How to Tether Motorola Droid

Whatever iDon’t, Droid does. The advertising campaign from Verizon had been incomplete. Droid will be able to do much more than Verizon is telling you. For example: free tethering, iPhone-like multitouch and CPU overclocking.

Just like  the jailbreak community on the iPhone, there’s a group of Android developers determined to grant any Google-powered phone free access to every feature imaginable. And they’re able to accomplish this task more legitimately than underground iPhone hackers, since Android’s source code is completely open to developers.and to add to it, Android 2.0 is now Open Source, so it becomes prevalently much more easier.

However, it’s possible to Tether your Motorola Droid even today. All you need to do is follow the steps carefully.

What you’ll need:

  1. USB Driver – Download or Download (Mirror)
  2. Tethering Software – [PDANet] Download (Full  version costs $29, onetime)

Step 1. First, Install PDANet software on your desktop and Phone. The moment you install it on desktop, it will automatically install the USB driver for you, if it doesn’t, you can use the USB driver above to install.

Step 2. Make sure you have USB Debugging still enabled. Connect your Droid to the USB and on  phone, launch the PDANet software. Click on “Turn PdaNet On“.

Step 3. Once it is turned on, you can then go to your PC and “Connect” on the PDANet software on your taskbar. You are done, You have Tethered Droid successfully, enjoy the High speed wireless Internet.

Step 4. (Optional, only for Bluetooth) If you need Bluetooth Tethering, first thing you need to do is pair your phone with your PC via bluetooth connection.

Step 5. Once successful, create a Dial-up Networking Connection (DUN). When asked what modem to use, select the Bluetooth Modem Driver. It will ask you for a username and password, select you won’t need to use one. It will ask you to for a phone number to use to dial out. Use “123” as the phone number.

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  • thinton

    The tethering advice for Droid – which I followed – worked great. Thanks.

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  • thinton

    The tethering advice for Droid – which I followed – worked great. Thanks.

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  • If you're looking to tether your Verizon Droid to Ubuntu GNU/Linux, checkout this page:
    http://www.humans-enabled.com/2009/12/how-to-te

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  • Daniel

    Wow it really does work for the droid. thanks! Well worth the 29 bucks. In fact, i'm using it right now to type this comment lol.

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  • charma

    Good directions. Worked on first pass using USB.

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  • Mari

    I'm doing something wrong. I purchased the full version for droid. Recieved the email. But can seem to get to the download. help

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  • wz

    Can verizon find out if we are tethering or not? And would they find a way to make you pay?

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    • If you use excessive data, they will figure out. In other cases also, they can if they want to, but I don't think they do.

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  • Worked flawlessly for me on my Droid and I didn't buy the full version of PDAnet.
    Here's a simpler explanation:
    1. On your Droid, download PDAnet free edition
    2. On your PC, go to http://www.junefabrics.com/android/download.php to download PDAnet for PC (it's free also).
    3. Install PDAnet on your PC. It will tell you when to plug your Droid into your PC and how to enable USB debugging when you do.
    4. Once the driver is done installing the program will let you know its done installing as well.
    5. On your Droid open PDAnet app and press button to “Enable USB tether”.
    6. On your PC right-click PDAnet systray icon and click “Connect”.
    7. You should see a new “PDAnet modem” internet connection icon in your system tray.
    All done.

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    • BRG

      working great. just installed. quite easy.

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    • Pinky

      Thanks for the tip Adam it works like a charm…..
      Do you think it works for the HTC eris droid as well?

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    • Bri

      Thanks so much! Installation was flawless and it is working great! Question, does anyone know if Verizon can track that you are tethering your phone? Also, how long does the free version last? I would be willing to pay additional money for the PDAnet…but wasn't sure, if it let's you know when it expires…etc.

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      • SW in VA

        It lets you know

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    • krmi

      yes it does work, but only for a few days. then it blocks all https sites such as myspace. You have to purchase it to get the abilty back. The same issue with easytether. Anyone find one that doesnt put a time limit on full access?

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      • azilink android app is free and open source.
        It uses OpenVPN on the PC/Linux/Mac side, also open source.

