Why not reverse the process if your mobile phone can’t share its Internet connection? Developers from XDA Developers have devised a method of sharing your PC’s broadband connection with your mobile phone. The software, which is currently in beta and has a few bugs, can be used to browse the Internet on your mobile phone. Because broadband or data cards come with a cheaper plan and offer relatively high speed, most of us prefer to use them instead of mobile data when surfing the internet. In some cases, using your computer’s internet connection on a smartphone is possible, but it’s a pain to use if your broadband isn’t based on wireless fidelity.
- A rooted Android phone
- Desktop or laptop computer running Windows
- Working broadband internet connection on the desktop or laptop
- Android Software Development Kit (SDK) installed on the desktop or laptop (optional but recommended)
- Download (ReverseTethering 2.30.zip, 3.34 MB) and save the reverse tethering tools to your computer. AndroidTool.exe (Android USB Tunnel tool for Windows), ADB, and the Android APK are all included in the ZIP file (Android USB Tunnel tool for your Android phone).
The ZIP file should be extracted to a folder on your computer.
- Go to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging to enable USB debugging on your phone.
- Go to the folder where the contents of the ZIP file were extracted.
- Run the AndroidTool.exe program.
- Using a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
- Click the Refresh Devices button in the Android USB Tunnel window.
- Select a Domain Name Server (DNS) to use from the list on the right of the detected devices.
- To see the Android interface, press the Show Android Interface button. This will download the app as well as any other necessary binaries to your phone.
- If the Superuser app on your phone asks if you want to allow a “USB Tunnel,” say yes. Close the Android USB Tunnel Windows application and try again if the process crashes after receiving Superuser rights.
- On your computer, click the Connect button in the Android USB Tunnel window.
- If the Superuser app on your phone prompts you, select “USB Tunnel.”