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How to connect Android or iOS to the Internet through a computer


You can access the Internet on almost any smartphone, not only using mobile Internet, or through a wireless Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, but also using a direct (end-to-end) connection to a desktop computer or laptop (with Internet access).

Consider the connection process using the example of an Android smartphone and a computer running Windows 10 (also relevant for other Windows operating systems).

  • We connect the smartphone to the computer using the supplied USB cable,
  • In the settings of your device, in the "Wireless Networks" section, select the "More ..." option

  • Check the box “USB Internet”,

  • The following instruction will appear, click “OK” or “Finish” (depending on the version of Android),

  • In the screenshot above, the numbers marked:

1) The main Internet connection of your PC or laptop,
2) Internet connection of the connected smartphone (so far without access to the network). In this example, it is called “Ethernet 2” (in each case, the name may be different). We are interested in our current (main) Internet connection, so at the next stage we select it (that is, connection number 1), and click the “Properties” button,

  • Next, select the “Access” tab,

  • We tick off the item “Allow other network users to use this computer’s Internet connection”. “Connecting a home network” - here we select an Internet connection that appears as a separate network, in our example “Ethernet 2”.

At this end-to-end connection creation can be considered complete.

How to connect your Android smartphone to the Internet through a computer

Before you connect your phone to the Internet through a computer, you will have to equip both devices with an application that displays all hidden settings. At one time, the leader in this field was the WiredTether application, which is still mentioned in many instructions on the network. However, today, it is impossible to find it on Google Play. And copies stored on independent resources (like may not work with new versions of Android. The last saved copy dates back to January 2012.

We found alternative solutions to the problem. Reverse Tethering NoRoot Free (developer - Florian Draschbacher) is available on Google Play. Since it works on the principle of “client-server”, you will have to install it twice - on a computer and on a smartphone. The good news: it doesn't matter which computer you have on hand. The application exists for Windows, OS X and Linux.

For the computer part of the application to work fully, you will need to install the Java environment (if it is not already installed, the application will redirect you to the installation page). Then connect the smartphone and computer with a cable.

If the message “Allow USB debugging with this computer?” Appears on your smartphone, check the box and click “OK”. Similarly, if the firewall on your computer blocks the Java application from connecting to the network, you should allow the application to connect.

After that, the smartphone will use the Internet connection via the computer as soon as you connect it with a cable to the PC. Note that some applications may not recognize such a connection and behave as if the smartphone is offline. Then you should open the main Reverse Tethering window, go to Settings, go to the Mode menu and switch between Mode 1 and Mode 2. The developer does not explain the difference between these two modes, but he promises that switching between them helps . Another way is to disconnect and reconnect the cable.

Of course, you ask: “How to install the application on a smartphone, if it does not yet have Internet access? Maybe you’ll first think about how to connect your smartphone to the Internet through a computer? ”There are two answers to this question:

1) Download the installation file to your computer from third-party sources (for example, apkmirror). Then copy it to your smartphone via the USB cable and run. We proceed from the fact that the computer is at your fingertips and connected to the Internet, and there is also a cable - otherwise there is no point in the whole undertaking.

2) Install the application on your smartphone in advance, without waiting for an emergency. It takes up little space and does not consume system resources until it is started. But you can download the computer part when a fried rooster arrives, so to speak.

The application is not officially Russified, but you will not be required to have particularly deep knowledge of the language of Shakespeare and Lennon.

On the other hand, the free version provides you only with a periodic connection - 10 minutes, then a half-hour break. To enjoy constant communication, you need to buy the full version for 6-7 dollars: the instability of the course does not allow us to say more precisely. As an option, find on a third-party resource (without the links, not small) an already “cured” version, which is also translated into Russian. You can also ask for advice in case of problems.

How to connect iPhone to the Internet through a computer

And in this case, the reverse task is also often more likely - they usually connect a computer via a smartphone, but we need the other way around. The owners of the "apple" technology were less fortunate: such painless methods as on Android are not provided in principle. This does not mean that there are no solutions. This means that it will be difficult.

Before you connect iPhone to the Internet through a computer, you need to make sure that Wi-Fi is at least on the computer. This is a fairly common case: it is possible that there is no router in the place where you are, but the laptop with the built-in Wi-Fi module acts as a computer, or somewhere in the box there is a “whistle” connected via USB.

In this case, distribution from the computer via Wi-Fi will help. Since ad hoc mode was removed in Windows 8 and later versions, before you can distribute the Internet to your phone through a computer, you will have to install the program for the access point mode. We recommend the Connectify app. By installing it, you can easily create an access point on your computer, which you will later find from your iPhone.

All this, of course, is useless if the computer is deprived of Wi-Fi or the wireless module has failed in your iPhone. In this case, however, everything is also not hopeless.

You can try the method proposed by Eric Ma in 2015 for use on the iPhone Internet from a Windows computer.

  1. Open the network connection settings (Networks and Internet / Network Connections), select the adapter through which you enter the network in the list of equipment. Right-click on it and select "Disable". Leave the adapter list box open.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a cable. Make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned off.
  3. Go to the iPhone in the settings section, in the "Modem Mode" tab. When you see a pop-up notification asking you to either turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, or use a modem via USB, choose to use USB.
  4. At this point, the computer should identify your iPhone as a new network adapter and display it in the list of adapters. Right-click on it and put both checkmarks in the item "General Internet connection". Turn on the services you need in the Services menu.
  5. Reconnect the adapter you use to access the Internet.

To make sure that you use the Internet through a computer, you can use the Internet service to determine the IP address ( The IPs of your computer and iPhone should match.

This method seems simple and logical, but it does not always work. Among the many combinations of versions of Windows and iOS, not everyone supports the distribution of the Internet in such a simple way. To find out if your computer is compatible with your phone, you just have to check.

But if not, do not despair (a malicious snicker should follow here). There is a way to connect to an Ethernet network without a computer at all! True, for this you will need an incredible combination of cables and adapters:

  1. Camera Connection Kit. Connects to iPhone Lightning Port
  2. USB cable Connects to Camera Connection Kit and to a USB hub (required with external power)
  3. USB hub External power is required. A USB cable from the Connection Kit and an adapter are connected to it (see below)
  4. USB to Ethernet adapter (manufactured by Apple for the Macbook, which has recently lost its own Ethernet port). Connects to the hub.
  5. Ethernet cable. Connects to the adapter and to the router port.

Voila! Just five components that you found by some miracle (or you prepared like Phileas Fogg in the cartoon "Around the World in 80 Days"). The total cost of this kit is about 70-80 dollars (given that standard Apple adapters cost $ 29 each, and you need two of them). And you connect to the Internet without using external Wi-Fi! Honestly, looking at this design, you begin to understand why Chinese manufacturers at the beginning of tablet fever often offered tablets with an already built-in Ethernet port.

Summing up, we can say that, in principle, the task of connecting an Android or iOS device to the Internet through a computer is solved. True, in each case there are nuances that can cost time or money. Therefore, either think about whether you need it (and then have all the necessary applications and a set of adapters with you), or tune in to your own searches. Perhaps you will discover more interesting and simple ways.