Surely you have ever heard that you should not trust open Wi-Fi connections in public places such as airports or coffee shops. One of the most repeated recommendations in such cases is that you connect through a VPN. Yes, they are also a great resource for bypassing censorship or blocking of content that is only available in certain places.
There are many, many VPN servers, and not all of them are to be trusted, especially the free ones. Whether you’ve found a free VPN or you’re paying a nominal monthly fee, connect to the VPN from Android it is a very simple process.
The data you will need
Today most VPN services have a official application for Android that facilitates the configuration with a simple button. These applications can create and manage VPN profiles on their own, so if the VPN you have subscribed to has an application, it is recommended that you connect through it.
In other more “old school” cases, it is you who will have to create the profile of the VPN connection on Android. For it you need a series of configuration data which should provide you with the VPN service you are trying to connect to. If not all the fields are specified, it is because the ones that are missing must use the default options. They are as follows:
- Server type: the number of possibilities is long, from PPTP to L2TP / IPSec and IPSec in different configurations.
- Server address: the most important data, since it is to this server that it will connect. It can be an IP address or a domain name.
- Username: the username of your account, necessary to identify yourself in the service.
- Password: your account password.
Connect to a VPN from Android
To connect to a VPN server from Android, you must go to the Android Settings, from the app drawer. The specific location within the settings has changed so much throughout the different versions of Android and from one customization layer to another, that the fastest way to access is using the search engine, on top. Type “VPN” and the shortcut should appear quickly.
Generally, the VPN connections panel will appear empty, as we assume that you do not have a VPN connection already configured on your mobile. The first thing you need to do is create a new connection, so tap on Add VPN.
Remember when we talked before about the data you would need? Now is when you need them. In the first section, Name, you can put what you want, but in the rest you must strictly follow the instructions provided by your VPN, adding server type, address and username and password. When you’re done, tap on Keep.
With this you create the profile of the VPN connection, but it will not connect immediately. In fact, it won’t connect unless you tell it to. To connect you at any time, tap on the name of the connection.
No, the connection does not start automatically, but a window appears where your username and password will appear already filled in (if you filled it in when creating the profile). If everything is correct, tap on Connect And, now yes, your Android will connect to the Internet through this VPN.
You must repeat this process every time you want to connect to the VPN again, another additional advantage of the official applications, which usually facilitate this task. You can distinguish when you are successfully connected to the VPN as the key icon in the notification bar.