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EasyTether

by Mobile Stream
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)

Price: $9.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.1.9
  • TCP/IP checksum improvements for Intel and MIPS processors

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004JJR2K4
  • Original Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,629 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Supports Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac OS X 10.4+ (up to 10.9), Ubuntu 10.4+, Fedora 13+
  • Supports TCP and UDP--implemented as a normal NAT application
  • Supports you with free lifetime upgrades

Product Description
EasyTether
Detailed instructions with every step

EasyTether shares your Android smartphone connection with your PC. This handy app from Mobile Stream allows you to tether your Android to a desktop or notebook computer. EasyTether uses exactly the same data plan that you already use for your on-phone internet access, and your USB connection ensures a fast transfer speed. Access your built-in browser, e-mail, and YouTube applications with no additional tethering or broadband fees.

Compatible Across Platforms

EasyTether works with all carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. This app supports Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu operating systems. While you're tethering your Android phone to your PC, you will also appreciate the tethering capabilities for your PS3, XBox 360, or Wii via Windows Internet Connection Sharing. The app's UDP support for games extends to L2TP VPN and some IM apps, as well.

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Easy Setup Process

Unlike other apps that touch your phone at the system level, EasyTether does not require rooting, which is great news for AT&T customers as well as everyone else, since you save the time, extra downloading, and complications associated with rooting a phone. This app only uses official, certified APIs to protect your phone's security. Just follow the on-screen instructions, make sure your computer has your phone's latest driver, and if you have any questions, one click sends you through to your answers in the developer's detailed FAQ.

Smart Connection Solution

Whether an emergency requires immediate internet access or data transfer, you don't have access to a strong WiFi connection, or you simply want to avoid the high cost of wireless broadband, using your 3G or 4G coverage by tethering your phone saves you time and frustration. When you use hotel WiFi services, your internet connection often slows to a crawl, and simple transfers that should require mere seconds may take several minutes.

One license is tied to one phone, so you may install the computer-side software on as many computer systems as you need. The easiest way to setup another computer for EasyTether is to re-run the setup wizard in the smartphone-side application. EasyTether frees your netbook, laptop, or desktop computer while you wait at the airport or take a road trip, and it may save you between $30 and $70 per month in broadband charges wherever you need to access an internet connection.

Product Reviews

"EasyTether Pro takes your hand and walks you gently into Tetherland. You'll be tethering with this app for years to come, as long as your carrier still offers unlimited data.While the setup prcoess may be a bit tricky for the least tech savvy, most users will be up and tethering in no time. Tether on my friends. 9.5/10" - Ben Freed, App Rundown

"While EasyTether involves a bit more work than rooted tether apps, it is a nice solution for people that can't or don't want to root their phones." - Ed Clark, Androinica

"Overall, EasyTether is a great app to have. It is very useful and since it is USB enabled it will not drain your battery. The speed is excellent even though it is coming from a smartphone. I suggest that you go Pro for $9.99 just because it will allow you to access websites that you will probably need to access anyway (HTTPS)." - The Good Find


Technical Details

  • Size: 115.1KB
  • Version: 1.1.9
  • Developed By: Mobile Stream (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
    • Open network sockets
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.5
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
226 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best App Out There! July 17, 2011
Verified Purchase
Not long ago I downloaded the free version of EasyTether and took it for a test drive. Simply put, this app is excellent. It's simple to install and simple to use. Adding the EasyTether driver to your PC is equally simple. Three minutes after I installed this app I was up and running. I'm using this app as my notebook's internet connection to submit this review. I found this app at half price on the Amazon App Store today so I went ahead and paid for the full version (which allows access to the whole internet, including 'https://' secure URLs).

As a utility app like this should, it stays unobtrusively in the background. To use, simply plug your phone into a USB port on your notebook or PC, start the EasyTether app, select 'USB - Enable to allow USB tethering', and then start the PC-side driver program (I keep that program in my system tray for easy, instant access. I right click on the tray icon, select "Connect via Droid X", and off I go!).

The one area people may have a problem with is speed. I normally use RoadRunner broadband with between 7 and 10 Mbps throughput, with bursts up to 20 Mbps. Using speedtest.net to test connection speed with EasyTether, I find that throughput speeds are very slow in comparison - averaging .46 Mbps download and .38 Mbps upload speeds over the course of three tests. (Droid X uses 3G; 4G speeds will probably be considerably faster - also, 3G signal where I live is not full-strength). In other words, at least for me, speed is about 20 times less than my wired broadband connection. When you watch Youtube videos or other high-bandwidth type streaming media, unless you put the media on "pause" until it's fully loaded, it is a bit herky-jerky as playback is paused while more video data is buffered.
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192 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Works March 22, 2011
I've been using EasyTether for over a year now. Even after 2.1 come out which allowed you to tether, because with Verizon you have pay a monthly fee to use the built in tethering.

For those who say you're stupid to use this because you can just root your phone... that might be fine for you, but some of us don't want to recommend to a family\friend who might not be that tech savvy that they root their phone simply to be able to tether. To me, $10 is worth the hassle to NOT have to root your phone.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to Install - Easy to Use June 3, 2011
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My Droid X phone has an "unlimited" Verizon Wireless data plan, but using the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot requires a separate data plan that would cost me at least $30/per month more and has caps on usage. This app allows me to use my phone's existing unlimited wireless data plan with my notebook computer by simply connecting the two together with a USB cable. While there may be so-called "free" solutions for those who are willing to risk Rooting (hacking) their phones, I found this solution to be simple, cost-effective and far less risky.

