Can I do Android/g1 tethering without root?

  • I do it with Proxoid. – Stewart Robinson Nov 14 '09 at 10:08

Yes according to this post:

This one is for the majority of Android owners who don’t want to be bothered with root on the G1 (Android). Mucho gracias to Tremendo Slap for digging this one up. June Fabric has released an app for Windows that also installs another app on Android that allows you to tether to 3G. Most users say it works flawlessly even with VPN connections. A few dropped connections being dropped here and there but overall a success. This is an app that I know many of you have been waiting for.

For those wondering, tethering is connecting your device to your laptop and using your devices internet connection on your laptop, basically.

So download PdaNet beta 1.12 (or Vista 64)


Note This is probably in violation of your carrier’s TOS. For T-Mobile the 1GB per month data cap was lifted awhile ago but there is word that users that pass the 1GB limit will be limited to 50Kbps for data past that mark. I would advise using this only if you are in dire need. I would advise against canceling your home internet plan as well

  • I only want it for the train ride to work – Stewart Robinson Jul 24 '09 at 10:14
  • It's nearly literally from the post, but just to keep people on this site safe ;-) – Ivo Flipse Jul 24 '09 at 10:22
  • I have a T-Mobile MDA (HTC Wizard) and it came with tethering software (which I have used) so I think T-Mobile is OK with tethering. – Dennis Williamson Jul 24 '09 at 16:02
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    I've used PdaNet and my opinion is that, while it can work, it is definitely not something to replace any real connection. It's "flaky" enough that the reliability should be considered only for absolute necessity. – palehorse Jul 27 '09 at 20:01
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    Id just root the darn thing, but that's just me ;-) – Ivo Flipse Jul 27 '09 at 20:03

With rooting being so easy, why not? Haykuro's blog is very easy to follow and has been recommended on other threads on this site. Once you're rooted just go to http:// code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ and look for the .apk download on the right-side.

  • does market and other standard things still work when rooted? – Stewart Robinson Aug 3 '09 at 7:14
  • It depends on the ROMs, but with the ROM linked below on my rooted G1, I can access free apps, I have never tried a paid app. I also have Exchange ActiveSync and Tethering. Honestly, there is nothing I can think of that does not work. It is an improvement over the stock ROMs. Link: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=539744 As of writing this, the latest version of my preferred ROM is update-cm-3.9.5-signed.zip, which is found on the above page. Good luck if you do it. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. – Matt Cofer Aug 3 '09 at 19:53
  • @StewartRobinson I rooted my G1 with Universal Androot. If you use your new root privileges to mod your phone or install a new OS, it will work differently -- that depends on the OS. But just rooting it won't disable the Android Market or any of the apps you're already running. – Amanda Mar 29 '11 at 14:59

Just root it - it has gotten even easier now - takes 5 minutes, giving you tethering and so much more.


Try Azilink. It does not require root access. Works just as advertised, and there is now a Debian/Ubuntu startup script that automates the whole tether setup/teardown process. Just don't forget to circumvent the lame HTTP user agent blocks that your ISP's might have put in place.

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