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My motto phone will tether to my windows laptop okay via usb tethering. But when I connect the phone to my Ubuntu 16.04 laptop the option to tether via usb is not highlighted, and therefore not a option.The usb leads are okay because the phone is showing as charging from the laptop. I have set the phone up as a mobile hotspot and I’m currently using that method to tether. But I would prefer to tether direct from the usb. Can anyone advise please?

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  • Please edit and add the exact brand/model and OS version. Also some cables are for charging only. – user589808 Oct 20 '16 at 16:41
  • The phone is Moto E 2nd Generation with 4G LTE Android 6.0. When I get to the USB tethering option it tells me that the USB is not connected. But the battery indicator on the phone is showing that it is charging? The toggle does not respond. – Doug Wildman Oct 21 '16 at 8:53
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I have a Moto G 2nd Gen, on Android 6.0.

In the phone : Apps > Settings > More (from wireless & networks section) >Tethering & mobile hotspot > USB tethering.(there is an on/off toggle)

Once activated the phone will show "USB tethering active" in the pull down.

On Ubuntu, (I am using lubuntu 16.04) click the network icon. You should see a wired connection option (or an additional wired connection option number 2) appear.Click on its name - and you will be connected.

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  • The phone is Moto E 2nd Generation with 4G LTE Android 6.0. When I get to the USB tethering option it tells me that the USB is not connected. But the battery indicator on the phone is showing that it is charging? The toggle does not respond. – Doug Wildman Oct 21 '16 at 8:55
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    I would try a different cable and also ensure the cable is going directly into the PC and not via any hub/extension or adapters.Also even today,not all usb ports are equal.Try plugging into a usb 2.0 socket rather than usb 3.0 (blue inside). On my one of my PCs, the usb 3.0 sockets sometime reject certain hardware (this should not be the case - but sadly it is). – linuxbun Oct 21 '16 at 9:45
  • Nothing to add to the above. I already mentioned the cable in the first comment above. The USB ports are also relevant as explained by @linuxbun .Whatever that is, it's not Ubuntu related. It's your phone recognizing the USB connection as a charger, not a data connection, hence the unavailable options. – user589808 Oct 21 '16 at 11:58
  • I think you are right about the usb cable the original has gone missing. – Doug Wildman Oct 21 '16 at 15:27
  • I will get a moto one and let you both know. – Doug Wildman Oct 21 '16 at 15:28
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I have tried a new usb cable and that has now got me connected via usb. The cable I was using was for charging only.Thank you CelticWarrior and linuxbun .

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