

      what operating system are you on (2.2.1 or 2.3.3) ?  If you’re on 2.3 then it won’t work and you’ll have to SBF back to 2.2.1 and install the prerooted 2.3.3.  If you’re on 2.2.1, then make sure you’re allowing non-market apps to install and that you have the latest version of z4root (just google for it). 

      Also, I’ve found that I have to reboot my phone after installing it before it will actually root.  Otherwise it just hangs.

  • Ryan C

    My original Wireless Tether app continues to work on my OG Droid. I haven’t had any problems at all. Why is this that most people are having their wireless tether being re-routed to a verizon page? (aka being blocked)

    • James

      the gingerbread update is what’s blocking tethering

  • Prickee

    Wireless Tether v.3 been working for over a month before and after the Verizon news of blocking wireless tethering on my OG Droid.  Wireless tethering is a must I tell ya..

  • Tim Meade

    Works on Rooted HTC Droid Incredible

  • Mad

    Seems to be working on an OG droid running Alfonso’s stock gingerbread 2.3.3 (GPA15).  I installed the app and changed to the droidx profile and I was able to tether both a laptop and an i*hone with no sim card.  They both got to the web with no problems.

  • nov1581

    Use the Droid 2 profile, as X profile still invokes Hot Spot. 😉

    • Anonymous

      Nice Find!

    • Oxlilxmanxo

      great find!!!

    • Jerry

      DroidX recently updated to GB 596 using TBH 2 part method. I launched the new Wireless Tether Beta app and whenever I change my device profile to Droid2, my laptop no longer can find the signal. Anyone else with this prob? When I choose DroidX, it invokes the 3G Hotspot app. When I choose “auto” it also invokes the hotspot.

      • Droid2 profile briefly worked but no longer seems to be functioning. Your best bet if using rooted stock .596 is to just flash the TBH tether patch posted from my dropbox account: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6035817/TBH_DX_Tether_Patch_1.0.zip This changes the dun settings in the radio nvram. You can then use the built-in hotspot undetected and with no provisioning required.

        I believe @bigxie:twitter has also removed the hotspot app from the framework in Apex, so that’s another option.

        • Dave H.

          What should I do after dropping your TBH patch on my SD card?

          Dave H.

        • Jonathan Daggar

          This worked for me.  Once you put it on your SDCard, you need to reboot into Bootstrap mode, wipe your cache (at the very least), and install the patch.

          • Idealogical1984dissident

             How do you install the patch? How do you enter bootstrap mode?

        • This method works! Thanks for the great patch, Dave!

        • Bret

          Dave, you have saved me so much time with the patch you posted. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

          • Thuggenius

            heck yea me too thanx dave my droid x can get back on with the latest update 4.5.605 with both the orig wireless tether and the new wifi tether 3.1 u r awesome

          • Idealogical1984dissident

            Thuggenius, do you run the patch on the phone or with your laptop?

        • Cory E.

          i love u dave

        • Guest

           My droidx is still bring up the Verizon page

        • Cognitivexhaust

          I put the patch on my rooted DX  after following the steps in the OP and still getting the notification “tethering or hotspot active”. I tried resetting and I cant get off 0.00kb down, despite the profile chosen and the patch installed. Anyone?

        • Joe

          This is confirmed working on 4.5.602 sbf.  Installed patch above with clockwork recovery and works great!

        • Peter Geyfman

          Found a patch for my D2G tried installing, It gets stuck on doing step 1 of 4 and doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all.  Any ideas?

          Also, WiFi Tether seems to work using Droid 2 profile, but I can’t see it’s broadcast from any device.

        • Would this work on .605? Am I better off not trying it?

        • Tarpon

          Can you please explain how to “flash the TBH teather patch?”

      • BTW, you should also freeze or remove the following from your system, particularly Data Collection & service, as it was shown that the database was tracking wireless tether usage.
        Data Collection
        Data Collector Service
        Data Manager Service
        Datacollector Provider

        • JC

          After applying the TBH patch and downloading the latest wifi tethering beta (3.1 beta2), I only got all this working when I used the “auto” device-profile, and used encrypted wifi (rather than Access control list). Other configurations were having problems, and I couldn’t get the native hotspot app to work for me.

