How to Tether Your Android Phone

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.

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Tethering a phone gives you Internet access over the phone's cell network.
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Download PdaNet

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

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

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

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

Tether Your Android Phone

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

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Tap "Applications" and then "Development."

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

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

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

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

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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.