How to Set Up a Built-in VPN on Your Android

Haseeb Awan
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April 6, 2023

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You'll need a VPN if you want to download an app that isn't available in your country, connect to a company network on the go, or simply keep safe on public Wi-Fi. Here's how to use your Android phone [built-in option] to connect to a VPN. 

As we all know, we have one of the easiest methods to connect to a standalone VPN application, but we have learned why we shouldn't trust this option. Contrary to this, there is an option to install a third-party app - OpenVPN Networks.

OpenVPN Networks

Android doesn't have built-in support for OpenVPN servers. Install a third-party app using an OpenVPN network compatible with Android 4.0 and higher and does not require rooting. You'll need to root your device to connect to an OpenVPN network if you're using an older version of Android. Figure 1 shows a typical interface of this application.

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The built-in VPN on Android

PPTP and L2TP VPNs are supported natively in Android. You can use these VPNs without installing any third-party software, but neither option is ideal. PPTP is often viewed as obsolete and insecure, while L2TP has its own set of security vulnerabilities (notably its use of pre-shared keys, which many VPN providers publish publicly). Instead, it would be optional to utilize OpenVPN or a separate/standalone application if you have the better option (at your discretion). Here's how to utilize PPTP and P2TP if you have to.

Step 1: Go to settings and click on “more connections”. This option may vary from android to android.

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Step 2: Click on the VPN option.

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Step 3: Tap the Add [+] button and enter the VPN's information. Select the sort of VPN server you're connecting to, and enter the VPN server's address into the Name area to assist you to remember which VPN is which (either an address like or a numerical IP address).

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Step 4: Once you've set up the VPN, tap it to connect. Multiple VPN servers can be established, and you can move between them from the VPN page. When you connect, you'll need the username and password that your VPN demands. You can, however, save these account details for future use.

FYI, a constant "VPN enabled" message will appear in your notifications drawer while connected to a VPN. Tap the notification and then Disconnect to disconnect.

Bonus - Always-on VPN

Google introduced the ability to enable always-on VPN mode in Android 4.2. When you enable this option, Android will only allow data to be transferred through the VPN. If you're utilizing public Wi-Fi and want to make sure your VPN is constantly on, this is a good option.

Toggle the “Always-on VPN” slider after tapping the cog symbol next to the VPN name to enable it.

VPNs aren't necessary for all; in fact, the majority of users will be dandy  However, if the need for one comes, it's useful to know how to use one and which ones can be trusted. As always, value your privacy.

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Haseeb Awan
CEO, Efani Secure Mobile

I founded Efani after being Sim Swapped 4 times. I am an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the crypto and cybersecurity industry. I provide Secure Mobile Service for influential people to protect them against SIM Swaps, eavesdropping, location tracking, and other mobile security threats. I've been covered in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Hulu, Nasdaq, Netflix, Techcrunch, Coindesk, etc. Contact me at 855-55-EFANI or for a confidential assessment to see if we're the right fit!

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