Like me, my wife often finds herself needing an Internet connection while traveling. Many airports, hotels and other public places charge significant amounts for such connections and there is always a risk of being tricked and hacked by a fake hotspot. When she saw how well this application worked on my Droid X phone, she asked me to help her purchase and install this app on her Droid 2 phone, so she could use it to connect her 64-bit Windows 7 notebook computer to the Internet. Now we're a "two-app EasyTether" family. Recently she replaced her Droid 2 with a Droid 4. EasyTether easily installed on her new 4G phone and provides an even faster connection.

In order to download and install the small driver for this app on your computer, you'll need an existing Internet connection. Or you can download the driver to your phone and install it on your computer via a USB cable. There are driver versions for Windows XP, Windows 7 (32 & 64), Macintosh and Linux Ubuntu. I successfully installed and tested the two Windows versions with five different Verizon Droid phones.

Your connection speed will, of course, be dependent upon the quality of your wireless phone signal.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential App March 22, 2011
This is a simple and easy way to tether your phone. Simply amazing. Follow the provided instructions and install a small bit of software on your computer and your online in seconds. No carrier fees, and it works just as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works, even on a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt August 18, 2011
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With Verizon's latest OTA update, Wifi hotspot was disabled (unless you pay a $20 fee). For someone that already pays $30/month for unlimited data on the device, this practice of Verizon wanting to double-dip (charging me twice for the same data) is ludicrous, so I went on the hunt for an app to give me back the reins on my data use through my laptop. EasyTether is hands-down the best option for this, and even though it only connects to one laptop/computer at a time (since you use your USB-Micro USB connection), it does its job and in some cases the internet on my laptop has been faster than what I normally get through my home WiFi. Not to mention it's secure and you don't have to worry about someone hacking your connection like you would for a WiFi network.

VERY easy to set up, very lightweight, and it has served its purpose. I recently went to vacation in California and instead of paying $5/hour for WiFi access at my hotel, I hooked up EasyTether (which cost me $5, when it was on sale earlier in the summer) and I was able to use 4G internet speed on my laptop for free.

If that's not enough incentive- using internet on your laptop while away from a WiFi network- then I'm not sure anything will be. This app has paid itself off 30 times over. Great deal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Support, Helped me install in 5 minutes!
I hate a problem because I didn't realize the S5 needed a special hardware update on my laptop for Easytether to work. Read more
Published 3 days ago by TREPerformance
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Apps Ever
Purchased this while visiting my grams who had no internet. I had a HTC Hero at the time and a laptop. Read more
Published 6 days ago by IamAconsumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very simple and effective
I used to use the paid version of PdaNet+FoxFi, but EasyTether is much simpler to use, has a better instructional walk-through, and works very well! I am surprisingly impressed.
Published 24 days ago by AJ2012
5.0 out of 5 stars great flawless software.
Only took a couple of minutes to get everything set up and ever since it has worked wonderful every single time.
Published 25 days ago by James A. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Used for years
I have used easy tether for several years now. With airport wifi charging outlandish prices, a lack of access all too often for the business traveler and getting access to google... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard E Lofftus Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars works great on a laptop when a smart phone just won't do
I'm a site engineer for a construction company
i needed internet access for my laptop to see and upload/download site plans and PDF's
in these case's a smart phone just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by 101TRUK
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT RECOMMENDED FOR `V CUSTOMERS
Asked about the TETHERING BLOCK from my ISP. I was basically sent away with NO explanation on the email.
DON'T BUY this. Or maybe you will get lucky....I did not
Published 1 month ago by matthew D
3.0 out of 5 stars Made me purchase twice!
Bought easy tether in 2011 & used it almost 3 years with no trouble until I upgraded to a new ph & it stopped working. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Rust
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget this
No need to have it, adds nothing to the mix, and it was a mistake for me to buy it.
Published 1 month ago by Honkwomp
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Use
This software was an easy install and it works just great on my phone. I would purchase it again for another phone.
Published 1 month ago by Michael
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You need wifi tether, not usb for ipad. This will not work.
Aug 4, 2011 by Jill Roy |  See all 9 posts
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If you find easytether on the android market, you should be Ok as the programs go with your google account. I had the same problem and contacted the easytether developer and downloaded the .apk file
Dec 14, 2011 by Nathaniel Gildersleeve |  See all 7 posts
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Read the Jared Honda review above - this app uses your existing data stream without requiring additional fees
Just installed it on my new Razr, works great.
did notice that the paypal transaction went to Anastasia Kaulikova (or something like that) and that it can take up to several hours for... Read more
Jan 12, 2012 by Douglas Christie |  See all 3 posts
Will it work on an AT&T account not setup for tethering?
Yes, it does work without the Mobile Hotspot feature enabled, and it works like a charm.
BUT
The sad part is there is a 'BUT'! I just got a letter from AT&T saying they had detected I was tethering and that I must buy the tethering plan for $45/mo for 4Gb - that if I didn't cease and desist they... Read more
Sep 26, 2011 by eyeks |  See all 9 posts
Tethering to a tablet?
I contacted mobile-stream customer service and they said tethering to a tablet is not possible at this time, but it's coming.
Sep 15, 2011 by Margaret E Smith |  See all 8 posts
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