Motorola’s version of the Android operating system, Motoblur, displays your online social network activity on your smartphone’s homescreen. Motorola Blur smartphones allow data tethering in situations where Wi-Fi internet is unavailable. If your Motorola phone supports Android 2.2 or later, tethering ability is built into your phone’s firmware. If you have an earlier version of Android, a simple tethering program will let you tether. Read your cell carrier’s terms of service before tethering to avoid violating your contract.
Tap “Menu,” then “Settings,” and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Tap “About Phone,” and scroll down to “Android Version” to see if your phone has Android 2.2 installed.
Tap “Back.” Tap “Applications,” “Development,” then “USB Debugging” to open a connection between your phone and your computer. Tap “Back,” and scroll up to “Wireless and Networks.” Scroll down, and tap “Tethering and Portable Hotspot.”Connect your phone to a USB port on your computer. Tap “USB Tethering” on your phone. Click “Connect to Internet” in the pop-up window in the lower right corner of the screen on your computer.
Earlier Versions of Android
Tap “Menu,” then “Market” to launch the Android Market on your Motorola. Tap “Options,” then “Search.”
Search for a tethering program, such as PdaNet, Easy Tether or Klink for Android. Tap the download link to install the tethering program of your choice. Tap “Menu,” “Settings,” then “Applications.” Tap “Development,” then “USB Debugging.” Tap “Home” to exit the Settings menu.
Press “Menu,” then “Programs” to launch the tethering program you’ve installed. Connect your phone to a USB port on your computer, and tap “Enable USB Tethering.” Click “OK” in the pop-up window on your computer to finish installing the device drivers for your computer. Click “Finish” to close the dialogue box. Right-click the tethering icon in the system tray in the lower right corner of your screen, and choose “Connect to Internet.”
Tips & Warnings
- Turn off automatic updates while tethering to avoid downloading large files and exceeding your data limit.