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Connect to a virtual private network (VPN)

With a virtual private network (VPN), your device 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

Step 1: Get VPN information

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

Step 2: Enter VPN information

  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 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 VPN you want.
  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.

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

Disconnect or forget 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.
Forget a VPN
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  3. Next to the VPN you want to remove, 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 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 connected all the time (unless your VPN connection stops working). If your always-on VPN connection is lost, you'll get a notification.

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.
  3. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then VPN.
  4. Next to the VPN that you want to stay connected all the time, tap Settings Settings.
  5. Tap the "Always-on VPN" On/Off switch.
Use VPN with a 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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