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How to set up a VPN on Android?

Do you want to download an application on your android mobile device that is not available in the country, or looking to connect to a certain company network while on the road, or even just to remain safe while using a public Wi-Fi network, then it is important for you to make use of a VPN on your Android device?

But how to set up a VPN on Android? If you are not sure how to go about it, this article will help you to understand the different steps you need to take, in order to start using VPN service on your mobile devices.

  1. Install a Standalone VPN Application

One of the easy ways to install a VPN service on your android device is to simply download a standalone VPN application that makes the setup process a breeze. You can choose any one such VPN application and try to install it on your device.

However, Nord VPN and Express VPN are definitely among the top choices for users, as they are not only easy to use but also allows the user to share their account across different platforms like Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and Linux. They have plenty of servers that the users can connect to in numerous different countries.

  1. Open VPN Networks

There is no integrated support for Open VPN networks on Android devices. In order to make use of the Open network, the user will have to install a third party application. Open VPN connect is one such third party application that is able to work efficiently on Android version 4.0 and higher and does not require the user to root.

However, if you are still having a device working on the older version, you will have to root the device.

  1. Built-in VPN Support

Android devices come with built-in VPN support like L2TP and PPTP. The user can connect with this VPN without the need for integrating any of the third-party applications. However, this is not generally ideal and secure to use. However, if you still want to use these VPN channels, here is the process to connect to them.

  1. Go to the app settings and click on “More” under the “Wireless & networks” section.
  2. Select VPN and then click the + sign on the top corner.
  3. Select the desired protocol and fill in all the information.
  4. Press Save and select the VPN of your choosing.
  5. Enter the credentials.

Your VPN on the phone will be enabled. You can also choose to keep it on always, by clicking on the 3-dot menu button.

Wrapping Up

VPN isn’t something that is needed by everyone. In fact, a lot of mobile users will not need it ever and can do just fine without even knowing about it.

However, if you do need one and want to set it up, here is how you to do. There are plenty of VPN options to be chosen from, you can select the one that best suits your requirements.

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