How to Tether Your Android Phone

By Techwalla Contributor

Tethering a phone refers to connecting it to a laptop or notebook to access the Internet over the smartphone's cellular connection, essentially making the phone a WiFi "hotspot." You can do this for free with an Android-based phone using a program called PdaNet.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable

Download PdaNet

Step 1

Tap "Menu" on your Android phone and tap "Market."

Step 2

Tap the "Search" icon, indicated by a magnifying glass, and type "PdaNet."

Step 3

Tap "pdanet" in the list of results and then tap "PdaNet."

Step 4

Tap "Download," agree to the terms and download and install the software to your phone.

Tether Your Android Phone

Step 1

Tap "Menu" on your phone again and this time tap "Settings."

Step 2

Tap "Applications" and then "Development."

Step 3

Check the box next to "USB Debugging" and then confirm that change, if prompted.

Step 4

Plug your phone into your laptop or notebook using the USB cable that came with the phone.

Step 5

Tap "Menu" on your phone. Tap "Applications" and then "PdaNet" to open the program.

Step 6

Tap "Enable USB Tether." Your phone is all set.

Step 7

Right-click the PdaNet icon on your computer screen and click "Connect." You should now be able to connect to the Internet using your phone as a modem.