How to use VPN on Android (Easy Setup and Connect)

Anton P. | August 30, 2023

Steps on how to use VPN on Android can set a VPN connection manually without a particular VPN provider. Another option is to pick a service from the Google Play Store, which comes ready for use. 

In fact, Androids have a built-in VPN function, yet their supported protocols are outdated. Thus, if you want to use a more secure VPN protocol, you need help from third-party VPN services. 

Let’s see the options for getting a VPN on your Android device and enjoying the best protection online.

Learn how to use VPN on Android devices.

Why get a VPN for Android 

A VPN protects your online activity as long as you stay connected to VPN servers. It also improves data security when you use public Wi-Fi networks. You should connect to a VPN whenever you join an unknown network. 

But VPN advantages extend to other areas; let’s discuss a few examples:

  • A VPN gives you more privacy against Internet Service Providers (ISPs), websites, and network managers. 
  • It hides IP addresses which serve as identifiers online. Users can select what location they wish their IP address to pinpoint. 
  • A VPN offers more security from unsafe HTTP websites as they do not implement necessary encryption. 
  • A VPN can let you access better deals online when you swap your IP address and location.

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How to set up a VPN on Android manually 

Please note that these instructions may differ depending on your Android device. 

  1. Open Android Settings on your mobile device. 
  2. Navigate to the Wireless & Networks or Wi-Fi & Internet section.
  3. Find and tap on VPN.
  4. You should see + at the top right. Tap on it. 
  5. Enter your username, password, and other required information (like server address). 
  6. Your administrator should provide the necessary information.
  7. Tap Save. 

How to manually connect to a VPN

There might be better solutions than the built-in VPN option on Android. It supports L2TP, PPTP, and IPSec. Nowadays, there are better VPN protocols. 

However, you can set up a different protocol. For instance, OpenVPN Connect is a third-party tool that can let you enable the OpenVPN protocol.

You do this by importing the .ovpn file and following other steps. Then, you can set a more secure protocol for your server. 

How to use VPN client apps 

The easiest way to start using a VPN is to download a ready-to-go application from one of the providers. 

  1. Download a VPN client from the Google Play Store. 
  2. Open the app. Atlas VPN displays a Privacy Notice informing of how the VPN handles data. Please read it and tap Accept & Continue. 
  3. You should also create a VPN profile with Atlas VPN or another provider.
  4. Log into your account using the preferred method. 
  5. You can connect to free VPN servers as soon as you get an account. 
  6. You will likely need to add VPN configuration on your device when connecting for the first time. 
  7. More VPN servers unlock through Atlas VPN premium plans. 
  8. For more anonymity, you can purchase plans via multiple methods, including cryptocurrencies. 

Tips for using VPN apps after connecting

A VPN offers multiple ways to adjust your connections. Here are some standard options: 

  • You can pick VPN protocols for your connection. Atlas VPN offers IKEv2/IPSec and WireGuard®
  • Users can activate killswitch, which protects your connection in case of connectivity issues. 
  • You can use auto-connect, so you won’t have to connect to servers manually. 
  • A VPN can also bring more features beyond its usual functions. For instance, Atlas VPN has SafeBrowse and Data Breach Monitor. 

Protect your Android with a VPN

A VPN instantly adds security to your network, internet access, and activities. Atlas VPN makes it easy to use a VPN anywhere you are! The setup takes minutes, and you can protect your connection without buying premium plans.

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Anton P.

Anton P.

Former chef and the head of Atlas VPN blog team. He's an experienced cybersecurity expert with a background of technical content writing.



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