Is it possible to download a file from the internet through my phone directly to my PC? I'm running stock Android 4.2.2. The reason being that my phone has limited space, so sending the file file directly to the PC would save space ,and time. Also, the PC has no internet access. Also, Boost Mobile's tethering plans are ridiculously expensive.

  • Well, I wouldn't say that's possible at all ! I would say instead of using mobile device to download the file, Why don't you try downloading that file directly over your PC ??? As I am pretty much sure using PC to download the file would be faster when compared to the mobile device ! Feb 3 '15 at 5:48
  • @Peter Carlos In the question, I've stated that the PC is offline. Feb 3 '15 at 5:49
  • Well, I am sure you can connect your PC to internet via tethering you phone running Android 4.2.2 ! Why you want to do that via USB cable and your phone only?? Feb 3 '15 at 6:14
  • Boost Mobile disabled tethering. In any form. Feb 3 '15 at 6:23
  • Now that's a problem, would you like to root your device to do so ?? if not then I guess it would be better if you wait for other community members to respond over this one as over here I am running out of options now! :( Feb 3 '15 at 6:54

If your internet provider supports tethering, you can connect your phone over USB with your PC. Then enable tethering at Settings > More > Tethering.

You are now using your phone's internet on your computer. If you download a file, it will be downloaded through your phone.

If your carrier doesn't support tethering directly with your data plan, you can use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi

  • So you don't have a tethering option with your current SIM? Feb 3 '15 at 6:54
  • No, and I can't afford it. In all truth, buying cable would be cheaper than their tethering plan, and I can't afford that either. Feb 3 '15 at 6:57
  • "File not available on carrier". I'd hunt down the APK, but I don't want to incurr my carriers wrath. Feb 3 '15 at 7:27
  • There is a version "FoxFi (AT&T)" which can't be blocked by carriers cause of new rules. It's the same as above but not blocked. Feb 3 '15 at 7:29
  • Wouldn't they accuse me for circumvention? Feb 3 '15 at 7:30

Check question #3134. It gives you a few ways of how to use your phone as an "access point" to the Internet.

You can also use your phone as a proxy if you have a compatible ssh daemon (such as dropbear) installed. With this approach you can overcome tethering restrictions if present.

Another way might be a combination of port forwarding on your Android box (done via netcat or bash) and editing your PCs hosts file. For that you'd need to root your Android. But this is just a bulky proxy in the end and since you have to have your phone rooted, you'll probably have better options available already. It's good for learning though.

  • How does one go about setting up an ssh daemon proxy? And what is dropbear? Feb 8 '15 at 2:15

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