Mobile Phones Android 64 64 people found this article helpful How to Tether Your Android Smartphone Using PdaNet+ Use PdaNet+ to turn your smartphone into a modem for your laptop by Melanie Pinola Writer Former Lifewire writer Melanie Pinola has 5+ years' experience writing about consumer-oriented technology and is an expert telecommuter. our editorial process Melanie Pinola Updated on May 06, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email PdaNet+ turns your smartphone into a modem for your laptop in a procedure known as tethering. This capability means you don't have to worry about finding a Wi-Fi hotspot. As long as you have cellular data coverage, you can work online on your laptop. PdaNet+'s Android version enables tethering via USB cable or over Wi-Fi via its Direct Hotspot connection feature. You can use the free version of PdaNet+ if you don't mind interruptions, but the full version costs less than $10 as of late 2018 and allows unfettered access to secure websites after a 30-day trial period. Note Many smartphones now offer built-in hotspot functionality, which you can usually find in Settings > Tethering (or similar term). If your phone has this capability, you don't need a separate app. Download and Install PdaNet+ on Your Windows PC Setting up PdaNet+ is a matter of installing it on both your smartphone and your Windows computer. Download the PdaNet+ Windows installer from the June Fabrics website. Install PdaNet+ on your computer. The setup on the computer side is straightforward, although there are several steps involved. Start by running the installer. The first part will ask you some basic questions about how you want to install PdaNet+. Generally, the defaults are alright. During the installation, PdaNet+ will ask you to connect your Android device. Stop, and turn your attention to your phone. Download PdaNet+ from the Google Play Store. (The developer is June Fabrics Technology Inc.) For PdaNet to connect, you're going to need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. If you haven't already, take a moment to do that. Connect your phone to the computer via USB. Open the PdaNet+ app on Android, and select USB Tether. Press Ok back on the Windows installation window. Next, Windows will warn you that the PdaNet+ installer is looking to install a new device. Press Install to continue. The installer will then ask you to allow USB debugging when prompted on your Android device. Open your Android device, and you should see the debug request. Select Always Allow from this computer, and press Ok. The Windows installer will let you know that the install completed successfully. Make sure the Connect PdaNet+ after installation is selected, and choose USB mode. Then, press Finish. Turn to your Windows PC. You'll see that you've successfully connected. In the future, you'll use the PdaNet+ icon in your system tray to connect on Windows and the App on Android. When you get a Connected! notification on your laptop, you'll be able to surf the web using your Android's data connection.