How to set up a VPN on a Samsung Galaxy S8


While most VPN platforms will provide a VPN app that can be downloaded on to your Samsung Galaxy, we would recommend that you configure your Samsung mobile to connect to a specific server as/when you need it.

Things generally operate much more quickly that way and it also means that your entire phone is covered. When you try to run things alongside the VPN app, it can be difficult ensure that the phone remains fully protected, because running two apps alongside each other can lead to difficulties.

Therefore, when it comes to setting a VPN up on your Samsung Galaxy S8, we would recommend that you go through the following steps. For reference, we’re going to be walking through this tutorial using iPVanish (which is our recommended partner for the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone)

Setting up a VPN on the Samsung Galaxy S8

When using this guide, we will be installing our recommended VPN partner, iPVanish.

  • Go in to your App Drawer and select ‘Settings’
  • Scroll down to the ‘Wireless and Networks’ section and choose ‘More’
  • Now select ‘VPN’
  • When you’re in the VPN section, click the ‘Add’ button at the top of the screen
  • You now need to set up a new VPN profile. Therefore:
    • Give your VPN profile a name
    • Make sure you’ve chosen PPTP as your connection type
    • Fill in the Server Address of the server you want to connect to. These can usually be found on the website of your VPN provider. (IPVanish’s list is here)
    • Enable PPP Encryption
    • Click Save
  • Open up your newly created VNP profile and enter your username and password.
  • Confirm your internet connection. If you get an error message, then it would be a good idea to check your login details. If all is good, then you should see a padlock icon appear at the top of the screen, in which case you’re good to go!
  • Browse away – do whatever you want!
  • If/when you decide that you want to connect from your VPN provider, go back into your VPN settings and select the ‘Disconnect’ button.


Hopefully the above will have helped you to set up a VPN on your new Samsung Galaxy. If, for whatever reason, that’s not the case and you’re still trying to figure out what you’ve done wrong, then drop us a message – either in the comments below or via Twitter – and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can with an answer.

Equally, we’d also like to know if the above article was useful. Setting up VPN’s on your mobile (whether it’s a Samsung Galaxy S8 or an iPhone) is one of the most complicated processes to follow, so do please let us know either way – we’d love to hear from you.

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