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Connect to a virtual private network (VPN)

You can connect 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).

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 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 device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet 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 device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then VPN.
  3. Tap the VPN you want.
  4. Enter your username and password. Tap Connect. (If you use a VPN app, the app opens.)

When you're connected, you'll see VPN on VPN on.

Disconnect or forget a VPN

Disconnect
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to disconnect, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Turn off that VPN.
Forget
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet and then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to remove, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Forget.

Edit VPN settings

Edit
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet 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.
Always-on

Some VPNs let you stay connected all the time (unless your VPN connection stops working).

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.

If you've set up a VPN through an app, you won't see the always-on option.

  1. If you haven't already, add the VPN. See Add a VPN (above).
  2. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & Internet and then VPN.
  4. Next to the VPN you want to change, tap Settings Settings.
  5. Turn Always-on VPN on or 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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