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How to use a VPN on Android

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So, you are interested in using a VPN on your Android phone. There are plenty of options when it comes to VPN services. Fortunately, they are all quite easy to use. We’ll help you get started.

What is a VPN and how does it work on Android?

First things first, let’s talk about what actually happens when you use a VPN. “VPN” stands for “Virtual Private Network,” and that’s a pretty good description of what it does.

A VPN encrypts the Internet traffic on your device and sends it through a computer (server) in another location. It’s like you’re using the internet on that remote device instead of your own. This disguises your identity and makes it look like you’re browsing the web from a place you’re not. If you use a VPN on your Android phone, all traffic from all apps on your Android device, including Chrome and other browsers, will be sent through the VPN tunnel.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use a VPN. VPNs are commonly used to bypass regional restrictions. If a movie is not available on Netflix in your country, you can use a VPN to watch it. All you have to do is install the VPN and get it up and running. You will be virtually transported to a different location and your Internet activity will be hidden from your Internet provider.

What is the best VPN for Android?

There are many great VPN apps available for Android. It can be hard to decide which one is right for you and which ones to trust. We have a guide to help you find the best VPN service, including the best free VPN. All of the VPN services in our guide have Android apps.

How to set up a VPN on Android

Each VPN app will work a little differently, but the concept is basically the same. As an example, we’ll show you how to get Hide.me, our pick for the best VPN for Android, up and running.

The first thing you’ll need to do with most VPN services is create an account and choose a plan. In the case of Hide.me, we can use the free plan without creating an account.

Touch "Get your free plan".

Next, just tap on the “Enable VPN” button to launch it.

touch "enable vpn".

You will need to grant the VPN permission to monitor network traffic. That is why it is important to use reliable VPN services. Touch “OK” to continue.

press "Accept".

You can see the location at the bottom of the screen. In this case, it is somewhere in the United States. The “Location” tab allows you to move to different countries.

Location tab.

When a VPN is running on your Android device, you will see a wrench icon in the status bar.

That’s pretty much it! Again, each VPN app works a little differently, but this is the general idea. You’ll create an account, choose a location, and run the VPN. Sometimes it’s even a good idea to leave the VPN connected all the time.

How to disable VPN on Android

Turning off a VPN on Android is just as easy as turning it on. Just open the VPN app you’re using; in our case, it is Hide.me. Tap the “Disable VPN” (or similar) button.

touch "disable vpn".

VPNs are not something that everyone needs; in fact, most users will be fine without even touching one. But if the occasion arises when one is required, it’s good to know how to use it and which ones you can trust.

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