Connect to virtual private networks (VPNs)

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 5.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Setting up virtual private networks (VPNs) lets you connect to a private network, like your school or company's network, even if you're not there.

Note: These instructions may differ depending on your device and version of Android.

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 the Settings apps:

  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," touch More > VPN.
  3. From the top right, touch Add VPN +.
  4. Enter the information from your network administrator.
  5. Touch Save.
  6. You'll see the VPN listed on the VPN screen.
Connect to a VPN
  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," touch More > VPN.
  3. Touch the name of the VPN.
  4. Enter your username and password and touch Connect. If you're using a VPN app, the app will open and then you can connect.
  5. Once you're connected, your notification drawer will show the VPN On icon .
Disconnect a VPN
  1. Open the Quick Settings menu by swiping down from top of the screen using two fingers.
  2. Next to "Network may be monitored," touch the VPN icon .
  3. Next to the VPN you want to disconnect, touch Settings .
  4. Touch the VPN you want to disconnect.
  5. Touch Disconnect.
Edit a VPN
  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," touch More > VPN.
  3. Next to to the VPN name, touch the Settings icon . If you're using a VPN app, it'll open and then you can make changes.
  4. Edit the VPN settings.
  5. Touch Save.
Delete a VPN
  1. Open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," touch More > VPN.
  3. Next to to the VPN name, touch Settings .
  4. Touch Forget.
Set up always-on VPN

Some VPNs let you always stay connected, unless your VPN connection stops working. This is useful if you're moving between several unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, like at a coffee shop or on public transit.

Set up always-on VPN

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

  1. Follow the instructions from the "Add a VPN" section above.
  2. When you enter your username and password, check Save account information.
  3. Touch Menu More > Always-on VPN.
  4. Select the VPN.
  5. Touch OK.
  6. You'll get a notification saying always-on VPN is on.

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

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

Use VPN with a work profile

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

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