How to set up a VPN on Android

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Trying to set up a VPN (virtual private network) account on your Android phone? It’s actually not too hard to do, but we know this type of stuff can get intimidating — especially if its something you haven’t done in the past.

Lucky for you, the Android OS has a native way to set up your VPN. It can be done straight from the settings. In this post we are going to show you how it’s done, but first let’s tell you a bit about VPNs.

What is a VPN and why should I use it?

A VPN is a system in which computing devices can reroute internet traffic through a server or computer located anywhere in the world. The main reason for doing this is security. When a company or user can reroute its traffic and hide it from local networks, it becomes harder for intruders to snoop through any files or delicate information.

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Other people also use it for hiding their location and unlocking geographically restricted services. For example, Netflix or Hulu may not be available in a country you visit. Using a VPN that reroutes you web surfing to a USA computer would then allow you to use said websites.

There are a few types of VPN protocols supported by Android. These would be PPTP, L2TP and IPsec. You can find a fuller explanation of what each means in the post showing up right below this paragraph. It also includes a full explanation of what VPN is, just in case you are looking to really dig into some good VPN literature.

VPN virtual private networkSee also: What is a VPN: A beginner’s guide7

How to set up a VPN from the Android settings

  • Unlock your phone.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Under the “Wireless & networks” section, select “More”.
  • Select “VPN”.
  • On the top-right corner you will find a + sign, tap it.
  • Your network administrator will provide you with all your VPN information. Simply select your desired protocol and enter all the information.
  • Hit “Save”.
  • You can connect by going back to the VPN settings and selecting your VPN of choice. You will be asked to enter a username and password.
  • You can also hit the 3-dot menu button to set your VPN to always be on.
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Note: Not all Android devices are the same, so your settings menu may look a bit different. If you’re experiencing any difficulties, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you out.

There are also applications!

Not liking the native way to set up a VPN? There are also applications and services out there that automate the process. Check them out here:

Wrapping up

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There you have it! Now it’s time to browse safely and watch all the Netflix you want. I use VPNs very often, especially when traveling around, so I am sure this tutorial will come in handy for many of you. Hit the comments to let us know how it all went, or if you have any other questions.

By | 2016-04-24T11:00:10+00:00 April 24th, 2016|Android Related, Just the Tablets|0 Comments

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