We can USB tether and use android internet connection on PC but How to achieve following: 1. How to use pc internet connection on android device using USB cable on Windows machine?

I can use my android service provides internet connection to turn on WiFi hotspot but I stuck with following question: 2. Can my device access internet using WiFi and at same time can we convert it into WiFi hotspot? If yes How to do that? If not why it's not possible?

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XDA developer capslock66 has developed a reverse tethering tool which is the simplest yet (and hopefully in future too). Only requirement is a rooted phone. You can download it from here- Android reverse tethering via usb

It comes as a zip file with all the adb files and dependencies. Once you open the application, it will do all the settings on your phone automatically for USB data tunneling. And most importantly, the good thing is it now works with any app including Google Play/Market too. Google play earlier needed a WiFi, but now, it works with a reverse tethered connection too.


An android enthusiast called Mathieu Carbou seems to have achieved the reverse-USB tethering issue you'd like to explore, but on his Nexus One, 2.2. Here is a link for the same: Reverse-USB-Tethering. I won't guarantee any success, though you could try it and let us know the results. :)

  • Ofcourse, however, you'll need a rooted device, and superuser access as well.
    – SamSPICA
    Nov 11, 2011 at 12:10
  • Is it possible without rooted device(Samsung Nexus S) and on Windows machine?
    – Balaji
    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:01
  • No methods that I know of for un-rooted devices.
    – SamSPICA
    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:59
  • Is there any update for Android 4.0+ devices?
    – fifth
    Oct 11, 2012 at 6:17
  • @fifth if you're asking whether Google has enabled the same for unrooted devices, then the answer is no. If your question tends to say that it doesn't work for ICS devices, then this comment might help you: Reverse Tethering on ICS - Comment #7
    – SamSPICA
    Oct 11, 2012 at 9:27

Well, I am currently using HTC Sensation. HTC Sense provides reverse - usb - tethering which is called USB pass through. But I know that this service requires HTC Sync application and its drivers on computer. Maybe you can take a look at flashing HTC Sense Roms to non - htc devices or getting htc sense applications to non - htc devices. There are bunch of documents in xda developers. http://www.xda-developers.com/

  • What are you suggesting, man... The success probability of HTC ROMs on non-HTC hardware is less than 1%...
    – iOS
    Mar 11, 2012 at 6:28

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