The developer of the famous ClockworkMod custom recovery for Android and DeskSMS, Koush, is back with yet another handy tool. This time, the renowned developer has begun work on a USB tethering app for Android called Tether that lets you browse the web on your computer using your mobile data plan. The app is currently in alpha, and works on rooted as well as non-rooted devices. What’s even better is that, unlike other similar tethering apps, Tether has the capability of bypassing any detections or blockages by your mobile carrier. The mechanism involves a desktop client, the mobile app itself, and of course, a USB cable that connects the Android device to the the computer.
The desktop client is available for Mac, Windows and Linux, and can be downloaded from the developer’s Google+ profile page (link provided at the bottom of the post). Once you have your Android device connected to your computer via USB, the mobile app can be installed and enabled on your device from within the desktop client with a single click. To disable the mobile client, just tap on the large USB icon in the middle of the mobile app’s screen.
Once you’ve installed the desktop client on your computer, you are taken to the ClockworkMod website from where you can easily find and download the adb driver package for your device. You must download and install the adb drivers in order to allow effective communication (and data transfer) between your device and the computer.
Once that is done, just connect your device to the computer via a USB cable, run Tether.exe (Windows), and click the Start button. As mentioned earlier, this automatically installs and activates the Tether app on your device, allowing communication between the device and desktop client. That’s about it; you may now use your mobile data plan to enjoy browsing the internet on your computer.
Note: For the mechanism to work, you will also have to enable USB debugging mode on your device (Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging, or if your device is running Ice Cream Sandwich, Settings > Developer options > USB debugging).
The tethering mechanism has been tested successfully with the desktop client running on Windows7 (64-bit) and the mobile client, on HTC Desire Z.
Hit the URL provided below for more details about the app, and to download the desktop client.