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How To Setup PPTP VPN On Android Devices

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


Android is the most popular operating system for mobile devices such as Smartphones and tablets. With the help of your Android device, you can choose to remain always connected and mobile. However, constant connectivity comes with its own set of security challenges. For instance, the free wireless internet that is available at many commercial establishments such as malls, coffee shops, book shops, hotels and airports often comes with little to no security which means it has become really easy for hackers and criminals to steal data, money and identity.

In order to protect your data and privacy while using Wi-Fi hotspots, you need to use a secure solution such as a virtual private network. VPNs use high level of encryption to secure online traffic plus they allow you to bypass all kinds of ISP and location based restrictions. This means you can access your favorite sites and streaming services (like Hulu and Netflix) even when you are travelling. It is really easy to setup a VPN service on an Android device since Android includes built-in clients for VPNs. In this article, you will learn how to setup a PPTP VPN for Android Smartphones and tablets.

How To Configure PPTP VPN On Android

Step 1:  Before configuring the VPN, close all the running apps and go to the home screen.

Step 2:  Tap on the “Settings” icon on the home screen. If you cannot see the Settings icon on the home screen, you may have to press the menu button of your device and then tap on the Settings icon that shows up on the screen.

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Step 3:  Next, tap on “Wireless and Network” option to open up Network configuration options.

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Step 4:  Tap on “VPN Settings” option to manage your VPN connections.

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Step 5:  Tap on “Add VPN” option to configure a new VPN connection.

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Step 6:  In the next screen, you need to choose a VPN protocol for the new connection. Tap on “Add PPTP VPN” option to configure a PPTP VPN on your device.

Add PPTP VPN

Step 7:  In the next screen, you need to specify VPN connection details. Choose an easy to remember name for the VPN connection and type it in the VPN Name input box. It makes sense to provide a meaningful name here as it would help you to locate and connect to the service quickly. A lot of VPN providers recommend that you use the name of the provider along with the city/country of the server as the connection name.

Next type the IP address or the URL of the VPN server in the “Set VPN Server” input box. If you are not sure about the server address then you can refer to the welcome email or the server list available on the VPN provider’s official site. It is possible that your VPN provider may have servers at multiple locations. If this is indeed the case and you wish to connect to multiple servers then you can either create multiple VPN connections (one for each server) or create one connection and modify its server address whenever you wish to connect to a different server.

Make sure that the “Enable Encryption” option is set to On. You may also have to specify DNS domains in case your VPN provider asks you to do so. To specify DNS information, tap on “DNS search domains” option and type in the DNS details provided by your VPN provider. Tap on the Save button located at the bottom of the screen to save and apply the VPN settings. After saving, you should see a new connection added in the VPN Settings screen.

Add PPTP VPN (Enable Encryption)

 

Add PPTP VPN (Set VPN Server)

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Step 8:  To test the newly created connection, tap on the VPN connection name. Enter the username and password details provided by your VPN provider and tap on the Connect button. You may also tap on the “Remember Password” checkbox if you don’t want to type the password every time you want to connect to the service. Once the connection is established, you will see a small key icon at the top of the screen and a Connected message below the name of the VPN connection. To disconnect from the service, just tap on the VPN connection name and choose the Disconnect option.

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July 10, 2013
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