Is it possible to use your Droid cell phone as a modem to get internet on your computer? I mean, you're already paying for that unlimited data feature. What's hindering you from using that data on your computer?
Well, the secret is about to be revealed. It is completely possible to use your Droid cell phone, or any Android phone for that matter, as a modem and connect it to your computer for internet connection. Even better, it can be free!
- Step 1
You will need to visit the market on your Droid to find the right app so you can use your cell phone as a modem for your computer to connect to the internet. Use the data service on your phone to connect a computer to the internet is called tethering.
So, go the market on your cell phone. Then use the search function and enter the following search: "pdanet". This search should elicit several results. One of the results should be the app called "pdaNET". It is a free app to download. Download and install this app.
- Step 2
Following installation, your Droid cell phone will show the pdaNET app home screen. If it does not, then go to your pull up menu with all your applications and you click on the pdaNET app to open it up.
On the home screen of the pdaNET app you will have two options. Choose "Enable USB Tether". This enables your Droid cell phone to act as a modem for your computer.
- Step 3
To actually connect your computer to your Droid cell phone and use it as a modem, you will also need to install the pdaNET program on your PC or Mac. You can download the program for free at http://www.junefabrics.com/android/index.php.
Installation of the program will require that your computer be restarted. Once it restarts you will notice a pdaNET icon in the tray on your computer.
- Step 4
Click the icon and choose "Connect". This will connect your PC to the internet via your cell phone. The icon will blink for a few seconds and the turn blue. You are now connected to the internet!
Your computer will only use your phone as a modem when there are no other internet connections available.
- Your internet speeds will depend on how good your service is, and what cell phone provider you are using.
- Most Android phones require the unlimited data plan with your cell phone carrier. Make sure your data is unlimited, or beware of how much you are using your phone as a modem or you might run up a huge bill with data overages.