How to wirelessly tether on your rooted or unrooted HTC EVO 4G LTE

The HTC EVO 4G LTE has only been officially released for a few days, but folks have already discovered a couple of nice tethering solutions that work flawlessly on both rooted and unrooted devices.

If you have taken the plunge and rooted your EVO 4G LTE (more info on that here and here), then my favorite solution is the classic and dependable WiFi Tether for Root Users. If you remember, this app had several hiccups on the EVO 3D right after that device was released last June: the official version had a bug that would only allow users access to Google-branded sites, and later an unofficial modified apk was released before the developers got around to fixing the official app. This time, however, the app works perfectly: after downloading and installing from Google Play, just enter the settings and adjust the following:

  • Change Device-Profile > Generic ICS
  • Make sure Routing fix is enabled
  • Select Enable WiFi-Encryption if you want to use WPA/WPA2-PSK (and don’t forget to change the default password!)

That’s all you need to do! I should note that some people have been having trouble if they don’t enable MSS clamping in the settings, but I haven’t had to do that at all.

If you’re not rooted, don’t feel like you have to sign up for Sprint’s over-priced tethering plans: just download FoxFi. Sprint has blocked this app from appearing in Google Play, but you can still install it on your EVO 4G LTE by going to foxfi.com/bin. (Make sure Unknown sources is selected in your Security settings.) To start tethering wirelessly, just select Activiate WiFi Hotspot and wait several seconds for the service to start – it’s really that simple.

It’s very likely that FoxFi’s functionality will be broken in a future OTA update, which is one of the reasons I prefer WiFi Tether: as long as I can preserve root access, I’ll be able to tether without worrying that the app might break. However, many people don’t like rooting right away, or at all, so FoxFi offers a great solution for them – at least for now.

Thanks, Layne!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.