A virtual private network or VPN is a system that can re-route internet traffic through a server located anywhere in the world. The reason for using a VPN is to protect its users from ISP, government agency, hackers, and browsers that are tracking the user’s browsing history.
Other people use a VPN to view region-based locked content, for example, Netflix has more choices for the US audience than Asia. You can use a VPN for Netflix to access those films, by using a USA server and connecting to your account.
Today, we are going to show you how to set up a VPN on Android devices. It’s easy and it only takes a couple of taps on your device.
There are a few types of VPN protocols supported by Android. These would be PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, SSL, and IPsec. Your VPN software on your device will have to support the protocols being used by your VPN provider.
Set Up a VPN from the Android Settings
- Unlock your device
- Open the Settings App
- Under Wireless & Network > Select More
- Select VPN
- On the top corner, you will find a ‘+’ tap it
- Your network administrator will give you all the necessary VPN information, select your desired protocol and enter the information needed
- Hit Save
- You now connect going back to the VPN settings and selecting your VPN provider, you will be asked to enter your login details
- You can set your VPN to ‘Always ON’ on your device
Another way is to set up your VPN using your Android app, other VPN providers are using this so it will be a lot easier to their users and much faster to set up. An example of this are ExpressVPN app.
Set up a VPN using an Android app
Despite which VPN provider you choose, the set up is simple as follows;
- Download the VPN app on Google Playstore
- Open the app and follow their instructions
- Turn the VPN app ON to use
A VPN will protect and secure your device, this is a necessity especially if you are browsing using a public network. Make sure you are protected and safe, there are free VPN apps out there or you can subscribe to them which is even better.