I looked on the Play store for Telnet Client and saw one by ClockworkMod and thought "Oooo, a reputable client!" but the permissions scared me off. There was another that required GPS location.

What is a good (i.e. functioning) telnet client for Android?

Features I am looking for:

  1. Reputable software
  2. No ads
  3. No root requirements, but maybe more features if the phone is rooted.
  4. Support the telnet protocol
  5. Landscape mode support

Nice to haves

  1. Free app
  2. SSH
  3. Support other protocols

The telnet client can be a part of a suite or it can be stand alone.


Try Irssi ConnectBot:

  • Free, open-source software
  • Supports Telnet, SSH, and MOSH if you download the version that has the mosh patches
  • Reputable, with over 1700 reviews on Google Play
  • No ads
  • No root required
  • Supports landscape mode (try the Force Landscape option under the Terminal Emulation options)
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  • Needs access to photo & media files??!! Nevertheless, I tried it and like it, so plus one. – Mawg says reinstate Monica Sep 10 '15 at 12:16
  • Yeah, not sure what that is about. Might be worth popping into IRCnet on the channel #irssiconnectbot to ask the developers :-) – baitisj Sep 10 '15 at 17:41
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    Probably it's to look for the private keys for SSH connection. ConnectBot is great, with mosh it would be perfect! I didn't know about the mosh fork. – Nemo Oct 10 '15 at 21:42
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    @Nemo -- /me slaps head. Yes, of course. It is for private keys. – baitisj Oct 10 '15 at 21:58
  • Does it support port forwarding though SSH? – Alejandro May 29 '16 at 19:50

I would recommend GSW ConnectBot from Georgia SoftWorks if you need a commercial grade client. Excellent client with very strong encryption using SSH.


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  • Thanks Sam, and welcome. Does your recommendation meet all of the requirements? – RockPaperLizard Sep 3 '19 at 22:49
  • I believe it does with the exception of "free", otherwise, it has all the features YARU was looking for. – Sam I Am Sep 4 '19 at 20:59

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