Reverse tethering

This tutorial helps you to connect your Ubuntu Touch device to your computer to access the Internet on it. This is useful if there is no available Wi-Fi connection or you don’t have a data subscription on your Ubuntu Touch device.

Prerequisite: A Ubuntu Touch device with “Developer mode” on, attached via USB to the computer connected to the Internet.


  1. On the Ubuntu Touch device: android-gadget-service enable rndis

  2. On your computer: get your RNDIS IP address e.g:hostname -I

  3. On the Ubuntu Touch device:

    add a gateway: sudo route add default gw YOUR_COMPUTER_RNDIS_IP

    add nameservers: echo "nameserver" | sudo tee /etc/resolv.conf

    refresh the DNS table: resolvconf -u

  4. On computer:

    Turn on IP forwarding: echo 1 | sudo tee /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

    Apply NAT: sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE