Steps to setup OpenVPN VPN on your Android phone
Steps to setup OpenVPN VPN on your Android phone:
- 1. Go to Home Screen on your Android phone
- 2. Navigate to Settings
- Tap on Settings icon
- Tap on Wireless & Networks option
- Scroll down to VPN settings.
- Tap on “Add VPN” option on the screen
- Tap on “Add OpenVPN VPN” option
Configuring your OpenVPN VPN connection
You will see six different fields on the screen listed on the screen such as
- VPN Name
- Set VPN Server
- User Authentication
- Set User Certificate
- Set CA Certificate
- DNS search domains
Enter appropriate information in all fields required for configuring your VPN account. Read the instructions below before proceeding with the configuration task.
Important things to remember:
- You will be required to sign up for a VPN service to use OpenVPN VPN on your Android phone. You will need to have all information required before configuring your VPN account.
- You can set any Name for the OpenVPN VPN connection. (The name entered in this field is not your username for OpenVPN VPN connection but name for VPN connection)
- The VPN server address will be provided by the VPN service provider. You need to enter actual address in Set VPN Server field while configuring your OpenVPN VPN account.
- If you want added protection, you can enable User Authentication for connecting to VPN. The User authentication needs to set on the VPN server you would be using. Refer to the instructions provided by your VPN service provider regarding User Authentication for your OpenVPN VPN connection.
Set User Certificate:
- You will need to download and install User Certificate for your Android device before configuring OpenVPN VPN connection. Your VPN service provider will provide you with a user certificate. Download and install the User Certificate before beginning the VPN setup process. All User certificates installed on your Android phone will be listed when you select the “Set User certificate” option during configuration process. Select the User Certificate provided by your VPN service provider.
Set CA Certificate:
- Similarly you will also need to download and install CA certificate provided by your VPN service provider.
- If you don’t have certificates installed on your phone, you should know the name of the certificates (User certificate name and CA certificate name) for your VPN service provider.
Note: The certificates (User and CA) required for authentication of your VPN connection should be stored in root folder of your SD card. If they are stored in other places in your phone, they won’t be listed or available to use while setting your OpenVPN VPN connection
DNS search domains:
- You can leave the DNS search domain option untouched, or you can use internal domain server address or Google DNS servers such as 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206.
Once you have entered all required information, tap on Back button on your Android phone. Your OpenVPN VPN connection is set and ready for use. You can now see VPN service listed below the “Add VPN” option on the screen. Click on “Connect” to connect to VPN.
- After saving your VPN configuration, you may be asked to setup a password for credentials storage for your device. You need to know that this password in applicable to your phone only. It is not in any way related to your VPN connection.
- Some Android OS versions may offer a “Save” option to save all information entered in VPN configuration screen. If you are prompted with a Save option at the end of configuration, Tap on Save to save configuration details and setup a VPN connection.
- You will be prompted for Username and Password to connect to VPN service. Enter the username and password provided by your VPN service provider and connect to VPN server.