Tips When Using VPN in an Android Device

Android devices

Without a doubt, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the best way to browse the web anonymously and to unblock restricted sites wherever you are. This is because you will be provided a new IP address to hide your real IP address and geo-location. Nevertheless, another great advantage of VPN is that you can use it on any device running Android or any other operating software. And because VPN traffic is encrypted, you can be sure of your safety while using your Android device in any public Wi-Fi zone such as hotels and cafes.

For Android devices, setting up of VPN is very easy. However, it’s better if you use Android 4.0 or higher. You can use the VPN support integrated on your Android device, where PPTP and L2TP VPNs are both available. To have a VPN connection, simply open the Settings app on your screen and tap More under Wireless & Networks. After entering your username and password which is a requirement to be connected via VPN, it is best that you save your account in case you want to use VPN again.

Note however that not all Android devices support encryption once you choose the PPTP connection. If that will be the case or any traffic related problem occurs, try using the L2TP connection. L2TP is known to be working better on Android as compared to PPTP. If you prefer using OpenVPN network, you should download a third party VPN app. You will also be required to root your device running on older Android versions. However, OpenVPN is a bit complicated, making it time consuming during set up.

In some cases, your VPN server will require you to download the proper certificates and store them on your Android devices. But if you like, you can also install them from your micro SD card. If your device is running Android 4.2 or higher, you have the option to enable the Always-on VPN mode. Once it is enabled, your data will never be sent unless via VPN. This feature is very helpful if you are using Wi-Fi most of the time. The actual procedure of installing VPN on Android depends on the device you are using.


Nevertheless, the best tip you should understand is how to choose the right VPN for Android. if you are in a country where very strict Internet censorship is being implemented, using a free VPN is never advisable. With a free service, you cannot expect it to provide better security against the multi-million investment of a government. Although VPN is not considered illegal in the Middle East, free VPNs can easily be blocked for no reason at all. In addition, your screen will be showered with tons of ridiculous ads.

Therefore, it’s better if you choose a paid VPN. Besides the fact that they are more secured than the free ones, you can also enjoy better customer service and faster connection. Most premium VPNs also respond immediately if there is a trouble, such as providing you a new VPN IP address once the first one is blocked. But most of all, VPN service fees are very affordable and will not hurt your pocket.