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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.

  • ZoomStop

    JADS HTTP & HTTPS Proxy. Works well since I tether at work and need to leave my normal network connections intact. You port forward with ADB. If you ever used Proxid, this is a lot like that but a lot more stable.

  • Adam Metzner

    WiFi tether. Keeping it old school. And it always works.

  • I used Easytether until I rooted. Now its CMX native tethering for me.

  • Built-in CM10 M1 JB

  • Stephen D

    Built in tethering on whatever ROM I’m on. It works more reliably than any 3rd party apps.

  • I used to use Tether (Clockworkmod) because usb tether is faster than wifi. But how its built into cyanogenmod and other roms and all that other good stuff.

  • philnolan3d

    I have Jelly Bean in my tablet but phone is still ICS. I hope they fix the FoxFi problem before my phone gets upgraded. I don’t need it that often, but it is handy on the train and such when I don’t have access with my Wifi only tablet.

  • The stock one built into Jelly Belly. I stopped using apps once I ran custom roms. And Verizon allows you to tether for free now so there is no need for an external app.

    • Could you expand?? When I try to go there it says to contact Verizon customer service to subscribe…

  • Teng Taing

    built in AOKP usb/wifi

  • xzombiex66

    Wifi Hotspot

  • bikerbill12

    Stock tether works great in jelly bean and free if you are rooted , there is no need for a tether app

  • CM10 Built in tether

  • Tim

    The native tethering AP that is built into Bugless Beast (BB).
    However, I am paying the $30 tethering fee in addition to the $30 for unlimited data. And I happily pay it if it means that Verizon’s 4G LTE remains fast and ubiquitous.

    I could use the official Verizon JB but the stupid subscription Hotspot check adds time to the hotspot firing up. Also, since BB has been so solid I have no desire or see a need to flash the Verizon JB on my Nexus.

    • Tethering is free with BB. No need for the extra $30 charge.

      Or are you saying you’re paying the $30 because you feel bad for Verizon?!?

      • Tim

        No; I don’t feel bad for Verizon.

        What I’m saying is that I don’t mind paying for stuff that’s good… and that’s what Verizon LTE is. Granted, they’re making a lot of money but they’re spending a lot of money making it great, so I don’t mind “going legit”.

    • lol, who pays to tether?

  • Ben

    SwitchPro Widget works for me. I’m completely stock on Verizon. Worked great on ICS and now on JB.

  • Justin Everett

    Did use Wifi Tether, but then reading below i found that CM10 had it baked in, so switching to that.

  • Built-in CM10

  • Tim Swann

    I posted a link to my dropbox for an app before, but a few people thought it suspicious, so I included the Google Play link for the app. My dropbox link was simply because I keep backups of certain apks there. Download without fear from this link though.


  • EDNYLaw

    Any CM or AOKP based ROM has WIFI AP, why are you not using it? The only devices with Jellybean officially GNex variants, put a custom ROM on and use the features that should be there. Anyone else running JB has already done so.

  • I was able to download NFC Box for my GNex before it was discontinued. Best Wi-Fi tethering app there is, hands down.

  • Chuck Finley

    I have MoreQuicklyPanel installed that’s docked to my notification pulldown so I have quick access to all my most-used toggles and I just use it to toggle my hotspot on and off, I was using that before JB and I run Bugless Beast now.

  • xXAaronSXx

    Used to use FoxFi till JB, but now use the stock WiFi tether and Widgetsoid so I don’t have to go to settings to turn it on. Honestly, if I had started using it before I tried FoxFi, I would have never used FoxFi and all. I never even tried the stock cuz I though I needed to activate the hotspot through Big Red. ???Not sure what I was thinking???

  • I’m running the built-in option of CM10/ParanoidAndroid

  • RoadsterHD1

    So what some are you are saying is that we can now use our “hotspot” app that comes with the phone and VZN can’t do anything about it?

    • Nadora

      From what I understand as long as you are on a tiered data plan the hotspot is included now. But if you are still one of the lucky ones who have grandfathered unlimited data then VZW can still charge you for it.

      • RoadsterHD1

        cool thanks. I’ll stick to my foxfi on my Bionic with ICS 4.04

      • EDNYLaw

        Wrong, see my website jasonklimek.webs.com and read why what you’re saying is 100% untrue. These rumors need to stop. I am one of the attorneys that got the FCC to rule against Verizon. ANYONE on a 4G device on Verizon’s network can have free access to tethering apps, whether this violates contracts is not subject to C Block regs, but you can tether for free.

        • Nadora

          Thanks EDNYLaw,
          I am fully aware of the FCC’s ruling and Verizon’s voluntary payment. But according to Verizon they say that customers under the unlimited plan are still required by the company’s terms of service to pay an additional fee to tether their device. So naturally I’m still cautious about using it since they could cancel my contract if I violate their terms?

          example article: http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-no-free-tethering-for-unlimited-data-plan-customers-7000001987/

          • EDNYLaw

            Here’s my thoughts after doing some reading:
            After reading up a little, VZW says that, though we (as grandfathered unlimited users) can download tethering apps, we still have to purchase their tethering service because we’re bound to our “unlimited” contracts. I think I’m going to have to research this. First, if the contract expires, I’d think we’re in the clear and can tether because there’s no more contract (2013 can’t come soon enough). Second, because the operative clause in the contract was conditioned on a policy from Verizon that violated the FCC regulation, the clause may well be void. Mistakes like that are construed against the drafters. Should be interesting. Problem is, this is no longer regulatory territory but litigation territory. This may be just an intellectual exercise unless there’s some benevolent philanthropist that really loves mobile technology and screwing Verizon.

