Android Phone Tips

Android Phone Tips
Keep in mind you must have a rootedAndroid phone for this to app to work. While most Android users do not root their phones, doing so will allow apps that aren’t sanctioned by Google, manufacturers or carriers to run. Keep in mind that there rooting your phone isn’t without risks.  You’ll also need Root Explorer to complete the install.
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app and select the Applications menu. Be sure to check ‘Unknown Sources.’
  2. Get WiFi Tether by visiting this Google Code page on your Android phone and download the app by clicking on the downloads tab at the top of the page.
  3. Using Root Explorer, go to your downloads folder and tap the downloaded file. It will be in the downloads folder of your phone’s storage card.
  4. Tap the file name to install it. It will ask if you are sure.
Start the app by tapping its icon. Before you turn on the tethering feature do the following:
  1. Go to Menu and Settings from within the app and place a check mark in the Enable Wi-Fi Encryption option.
  2. Below the Encryption option is an option that says Change Passphrase. Tap it and enter a good password that has both random letters and numbers.
  3. Tap OK and you now have encryption turned on.
  4. OPTIONAL: You can also change the SSID and if you really want some extra security hide the SSID. If you hide your SSID, then you will have to manually enter it on the other devices when you connect to the Internet through the phone.
  5. Now scroll down to Enable Access-Control and make sure a check mark is placed in the box.
Now back out of the settings screen to the main screen of the app.
  1. Tap the big WiFi icon in the center of the screen. It will turn yellow and a pop up tells you it is starting tethering.
  2. On your laptop (or other WiFi device) try to connect to the phone’s access point by using the WiFi connection software on your computer or other WiFi device. In Windows, look for the WiFi symbol on the bottom-right of your screen. On Macs, click the WiFi symbol on the top-right of your screen.
  3. If you hid the SSID in the above steps, then you will have to manually enter it each time you connect a WiFi device.
Once your device is connected to the phone’s hotspot, you will have to grant access by doing the following:
  1. Tap Menu and Access Control from within the app.
  2. The devices listed will be those that are trying to connect to your phone. Make sure the Access-Control at the top says enabled.
  3. Tap the device you want to connect to the phone and it will now be allowed to use the Internet connection of the phone.
This app is no longer available in the Market. Google gave into the wishes of the wireless carriers who want Android users to pay a premium for tethering. This app will allow you to bypass paying this restriction, but we are not condoning such activity. On the HTC Thunderbolt, WiFi Tether actually serves its stated purpose, while the built-in app is unreliable. 

Millions of Android device owners have rooted their devices, the first step to customization beyond mere widgets and apps for personalization of the UI. While rooting an Android device is required to install custom ROMs, most owners do it for other reasons, specifically enabling the Wi-Fi tethering built into the Android platform by Google. Now we find the more disturbing news that Google is looking for rooters and denying them full use of rooted Android devices. I fear that content providers are going to push Google into full-blown DRM hysteria aimed at rooted Android devices.

Google recently added movie rentals to the Android Market, which was quickly followed by the proof that it was denying the service to rooted devices. Netflix released an Android app for renting and playing movies on devices but with a huge caveat. Google already has a tenuous position with music providers, as demonstrated with its inability to negotiate a deal for selling music in its own Google Music beta service recently launched.

A Netflix Android app has been released in the Android market that is preventing rooted Android devices for renting and playing movies. Although some users root their Android devices for other reasons. The rooted Android devices allow you to bypass the DRM content. 
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