How to Use PC Internet Connection with Your Android Phone

January 15, 2012
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    If you’re planning to go out on a vacation to a place where a Wi-Fi connection seems impossible, tethering will be your key to keep your other devices hooked up to the online world. Tethering is the ability to share your mobile phone’s cellular data connection with other devices. This neat feature, however useful, requires additional data connection and relatively increases your phone’s monthly bill.

    If your mobile phone can’t share its Internet connectivity, why not reverse the process instead? Developers from XDA Developers have come up with a solution to share the broadband connection of your PC to your mobile phone. Although it’s currently running as beta with a few bugs, the software can be used to browse the Internet on your mobile phone.

    This guide will only work if you have rooted your device and with a Windows PC. We will not be liable for any damages arising from your use of this guide. Use the presented information at your own risk.

    Remember that the tool is still beta software, so expect a lot of kinks and bugs. You can surf using Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Dolphin Browser, although Google Chrome complains of not having an Internet connection even though it works. Ping and low-level ICMP packets don’t seem to work either. Searching on the Android Market works, but at the moment, it is not yet possible to download and install apps from the Android Market.

    Requirements

    • A rooted Android phone
    • Desktop or laptop computer running Windows
    • Working broadband Internet connection on the desktop or laptop
    • Android Software Development Kit (SDK) installed on the desktop or laptop (optional but recommended)

    Instructions

    1. Download the reverse tethering tools (ReverseTethering 2.30.zip, 3.34 MB) and save the file to your computer. The ZIP file contains AndroidTool.exe (Android USB Tunnel tool for your Windows machine), ADB, and the Android APK (Android USB Tunnel tool for your Android phone).
    2. Extract the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
    3. Enable USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.
    4. Go to the folder where you extracted the ZIP file’s contents.
    5. Run AndroidTool.exe.
    6. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable.
    7. In the Android USB Tunnel window, click on the Refresh Devices button.
    8. From the list on the right of the detected devices, select a Domain Name Server (DNS) to use.
    9. Click the Show Android Interface button. This will install the app and other needed binaries to your phone.
    10. If the Superuser app on your phone asks whether to allow “USB Tunnel,” choose to allow the app. If the process crashes after receiving Superuser rights, close the Android USB Tunnel Windows application and repeat the procedure from the start.
    11. Click on the Connect button on the Android USB Tunnel window on your computer.
    12. Again, if the Superuser app on your phone asks, choose to allow “USB Tunnel.”

    Congratulations! You have successfully reverse-tethered your Android phone to your PC.

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    • David

      Or you could just install Connectify…

    • Gadgetreviews

      wonderful post great site! turorials works perfectly with my android phone.. Thanks!

      -http://www.techihunt.com

    • Dono

      NOT WORKING ON GALAXY S2 !

      have performed as described, message USB connected on Android as well does not work on XP and Samsung Galaxy S2 -
      So far all messages are ok Step 12 connection is done.
      Unfortunately no internet connection on Galaxy S2 is working and as soon I start the TEST from the menue on the Galaxy S2 – aplication fails (:

    • Dono

      Furthermore this app. does not work on Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 (GT-7500) with Android 3.1.
      Setup ends here even sooner compared to Galaxy S2 during Step 1: No device connected..

      Is there no other working app ? When is a beta4 expected which would possibly work with both my brand new devices – Galaxy S2 as well Galaxy TAB 10.1 ?

      thanks

    • Harisangaran S

      WORKED ON GALAXY POP…….BUT CANNOT DOWNLOAD MARKET APPS

      • Harisangaran S

        please help….!!

    • Sid99rocks

      will it work on galaxy ace

    • Sasikanth B 009

      works on samsung galaxy pop rooted
      thank you sooo much

    • Ravipoduval

      no device detected! i’m stuck at the first stem of opening the android tool

    • Ravipoduval

      no device detected! i’m stuck at the first stem of opening the android tool. my phone is samsung galaxy y!

    • richi

      Works on hp touchpad CM7 android but cannot download applications from mkt.

      • Pranay Khatri

        I have touchpad with cm9 apha 2 .. i cant use reverse tethering on my device please help..
        in androidtool i cant see my device listed even after refreshing many times :(

    • Bruce

      No devices connected..even if I enable mass storage windows detects it, but still no detection by the tool. Any ideas? (SGS I9000)

    • Sajjad,ahmed.shawl

      IF U HAVE LAPTOP USE “CONNECTFY”
      no need to root ur device just install it configure and thats it. ………..

    • http://www.facebook.com/itsmearain Muhammad Yousuf Arain

      i want use my pc net on my galaxy s2 with Data Cable or bluetooth is this possible for galasy s2, this is very eazy in my HTC Wildfire s

    • Andrey_master_2011

      link is dead

    • Ianz

      There’s a new app called ReverseTehter, that allows you to do just that (access your computer’s connection via usb). It doesn’t require any extra software, or windows installations, or ADB/debugging, or tech savviness, and your connection looks like 3G so that all your apps work seamlessly including Market, Downloads and Talk. it requires a rooted device.

      Check out this video to see it in action:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAkUSMyTpcA

    • Tibany5

      Oh my GOD!
      My previous windows mobile was able to do it automatically, I did not think that time that it is so hard to get it!
      Windows 6.5 was a powerful OS.

    • Phillipino

      Works for me… just have patience… ADB.exe is also my problem when it becomes unstable just try and try until device is detected (make sure it’s not offline).
      Install first the usb_driver (included on the package, right-click .inf file, then install),
      then install the tracetool service.apk on ur phone, then run the androidtool.exe on ur PC
      Another link is here for the tool. http://www.mediafire.com/?oayb2lrjoi417g9

      • Pinoy

        pre pano gnawa mo?

