Download Networking - Best Software & Apps

  • Facebook

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    Windows Phone
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Official Facebook app for Android

    8
    5855 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
  • Facebook Lite

    6.0.0.7.138

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A social network for the masses

    8
    700 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
  • Instagram

    varies-by-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Popular photo-based social network

    9
    1084 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
  • Hotspot Shield

    7.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Safely access blocked and restricted sites

    7
    8292 votes
    • PROS: Secure connection, Unrestricted US sites, Easy installation, Good streaming, Unlimited data transfer
    • CONS: Intrusive advertising, Slow surfing
  • Hamachi

    2.2.0.303

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create a safe private network between computers

    7
    29130 votes
    • PROS: Secure virtual network, Encrypted communications, Perfect for network games
    • CONS: None that we can think of!
  • Psiphon

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Free Access for All Internet Users

    9
    746 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
  • Tor Browser

    7.0.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Protect your privacy when you're surfing

    7
    2022 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
  • Connectify Hotspot

    2018.2.2.38986

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Share your internet connection with anyone!

    7
    1768 votes
    • PROS: Easy to set up, WPA2 Encryption, Automatic device detection, Manage shared folders
    • CONS: Must have a compatible wireless card
  • Free WiFi Hotspot

    3.6.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Tool to Make Your Laptop a WiFi Hotspot

    8
    370 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
  • My WIFI Router

    3.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer into a Wireless Hotspot For Free

    7
    1593 votes
    • PROS: Whitelist/blacklist, Other useful options, Easy to use
    • CONS: Weak security
  • Tunngle

    5.8.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A new era of VPN solutions for gamers?

    6
    481 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
  • Windscribe

    1.56

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Protect your online privacy with Windscribe

    9
    115 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
  • ExpressVPN

    1.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free virtual private network provider for smartphones

    8
    49 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
  • Nokia Software Recovery Tool

    6.3.56

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Just the trick to reset your Nokia phone

    7
    518 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
  • Mars WiFi - Free WiFi HotSpot

    3.0.2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer Into a Router

    8
    208 votes
    • PROS: Turn your computer into a router, Safe and secure
    • CONS: Not available through official Windows app store, Not available on Macs
  • Digital TV 2050

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Tune your PC into hundreds of TV channels from around the world

    6
    317 votes
    • PROS: Huge selection of countries to choose from, Streaming and quality good, Features integrated radio and webcams
    • CONS: Poor selection of national channels, Many streams do not work , Interface looks dated
  • Wireless Network Watcher

    1.91

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Discover intruders on your Wi-Fi network

    7
    540 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
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

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

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

    2.5.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Convert your PC into a Wi-Fi access point

    7
    790 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, No installation needed
    • CONS: Many problems with stability
  • Firefox 64-bit

    Nightly a1 14.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Firefox: Free Web Browser for 64-bit Operating Systems

    7
    407 votes
    • PROS: Private browsing protects against tracking, Optional add-ons to customise browser, Separate address/search bars improves browser security.
    • CONS: Some issues with browser freezing
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
1varies-with-device58557.8Android, Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone
27.9.082927.4Windows
37.0.1020227.3Windows, Mac
42018.2.2.3898617686.7Windows
52.2.0.303291306.6Windows