        • TPZ

          Where can these files be found exactly? I don’t see then in /system

          Also, im on GB .596
          Droid X

          I installed the Patch, set my profile to Droid 2, still didn’t work, it didn’t tether, then when I tether under the DroidX profile, it still brings up the “Tethering Or Wifi Hotspot Active”

          I already have the 2gb. But im trying to go limitless.

          What do I do?

          • Kython89

            I did not have to apply the TBH patch.  All I did was root with OneClick.  Install the wifi_tether_v3_1-beta6.apk.  Leave device profile on “auto”.  Setup WPA and then rename the 4 apks mentioned above.  They are located in the system/app folder.

          • Jcase16

            What is WPA?  And what are you using to navigate to system/app folder and renaming the files?

          • Italybrew

            need some help locating the system/app folder, i have done everything else you mentioned and get routed to the verizon page when tethering.  thanks!

        • Kython89

          I’m running stock rooted .605  Renaming these 4 APK allowed me to tether again.  THANKS for the tip!!!

        • Hotrodjunky

          I froze these using Bloat Freezer app, then set my wireless tether profile to ‘auto’, and I’m home free! Thanks for the tip!!

      • Playa007 Lm

        i have the same issue have you found a way yet?

      • Hammer

        DroidX recently updated to GB 596 using 2 part method as well. Did not try the wireless tether beta app cause I didnt know about it but could not get barnacle to work. After messing around in GB for a while, I couldnt figure out what all the hype about GB is about. Not only did I lose my wireless tether which I use for my laptop( averaging about 5g a month), but I personally didnt like the update overall. SBFd back to Froyo, rooted via Z4 root, and am happily tethering via Froyo again. Why change what I like and what works right?

  • Might want to update the article stating that you have to be rooted in order to use this…

  • Asbrown12479

    do i need to be rooted for this, when i try to launch tells me something about my kernel is not setup for this

  • Sean Rector

    Tethered my Nook Color to my Droid X (running Liberty GB .7) after installing this, and when I opened Dolphin, I was taken to the dreaded “If you would like to subscribe to Mobile Broadband Connect…” page.

  • John

    After seeing all the “this didn’t work” ‘s, did you test this on your test droidx phone Kellex? (if you even still have one)

  • This is not working for my DX rooted GB

  • Still get BACC or VZW page after trying this and setting DNS to google – Rooted DX with Liberty ROM

  • still showing up as tether detected on liberty for DX

    • i rebooted my phone and the normal thing came up and then disappeared which let me connect to the internet. it was running slow so i turned the tethering off and then back on and now the stock notification is back up and wont go off…..ive heard barnacle still works

      • F350bear

        Barnacle doesn’t work for me, stopped working after I upgraded to GB.  sayes NAT restart failed, permission denied. Hoping for an update to fix it.

  • This is great and all, but I’m still getting blocked by Verizon when I use the app.

  • Seung-Jin Lee

    OMG.. I replied so many times… Sorry How do I delete?? my comments?

    I am so sorry…

  • JoeInMO

    I’m on Gingerbread and PDANet 3 still works fine for me.

  • if your going to comment, please state
     your phone model, what android version you’re running, are you rooted, are you stock.
    this isn’t the google market place where 12 yr olds say “it’s the shit” or it sucks.

    • John

      Wish I could like your comment 14,000 more times. Agree 100%

    • Inkster09

      The nexus s4g has no problem with tethering… ever

      • Inkster09

        No tiered plans on sprint either. I had second thoughts about sprint cause I’ve been used to vzw’s excellent network. But I see Bo difference in sprints network

    • Doug

      Can you email the file?  Seems that it has been removed.  doug (at) embarqmail.com 
      droid 2 global, latest gingerbread OTA upgrade (Didn’t know what it was and how hurtful it would be), Win xp pro sp3. Still having no luck on getting phone rooted. Tried gingerbreack, Z4, and terminal……..I am sure it is something I am doing/not doing……..see too many others with success.  I am very much a ‘noobie’

      • jason6g


        looks like its 3.1 beta 6 is the most current that i could see on there, give it a shot

        • CrazyForDroidx

          Just tried 3.1 beta 6 on a Rooted Droid X.  When I tried to connect my Xoom I was redirected to the Vz Hotspot page.

