One of the primary reasons for the success of Android phones is the fact that they have tremendous potential. Open source software has given programmers and coders the flexibility to customise different flavours of the Android operating system, thereby making it an outstanding success. Getting root access to your Android phone will surely unleash its potential.
However, there is much that you can also do without rooting your phone. Among the many functions that you can enjoy without rooting your phone, is the fact that you can use your phone as a modem. This will save you a great deal of money on internet bills each month, especially in cases where you need to go slow on your existing internet connection due to high costs.
Most mobile network providers offer mobile data plans at reasonable prices and you can use it as a wifi-spot to connect to the internet on your computer. There are two primary ways in which this can be done and these ways are elaborated below.
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Use Your Phone As A WiFi Hotspot
If your phone comes with WiFi capabilities, then you can use your phone as a WiFi hotspot and share your internet connection with your computer. In order to do this, you will need to download the “WiFi Hotspot” app on your phone. This is a free app that can be downloaded through the Android Market.
Set the “Router Name” option in the app to any name of your choice that will enable you to identify your phone’s internet connection. Set the “Security” option to be WPA (TKIP), and configure a password of your choice in order to secure the network. This app has the option to turn your phone on as a portable WiFi hotspot.
Once this is enabled, try to detect your phone in the list of wireless networks detected by your computer based on the “Router Name” that you had earlier specified in the app. When you click on it, you will be prompted to enter the password. Once this is done, your internet connection will be shared with your computer and you can use your phone as a modem.
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USB tethering works best with Android 2.1 (Froyo) and above. You do not need a specific software to get this working, although some people might desire to use PDANet to simplify the task. All you need is a USB cable, your phone and your computer.
Administrator access is required in order to install the drivers required, if any, on your computer. When you connect your Android phone to the computer, the status bar of most phones will display the connected functionally of your phone – whether it is charging or whether it has been mounted as a disk drive.
Tapping on the status bar will give you a choice to change the way your phone acts when it is connected to the computer, for just that particular time. Tap “Enable USB Tethering”. You computer will now detect your phone and will automatically connect you to the internet.