How to set up a VPN connection on Android
posted by Chris P. / Jan 23, 2015, 6:55 AM
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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Note: The steps are thee same on every Android device, the only difference being the location of the VPN settings option
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 6:59 AM 2
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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. :)
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 7:20 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2015, 12:24 AM 1
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What about vpn and piracy? Doesn't it help torrenters avoid getting tracked down for sending pirated intelectual property?
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 7:21 AM 1
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hmmmm are u a fed??? ......crap......well now im caught.........damnit!!!! Stupid!! stupid!! stupid!! (saying while hitting head with keyboard)
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 7:38 AM 3
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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2015, 7:52 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 3:01 PM 0
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Can you please make an article on how to use VPN on iOS?
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 12:35 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 3:58 PM 0
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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/
posted on Jun 05, 2017, 4:32 AM 0
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