Allow users to connect to the Internet using USB tethering

Bug #1521082 reported by Jiri Grönroos on 2015-11-30
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
Bill Filler
Ubuntu UX
Matthew Paul Thomas
ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After #1421583 was fixed, there is now an option to share data connection using WiFi AP. However, I still rely on USB tethering in many cases instead of WiFi. The latest example was when I was without firmware for WiFi adapter after installing Debian 8.2. Luckily Nexus 5 with Android 6.0 offered an option to use USB tethering and I was able to fetch firmware.

Please add an option to have USB tethering in ubuntu-system-settings. This option shouldn't offer anything else than a simple "On/Off" switch. The interface itself should act as an Ethernet interface, the same way as Android does.


This works today from the command line by running "android-gadget-service enable rndis" on the device. To restore mtp functionality its "android-gadget-service enable mtp"

Not sure where to present enabling and disabling of it, wifi hotspot seems similar but is only shown if there is a modem.need a Tehthering option somewhere.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Pat McGowan (pat-mcgowan) wrote :

Its in the backlog but with a fairly low priority

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
description: updated
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
assignee: nobody → Bill Filler (bfiller)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → backlog
status: New → Confirmed
Paty Davila (dizzypaty) on 2016-08-26
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Triaged
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