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How To Setup L2TP VPN On Android Devices

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


The last few years have witnessed an explosive growth in the mobile internet market. Due to the incredible popularity of mobile devices and the sheer convenience offered by them, Smartphones and tablets are fast becoming the preferred medium of choice to access websites and web enabled services. Within the mobile operating system market, Android remains the clear leader and continues to retain its dominant position despite fierce competition.

Along with increasing penetration of mobile devices, the internet accessibility offered by wireless networks has played a key role in growth of the mobile internet market. Most commercial establishments such as hotels, malls and coffee shops now provide free wireless connectivity to attract more customers and the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

The free internet connectivity offered by hotspots comes with its own set of problems and you need to take extra precautions while using them to keep your data, money and identity safe. Virtual private networks are considered as the best solutions that secure all types of online connections, including unsecure wireless connections. What’s more, VPNs offer freedom from all types of censorship and allow you to unblock location specific services (such as Netflix, Hulu) from anywhere. For mobile devices, the VPN service is usually available through PPTP and L2TP protocols. In this article, you will discover how to setup L2TP VPN on any Android device.

How To Configure L2TP VPN On Android Devices

Step 1:  To begin the setup process, close all the active apps and go to the home screen.

Step 2: Next, tap on the Settings icon which allows you to change settings for just about everything. Depending on your device, you may have to press the menu button first and then tap on the “Settings” icon appearing on the screen.

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Step 3:  From the Settings menu, tap on “Wireless and Network” to view the network configuration options.

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Step 4:  Next, tap on “VPN Settings’ to manage VPN connections on your device.

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Step 5:  To configure a totally new VPN connection, tap on “Add VPN” option.

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Step 6:  Next, you would be asked to choose a VPN protocol for the new VPN connection. Tap on “Add L2TP/IPSec PSK VPN” to setup a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection on your device. (Note: If your VPN provider offers a L2TP VPN account without preshared IPSec keys, choose “Add L2TP VPN” option instead).

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Step 7:  In the next screen, you need to provide VPN connection details. First, choose a connection name and enter it in the “VPN Name” input box. Choose the VPN name carefully since it will help you to identify and connect to the correct VPN service and server. If you have VPN subscriptions from several providers then you can choose the provider name along with the country/city of the server as the connection name.

Type the VPN server IP address or URL in the “Set VPN Server” textbox. The VPN server details are usually available in the welcome email or at the server list section of the provider’s website. If your provider offers VPN servers in several countries or cities then you will have to create separate VPN connections for each of them or change the server details every time you wish to connect to a new VPN server.

Next, enter the IPSec key in the “Set IPSec pre-shared key” input box. Refer to the welcome email or the setup section on your VPN provider’s site if you are not sure about the IPSec key. Select the checkbox next to “Enable L2TP Secret” and specify DNS search domain information if it is explicitly mentioned by your VPN provider. Finally, tap on the Save button to save the new VPN connection details. After saving, you should see the new connection added in the “VPN Settings” section.

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Step 8:  Once the connection is configured, you must test it to ensure that you can connect to the service without any problem. To establish the connection, tap on the newly configured VPN connection name; type the username and password details and then tap on the “Connect” button. Once the connection is successful, you should see “Connected” message below the name of the connection and a key icon at the top of the screen. When you want to disconnect from the service, tap the VPN connection name and then on the Disconnect option.

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July 10, 2013
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