    • Ssjunkmail

      Connectify doesn’t work for me as it sets up an Ad-hoc network which Android handsets can’t see by default. (And I’m yet to find a wpa_supplicant that works with my SGSII on ICS)

    • Msagent619

      works perfectly on my samsung galaxy ace gt-s5830 (rooted) however… cannot download anything…..

    • aNONYMOUS

      The link is dead

    • Derek

      Search for Reverse Tether on the Android Market, so much simpler.

    • Abshah1234

      my device simply doesn’t show up even when i refresh………plz help!!!!

    • aizuddin

      the link for downloading the reverse tethering tools is dead

    • Saiful Amri Amir Hashim

      9.Click the Show Android Interface button. This will install the app and other needed binaries to your phone.

      where is the button?

    • Saiful Amri Amir Hashim

      this is my error..anyway to solve it?

    • Saiful Amri Amir Hashim

      i solve the problem..u can use the latest reverse tethering v2.28..here..
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1371345

    • Pixelsensation

      just search the “USB reverse tethering” in the google market and follow the instructions.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zIqOh3lYI

    • Dragon

      works for me ,i can even download things

      • denrose

        how plz explain..hv u dn anything special?

    • Helpc

      You guys are amazing!!!!!

    • Kzaibtv11

      how to use via bluetooth ?

      • ch

        how to connect via buetooth??

    • Adriana

      The link is deaddddddd, please upload the attachment again :))

    • falamslam

      !!! SUPER !!! Working on SGN with 4.03 incl. GooglePlay – Thanks!

    • Celus

      I dont believe it, IT WORKED FINE ON MY SAMSUNG GALAXY Y PERFECTLY. THANKS, MAN, THANKS =D

    • venom

      working good for me, but after some time my pc connection will get disconnected..plz help me

    • jan albert

      where is the
      Show Android Interface botton??

      • http://www.facebook.com/sunil.prasad.104 Sunil Prasad

        just click on connect.

    • jan albert

      and my Galaxy Y doesn’t have super user app

      plss help

      • http://www.facebook.com/sunil.prasad.104 Sunil Prasad

        root it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sunil.prasad.104 Sunil Prasad

      Thanks its working super smooth for me. galaxy y

      • abhi

        Sunilji pl. help for deducting device. Application was not find device

    • abhi

      Application not found device. What is the procedure for find devices

    • Amit Pednekar

      where is Android USB Tunnel window

    • http://www.facebook.com/Safeeraslamc Safeer Aslam

      Woriking !!! connected https but not http domains

    • mahendra

      nice post….. i m using internet on my android but no apps are downloading and updating fom play store can you help me with this problem…? its downloading from another apps…

    • http://www.facebook.com/SapnaRParikh Sapna Parikh

      There is no device in the refresh box and check dns how to connect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tanmay.gulavane31 Tanmay Gulavane

      it’s just showing waiting for connection for a long time. only 1 time it got connected, so i tried to use “google search” on my samsung galaxy y duos. but nothing happen. it’s keep showing no connections. retry. what is the problem.?????

    • javier

      don´t navigation but connect ok, i am disable firewall, what happens?

      • javier

        xperia 8x , android 2.1

    • Soe Moe AUng

      Hae’ Man, I can even use PC connection with android phone, but I can’t download with my phone, how to solve this problem , if you know , pls send me back to dennissoemoe@gmail.com , Thanks

    • negin

      thanx a lot

    • Soham

      I think there is no need of any app or any third party software for doing this. Guys you can do this for any wifi enabled devices. You only have to create an access point network from your laptop. For step by step discussion visit
      bloggersoham.blogspot.in/2012/08/share-pc-internet-with-android-phone.html

      hope this would help you.
      Thanks.. :)

    • AJ

      Works. too bad its only for browser

    • Muse

      my devic hs been rooted…& d usb tunnel on my cell is showing ‘servic is running. connectd!’
      bt m nt able 2 connct internet on my cell…

    • Pranav

      i can surf internet on my galaxy note by usb tunnel but i can not download anything with this why…????/ Help

    • MR.SL!MON

      HEY

      THIS METHOD IS REALLY WORKING >>>> BUT THERE IS A PROB
      APPS THAT’S DOESN’T CHECK FOR CONNECTION AND CONNECTS AUOTMATIC WORKS

      BUT THE APPLICATION THAT CHECK FOR CONNECTION CANNOT FIND ANY CONNECTION (BUT IN THE REALITY IT’S CONNECTED ) BUT NO SIGN FOR IT

      SO CAN U FIND A WAY TO FAKE THE A 3G SIGN FOR EXAMPLE TO WORK

      THX :)

      • http://vikaskanani.wordpress.com/ Vikas Patel

        I too have this issue, and want solution..

        • Joseph

          This is the same problem with me.

          • Ted..!!!!

            Just enable Mobile Data….. It won’t touch your data pack btw

    • Abhishek

      Hi,
      Can you please let me know STEP BY STEP to root android 2.3.6 ??

      Please help.please.

    • Anagh

      Please tell me, can it is possible to tethering ics 4 mobile with win 8 os (pc / laptop.) to browse 3G internet plan of a mobile.

      If so please tell how.

      I want to upgrade win 7 to win 8.

      Anagh

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiran.rostoi.5 Aishwarya Ash

      where is the link to downloade reverse tethering..??

    • eddy

      it says no route

    • eddy

      internet not working on my mobile ReverseTethering 2.30.zip is connected

    • Nithin Dinakar

      Works like a charm…thanks bro

    • Rohan Surve

      its working
      thx

    • ajay kumar

      thanQ alvin……thanX a lot bro. its working fine but cant download any thing bro.

    • ojas

      first i se to use this!!! but now after a month it is showing “no device detected”
      i have enabled USB Debugging and rooted my phn and den also y such problem??

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