I own a Nexus 5 with Android KitKat 4.4.2. I have been trying to do reverse tethering without root as is supposedly possible from Settings → Wireless & Networks → More → USB Internet. But I can't see any USB Internet option in Wireless & Networks. Why not ??

Can someone assist me with this ? I am having a PC with Windows XP.

  • So you are basically trying to use the computer's internet connection on phone or you want to browse the internet on comp using the phone's data network? Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 5:47
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    I am trying to use internet on my mobile after connecting it to PC (reverse tethering) .... And i want to do it without rooting the phone ... This should be possible with USB Internet ... But that option is not visible ... why ???
    – Y.S.
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 6:08
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    This option is called "Internet Pass-through". I think is only present in HTC devices by default. I don't remember this option on my nexus when I had KitKat. Do you have any screenshot of where you have noticed this? Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 6:25
  • See this question. This option should be visible in my Nexus 5, but it isnt
    – Y.S.
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 7:05
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    Hmmm, as I said those are device specific. This is the first time I'm noticing it on a Micromax device. It is not present in Google's KitKat or any other Android OS by default. Chcek this - forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1371345&page=155 Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 8:02

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In Android 4.4.x you should be able to find the USB Internet option under:

Settings --> More... --> Tethering & Portable Hotsport --> USB Tethering

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If you want to later on configure your network sharing settings so that your device can benefit from the shared internet connection, please read this stack answer.

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    OP asked for reverse tethering – you showed "tethering". Please follow the link to see what's the difference and why your post doesn't answer the question. Hint: it's the direction.
    – Izzy
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 23:26

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