Key Icon on Samsung devices: Remove and What it is (easy)

Kunal Kashyap
3 min read2 days ago

Removing the key icon from your Samsung device is a common problem experienced by VPN users. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to resolve this issue with confidence. Additionally, I will also explain what the key icon means on Samsung devices.If you are using a VPN on your Samsung device, you may see a notification indicating that you are connected to the VPN and have access to the internet through different IPs.

key icon highlighted on samsung phone with overlay text key icon

However, if you find that the notification is stuck and the VPN icon keeps showing even after you have disconnected from the VPN, you are not alone.

This is a common issue on Samsung devices, but there is a tutorial available that can be incredibly helpful in resolving this problem.

What Is The Key Icon On My Android Phone?

When you see a key icon on your Samsung phone, it means that you have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection active. A VPN creates a secure and encrypted connection to a remote server, which helps protect your online activities and hide your IP address.

How to Remove the Key (VPN) Icon on Samsung devices

Below, I’m sharing all the steps that need to be followed by you.

  1. Open the mobile settings.

2. Tap on the connection from the settings.

3. Select More Connection Settings.

4. Then select VPN from the given options.

5. Tap on the settings icon on the right side of Samsung Max or the VPN app your are using.

6. Lastly, delete the VPN profile.


Awesome people, they might find the icon on the Samsung notification bar on the top as you can see in this screenshot. Also, this is something weird when you have turned off the VPN arm but still, you are getting to see the key icon.

However, for some people who didn’t know the key icon indicates the VPN on Samsung so if the VPN is turned on or if the VPN is connected in the background you will still see the icon to remove it, here are the steps that I have taught you.

Today I showed you how you can remove key icon on Samsung and what does it mean. Some people find the Key icon on Samsung notification bar, and here I have explained what it means.



Kunal Kashyap

I’m the Founder of Backdroid. Blog to techie and Android enthusiast.