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    • Papadoc1

      how do you do it for a mac ???

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    • Bradmadsen

      Sure this will work but your internet connection through you laptop while tethering will block secure web sites. Are there any ways around that? with out having to buy the Pdanet version

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    • Jay

      This process worked like a charm, my friend almost gave up too soon – he was going to just go to Verizon. As we read and re-read through Adams instructions everything he said was on point and he’s connected now. Thanks Adam

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  • rubbadubdub100

    pda net won't download on my droid what do i do?

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    • Fireeyes1019

      download easytether its free

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  • SouthGAMan

    worked like a charm..easy as 1,2,3

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  • edwin

    is the connection secure

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  • Texas Trophy

    Works like a charm! I went to pay for the full version of PDANet and it was only $19!

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    • Fireeyes1019

      just download easytether off ur android market its free

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  • Mpeg

    Using it on my Mac OS 10.58 I love it! 1.05mb/s down. 0.50mb/s up. Not too bad!

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    • Cstrayer

      Hi – I'm on MAC OS 10.6.4 – everything i read is for how to do it on a PC – how did you do it for your MAC?

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    • Boec7301

      Are you finding it hard to access some sites? I can get on to most, but there are some that it will say its just still loading then and error comes up.. is there some setting or anything that need to be changed in my internet preferences or something?

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  • Guy

    it does work great but wondering what the difference is with the paid version

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  • Guy

    it does work great but wondering what the difference is with the paid version

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  • gaslez

    HI, I have a mac and windows laptops. Can I use my droid to tether both (not at the same time)? I have it hooked up for the windows laptop now. I downloaded the PDanet on the Mac and clicked on the icon wouldn't even open.

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    • Fireeyes1019

      yes u can hook up both just go to cradlepoint.com

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  • pshendrickson

    So has anyone found out if Verizon can tell that you are tethering your phone? I only need it for a backup, when I get to close to my 5GB on my mi-fi.

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    • VZW Chicago

      VZW flags accounts that stream data at rates faster than typical PDA usage, such as streaming video. Typical data usage for a PDA is well under the 5GB cap that is provided. If an account is consistently streaming data atypical of “normal” usage, that account may be involuntarily terminated for violating the terms and conditions of the wireless service agreement, and will be billed an early termination fee. I would advise against tethering your Motorola Droid until android 2.2 is available and a tethering feature is added. in the interim VZW offers a high usage Mobile Broadband plan that is not advertised, if you are concerned about data overage on your mi-fi.

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      • Scary Bob

        But really, what is different about the packets sent to and from the phone, versus to and from the PC (through the phone)? I watch high def videos on my Droid now on YouTube and other sites, download large files, and browse even non-PDA friendly versions of websites. So how is that any different from doing it on my PC via the phone? In other words, how can VZW “prove” I was tethering and not just using my smartphone heavily, on my UNLIMITED data plan? Sounds like a good lawsuit when VZW tries to terminate my contract and charge me a termination fee.

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      • Jerome

        I love it when VZW drones try to sway consumers away from easy access items like this. That company is making it's money and will never terminate service for tether. You really need to reconsider your priorities. The $10.00 an hour that they are paying you is chump change and you should question an organization that feeds you misinformation. I have tethered my Droid for a month now and have seen no changes in service fees. But that is what they tell you to think. Dude, I feel for you. I really do.

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      • luvDroid

        This post was clearly made by someone who works at Verizon. I have been using PDA net with my droid through my laptop for about a year now, every day. I have never had any issues and I really don't think Verizon can tell any differnce between usage on the phone vs. running it on the computer through PDA net.

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  • Chuck

    No need to buy anything or install any drivers to tether a Droid. I simply connected my Droid to my Windows 7 laptop via the USB port and it automatically found it and allowed me to connect to it and surf the Internet.

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    • Gonzoid

      On verizon plan you need to pay like $60 bucks a month for “unlimited” internet which means in verizon terms you cant go over a 5GB data transfer limit or they start to charge you by the kb, Do you still get charged if you go over the 5GB data transfer on this PDAnet app?

