Download Networking - Best Software & Apps

  • Facebook

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone
    Web Apps
    Symbian

    Official Facebook app for Android

    8
    7009 votes
    • PROS: Easy to get around, Upload photos from your phone, Real time notifications, Chat, Good integration with Android system
    • CONS: Not optimized for tablets, News feed isn't ordered chronologically
  • Instagram

    varies-by-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Popular photo-based social network

    9
    2134 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Share to various social networks, Impressive photo editor, Tag friends in images, Geotagging support, Capture and share video
    • CONS: Requires sign-up
  • Facebook Lite

    6.0.0.7.138

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A social network for the masses

    8
    857 votes
    • PROS: Almost as many features as the main Android app, Easy to navigate and carry out common actions, No lag when loading newsfeed data, App is small in size at less than 1MB
    • CONS: Lag when uploading photos, Some layout issues, No video or audio support
  • Hotspot Shield

    7.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Advanced VPN software for personal and professional use

    7
    8598 votes
    • PROS: Up to five separate devices can be connected to a single account., It offers more than 2,500 global servers., Hotspot Shield is considered to be one of the best apps for streaming media., A seven-day free trial of Hotspot Premium is available.
    • CONS: Slower speed on free version., Access to only US servers from the Free version.
  • Psiphon

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Free Access for All Internet Users

    9
    941 votes
    • PROS: Provides unlimited use to the entire internet, Easy to install and use, The identity of users is masked and protected
    • CONS: Using the programme could lead to legal issues, Using the programme could lead to legal issues
  • Hamachi

    2.2.0.607

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create a safe private network between computers

    7
    29376 votes
    • PROS: Secure virtual network, Encrypted communications, Perfect for network games
    • CONS: None that we can think of!
  • Tor Browser

    7.0.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Protect your privacy when you're surfing

    7
    2147 votes
    • PROS: Easy to switch to anonymous mode, Installation takes you clearly step by step, Easy to use and lightweight
    • CONS: Can't guarantee anonymity, Connections may take a while sometimes
  • My WIFI Router

    3.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer into a Wireless Hotspot For Free

    7
    1795 votes
    • PROS: Whitelist/blacklist, Other useful options, Easy to use
    • CONS: Weak security
  • Free WiFi Hotspot

    3.6.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Tool to Make Your Laptop a WiFi Hotspot

    8
    402 votes
    • PROS: Free – zero trials or limitations, Available for both Windows and Mac
    • CONS: Connection stability could be an issue at times, Not a practical WiFi-extending solution
  • Connectify Hotspot

    2018.4.1.39098

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Share your internet connection with anyone!

    7
    1791 votes
    • PROS: Easy to set up, WPA2 Encryption, Automatic device detection, Manage shared folders
    • CONS: Must have a compatible wireless card
  • ExpressVPN

    1.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free virtual private network provider for smartphones

    8
    78 votes
    • PROS: There is a free 30-day trial period offered, A massive number of proxy services are available
    • CONS: Users will eventually have to pay to use ExpressVPN, Some feel that their processing speeds are negatively affected
  • Tunngle

    5.8.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A new era of VPN solutions for gamers?

    6
    497 votes
    • PROS: Chat function, Very easy to use
    • CONS: Can't create networks - you must join an existing one, Interface can be hard to see, Installation a little complicated
  • Mars WiFi - Free WiFi HotSpot

    3.0.2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer Into a Router

    8
    258 votes
    • PROS: Turn your computer into a router, Safe and secure
    • CONS: Not available through official Windows app store, Not available on Macs
  • Deal WiFi

    1.0.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Simple Wifi hotspot creator

    8
    127 votes
    • PROS: Quick install, Easy Interface, Not resource hungry, Beginner friendly
    • CONS: May include other software upon install, No other customization options, No troubleshooting help, Limited functionality
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free, open source router for PCs running Windows 7 and 8

    7
    331 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Perfect for non-experts, View wifi connections
    • CONS: Not compatible with XP or Vista, Absolutely no options
  • Windscribe

    1.56

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Protect your online privacy with Windscribe

    9
    147 votes
    • PROS: High data allowances for free and affordable plans, Good privacy policy with very clear explanation
    • CONS: Download speeds can be variable , Limited number of locations available on some plans
  • Nokia Software Recovery Tool

    6.3.56

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Just the trick to reset your Nokia phone

    7
    543 votes
    • PROS: Usable and suitable for anyone , Compatible with various devices , Restores your device
    • CONS: Installing is a bit slow , The reset will erase all data
  • Wireless Network Watcher

    2.18

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Discover intruders on your Wi-Fi network

    7
    587 votes
    • PROS: Quick and simple scan of your local network, Icons for each device, Export data in various formats, Background scanning
    • CONS: No warning or blocking functions
  • UltraSurf

    18.02

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Browse the web anonymously

    7
    1980 votes
    • PROS: No installation required, Easy to use, Automatically deletes cookies and history, Disguises IP and location
    • CONS: Not enough options, You can't choose the IP
  • BluetoothView

    1.65

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Detect and connect to any Bluetooth device

    6
    593 votes
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
    #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
    1varies-by-device21348.6Windows, Android, iPhone, Windows Phone
    2varies-with-device70097.9Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, Web Apps
    37.0.1021477.4Windows, Android, Mac
    47.9.085987.4Windows
    52.2.0.607293766.6Windows
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