A Virtual Private Network or a VPN is a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks. For instance, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. Corporations use Virtual Private Networks to protect sensitive data. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet.
Increase privacy with a Virtual Private Network because the user’s initial IP address replaced with one from the Virtual Private Network provider. Subscribers can obtain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. If you want to download an app not available in your country, connect to a company network on the road, or just stay safe on public Wi-Fi, you’ll need a VPN. In this blog, we will be talking about how to use VPN in mobile?
Android does not include integrated support for OpenVPN servers. If you use an OpenVPN network, you will need to install a third-party app. OpenVPN Connect, OpenVPN’s official app, works on Android 4.0 and higher and does not require root. To connect to an OpenVPN network on a device running older versions of Android, you will need to root your device.
Android’s Built-In VPN Support
Android has integrated support for PPTP and L2TP VPNs. You can connect to these types of VPNs without installing any third-party apps, but neither is ideal. PPTP is generally regarded as outdated and insecure, and L2TP has some security issues as well (notably its use of pre-shared keys, which many VPN providers publish publicly). If you can, we recommend using OpenVPN or a standalone app instead. But if you must use PPTP and P2TP, here’s how to do it.
- Open the Settings app and tap “More” under Wireless & Networks.
- Tap the VPN option on the Wireless & Networks screen.
- Tap the + button and provide the VPN’s details. Enter a name to help you remember which VPN is which into the Name field, select the type of VPN server you’re connecting to, and enter the VPN server’s address (either an address like vpn.example.com or a numerical IP address).
- Tap the VPN to connect once you have set it up. You can have multiple VPN servers configured and switch between them from the VPN screen.
- You will need the username and password your VPN requires when you connect. However, you can save this account information for next time.
- While connected to a VPN, you will see a persistent “VPN activated” notification in your notifications drawer. To disconnect, tap the notification and tap Disconnect.
Always-On VPN Mode
Starting with Android 4.2, Google included the option to enable always-on VPN mode. When this option is enabled, Android will never allow data to be sent except over the VPN. This can be useful if you are using public Wi-Fi and want to ensure your VPN is always used. To enable this option, tap on the cog icon next to the VPN name, then toggle the “Always-on VPN” slider.
VPNs aren’t something that everyone needs, to be honest, most users will be fine without ever needing one. But if there is any situation arises where one is required, it’s good to know how to use one and which ones you can trust.