IIs it possible to USB-tether my wifi-only Galaxy Tab to my Galaxy S?

I know how to wifi tether but it is a huge battery hog. Is there a mini-USB version of the Galaxy Tab cable? If so, can it be used to tether?

Thanks in advance...

  • 2
    I highly doubt it, the wifi access point mode that android has built is what everyone uses.
    – imp
    Feb 21 '12 at 10:07
  • That's a shame because I use USB tethering with my laptop and it's faster and uses less battery. Feb 21 '12 at 17:44
  • I would argue that usb would not noticeably faster, we are talking about 3g data connection yeah? haha But sure you may have a point with battery usage on wifi vs a usb connection, but hey now you dont have to carry around a silly usb cord ;)
    – imp
    Feb 22 '12 at 9:19
  • @Keshava try putting a SIM into a tablet that has no 3G...
    – jwenting
    Feb 17 '14 at 9:41
  • @syntheticbrain the link don't found anymore the page.
    – Jorge Luiz
    May 24 '21 at 12:23

There is a bit tricky method suggested by one of XDA members. Rooting is required. Download & install a Terminal Emulator on your Android Tablet. Run the Emulator & enter the following commands:

dhcpcd usb1

setprop net.dns1

The Android Phone from which net connection is to be sourced must be connected via USB Cable & on that phone enable USB Tether.

Now you can access internet on your Android Tablet using your Android Phone as a USB Modem!


Yes! First attach a otg cable to your tablet. Then, attach a microusb and connect both devices. Now download one of the numerous apps which make tethering possible and you're done!

PS: isn't creating a WiFi hotspot a better idea?

UPDATE: if your devices support Bluetooth tethering, you can use it. It doesn't consume too beach battery also. :)

  • This wont work unless the tablet supports USB-OTG, which not all devices do. And depending on the version of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, if they are the "first" versions of those devices, they do not support USB-OTG. - Also the asker says they don't want to use wifi because it drains the battery on their device(s). Jan 20 '15 at 22:28
  • @Ryan Yes but most devices nowadays do
    – undo
    Jan 21 '15 at 10:17
  • For completeness of the answer though, not all devices do. Especially the devices listed in the original question. Jan 21 '15 at 14:01
  • Often you download an app on the device that has an Internet connection. What do you do on the tablet? Is it something generic? @rahulbasu
    – Hoppe
    Jul 8 '15 at 10:55

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