How to set up a VPN connection on Android

How to set up a VPN connection on Android
Surfing the web on an unsecured connection, such as the open Wi-Fi network at your favorite local coffee house, can be a dangerous thing. All of that traffic bouncing between your device and the internet is not very hard for an experienced hacker to listen to, and if you happen to disclose any sensitive information about yourself (social security number, credit card info, images, that kind of things), the consequences can be potentially devastating. We're not fans of alarmism of this kind, but it's true, and it's where solutions such as VPNs can help.

A VPN isn't only useful to protect your data, however. With it, you could access region-locked content (say Netflix/YouTube outside of eligible countries), as what a VPN essentially does is route your traffic through a (usually) geographically distant server. For example, if you live in, say, the United States, sites and services will be tricked into thinking that you're actually from, say, Germany, so long as you use a VPN service that has a server on the ground there. What's even more, the IT department at your workplace or university likely has a VPN server that you can use in order to access either's respective network and, therefore, files and documents remotely. 

So now that you have a basic understanding of what a VPN is, you may be wondering if Android does it. Thankfully, the answer is yes, and we'll be showing you how. Just keep in mind that certain VPN standards may require you to download a third-party app for the job (like OpenVPN Connect), which aren't covered in this guide.

* Screenshots taken on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but procedure is essentially identical across most Android devices, so just re-create the steps on yours.

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18 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Note: The steps are thee same on every Android device, the only difference being the location of the VPN settings option

15. gech4

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2015

agree, setup is realy simple even follow this step by step from vpnandroid .com/setup

2. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Does this affects Google's compression of web pages in Chrome browser saving on data usage? I have Vz, I need all the savings I can get. :)

4. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i bet u do... u poor soul. u need to buy someones granfathered unlimited account and number from them on ebay or something

10. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The hotspot shield VPN service has options for web compression. VPNs, for many, are more practical when hooking into a random wifi than over your cellular connection. To answer your question, though, VPNs will throw off your data usage. It's like adding armor to a car. You're more protected, but less fuel efficient.

16. gech4

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2015

no compression at all, but you can load faster because vpn is like a bridge link

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

What about vpn and piracy? Doesn't it help torrenters avoid getting tracked down for sending pirated intelectual property?

5. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hmmmm are u a fed??? ......crap......well now im caught.........damnit!!!! Stupid!! stupid!! stupid!! (saying while hitting head with keyboard)

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No, just curious about it. VPN should make tracking down people much harder or even impossible.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its harder for people to track in theory. VPN User assume a new IP address of another country based on the server you have logged on and your internet traffic between you and the server is also encrypted. Plus if your VPN provider does not keep log than they will not be able to pin point who's is who. Good in theory, but we all know there will always be other buts.

12. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

VPN's are used by Government as a go-to looking for suspicious stuff. They have full access to whatever you'd prefer stay private. It has some value in protecting you from middling cyber crime.

8. lilhart

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

If your question indirectly asks how ISPs determine whether there is a torrent client open in your system; no matter how you try to hide yourself, no other application tries to connect to 100s of other machines even on a secured connection.

14. alanwade

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Yeah i used PureVPN & it was awesome

7. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Can you please make an article on how to use VPN on iOS?

9. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's even easier then setting up with android. In settings, just select VPN and select add VPN configuration. Input your info, and "bam" you're done.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That's the same 4 steps there, IT genius...

17. willieaames

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Its easy to setup on android but if you want to setup iphone vpn, follow this guide: bestvpnprovider.com/best-vpn-for-iphone/

18. markhascole

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Very nice article. Setting up a VPN on Android is not much difficult but for newbies here an easy guide to setup VPN on Android: youtube.com/watch?v=bFeJZKX4O3A But now a day tons of VPN services are in the market but most of them are not reliable so if you want VPN which are providing guaranteed security for your Android device visit this source: reviewsdir.com/best-vpn-android/

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