Share this Story

Question of the Day: What Tethering App are You Using With Jelly Bean?

Now that most of the Galaxy Nexus owners in the building are all running official Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), the reports of “FoxFi no longer works!” are starting to flood in. We aren’t exactly sure what changed in Jelly Bean to cause some tethering apps to quit working, FoxFi being the most notable, but that’s the card we were dealt. So rather than spending the next 3 days testing each and every tethering app, we thought we would turn directly to the DL community, a group of people that probably tether a heck of a lot more than us home office dwellers, and ask which app they picked up?

We gave you a wireless tethering option that doesn’t require root from SVTP, but it’s also $15. ClockworkMod Tether should work just fine, but it’s a USB tethering service rather than wireless. Barnacle is a free wireless option, but it requires root.

What tethering app are you currently using? Anything in particular standing out as being reasonably priced and stable? Please share your recommendations in the comments.

  • Angel de Marc

    I’m not going to read through all the comments I’ll just say use switch pro widget. It bypasses the verizon check.

  • Ismael Camarena

    im using a rooted VZN Galaxy Nexus
    -and using the bult in hotspot in the phones settings
    – been using it everyday for my other devices and works like a charm AND MOST OF ALL FAST!!!!!

  • clarkbsharp

    I have a Thunderbolt, and all I can use is Bluetooth tethering…hello 1.5mbps. Help!

  • Im using Wifi hotspot & USB tether. I’ve had no problems with it so far.

  • Ken Branham

    I’m using the Portable Wifi that comes with Widgetsoid and it works fine with JB. Galaxy Nexus.

  • RagTopTA

    Im running the SVTP on my stock Nexus on Verizon. Works great, Have been using easy tether USB for a couple of years since my D1. No problems.

  • I’m still just using the widget toggle method, no root required

  • Hothfox

    I just use the built in tethering on Bugless Beast.
    One of the builds in the beginning it wasn’t working for me, so I just said F-it and lived without it until the next nightly.

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    You don’t need an app w/JB: settings > More > Tethering &portable hotspot > Portable Wi-Fi hotspot > check <<~~~ All Done. Why are we still looking for an app when it's built-in?

  • built in jelly bean tether

  • Aaron Decker

    Built in

  • john

    Just use ‘Power Toggle’. It let’s you bipass verizon’s check and you can use the native wifi

    • This solution worked for me. Thanks. FYI for everyone else. If you have Verizon and grandfathered in unlimited data plan, the native app wont allow you to do Wi-Fi tether because of “subscription” issues. This app does not do that check.

      • Matthew M

        Power Toggle, or Power Toggles? By Painless Death? If that’s the one, then I’ll get that.

  • balthuszar

    does foxfi work with jb?

    • balthuszar

      i’m asking because i’m on ics on my razr and wondering if i should find a new tethering app when/if i finally get jb

    • xXAaronSXx


  • Total_telecom

    I run cleanrom, or has Wi-Fi tether hack built in

  • EasyTether Pro for USB tethering, Bugless Beast’s wifi tethering for my tablet… (My PC cant connect to the wifi tether 🙁 )

  • Wireless Tether for root users, comes baked into the CM10 build for my Droid 4.

  • Brandon Duckett

    As a stock rooted user, I took my first mod plunge and flashed the native tethering app mentioned by mwalt2 at XDA in his ROM post here
    which simply removes whatever it is that tells the Nexus to check in with Verizon first. Not a big fan of roms, but this mod seems stable enough.

  • Garrett

    Built in AOKP ROM

  • choosen1

    I also use (more quickly panel) to launch wifi. With no logging or permission from verizon.

  • Stragg

    Fattin Hotspot Toggle Widget. Free.

  • Fakekellex

    Unroofed, I use widgetsoid in the notification bar. It worked in ICS and works in JB.

    • PhoneGod

      Thank you. I just installed Jelly bean and oh man its smooth man

  • chosen1

    unrooted user here, since
    getting JB I’ve been using the wifi built into JB and it works great, I do have unlimited data.

  • Brian P.

    People, its asking what Apps we are using not roms. Not everyone roots although I don’t know why they wouldn’t which is irrelevant.

  • Cracker Jack

    I’m using the stock app that comes with the Xenon ROM. No validations with Big Red so it works great without having to download another app. One more thing is that with the Xenon ROM my battery life has been much better. I hope they put out a release that is in sync with the latest JB.

  • Brian P.

    I use free wifi tether but hate the push notifications… I used the push remover app and it seems to be working… I have. to say tethering works flawlessly with no root.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Was using enabled native tethering with BuglessBeast, but now back using Wifi Tether now that is is updated to work with JB!

  • MoreQuicklyPanel, just add the Tether option onto your notification bar.