PdaNet+ Tethering App to Use Your Smartphone as a Modem

Use your smartphone as a modem for your laptop

PDANet app

One of the most popular resources for transforming an Android smartphone into a modem for your laptop, a process known as tethering, is PdaNet+.

PdaNet+ supports connections using Wi-Fi, a USB cable connection, and Bluetooth dial-up networking. The PdaNet+ app is available for Android, Windows computers, and Macs. The full version of the PdaNet+ app is a paid app, but a free trial version is available, which can continue to work after the trial period with some limitations and nagging.

How to Use PdaNet+

Step-by-step instructions for Android tethering are available. Here are basic instructions for using PdaNet+ on all compatible platforms.

  1. Download the software to your laptop or desktop computer

    This step is only necessary for iPhones using USB tethering on the iPhone, not for the Wi-Fi tethering.

    The software works on Windows PCs, Macs, Android, and Windows Mobile devices.​

  2. Depending on the mobile operating system, during the installation of PdaNet+ on your computer, the software also installs on your connected phone, or you have to download the app for the phone from the mobile app market. iPhone users have to jailbreak their phones first because PdaNet+ is not allowed in the App Store by Apple. They install PdaNet+ using Cydia.

  3. When PdaNet+ is installed, you click on the app on your computer and/or smartphone and then you use your phone's data plan for internet access on your laptop. A data plan for your smartphone is required.

There are other iPhone tethering apps and Android tethering apps available, but PdaNet+ is one of the most popular and oldest tethering apps. It's also easy to use and purported to be the fastest (at least for Android). As with any app that is not officially supported by the carriers and may require you to hack your phone or get root access, you need to take care in what you are doing and check your wireless contract for any issues your wireless provider may have with tethering or using your phone as a modem.