          1) I upgraded to GB OTA today. 
          2) I used the “Motorola One Click Root” from psouza4
          3) I went in via adb and removed the su files as I was informed that having had the phone rooted when it was upgraded might cause issues putting the new su files on the phone.
          4) I went ahead, per instructions, and ran the “Motorola One Click Root” again, successfully.
          5) I downloaded and installed WT 3.1 beta 6.
          6) I enabled encryption in the WT application
          7) I ran the WT application
          8) I successfully connected my Xoom to the Droid X.
          9) When I tried to go to the internet on the Xoom I was rediected to the Vz page.Is there anything else I need to do?

          Any help appreciated.

          • CrazyFroDroidx

            Well, I changed the Device Profile to my device and that seems to have done the trick.  Well, I can access the internet, from my Xoom, through the Droid X’s 3G, via Wifi now.


          • Idealogical1984dissident

            How do you change the device profile on a rooted Droid x? I’m having the same problem you did – using the 3.1 Beta 6, and can’t seem to find the settings for it.

          • Lnk2net

            I am having the same problem.  Would you share your resolution with me please.

          • Joshshear

            I have tried the same thing and no luck.  Every time I attempt to use wifi tether i am redirected to the verizon page.  The Device Profile is set to “droid x (cdma)” .  Any ideas?

    • T Helmle

      Is this still working now that Verizon has blocked wireless tethering?

  • Seung-Jin Lee

    WHYYYYY It isn’t working for me… Why? Am I doing something wrong?
    I rooted my Droid X by following this
    and I turn tether on after followed this…
    1.  First, you’ll need to download this new Wireless Tether beta. [more info]2.  Open up the app after installing, and headed into Settings.3.  Under Device-Profile, search for “Motorola DroidX (CDMA)” or “Motorola Droid2″ and select it.
    and Droid X Notification says “Tethering  or hotspot active”
    When I open Internet on computer then, there’s this stupid web page opens
    ( I found “Tethering or hotspot active” on notification tends to disappears after about a min.)
    (Motorola DroidX (CDMA), I can connect but Internet browser opens stupid VZW tethering thingy web site and When I use Motorola Droid2, It doesn’t even show on available Wireless network list.)
    HELP? PLEASE :'(

  • FlyingKneekick

    WHYYYYY It isn’t working for me… Why? Am I doing something wrong?
    I rooted my Droid X by following this
    and I turn tether on after followed this…
    1.  First, you’ll need to download this new Wireless Tether beta. [more info]2.  Open up the app after installing, and headed into Settings.3.  Under Device-Profile, search for “Motorola DroidX (CDMA)” or “Motorola Droid2″ and select it.
    and Droid X Notification says “Tethering  or hotspot active”
    When I open Internet on computer then, there’s this stupid web page opens
    ( I found “Tethering or hotspot active” on notification tends to disappears after about a min.)
    (Motorola DroidX (CDMA), I can connect but Internet browser opens stupid VZW tethering thingy web site and When I use Motorola Droid2, It doesn’t even show on available Wireless network list.)
    HELP? PLEASE :'(

    • corey

      Read the post again. click the link that says “more info” next to the apk. Read through the known issues section.

      If you dont find your issue, then post a new one.

      Double posting wont get you a better answer.

  • FlyingKneekick

    WHYYYYY It isn’t working for me… Why? Am I doing something wrong?
    I rooted my Droid X by following this
    and I turn tether on after followed this…
    1.  First, you’ll need to download this new Wireless Tether beta. [more info]2.  Open up the app after installing, and headed into Settings.3.  Under Device-Profile, search for “Motorola DroidX (CDMA)” or “Motorola Droid2″ and select it.
    and Droid X Notification says “Tethering  or hotspot active”

    When I open Internet on computer then, there’s this stupid web page opens



    ( I found “Tethering or hotspot active” on notification tends to disappears after about a min.)

