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USB Tethering

asked 2013-12-27 16:55:55 +0300

Tom Yea gravatar image

updated 2017-10-27 10:49:25 +0300

coderus gravatar image

I really enjoy being able to plug in my phone to my laptop on a train and use its usually superior reception. Also it charges in the meantime. So this would be a very welcome feature for me. It should be relatively easy to achieve since USB networking seems to already be there. The CM10 implementation of this works very nicely indeed.

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I reopened the question (Answer accepted) as the feature is not released after a long time. Hope it gets closed soon as "Released in a software update"

simo ( 2014-07-14 12:20:51 +0300 )edit

I hope too, I need that feature!

deedend ( 2014-07-20 13:38:57 +0300 )edit

I have How do I use this feature? I do not see menu option.

alloj ( 2015-09-26 00:46:50 +0300 )edit

If I enable Developer mode, I see Developer mode as one Usb option. Ubuntu sees usb0 interface but cannot get ip. What do now?

alloj ( 2015-09-26 10:08:16 +0300 )edit

I tried with Windows 7 machine and it installed drivers fine and got ip from the device. As dns servers it showed something that looked like mac address (fec00:0:0:1). So browsing did not work. I think Jolla should report the dns address it has to pc with dhcp.

alloj ( 2015-09-26 11:24:55 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-27 16:56:59 +0300

llornkcor gravatar image

updated 2015-01-17 15:16:27 +0300

A USB tethering UI will be part of an upcoming update.

Update by @anandrkris^ : Based on Soumya Bijjal's update on mailing list, it is being worked upon this month. Although, can not determine the release ETA based on this. :)


^ am not a Jolla employee

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Great. Thank you.

Tom Yea ( 2013-12-27 17:04:49 +0300 )edit

It'll be usefull 'cause my french operator recognizes Jolla as a 4G phone and allows me a 20 Gb fair-use in this case.

TNZ ( 2014-01-13 11:42:39 +0300 )edit

Please add 'roadmap' tag if committed in roadmap by Jolla.

Jukka ( 2014-01-17 11:38:38 +0300 )edit

Juhuu! =:o)

Venty ( 2014-01-20 17:29:34 +0300 )edit

what about reverse tethering? i.e. using the laptops network connection for the phone?

mlatu ( 2014-03-17 15:55:10 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-10-31 13:08:18 +0300

Philippe De Swert gravatar image

Use developer mode and use this command line to install it:

pkcon install usb-moded-connection-sharing-android-config

(Not sure if it works immediately or need to reboot)

Then on USB plug in there will be a connection sharing option. When you select that it will automatically set up everything on the phone end to share the phones data connection.

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Isnt't this released yet??

When I plug my phone in and select developer mode, I get a usb IP connection automatically. Is that not enough? I would think so

dsilveira ( 2014-10-31 14:04:35 +0300 )edit

@dsilveira: dhcp is not enough. This is about using the phones data connection from the pc. There is a solution but due to UI issues related to roaming it has not been released.

Philippe De Swert ( 2014-10-31 14:06:27 +0300 )edit

hum, I thought that once you had an IP connection to the phone you'd have ip-forwarding aswell, If wireless allows it, I didn't see a reason why USB would be any different!

dsilveira ( 2014-10-31 14:22:28 +0300 )edit

@dsilveira: there is no ip-forwarding set up for wireless either... (That is why there is the separate wifi tethering)

Philippe De Swert ( 2014-10-31 14:59:19 +0300 )edit

@Philippe De Swert - Brilliant!, installed nice an easy, reboot seemed to take its time, but upon plugging in the USB I get the 4 options.

Now, if only my current provider allowed tethering, alas, they don't but it's still nice to have the feature, thanks! :)


Spam Hunter ( 2014-10-31 16:27:39 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-01-31 14:22:10 +0300

LVPVS gravatar image


If anyone interested, on XperiaX SailfishX you need to install this:

# pkcon install usb-moded-connection-sharing-android-connman-config

LVPVS out.

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cool didn't knew. thx

carepack ( 2018-01-31 14:44:30 +0300 )edit

thanx LVPVS!

potski ( 2018-02-03 22:20:56 +0300 )edit

Any problems in phone app when using USB tethering ?

potski ( 2018-04-05 21:25:26 +0300 )edit

Works like a charm on Xperia X Compact. A reboot is required after the installation.

luen ( 2018-06-23 02:27:23 +0300 )edit

A systemctl restart usb-moded will do instead

Vieno ( 2018-11-14 22:35:24 +0300 )edit

answered 2018-01-31 14:10:06 +0300

carepack gravatar image

updated 2018-01-31 14:44:49 +0300

Any plans to integrate this feature into the os in the near future? Why isn't it already in?

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