Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) on Android

You can connect your phone to a private network, like your school or company's network, when you're not there. You make this kind of connection through a virtual private network (VPN).

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Add or use a VPN

Add

Step 1: Get VPN information

Get your VPN information from your administrator. You could need to install a VPN app and start set-up in that app. The app could come from the Google Play Store or from your administrator.

Step 2: Enter VPN information

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
  3. At the top right, tap Add Add.
  4. Enter the information from your administrator.
  5. Tap Save.
Connect
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
  3. Tap the VPN you want.
  4. Enter your username and password.
  5. Tap Connect.
    • If you use a VPN app, the app opens.
Tip: When you're connected, you'll see VPN on VPN on.
Disconnect or forget a VPN
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet and then Advanced and then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN that you want to disconnect, tap Settings Settings.
    • To disconnect: Turn off that VPN.
    • To forget the network: Tap Forget.

Edit VPN settings

Edit
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to edit, tap Settings Settings.
    • If you use a VPN app, the app will open.
  4. Edit the VPN settings. If needed, tap Save.
Stay connected all the time
  1. If you haven't already, add a VPN.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
  4. Next to the VPN you want to change, tap Settings Settings.
  5. Turn Always-on VPN on or off.
    • If you've set up a VPN through an app, you won't have the always-on option.
  6. If needed, tap Save.
Clear VPN notification
Important: If your always-on VPN connection stops working, you'll get a notification that stays until you reconnect. To clear that notification, turn off always-on for that VPN.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet And then Advanced And then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to change, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Turn Always-on VPN off.
Work profile
You can make a VPN work only for apps associated with your work profile. Learn how to set up a work profile.

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