I'm trying to USB tether Internet from my iPhone 4 and when I connect the phone, it will appear as a wired connection but my pc will never establish a connection with the phone. I've recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 but have yet to perform any updates. Is there any configuration changes I need to make or install any third party apps to get this going?


There is a package in the Ubuntu Software Centre that allows you to USB tether to your iPhone. You can find the package here:



You can always download the sources and compile it: http://blueman-project.org/downloads.html

Building from source:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc
sudo make install

Build dependencies:

gtk >= 2.14
bluez >= 4.0
pyrex >=

Runtime dependencies:

python >= 2.5
bluez >= 4.25
obex-data-server >= 0.4.3
python-gtk2 >= 2.12
python-gconf  (optional)
policykit-1  (optional)
libpulse, libpulse-mainloop-glib >=0.9.15  (optional)
notification-daemon or any other libnotify compatible engine.

Note to package maintainers, you can disable runtime dependency checking by using --with-no-runtime-deps-check configure flag.

Bzr repository:

Bzr web: http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~blueman/blueman/trunk/files

bzr branch lp:blueman 

to get the latest code.

  • Does this source contain USB tethering? In the tutorial it's only for Bluetooth tethering. – Dmitry Mar 13 '12 at 18:14

Do the following:

$ gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... then add to the end:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pmcenery/ppa/ubuntu natty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pmcenery/ppa/ubuntu natty main

Save and close the file and then run:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils ipheth-dkms

then update your iphone to 5.1


I have found a solution for ubuntu 14.04 LTS

To get iPhone 4 USB tethering, do the following on a terminal:

  1. sudo apt-get install ipheth-utils
  2. sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice-dev
  3. sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice-utils
  4. sudo apt-get install gtkpod

It works for me on my two machines runnning ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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