    (Motorola DroidX (CDMA), I can connect but Internet browser opens stupid VZW tethering thingy web site and When I use Motorola Droid2, It doesn’t even show on available Wireless network list.)

    HELP? PLEASE :'(

  • Doesn’t work for me either. Waiting for the fix…

    • Uninstalled, reinstalled and is now working. WTF? I picked DroidX under profile the first time…

  • JB

    I’ve updated to GB w/out root and still using my Easy Tether solution. Works fine for me.

  • BigTJY

    The first method works well with droidx2 while selecting device as droidx cdma im not using google server either. Thanks a bunch .I now have my gtablet tethered to my DroidX2..

  • Dilver

    its works for droid 2 global ??

    • Does it really work though? Did you connect a device to it and actually load a FB feed or a website??

  • Darkfyre97

    Followed all the directions and still taking me to the stupid BBAC Customer Referral page. Droid X Running the “official” Deodexed 596 from TBH.

  • Darkfyre97

    Followed all the directions and still taking me to the stupid BBAC Customer Referral page. Droid X Running the “official” Deodexed 596 from TBH.

  • Jmkelly66

    Did everything on my droid x. But I still get the VZW Dump page on my XOOM

  • Welp it doesn’t work on the D2 running gingerbread leak, if you use the D2 option under device profile tethering completely doesn’t work, laptop doesn’t see it or anything and if i switch it to the DX profile it works but sends me to the Verizon page to sign up for tethering.

  • fuz

    For those of you that got it to work, did you see the Vzw hotspot icon pop up? I still get that and I get directed to the vzw tether page.

  • dmichelr

    Doesn’t work for me, still get the hotspot icon (meaning to me that VZW has detected it) and sends me to the signup page.  This really doesn’t seem like new information to me, had already tried this app before.  The only thing that really works is using a cable or bluetooth, VZW will catch you on wifi.

    • Same here, doesnt work and I have to reboot to make data work again (for the 3g icon to go from white to green).

      Nice useless article and app.

  • Droid-Life.
    Remember when you guys posted a pirated .apk and then removed it shortly after stating that it wasn’t your “style” to do such a thing?
    How is this different?

    I don’t want a debate on “OMG I PAYZ 4 INTRANETZ I CAN UZE HAO WANT!”
    But this is theft.

    And with all of this talk of scary times ahead for root users…shouldn’t we try and lie low?
    Especially in the piracy/theft area that I assume is the biggest threat to carriers?

    • Guest007

      piracy/theft/murdering aside…i came to DL for this reason. not so much to get apks that are questionable, but because DL can report on it.  

      there are other android sites out there that give credit to DL for reporting things, specifically ANYTHING android, that they themselves cannot find or report on. DL does this well. 

      if you don’t agree with it, then move on and read something else.

    • Avatar77

      See here: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/06/06/tethering-complaint-filed-with-fcc-by-free-press-against-verizon/

      If anything, you are arguing the wrong side of this  –  It appears big red is violating the FCC’s rules.  Also, there’s certainly nothing illegal about this, at most it violates your TOS.  There for wireless tether workaround does not equate to piracy in any way.  You are wrong.

      • I’m simply trying to be aware of how wireless tether is hurting root users.
        I personally love open bootloaders and the ability to root…
        But, again, scary times ahead:  if we aren’t already too late.
        I’m not trying to preach ethics or legality…merely trying to keep us a bit under the radar.

      • PC PIMPin

        Right we pay for unlimited data so why can’t i use my phone as a hot spot without having to pay for data twice????

        • Kenneth Hensel

          Giant Greedy Corporation!

    • John

      You are what’s wrong with society these days. Just sayin..

    • This app is free anyways? So posting a free .apk that is on the market is not a bad thing..

  • Jake

    This is awesome! Now I just need a 1-click root option, like GingerBreak to work on the DX.

