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How To Connect USB Modem To Google Nexus 7 tablet

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As we all know the Google Nexus 7 tablet doesn’t have native 3G support other than Wi-Fi , so today I will show you how to connect a 3G USB modem to Google Nexus 7 tablet to access the internet.

It should be noted that you can connect your 3G/EVDO modem/dongle not only to  Google Nexus 7 but any Android tablet with Android Os 2.2 and up with root access and USB host to access the internet even if it is wifi-only.

Before we connect USB dongle to Nexus 7 or any Android tablet tablet make sure you follow steps explained below :

1. You must root your tablet.

2. Make sure to turn off Wi-Fi

3. OTG cable and 3G USB modem/dongle ready for use.

4. You must disable PIN of USIM or 3G SIM.

How to connect USB modem to Google Nexus 7 Tablet :

Now first we need to install free widget called PPP widget to Nexus 7 tablet, Click here to download from Google Play Store.  After installation of PPP widget you won’t notice any shortcut on the screen, now just add the widget on your screen manually, anyway its widget. While placing a widget on your screen for the first time you have to grant root privileges to the app.

how to connect usb modem to nexus 7 tablet

Now insert the USIM/3G SIM in USB dongle and connect to tablet with OTG cable. Now click on configure button of widget and input the parameters of your operator such as Access point or APN, User Name and Password. In the picture shown below you can see I configured access point of Vodafone. In case User name and Password is not provided by your operator then just set any User Name and Password. So if you are planning to use AT&T on Nexus 7 then your configuration – Access Point Name : broadband , User Name : Anything , Password : Anything.

connect 3G USB modem to nexus 7 tablet

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connect USB dongle to nexus 7 tablet

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How to use USB modem on Nexus 7 tablet



The tablet is now configured to use with a 3G USB modem, now disconnect the modem from the device and connect it again. Now click on connect button of the PPP widget if everything goes well you can see connected on the widget on your screen.

Your Google Nexus 7 tablet is now connected to internet via 3G USB dongle, everything works perfectly like Play store, apps etc. This procedure is verified to use with Huawei E367u2 modem but all other USB modem should work similarly, such as ZTE MF-190, E-169G, E176G, E-1732 etc. Any Android tablet should work with this method.

Keep in mind that PPP widget app is still in beta and you may find some bugs while using it. You should also know that you must have root privileges in order to use this widget.

Model No.Make Type Of Network
AC2737ZTEEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
AC2736ZTEEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC-150HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC-152HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC-156HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC-1261HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC-1262HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
EC1260HuawaieEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)
AC2726ZTEEVDO CDMA(Tata Photon, Reliance Netconnect)

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24 Comments to How To Connect USB Modem To Google Nexus 7 tablet

  1. Hi veeshaal.. how do i give root privileges to the PPP in google nexus 7. have installed the app..& when i get the widget on the screen..it says No Root Access. pls guide.

  2. i am using vodafone 3g k3770-z . but after 1 sec of connected message it automatically disconnect and again searches for modem. i have tried removing application, rebooting etc. pls help

  3. ameethede@gmail.com

    Mine is already unlocked and purchased from US.. have cleaned it here in india (factory reset) and loaded all the apps n games i need. Internet works fine on Wifi and this tab is indeed amazing !!..Just want a way to connect the net on my Reliance datacard dongle (ZTE AC2737)..once am out of my home (wifi area)…i chkd on google..nexus root tool kit.. well that seems to be the unlocking software which will potentially erase my entire data !! If you could provide me an email id… could share the screen captures (Nexus settings) so that u cud possibly guide me. Please.
    While placing a widget on your screen for the first time you have to grant root privileges to the app

    • may be you can connect it even without root with default settings. root is mandatory with PPP, I am not sure with ZTE AC2737 as it is reliance EVDO and not 3G network. Have you tried connecting Huawei 3G modem with 3G network such as Airtel, Vodafone etc?

  4. Success: I used my rooted Nexus 7 (maybe not necessary) with StickMount. My USB dondle is a prepaid Tata-Photon+ (Olive:V-ME102). Access Point Name was left empty. Username was “internet”. Password was “internet”. Dialing string was “#777”. I discovered that using a USB hub allowed me to connect to a keyboard+mouse, pen-drive and the dongle too. btw, do not forget to disconnect the wi-fi.

  5. Rooted nexus 7 and using reliance with ZTE MF190, provided APN, as soon as the modem is plugged in, it grades out configure and connect button and gets hung at “Prepare Device” Any suggestions?


    Using Nexus 10 with PA rom and i dont rem which kernel 😛


    anybody got the driver files???

    pls share..!

  7. manushri saxena

    Hey, Is rooting NEXUS 7 2013 16GB WIFI model give a wrong effect on my tab? is rooting is safe?

      • Hi,
        I m using N7 2012. I rooted the device, installed the PPP widget and I am able to connect to the internet. But the internet is not working and I am unable to open any website.

        Can someone help please..


  8. plz some one tell me i have airpad 7s … many time i type incorret pass and there is a option username and password when i click it do not work what i can do now

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