In Pictures: Android tethering apps, 6 excellent options

Want to use your Android phone to get your tablet or PC online? Here are five apps that'll let you share your data connection in no time.

Extended Controls

While not explicitly a Wi-Fi tethering app, Extended Controls ($0.99) is an excellent way to activate a Wi-Fi hotspot right from your phone's home screen, with or without an official plan in place. Extended Controls is a customizable power widget that lets you set up toggles for all sorts of phone functions.

In order to harness its hotspot-activating potential, you'll want to create a toggle with the "Hotspot Wi-Fi" function. Then you can just tap the toggle on your home screen to turn a hotspot on or off as you want or need to.

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