Implements its own tethering mechanism from scratch, does not depend on any carrier's features
Supports you with free lifetime upgrades
EasyTether shares your Android smartphone connection with your computer, tablet or router using USB or Bluetooth. No additional tethering fees, no root access. EasyTether uses exactly the same data plan that is used for the on-phone Internet access like in the built-in browser or e-mail app or youtube application.
Features: USB and Bluetooth tethering for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP computers (32/64-bit) USB and Bluetooth tethering for Android tablets including Kindle family USB tethering for macOS on Intel and legacy PowerPC hardware USB and Bluetooth tethering support for Linux (Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux etc) systems, including non-x86 hardware (e.g. Raspberry Pi) Unique USB tethering support for OpenWrt-based routers Unique USB tethering support for *BSD systems Unique Bluetooth tethering support for NetBSD systems Game consoles tethering via Windows/macOS Internet Connection Sharing feature Free lifetime upgrades for the full version
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I love the developer(s) for creating this app. The LG Optimus Elite has many idiosyncrasies that make it a cruel and unusual possession. Nevertheless I am stuck with it, and determined to make it more functional and less difficult to do so.
I tried every free offering for tethering apps available on both Amazon and Google Play without even getting close to laptop operational. And it was critical that I tether the laptop in order to complete certain banking tasks that - mobile banking apps aside - could only be done on a computer.
So after much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair I purchased Easy Tether with a gift card I received for Christmas. Thank gawd I had those credits available because I do not use credit cards and there are precious few ATM's in the high Mojave desert.
I gave this app four stars ONLY because the wizard used vernacular unfamiliar to me and that made installation on the laptop unnecessarily difficult. Terms like "Android USB Storage feature" and "downloads folder on exported storage volume" are perhaps too technical when SD card and a simple directive to change the file path of the downloads to the SD card downloads folder might very well be more descriptive to more folks who might be considered more of a casual Android user.
Given all the disparities between manufacturers and hardware, firmware and Android OS versions I can understand why the developers would use the technically correct terminology, but as I mentioned earlier it was difficult to understand from a long-time "fandroid" and moderately informed layman. The fact that none of the folks who participated in multiple forum discussions were familiar with many of the terms I threw out there for consideration bears witness to this critical but hopefully helpful developer feedback.
Most of my peers in the forums used these observations as an argument for rooting the phone. Rooting any phone would only diminish the need for Easy Tether - reducing sales and developer's job security.
Anyhow, a great big thanks to everyone behind the development of Easy Tether....Muah!
I have a Samsung G3 and I am running Windows 7 with chrome as my browser. The instructions that come with this purchase obviously can't cover every different phone and platform but I had some difficulty discovering my user agent and then putting it into chrome. Look for the three little bars next to the favorites star in chrome. On the drop-down menu select tools,developer tools,and then on the confusing screen that follows, click on the cogwheel that will take you to settings. click on override. You may need to cut and paste your user agent string into the field there. The next hurdle is to enable USB debugging on your phone. The easy tether instructions assume that the path to this is activated. That was not so for my Samsung. On the settings page press more then about device. What you'll notice is that there are grayed out options one of which is labeled developer options. To activate the developer options you have to press on this choice about five times, then the choice developer options will appear somewhere on the system manager choices and you can enable USB debugging. After all of this I could not connect via android using the icon in the system tray but when I clicked on the arrow all the way to the right of the systems tray that displays the hidden icons, the easy tether icon was there as well. Low and behold when I clicked on it I was given the choice to connect by android and the whole system worked as billed. I could have rated this product with one star for its ambitiousness. The other three stars go to those of you who like me are going to bang your head against the wall until it works.
I have the Verizon Samsung Charge - one of the G4 phones. It can act as an access point for multiple devices via bluetooth, BUT there is a monthly fee, currently $20/month.
This app allows you to connect one device (in my case a laptop) to the internet for free.
You have to tether your phone to the device using a usb cord. The phone does stay charged while you are using it.
The phone has to be disconnected just right or else I get a blank screen the next time I try to start-up my laptop (a Samsung i7) from hibernation.
After having to start-up my laptop using function f8 several times, I think I have found the correct combination to do.
1. Turn off the app on the laptop 2. Turn off the app on the phone 3. Use the Safely remove hardware and turn off the phone. 4. Then unplug the phone from the laptop.
I also set the app on the laptop so that it does NOT automatically search for the phone connection.
Now I am not receiving the blank screen on my laptop (and having to check the integrity of my drives, etc).
Using the app is a little slower than a good wireless connection and I have some trouble if more than one window is open. But, it works!
Just moved and don't have internet connection yet (Can't believe the time and frustration level in dealing with internet and cable TV providers. They all seem to think one has an internet connection and should use it for contacting them!). This app has really been helpful to me!!