USB Tethering: Use HTC Windows Phone 7 As A Mobile Hotspot [Homebrew]

Android, being an open source platform, enjoys a lot of privileges over Windows Phone 7 and even iOS. Not the least important of such superiorities is the (wireless) internet tethering support in Android which allows you to turn your device into a mobile hotspot. As of now, WP7 does not allow this. Even with Mango, the metro OS isn’t getting this feature. But what Microsoft denies its users, the hackers provide in a heartbeat. There have been ways to enable USB tethering for WP7, as discussed here and here. But some of those methods were too device-specific, while some were buggy at best. However, for all the unlocked HTC users out there, there’s now a safe and working solution to get USB tethering support for their phones. The best thing about this app is that it does not involve too many overly complicated configuration steps, and anyone can use it to share their mobile internet with a computer.

USB TetheringAs you might already have guessed by the fact that the solution requires your device to be unlocked, the feat can be accomplished via a Homebrew app. The app has been developed by Ansar, who is a recognized developer over at the XDA-Developers forum. So if you have an unlocked device (read this guide if you don’t) and you would like to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, this app is exactly what you need.

Disclaimer: Please use this app at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during its use.


The app helps you get into USB debug mode easily as that mode is where the ability to tether your device is hidden. Once you have entered the debug mode, set the device to Diag mode from within the app, and once that has been done, all you need to do is to Enable UART. Whenever you would like to end the tethering session, just disable UART and you are done.

A word of caution though, uninstalling the app directly without properly exiting Diag mode can damage your device. You may download the XAP file from the link provided below and if you have problems in deploying a XAP file to your phone, you can read this guide. If everything works according to the plan, your Windows Phone will gain the capability to become a Wi-Fi hotspot any time you want.

Download USBSwitchTool

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