            I’ve been tethering here and there, actually like 5 GB over a couple of days one month but fairly limited and they’ve never said anything. In fact, I’ve never heard of anyone getting busted by Verizon. I suppose, if you’re still under contract it could technically violate the contract, but the worst thing they could do is cancel your contract and at this point, I think I might actually prefer that. As I said above, because the FCC said what Verizon was doing was in violation of the regulation, having a contract with a clause premised on a condition in violation of FCC regs, I’d think it’d be fairly difficult for Verizon to state a claim they could back up. Err on the side of caution, but with a custom ROM as far as I know, they can’t track you, and even without, I can’t really see them being able to track you since it’s a native feature with Android anyway.

          • Nadora

            Thanks so much for your thoughts šŸ™‚ I agree completely. I also tether occasionally and so far Verizon has not reacted. Like you said I don’t think they are cracking down on this as hard as AT&T who does send out notices to their users. Happy tethering!

  • Stock tethering under CM10 nightly. Runs like a beauty… quick and reliable.

  • Sgsiii: Wifi tether, latest cm10 rom from rombitch. Com

    Works great, streamed monday night football..err, wwf? Lost $80 on green bay.

  • Native tethering

  • coop


    • Tristan Cunha

      I’ve been using PdaNet for years, and still use it most of the time (for tethered), even though I’m on Buglessbeast now. I used FoxFi for a long time for wireless tethering.

  • guest

    Stock now that vzw can’t block it

    • RoadsterHD1

      so you are using the JB hotspot that comes with the phone and you’re not paying extra for it? So JB does not even need a third party app to hotspot???

  • Nadora

    Stumbled across ”
    Fattin | Hotspot Toggle Widget” on a forum. It works great and is free on Google Play. It technically uses the built-in VZW hotspot, but no warning message from Verizon or anything like that. All it does is toggle it on or off.

  • Josh Cramer

    Built in option from CM10. Works flawlessly

  • Rodrick Su

    Rooted. I use build in tether on JB.

  • ProZomby

    Why wouldn’t you link to the play store? This is suspicious.

  • Version
    3.2-beta2 I am tethering right now to my Nexus7 looking at stuff I’m not
    supposed to be looking at when Iā€™m at work šŸ˜‰ Works flawlessly

  • kevinc

    anybody that downloads from the link above is an idiot.

    everyone reading should grab it from the play store.

  • Archangel518

    wifi tether app with root have used it since my OG Droid

  • Foxfi, haven’t even tried the built in on BB

  • Andrew Elliott

    Built in AOKP

  • Stock tethering in most ROMs is plenty useful!

  • Jim Ralph

    The one that is built into CM 10 ( this is on my OG Droid).

  • scott cantu

    One click WiFi tether no root made by DIY Phone Gadgets works amazing. There’s a free and a paid version. The paid version allows for a password to be set up to keep you WiFi secure

  • Jeralmac

    Bugless Beast here. Works perfectly. Pete IS the man.

  • Stock app on bugless beast.. Peter Alfonzo is the man.

  • JMac726

    Standard Google tethering (for ‘free’, with my shiny new Shared Data Plan)

  • A.J.

    The built in hotspot doesn’t work for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, it gives a warning. I’m thinking about getting SVTP, but is there any other option for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus if you don’t want to load a ROM?

  • aye_winchell

    i dont have a jb phone but foxfi never worked for me on ics (razr maxx), so i used wifi-thether for root users (free in the play store) and it worked for me, but again that wasn’t on jb. i used it to teather my n7 to my razr maxx.

  • partyblind

    “Portable Wi-Fi hotspot Widget” works, rooted or not, on the VZW Nexus. Just put the widget on the homescreen and use to activate and deactivate. Works seamlessly.

    • A.J.

      Thank you for answering my question before I got it out.

    • RangTang

      Thanks.. I was looking for a fix. This works really well with VZW G Nex.

  • Radgatt

    SVTP is what I’m using.

  • Tim Swann

    Why are people posting on this article that they are using the one built into their ROM? That’s not what Kellex asked. He asked what APP. If it’s built into your ROM, it’s not an app!

    • JoshGroff

      I’ve never bothered to pay for an app to do something my phone should be able to do for free anyway. (Since I’m on tiered data and what not.)

      • Tim Swann

        not everyone is on tiered data and many of us have unlimited data that we are unwilling to give up and want to use the way we choose.

        • They day I loose unlimited is the day I’m no longer with Verizon.

          • sk3litor

            I said the same thing but when it came to it I couldn’t leave the coverage and speed. I don’t like the “apple of android” (Verizon) but let’s face it other peoples 4g can’t touch lte

          • jhardy93

            I agree completely

        • JoshGroff

          And for you gifted folk, there’s tethering apps. šŸ™‚

  • Michael Rodgers

    I use the stock app that is installed with Viper ROM. It works great other than T-Mobile blocks tethering so I have to spoof my UA in Chrome and no tablets or my PS3 won’t work either. šŸ™

  • native tethering app, it just works!