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I don't have access to the internet on my Samsung Tab 3 and don't have wifi either. Only my PC has internet access through a landline and non wireless modem. How can I download apps from Google Play to my tab? I got the USB cable that connects my tab to the PC.

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  • Sounds like what you need is "reverse tethering". How to set up reverse tethering over USB? – eldarerathis Sep 30 '13 at 5:09
  • That would most likely require the device to be rooted, which is not always an option. – Izzy Sep 30 '13 at 6:33
  • Reverse tethering sounds like too much work. I'd just buy a micro-usb to ethernet converter online if I were you. There should be no need to root your device either. – Stephan Branczyk Oct 27 '14 at 8:07
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While one solution might be to setup reverse tethering, as eldarerathis already pointed out in his comment to the question (see: How to set up reverse tethering over USB?), this most likely requires your device to be rooted.

An alternative approach is described in an Article I've recently stumbled upon: How to extract direct APK links from Google Play Store. This basically uses a Java app on your PC, which is connected to your device via USB cable – and hence would perfectly match your needs.

You would need to download that Java application (Real APK Leecher), install it on your PC, configure it with your device ID (which you can find e.g. via the "dial code" *#*#8255#*#*), and then this Java app pretends to be your Android device, so you can use it to browse the PlayStore and download apps to your device.

Disclaimer: I didn't try this for myself, so I'm just sharing my find with you here.

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