  • SO yeah doesnt work with the default DNSs, and when I change them to the addresses you crossed out above, it shows the stock Tethering or Hotspot Active notification just like GB has been doing. I’m on the newest rooted OTA with Apex btw.

    So not working on either DNS, how is this working at all???

  • Guest007

    just for fun, i tried it on rooted froyo. it works (as did the wifi_tether_v3_pre12 one). still not convinced about the reliability on GB, so i’m sticking with froyo for now.

    • fishy

      I’m with you 007! I went to rooted gb, wireless tether v3, worked for a couple hours then a couple minutes this morning then got the VZW page this morning after which I was unable to access the web with even just my phone until I rebooted. Flashed back to Froyo, rooted with Z4 Root, and have been using wireless tether  with no problem since. I figure at some point in the not too distant future someone will have an answer to this situation that works, til then…… 

  • I don’t understand why you’re posting this, DL.
    We have scary times ahead for root users…and I think a main problem as carriers see it is theft/piracy.

    Can we cool it a bit on the Wireless-Tether How-To’s and What-Not’s?

    (Side-note…remember when you posted a pirated .apk and then took it down saying it wasn’t DL’s “style?”  Let’s keep piracy/theft advice off of this site.)

    • shh

    • DroidzFX

      WHo the hell are you? Stealing from a small time developer is a little different than taking advantage of an app that gives you a service most think should be free. I dont think Verizon greedy execs are missing your 20 dollars extra a month on top of your 150 dollar phone bill.

      Go save some whales

      • JD

        If verizon was currently a small local company would you think differently?
        Screw it then.
        Shell gasoline is huge…let’s all steal gas from here on out too.

        • Anonymous

          If you think using my unlimited plan I PAY FOR on my laptop because it has a bigger screen is stealing.  You should probably use a dictionary….  Hardly stealing, more like a legal grey area at this point.  Although I purchased the device so I feel I should be able to use it however I please.

          The way I see it if I am capable of tethering without paying vzw good for me, although the average user is not and probably pays an extra $20 a month.

          • Bjdechant

            When the DroidX came out I remember the commercials making a point about the wifi tethering ability.  I had just got back from a convention where internet was VERY spotty and people were charging $10~20 to bring a droid or iphone to your computer and USB tether for a little internet time, and I thought “DAMN!  wifi tethering would be boss!”  

            long story short, wifi tethering was a big selling point for me on the DroidX phone, but until I got the phone $20/month was not mentioned in advertisements.

        • DroidzFX

          If they were small time company they would not be able to get away with the shit they pull. Verizon would not exist.

        • Anonymous

          Lets think about that statement shall we.

          I buy the gasoline from Shell and put it into a gas can. Should I pay Shell for me to distribute the gasoline from my gas can to my motorcycle or lawn mower?

          • DirtyMonster

            No.  But say there was an unlimited gas card.  Should you be able to duplicate that card and share it with your 5 favorite people (hotspots)?

          • Anonymous

            if there were such a thing, why would you duplicate it when you could just *pay* for your friends gas using the unlimited card? 

            I know people with AAA who use it for other people’s cars – and AAA doesn’t car as long as the person who PAID them is stuck on the side of teh road as well.

        • Anonymous

          if you can manage to “steal” gas with aftermarket add-ons to your car, by all means go for it.  that’s what wireless tethering apps are – aftermarket add-ons to your phone. 

    • Sasimon19

      You’re retarded. It’s on Google Code, Click More Info. They put it there, it was free on the market anyway. n00b.

    • Tedm

      This is idiotic.  The major reason VZW does not sell rooted phones is rooting them allows users to break them and every time some n00b returns a “broken” phone (one with perfectly good hardware but software screwed up on it) to the Verizon store, it costs VZW money.  VZW has to ship the phone back to China where some 20 cent an hour guy sits there all day long resetting phones, then it’s shipped back to the VZW store to replace the next n00b’s “broken” phone.  VZW already has enough “used” phones in their system to more than cover the n00b’s who can’t read the instructions to reset their phone, and that’s non-rooted phones where the n00b’s can’t even do anything serious to the phone.

