For my iphone I was using this with pdanet to tether via usb. Now I have an android phone, also with pdanet. I'd appreciate any help.


My phone is a droid x. I'm using the latest OS officially available for that phone.

  • what phone, what version of android?
    – Chipaca
    Jan 10, 2011 at 20:03
  • Why do you need any app to tether?. All the Android phones that I owned have tether built-in. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:06
  • 1
    Yes, Android 2.2 has built in tether support (over Wi-Fi)
    – Extender
    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:41

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Install easytether from Android Market. It has Ubuntu 10.04+ package you can install and it works fine.

It also comes with detailed instructions what to do to make your tethering work. It does not require rooted phone.


If you are like me and did not know what Tethering is the simple definition is to use a cell phone to share the internet connection to a laptop, computer or another device. Definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethering

This is if you are like me (Did not know there was a word for sharing connection from a mobile phone to another device. I thought it was just sharing connection hehe)

Anyway here are several methods (Simple ones, there are other tough ones):

Proxoid - It is Free. Does not require root permission and has little configuration

The Proxoid Android app can tether your phone for free since it turns your Android device into a proxy server that your computer uses to make internet requests. Proxoid is free in the Android market, but to get it working you have to install the Android SDK or device drivers onto your computer, tweak some of the settings, and then configure your browser to use a proxy server

The pros of this method are that it's free and you don't need to gain root, so it's less risky. The cons are that you've got to install the Android SDK (something really only developers should have to do), and set your browser to use the proxy server each time you want to tether.

Proxoid - http://code.google.com/p/proxoid/
Proxoid Doc - http://code.google.com/p/proxoid/wiki/installationLinux

PDAnet - Costs about 30$. Does not require root access and needs minimal configuration

PDAnet Android application lets you tether Android using an app on the phone plus simple software you install on your computer.

PDAnet costs $30 if you want to access https ports (which the free version blocks). To connect to the internet via the phone, you tap a button to start PDAnet on the phone, and click "Connect" in the PDAnet on your computer.

The pros of PDAnet are that it's risk-free, easy to use, and requires minimal setup. (You do have to enable USB debugging on your phone, which is the geekiest step it involves, but that's just a checkbox in your phone's settings.) The cons of PDAnet is that it requires the PDAnet software on your computer and that it costs $30.

PDAnet - http://www.junefabrics.com/android/index.php
PDAnet Doc - http://www.junefabrics.com/android/faq.php


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