Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX - Tether your laptop or computer to your phone

Android 2.3
Phone: Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX
Factory OS: Android 2.3

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Tether your laptop or computer to your phone

You can tether your computer or laptop to your phone so that the PC uses the phone’s 3G or 4G connection.

To do this, connect the phone to your PC via USB cable. If a screen appears saying Choose a connection type, then select USB tethering and you should be able to start surfing straight away. If it doesn’t then press the Home key to go into normal mode. Then go to Menu – Settings – Wireless and network – Tethering and portable hotspots. Then tick USB tethering. Your computer should then install the relevant drivers. To test, simply open your browser and start surfing.

Another alternative if the above doesn’t work is to use an App called PdaNet. Before you install this App, you will need to go to Menu – Settings – Applications – Development. Then tick the option which says USB Debugging. Then download both the App and the software for your computer. Once they are both installed run PdaNet on your laptop and then on your phone. Follow any other instructions to complete the process.

Warning: Some carriers will tell you that tethering is not allowed in their contract. You should still be able to use the above techniques, but be aware that your carrier may not be happy. Also, if you are not on an unlimited data plan, be sure you do not use too much data through your laptop or computer as you may incur extra charges.

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