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Steps to Tether Android Phone & Use as Modem with PdaNet

PDA Net logoWant to tether your Android device but confused with many tools, then let’s check out a tool which is called as PDANet which is basically a free application. For those who don’t know what tethering is, tethering basically turns your smart phone into a modem which can be then connected to a Laptop or to a computer so that you need not search for any other means of internet like 3G or even WiFi. Tethering can be done in many ways but it is recommended to tether via USB cable than wireless option. Though, PDANet software is free, but a full version will cost around 24$.

So, let’s check out how you can tether your Android device with Windows or Mac computer:

Before we proceed to the step by step procedure on tethering PdaNet you need to first download this tethering app from the Android Marketplace and also install the software on the Windows or Mac computer.

Install PDA Net

  • Download the PdaNet software tool and place the downloaded file in SD card and run the installation package from your phone.

PDA Net Android app

  • Now, you need to configure the PDANet software tool on your desktop. During the installation you will be prompted to select your phone manufacturer so connect your device via USB but before that ensure that you have enabled USB debugging mode on your Android phone which can be done by going into Settings > Applications > Development where you can enable USB Debugging. You may see some warning but you can accept that.

USB Debugging

  • After installing the PDANet software for your Windows or Mac and on Android smart phone you need to search for PDANet in Android market place and need to install the application.
  • Now, its time to connect your Android device to your computer. As soon as you have installed the applications on both the device as well as on computer it’s time to tether now. So first connect your device via USB, go to PDANet app on your smart phone and select Enable USB tether and then use the USB cable to connect your device the laptop. As soon as you connect your device to the laptop or to the desktop you will get a notification on which you need to click on Connect option to proceed for tethering your device.

PDA Net PC Snapshot

  • Also, you can right click on PDANet icon on task bar and can select Connect Internet option. In a similar way you can also connect via Bluetooth instead of USB cable, for this you need to Enable Bluetooth DUN in the android application and then pair your laptop or computer via Bluetooth.


  1. jon

    September 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this! Saved my ass! 🙂

  2. dave

    September 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

    what is error =9 and how do it stop it so i can connect?

  3. clau

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    this is cool.. it actually worked well.. these are pretty simple steps.. 🙂 thank you so much

  4. jesse

    August 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I was using PDAnet on my Garminfone from Tmobile and never had any trouble at all, then I switched to Verizon and got a Droid Incredible, the VZaccess manager enabled tethering and the speed was incredible, much faster than pdanet. My Droid was stolen, and Insurion replaced it with the new Incredible2, and wouldn’t you know, VZaccess won’t work with the new phone, Verizon wants to make sure that newer phones have to use the Hotspot feature so they can make that extra dollar when you exceed the pathetic (and seemingly arbitrary) 2gig limit. So now hopefully I can find pdanet again and go that route…but Yes, PDAnet was awesome and I found it at just the right time…

  5. amy s

    July 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Hi there –
    I’ve been using PDAnet to tether since I got my Motorola Droid over a year ago and it’s been great. I just upgraded PDANet on my computer. Do I need to connect the Droid to the computer and re-install the update on my phone or do I only need the upgrade on my computer? If so, do I need to uninstall the old version from my Droid first? Thanks for your help!

  6. roger

    June 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm


    I just installed pdaNet on to Samsung droid charge, When pdanet is accessed from phone it asks to download client version 3.00. When I installed 3.00 on win 7 64 bit during installation pdaNEt to your phone it fails poping up: “:Installer fail to handshake with device”..
    Any idea what next.

  7. Sverre

    May 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you! I used PDA Net on my original Motorola Droid, and recently upgraded to Samsung’s Droid Charge. I was very dismayed to find that the carrier’s had forced Junefabrics to take PDA Net off the Marketplace. Glad I found your article!

  8. shary

    March 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I worked the other day on this for over 14 hours and I finally gave up and havent touched it since. It is a new phone I got for my father and he is without right now. I got him an LG Optimus and am confused as how to get this phone to work as a hard drive (unable to get to the sd card in windows). I have the Evo and do not even try with it or know 1/10 of what it can do and really do not want to learn another phone just to install this program. Does anyone know what the instructions are missing that is making this so difficult for me? (maybe a brain?? LOL)

  9. Andy

    February 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Is this free or do you need to add a hotspot plan I have a LG Optimus S from sprint. I have unlimited everything but its not setup as a hot spot.

  10. Neal Pradeep

    January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    @Rajkiran Malyala Yes you can…

  11. Rajkiran Malyala

    January 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Can this be done without rooting the tab

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