i have an android ics phone and i want to use my wired internet connection on my laptop through wifi.

it can be done easily on windows 7 using softwares like virtual router or connectify.

is there any similar software for ubuntu. i am new to linux. i have

1.android 4.0.4

2.ubuntu 12.04

  • + android 4.0.4 is not rooted, and android cannot connect to the ad-hoc wireless network created in ubuntu
    – razor
    Nov 17, 2012 at 1:11
  • sir i know this. but i needed a solution for this problem. if there is a way to use ubuntu system as hotspot for android phones like we do in windows via connectify or virtual router
    – Detro
    Nov 20, 2012 at 18:42
  • Try here May 18, 2013 at 19:09

2 Answers 2


Some mobile devices doesn't able to detect the hotspot created on ubuntu by default method.
Solution for this problem is to install ap-hotspot software on Ubuntu.

For Ubuntu 12.10,13.04,13.10

Run these commands to install ap-hotspot.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ap-hotspot

Run these commands to start and stop ap-hotspot.

sudo ap-hotspot start
sudo ap-hotspot stop

Run this command to configure ap-hotspot

sudo ap-hotspot configure

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If it asks for WPA passphrase give a key with the minimum of 8 characters.


For Ubuntu 12.04

you can download the script from here.This script requires Hostapd 1.0 which was available by default in Ubuntu 12.10,13.04,13.10.

For Ubuntu 12.04,add these two lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/network-manager/ppa/ubuntu precise main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/network-manager/ppa/ubuntu precise main

and save the file and run the below commands in terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hostapd

Software Data Cable does it

With it I could connect to my phone with filezilla and write files on the sd card.

  • buddy i need a solution to connect android phone to linux os so that i can use my computers internet on my phone.anyways thanks for the rpl
    – Detro
    Jan 26, 2013 at 18:08

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