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How to set up a VPN on Android, Windows, and other platforms
Ankit has a background in Telecom Engineering, but decided he’d rather talk about phones than make them. He’s been with Android Authority for close to ten years, writing about cases, accessories, smartphones, wearables, VPNs, and so much more. When not immersed in the tech world, he makes the time to indulge in his other favorites – genre TV and movies, and video games. •August 9, 2021Keeping your activity secure and private is increasingly vital as we do so much online, especially while we’re almost all working remotely. A good VPN (Virtual private network) can go a long way in addressing some of these concerns. Want to set up a VPN on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet? Here’s how!
Learn more: How to use a VPN
Set up a VPN on Android smartphones
VPN support is baked into Android, so you can easily set it up via the phone’s Settings menu without downloading an to manually set up a VPN on Android
Open the Settings menu of the phone. Keep in mind that the instructions below may vary depending on what device you have.
Tap on Wi-Fi & Internet or Wireless & networks. Basically, you need to go to the network settings page.
Tap on VPN. On some devices, you may need to expand the options by first tapping on More.
Tap on the plus sign at the top right corner. If you don’t see one, you will need to open the advanced options menu (usually by tapping on the three vertical dots icon).
Enter the necessary information like the server address, username, and password. This info will be provided to you by the network administrator.
How to manually connect to OpenVPN networks on Android
The built-in VPN feature on an Android phone comes with support for PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec. None are the most secure, and PPTP, in particular, is quite outdated. Use this method if you absolutely have to or if the OpenVPN protocol isn’t available for the private network you want to connect connect to OpenVPN, you’ll have to rely on a third-party app like OpenVPN Connect instead. OpenVPN’s official app runs on any device running Android 4. 1 and above.
Download the app from the Google Play Store.
Your network administrator should provide the necessary information. The app lets you import a profile using an URL or select a file on your phone.
You can also manually add a proxy connection.
The settings section lets you choose the protocol, enable a kill switch (called Seamless Tunnel), and set up a battery saver mode.
Set up a VPN on Apple devicesDavid Imel / Android AuthorityVPNs are also directly configurable on all iPhones, iPads, and Macs. You have to go through a few extra steps on macOS, but it’s a breeze on to manually set up a VPN on iOS
Unlock your iPhone or iPad and open Settings.
Tap on General and select VPN.
Next, tap on Add VPN Configuration.
Your network admin will provide the necessary info. This includes the VPN protocol, the VPN settings (remote ID, server), and the authentication login info.
Once completed, tap on Done to save the profile.
You can now enable or disable the VPN connection by using the slider toggle on the VPN page.
Manually setting up a VPN on macOS
Click on the Apple menu (Apple icon) and go to System preferences > Network.
Click on the “+” icon in the list on the left.
Choose VPN on the Interface menu that pops up.
You’ll have to go through the different sections and add the required information.
First, select VPN Type, choose the VPN protocol, add a name, and click on Create.
You can then enter the server address, authentication and login info, and any additional network administrator settings.
Click Apply and then select OK.
To connect to the VPN, go to System Preferences > Network, click on the VPN service name and click on Connect.
You can also select Show VPN status in the menu bar and use the status icon to connect to the VPN network quickly.
How to set up a VPN on Windows 10C. Scott Brown / Android AuthorityYou will need to set up a VPN profile before you can quickly and easily connect to a VPN on Windows nually set up a VPN on Windows 10
Go to Settings > Network & Internet and select VPN.
You can also click on the Windows 10 search bar and type VPN, and select VPN Settings.
Click on Add a VPN connection.
Change the VPN Provider section to Windows (built-in)and fill out the rest of the form with the network administrator’s info.
The VPN is now available in the Wi-Fi section. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray and select the created VPN connection.
Setting up a VPN on Chrome OSEric Zeman / Android AuthorityGoogle has made it easy to set up a VPN on Chrome OS. The only drawback is that there aren’t too many options to choose from — there are just three in the Chrome store at the time of to set up a VPN on Chrome OS
Click on your account photo in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Open Settings and select Add connection in the Network section.
Click Add OpenVPN/L2TP.
Type the info required into the form that pops up and select Connect.
You may also need to install server and user certificates before you can manually set up a VPN. All the required information should be available from the network administrator or the VPN provider.
Get a VPN service! Edgar Cervantes / Android AuthorityEverything mentioned above is for anyone looking to connect to an office VPN network while working remotely. If you are looking for a VPN service for personal use, your easiest option is to sign up for a third-party providers support multiple devices and platforms. The apps are easy to install and are intuitive, so using them is a breeze. After signing up, all you need to know is to download the right app, and you’re good to go.
See also: What can VPNs do with your data?
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This article helps IT admins configure virtual private networks (VPNs) on Android devices. Some older versions of Android don’t support all the features mentioned here. To check your Android version, see Check & update your Android version.
