ClockworkMod Creator Koushik Dutta Creates an Undetectable Tether App – No Root Required

Championed by many in the Android community for his work on ClockworkMod Recovery as well as numerous apps in the market including the ever useful ROM Manager, Koushik Dutta continues to churn out useful tools for the community. This time he has presented us with ClockworkMod Tether Alpha, which like other tethering apps allows you to use your phone’s data connection to get internet access on your desktop or laptop. However, his method does not require root. In order to achieve this,  the app will need to install a virtual network adapter on your computer; so there is a PC side install. Alright, so it’s no secret that other rootless tethers exist, so what makes this option stand out? Well, aside from its prominent creator, the app functions as a proxy, and not as a NAT/masquerade solution that other tether solutions use. Dutta acknowledges carriers can still check for http user agent string, but he has already devised ideas to work around that.

At this point I’d like to extend a friendly reminder that this solution is still in an alpha state.  As Dutta writes, “The UI is pretty rough, the icons, and general app design are not final. I am just looking to make sure the underlying services all work properly.”

Downloads just past the break.

So without further ado, here are the download links.

Windows: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/TetherWindowsSetup.msi
Linux: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/tether-linux.tgz
Mac: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/tether-mac.zip

Dutta didn’t provide any installation instructions, in fact “I am intentionally not providing any installation instructions, because I feel that if the app can’t be set up without installation instructions, I have failed to make it easy enough to use. ;)”.

Rest assured, the process is simple as he claims. Simply run the respective setup and it should install the network adapter for you as well as automate the process of pushing his Tether apk over adb.

This version of ClockworkMod Tether will time bomb on January 7th, but Dutta expects to have an even newer version available by then. Stay tuned.

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About the Author: Jim Farmer

Originally from Mathews Virginia, Jim is now residing in Newport News where he attends Christopher Newport University, majoring in Computer Science. He interns with NASA Langley by day, and scours the internet for Android News by night. In his free time, he enjoys stand-up paddle-boarding, pwning on XBOX Live, coding, or hanging out with his favorite gal in the world, Morgan. His hero is Dean Kamen, you know, aside from Andy Rubin, and as for politics he’s for Open Source, Net Neutrality, and Unlimited Data.


  • Grutane

    Pda net works great, but my carrier doesn’t like to see massive data flowing. They told me that have no idea how I am using so much data (the Mask’s Work) but they DO see the data flowing…and they SHUT my phone off without notice…after an hour I had my phone back on and I am currently tethering again…lol. No skype, no streaming. Nothing. i am using straight talk as a provider and they use sprint as the carrier. all they could tell me is that Sprint the carrier had enough over the past two weeks and SHUT me down without ANY warning. VERY displeased as I pay for unlimited Web, and i only tether to use facebook and skype, which are PRE LOADED apps on my Samsung Precedent…..they told me I just have to be careful…straight talk has NO control. literally. its a joke. 

  • Cherylsquirl1

    how do i reload onto new phone

  • Jdeflora

    This apk works fine but T-Mobile shows data flow while using this apk. This apk might work great oversees, but in the US this is just another Android Tethering apk. If someone has gotten it to work please let me know.

  • Helen Weaver

    I have been trying for the last 3 hrs to tether my android samsung phone to my laptop I have downloaded the app to my phone But cannot open it and follow the rest of the directions to put it on my laptop
    HELP I’m an older lady trying to learn