Connecting to OpenVPN on Android

A step-by-step walk through of installing OpenVPN for Android client on your Android phone and then connecting to a VPN service such as QuietVPN.

1 ) Download and Install

Search for “openvpn for android” in the Google Play Store. It is free and should come up right away. Notice its very high rating and over a million downloads. Click the “Install” button.

2 ) Open the App

Once it finishes downloading and installing click the “Open” button or you can choose it from your app menu. It should come up looking like below. Now click on the icon with the box and a down arrow on it, towards the top right between the + and … buttons.

3 ) Choose your *.ovpn file

Hopefully you were already provided with a file or download link to your VPN connection file. OpenVPN for Android automatically took me to my “Recent Files” view, so my personal *.ovpn file shows right at the top of the list (since I just downloaded it).

Click that file and then confirm that you want to add that connection.

4 ) Connect to the VPN

Now you should be able to go back to the main screen of the application and you will see your newly added connection there. Click on the name of the connection (not the pencil icon).

Now a popup alert will come up, which just asks you to confirm that you want to connect to this VPN service. Click the “OK” button.

After you connect, you will see a key icon on the top menu bar on your phone. This will indicate that you are connected to a VPN. If you slide down your notification menu while connected, you will also notice that it will confirm you are connected to the VPN and will give you statistics about how much data it has downloaded and the connection speed.

4 ) How to Disconnect from the VPN

If you want to disconnect, that is very easy as well. Either click on the tile from you notifications menu or just go open the app once again.

You will see the main menu page like you did before with the connection listed. It will indicate that it is connected from there. Now click on the name of that connection.

An alert will pop up asking you if you want to disconnect or not. Click “OK” if you just want to disconnect. Click “Reconnect” if you want to disconnect and then immediately reconnect — perhaps there is an error and this sometimes helps, basically like a reboot.

That’s it! I hope this was helpful and easy to follow. Stay safe, y’all.

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