      VZW has an interest in maintaining the fiction that if you return a rooted phone to the VZW store under warranty that they will send the black helicopters to break down your door at night and drag you away kicking and screaming, simply because they figure if your grownup enough to root your phone your grownup enough to support it yourself.

      As for tethering that’s another support sinkhole.  When GrandMaw Kettle who is paying the $20 a month tether fee has her grandkids over to play their Xbox and they can’t get it to associate with her phone, so they can online game, that’s at least an hour support call right there that easily eats up that $20 a month support fee.  Or better yet the call from high-power-salesdroid at a customer site who loses a half million dollar deal because his $20 a month tethering demo failed at a critical point, and who by gawd is going to call up and chew the head off somebody, he’s not going to be happy until he’s called back about 10 times and abused every support person within an inch of their life.

      I support an ISP and if I had a dollar for every time I play stupid and pretend I don’t know anything about wireless I’d be rich – some of the questions people ask are literally unbelievable.  They want to know why they can’t turn on their laptop out in the middle of a soccer field and get their wireless in their house that’s 10 miles away, they want to know why they can’t get on the base unit in the duplex next door which has a concrete cinderblock firewall in between them, you name it.  VZW knows exactly what those people are like and they probably break even on their support costs and the tethering fees.

      The only reason VZW throws up a few roadblocks to tethering is that they don’t want all the n00b’s tethering without paying a support fee, because it’s those n00bs who are costing them money.  Trust me VZW knows how to make a phone that can’t be tethered, just implement the radio software in a burned ROM instead of an EEPROM and the only way your gonna tether that puppy is by unsoldering and replacing a surface mount memory chip.  Course it would be non-upgradable and thus more expensive but it ain’t impossible.

      Read between the lines, kid, there’s a reason rooting is difficult but not impossible.  Too scary for you, fine, get out of the kitchen, stay out of the big boys way.

  • This is not working for me. I connect to the Tether network on my Nook Color, but the wireless icon in the notification bar stays white instead of green and nothing really fully connects internet-wise. Why??

  • Agwright1183

    I have been out of it for a while now. Is there a preferred rooting method for stock gb?

    • Stock GB cannot be rooted.  You need to flash a rooted version of the update from rooted 2.2 (.340)

  • Carlin Brown

    I had figured this out awhile back on my own. However after I used it and tried to use it a second time I am welcomed with the stupid verizon page again. Anyone else have that issue? 
    Droid X running rooted official gingerbread

  • McClure

    Can’t get it to work with my OG Droid running CM7. SSID only shows up when using DX profile, but I can’t get the laptop to connect.

  • Predavore

    Doesn’t work on my DroidX with Liberty v.7.

  • Anonymous

    works on x2 as well i new it wouldn’t be long 

  • Skilcher

    Works GREAT on my DInc.  Not surprising of course.  lol  :-}

  • John Weitendorf

    I keep getting sent to a Verizon page when I use this asking me to subscribe to the Verizon wifi tether.

  • RyanMC

    I get hit with the verizon subscribe to tethering page. Running Liberty GB. 

  • Moto gimme some Gingerbread on my Dx, these screenshots with GB are irritating me (I am still stuck on froyo w/ old market) ahhhhhh….

    • TheDroidAbides

      Have you tried checking for updates in the settings menu?

      • Done that about 20 times, also did factory reset, tried to install an old .588 “update.zip” all with no luck. Just very impatient now. 

  • Does not work with Liberty rom v.7

  • DroidRooterX

    Cheers to everyone over @ the android-wifi-tether site, their the real heros here. Thanks for the mention though Droid Life! Just passing down the awsomeness as I find it, thats what this community is all about!

  • This cool and all, but kind of a moot point since Gingerbread on Droid X has no root.

  • Anonymous

    unlimited data means just that… It does NOT mean unlimited, unless you choose to use that data for tethering

  • I’m a guest

    Just tested by tethering my iPad to my DX and it worked wonderfully.  I also didn’t have any problem with data after turning off the tethering.

  • JayChris

    I just changed the SSID on mine and it worked.

