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Connect to a virtual private network (VPN)

With a virtual private network (VPN), you can connect to a private network, like your school or company's network, even when you're not there.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

Add or use a VPN

Add a VPN

To add a VPN, you need to get the details from your network administrator. Your organization may need you to install a VPN app from Google Play or your administrator, which you may need to configure directly from that application.

To add a VPN from your device's Settings app:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  3. At the top right, tap Add Add.
  4. Enter the information from your network administrator.
  5. Tap Save.
Connect to a VPN
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  3. Tap the desired VPN.
  4. Enter your username and password and tap Connect. If you're using a VPN app, the app will open and then you can connect.
  5. When you're connected, you'll see VPN on VPN on.

Disconnect or delete a VPN

Disconnect from a VPN
  1. Open your Quick Settings.
  2. Next to "Network may be monitored," tap VPN on VPN on.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to disconnect, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap the VPN you want to disconnect.
  5. Tap Disconnect.
Delete a VPN
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  3. Next to to the VPN you want to delete, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Forget.

Edit VPN settings

Edit a VPN
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  3. Next to to the VPN you want to edit, tap Settings Settings. If you're using a VPN app, the app will open and then you can make changes.
  4. Edit the VPN settings.
  5. Tap Save.
Turn always-on VPN on or off

Some VPNs let you stay always connected (unless your VPN connection stops working). This may be useful when moving between unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, like at coffee shops or on public transit.

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

Turn on always-on VPN

  1. Add the VPN. See Add a VPN above.
  2. When you enter your username and password, check Save account information.
  3. Tap More More and then Always-on VPN.
  4. Select the VPN.
  5. Tap OK.
  6. You'll get a notification saying always-on VPN is on.

If your always-on VPN connection is lost, you'll get a notification.

Turn off always-on VPN

To turn off always-on mode, choose More More and then Always-on VPN and then None and then OK.

Use VPN with a work profile

You can make VPN work only for apps associated with your work profile. Learn how to set up a work profile.

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