I have the 10gb hotspot plan for tmobile but I also have unlimited data when I'm on my phone. Is there a way to bypass the hotspot limit by using the unlimited data from my phone instead? I have the nexus 6 on android version 6.


You could make your phone to act as a VPN Gateway


  • root
  • vpn server (can obtain any free openVPN from playstore)

Using a VPN gateway will make tethered traffic to go through the VPN.


  • Turn on portable hotspot

  • Open terminal as root and enter the following codes (you can paste them)

    iptables -t filter -F FORWARD
    iptables -t nat -F POSTROUTING
    iptables -t filter -I FORWARD -j ACCEPT
    iptables -t nat -I POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE
    ip rule add from lookup 61
    ip route add default dev tun0 scope link table 61
    ip route add dev wlan0 scope link table 61
    ip route add broadcast dev wlan0 scope link table 61


If you are not rooted you can use PdaNet+.

  • any options where rooting not required? – Patoshi パトシ Mar 6 '17 at 23:01
  • Does this violate T-Mobile's Terms of Service? Does it literally say that you cannot use the phone to provide more than 10GB of hotspot service or does it just say that you can't do more than 10GB of tethering with their app? – Robert Columbia Mar 6 '17 at 23:48
  • If you are not rooted, you can use a third party tool PdaNet+. Well I reckon they meant with Thier app. I will include that in edit – xavier_fakerat Mar 7 '17 at 9:01
  • i get device cannot find tun0 --- i'm on android 7.0 --- i also tried just tun and it gets the samething. what can you replace tun0 be replaced with? – Patoshi パトシ Apr 25 '17 at 13:50
  • @duckx Instead of tun0 try ppp0 , also double check if all the VPN configurations are correct. Additionally if this fails run netcfg and note your interface names Run netcfg and note your interface names (typically tun0 and wlan0 or ppp0 (ignore m.wlan0 or similar, only take the one with a real mac address) – xavier_fakerat Apr 26 '17 at 11:07

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