    • Alex

      holy crap.  i can’t believe this actually worked for me.  thanks.

  • i still couldn’t get this to work….

  • Anonymous

    This sheds a ton of light on how Verizon is “detecting” and blocking tethering apps. Basically, they’re using some software at the DNS level to detect queries for Domain to IP resolution. If the DNS query is missing some sort of special phone identifier, it poisons the phone’s ARP cache so that it can no longer find public Internet servers. (This is why a reboot re-enables the phone’s data).

    By manually specifying a 3rd party DNS server, you effectively bypass Verizon’s gateway and roam the Interwebs without restriction. Good to know.

    • Anonymous

      My initial assumption appears to be invalid.  Looks like the tethering app has found the actual magic with the Device-Profile.  Not sure what he is doing different by selecting the DX specifically, but it works.

  • Cory

    My original wireless tether app still works.

    • Anonymous

      Works for my OG Droid on GB as well

      • The blocking of wifi tether access seems to only affect the D2, DX, and prob the DX2 currently. It will affect the D1 prob once Verizon/Moto get around to releasing an official update

  • OK..Dumb question…I assume you must have root to use this, right?

    • EC8CH


    • George Chahinian

      yup, the wireless tether app from the market requres root

  • Anonymous

    It’s just a couple of public DNS servers. You might also want to try using Google’s: and

  • EC8CH

    Your move VZW

    • Inkster09

      What move. They are stating put and pat. So many unsuspecting new android users have no clue YET.

  • Axaxex


    • Coaster36

      fail and your dumb

      • Coaster36

        oh you were adopted too. sorry for all the bad news today.

        • Anonymous

          Hilarious =D!

    • kretz

      what’s the point of saying 1st, especially when you have nothing useful to say. besides your comment was posted 7 minutes ago and there are comments posted 8 minutes ago (as of writing this)..fail

  • None and are owned by Level 3 communications, IIRC. They are root DNS servers. You should be able to specify any 3rd party DNS servers that you want (including Google’s DNS, which I think is

    • Anonymous

      Google’s is the default in Wireless Tether and could be the reason we’re getting blocked.  At least that’s my theory.  Maybe Googs and Big Red worked out a deal to cut off tethering homies from their DNS  server?  And feel free to tell me that I’m totally wrong and that that would be impossible. 😛

      • Anonymous

        This works, except when I’m done, I have to restart the phone to get phone data back. Airplane mode toggle didn’t work either. Tried process 3x.

        • Anonymous

          Thats weird, I’m not having this problem.  Running official GB?

          • Anonymous

            Yes, stock and rooted, nothing else. I don’t use it too much so not that big of an issue for me, more importantly, appreciate the tip!

          • Majidjabber

            i have the same problem droid x rooted GB…then i went back to my Barnacle app it wont work either…what the flip…????

        • Greuven

          Same issue. It gets stuck. I see WiFi and 3G icons at the same time

        • Christopher Steurer

          ok, I thought I was going crazy because my phone’s data wasn’t working all last night. This doesn’t really make it any better, but at least I know there is a solution despite its inconvenience.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah google’s are and i use both on my PS3 since BHN DNS suck and always cause issues for me.

    • Dave

      They aren’t root DNS servers. They belong to GTEI (i.e. Verizon). FWIW, VZW is not Verizon. I doubt an impact will be felt for using those DNS servers, but yes, you can choose any DNS servers you’d like.

      • Steve Powell

        VZW = Verizon Wireless

  • Johnediii

    They are Verizon owned DNS servers.  What were the defaults. is Google’s.

    • Johnediii

      Jinx.  all you dudes owe me a coke.

      • Pnoymagnetix

        no coke! pepsi! lol

  • Geran

    Could you use Google DNS instead? and

    • Steve

      You did not mention that you need to be rooted in order to use the app.

  • Anonymous

    According to http://www.tummy.com/Community/Articles/famous-dns-server/ it’s a DNS server owned by Level 3. I think the goal might be to avoid using Verizon’s DNS servers. That said, I generally use Google’s DNS servers ( and