Android VPN options
VPNs allow devices that aren’t physically on a network to securely access the network.
Android includes a built-in (PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and IPSec) VPN client. Devices running Android 4. 0 and later also support VPN apps. You might need a VPN app (instead of built-in VPN) for the following reasons:
To configure the VPN using an enterprise mobility management (EMM) console.
To offer VPN protocols that the built-in client doesn’t support.
To help people connect to a VPN service without complex configuration.
To run a separate VPN for the personal profile or work profile.
To get help with the built-in client, see Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) on Android.
You can configure many VPNs using an EMM console—confirm that your VPN and EMM combination supports this. Using an EMM means that the people using the devices don’t have to change complex settings. EMMs often support the following config:
Disabling the VPN system settings so that somebody using the device can’t change the config.
Configuring the VPN network connection settings, including installing authentication certificates.
Adding a list of apps that are allowed to use the VPN or a list of apps that can’t use the VPN.
Android can start a VPN service when the device boots, and keep it running while the device or work profile is on. This feature is called always-on VPN and is available in Android 7. 0 or higher. To learn more, see Edit Always-on VPN settings.
Block non-VPN connections
In many EMM consoles (and in the Android Settings app), you can block connections that don’t go through the VPN. To force all network traffic through an always-on VPN, follow these steps on the device:
Open your device’s Settings app.
Tap Network & internet Advanced VPN.
Next to the VPN that you want to change, tap Settings.
Switch Block connections without VPN to on.
To block non-VPN connections in your EMM console, see your EMM provider’s documentation.
Allow bypassing the VPN
If your VPN supports it, you can allow apps to bypass the VPN and select their own network. Some special-purpose apps might need to use a specific network, such as cellular or Wi-Fi. You can configure this option in your EMM console or directly in the VPN app.
Many VPN apps can filter which installed apps are allowed to send traffic through the VPN connection. You can create either an allowed list, or, a disallowed list, but not both. If you don’t create a list, the system sends all network traffic through the VPN.
You normally configure per-app VPN in your EMM console or directly in the VPN app.
You can choose which apps are allowed to use the VPN using an allowed list. If you allow one or more apps, then only the apps in the list use the VPN. All other apps (that aren’t in the list) use the system networks as if the VPN isn’t running.
When you also turn on Block connections without VPN, then only apps in the allowed list have network access.
You can select which apps you don’t want to use the VPN by creating a disallowed list. Network traffic of disallowed apps uses system networking as if the VPN wasn’t running—all other apps use the VPN.
When you also turn on Block connections without VPN, then these disallowed apps lose network access.
Google Play traffic
You might want to explicitly include or exclude Google Play traffic from your VPN if traffic is metered. Here are the Google Play app packages that you’d need to allow or disallow:
Restrict system settings
If your EMM supports it, you can prevent device users from changing system VPN settings. In some versions of Android, this restriction stops an always-on VPN from starting:
Behavior when restricted
Fully managed devices
VPN app doesn’t start.
Fully managed devices and work profile
7. 0 or higher
Always-on VPN app starts if set by device policy controller. Other VPN apps don’t start.
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Ouvrir le menu et sélectionner Paramètres
Tapez Réseaux et sans fil ou Contrôles sans fil, selon votre version d’Android
Tapez Configuration VPN
Tapez Ajouter VPN
Tapez Ajouter PSK VPN L2TP/IPsec
Tapez Nom VPN et saisissez un nom descriptif
Tapez Configurer serveur VPN et saisissez l’un des noms de serveurs hôtes suivants:
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New York City, NY
San Francisco, CA
Tapez “Fixer une clé partagée PSK IPsec” et saisissez “thisisourkey”
Enlevez Autoriser le secret L2TP
Ouvrir le menu et sélectionner Enregistrer
Tapez la configuration VPN dans la liste
Ecrivez votre nom d’utilisateur et mot de passe (utiliser la bonne capitalization)
Tapez Mémoriser le nom d’utilisateur
Frequently Asked Questions about configurer vpn android
Does Android have built in VPN?
Android VPN options Android includes a built-in (PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and IPSec) VPN client. Devices running Android 4.0 and later also support VPN apps. You might need a VPN app (instead of built-in VPN) for the following reasons: To configure the VPN using an enterprise mobility management (EMM) console.
How do I turn on VPN on Android?
Open your phone’s Settings app.Tap Network & internet Advanced. VPN. If you can’t find it, search for “VPN.” If you still can’t find it, get help from your device manufacturer.Tap the VPN you want.Enter your username and password.Tap Connect. If you use a VPN app, the app opens.
How do I grant VPN permission on Android?
– Select Network under Settings on your device. – Navigate to the VPN category. – Tap the gear/options icon next to the installed VPN profiles on your device. – Ensure that the Always-ON option is not activated for any additional profiles except the new ProtonVPN application.