People today are beginning to understand the importance of using a VPN. The need to protect one’s identity and privacy while browsing the web has been identified as most important in today’s world, and as a result, VPNs have seen a huge rise in their popularity and usage. But one thing that people still aren’t doing is protecting their Android smartphone with a VPN as well.
Smartphones today are used to get so much done, and one is practically connected 24X7 to the internet using a smartphone. What’s more, smartphones are used to share critical information like bank details and other personal information. Android has the biggest market share of smartphones, so Android users need to be protected by a VPN.
Setting up VPN on Android
1. Native Support
Android offers the functionality to set up a PPTP or L2TP VPN connection on your device without requiring to install and configure a third-party app. Simply follow these steps to set up a PPTP or L2TP VPN connection on your Android device:
i. Navigate through Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> More
ii. Tap on ‘VPN’
iii. You will now need to tap on ‘+’ and then enter the VPN details. Populate the fields correctly. ‘Name’ field is to be filled with whatever you want to name your VPN. ‘Type’ is to be either PPTP or L2TP. You can enter a numerical address or a URL for the server address field. Your VPN provider should be able to give you the address
iiii. Just tap on ‘Save’ to finish with the creation of your VPN. You can have more than one VPNs
v. To use it, tap on the VPN you created and enter your username and password
vi. Android 4.2 and higher have another feature called ‘Always-On’. Enabling it will ensure that in the event that your VPN disconnects your internet connection is dropped as well to keep you protected at all times
2. VPN App
While native support is a good thing to have, the power of third-party VPN apps cannot be undermined. They offer a lot more features like saving your favourite servers, offering better protection by allowing other protocols as well, and providing full support from configuration to troubleshooting. You can download the VPN app through the Play Store or from the website of your VPN provider.
3. OpenVPN Connect
OpenVPN is the most recommended protocol currently, for it offers the best balance of protection and speed. OpenVPN can only be used on Android devices through OpenVPN Connect, which is the official OpenVPN app. Those using Android 4.0 and higher don’t need to root their device for it and can reap the benefits of OpenVPN on their Android device without doing anything other than downloading the app.
We discussed in this article how Android phones need to protected by a VPN and how you can set up a VPN on your Android device. It is really important that you protect your device from the dangers that lurk on the internet. Your Android device stores and shares so much sensitive information that should it fall into wrong hands, things could get really ugly for you. Use the methods provided in this article to setup a VPN on your Android device to keep yourself safe.