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Setting up a VPN on your Android

One of the main uses of VPN is to access restricted websites and services in a particular region. Applications unavailable in your country, for example, can be accessed over a VPN network.

In addition, a private network is naturally safer when it comes to stealth data transfers via email, for example.

Advantages of VPN

Use a different IP than the location where we are - One of the advantages of a best VPN for Android is the use of a different IP address than the one we are connected to. For example, to download an app that is only available in a particular country or to access a specific channel from a country other than the one in which we are.

Connect to open networks safely - On open or free networks, there is some risk that someone connected to the same Wi-Fi network can monitor traffic and steal your passwords. If we use a server connected to a VPN, all data passing through this open network will be encrypted until they reach the VPN server.

How to set up a VPN network on Android?

There are two ways to connect to a VPN network: through a third-party application or through native support built into Android for certain networks. We'll talk about the two processes below.

  1. How to configure VPN through an Android application

Depending on the VPN network you want to use, a dedicated application is best requested. Android does not provide native support for open networks of VPN servers, so to use services that are not available in your region; an app is the ideal solution. We recommend Betternet, which has an extremely simple interface, is free (with paid premium version) and works well.

Betternet is an extremely simple application. You just have to download it from the Play Store, confirm the connection request, and click "Connect." No password or login creation is required. The "key" icon in the status bar shows that the service is active. It is worth remembering that many VPN services are not secure. Avoid doing banking transactions or disclosing secret data while using a VPN.

  1. How to manually configure the VPN by native Android support

Android smartphones provide built-in support for configuring PPTP and L2TP VPN networks. They are useful for accessing private networks in environments such as work, home, etc. Simply access the "Settings" menu and then "More" (the names may vary depending on the UI). In this section you will find a window called VPN. Click on it.

After that, the "Add VPN" notification or simply the "plus" sign will appear on the top bar, which should be clicked. In doing so, the following data will be requested: "Name", "Type" and "Server address". Put in each.