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    • Libor

      Hey Chuck, I've tried to load PDAnet drivers on my laptop 7 and i gives me an errer, can you tell me what I'm doing wrong? Lib

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  • darwin

    my question is do you have to pay extra for tethering on a $30 data base plan on moto droid?is there a internet fee?

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  • I tried this. I did not work on my Mac book pro. can u help?

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  • marcus

    Is it possible to tether internet from my rooted motorola droid to my wii. I have tried everything i could think of, PDANET, Easy Tether and my wifi wireless tether. The Wii will find the wireless tether wifi, but when i test the connection it just gives me an error code any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    • For everyone reading this trying to do this, you cant. the reason is that the Wii can not connect to AdHoc Devices… and that is what your phone is. Due to driver limitations on the phones you phone is not acting as a true full wifi access point.

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  • Siddharth

    Hi
    wanted to know that if we do this kind of tethering is it free, as verizon wont charge Extra money on it.

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  • Sandywilson

    This app is great until you get a new computer. I've tried everything to transfer to my new computer and it just plan refuses and customer service is slow and generally can't help. So it works at first but if your thinking about getting a new computer any time soon wait to get pdanet on it.

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  • Aquapimp_25

    I have downloaded and installed the software, it says its working and on, but none of my web pages load. I went through the settings and made sure PDAnet was my default connection, still nothing.

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  • Jparking2002

    Just got the version 2.42 and having trouble with it. I had the 2.41 and no trouble. And I got the paid version. The motorola droid is not doing good with the 2.42.

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  • Judy

    I want to tether my droid to my ipad… has anyone tried this and are you happy with the results?

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  • Vbpallet

    Does anyone know it I can use PDANet with a laptop instead of a desktop?

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    • ANDREAQ

      I have used it on my laptop (Win/7) for 6 months. It works great but I have unlimited data on my Verizon plan. I believe it is only $20 extra and well worth it. I purchased the full version of pdanet after seeing that it works flawlessly on my droid 2. I highly recommend it. I was paying $60 per month to verizon for 2 years for tethering to my laptop.

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  • prowse

    Install HotspotShield – free (but, annoyingly ad supported, but read on) and a paid (removes all ads) versions. HotspotShield runs your computer and ANYTHING PLUGGED INTO IT through a VPN.

    Follow all other instructions here fr PDAnet free version.

    Start HotspotShield. Start PDAnet. Check Tethering (in Droid). Click connect on PDAnet (on computer).

    Try an https url. Magical, isn't it?

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  • Bivie

    Has any one hand problems sending emails from your computer when it is tethered through your droid. I get an error every time.

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  • Colbydirks

    I have unlimeted Data on my motorola droid and i just woundered if it cost extra a month to tether it with my Macbook Pro.

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  • Keywest031904

    How much does it cost to every month

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  • Shannon Vanwagner

    You can tether via USB to your Android for Internet connectivity for FREE using free open source software. I’ve detailed the steps for doing it here:
    http://www.humans-enabled.com/2010/09/how-to-tether-windows-to-internet-via.html

    Cheers!
    Shannon VanWagner
    humans-enabled

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  • Jumaher33

    I purchased Easy Tether for my droid Paid $10 for it and I am not able to get on some sites using it.. .How can I get other sites?

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  • Bchunt

    trying tether droid x to mac; i have installed pda on both droid & mac when i hit enable usb on phone and the icon on mac and tap connect it says my phone is not connected. any help appreciated

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  • Kdiannepannullo

    Please help! I have done everything to tether my phone through pdaNET and when I try to connect, it says “Phone is not attached.” which is weird because it lets me transfer files so I know my computer is recognizing the phone via the USB. Also when I tried to search for more information about how to do this via my phone using google, it just kept taking me to Verizon’s page offering the tethering package!!!! Can Verizon control my google searches like that?!?!?! It was a bit scary, like Verizon was not allowing me to search and sending me to their own site.

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  • Williamiler

    I started using pdanet for about two months. One day when I went to tether my phone to my laptop it didn’t work anymore. It keeps saying can’t find usb drivers. I have tried everything I know of. I have uninstalled several times on my pc and phone. Still wont work. Even went as far as formating my pc and it’s still a no go. What in the world do I need to do about this.

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