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As tech users further understand security threats associated with the internet, they continue finding ways to clad themselves in digital armor, like VPNs. The best VPNs boost data privacy and prevent hackers and predatory service providers from lifting personal information. However, many don’t know how to install them. So for those wondering, “How do I get a VPN on my phone?” keep reading, and we’ll show you exactly how to do this.
For those just starting, we have a great primer explaining what cyber security is and why it’s essential for your safety.
Virtual private networks (VPNs) allow users to encrypt their online activity while using public networks. They protect data by jumbling web and app history, removing coherence for those trying to interpret the recorded info. For this reason, many companies and internet users adopt a VPN provider to add an extra layer of online security.
When looking for a VPN app, try not to download one of the apps that say “Sponsored.” This tip applies to both Apple and Android devices.
Understanding how to use a VPN is not complex. Of course, some geographic regulations must first be understood, such as the countries where VPNs are illegal. But once you know the basics, setting up your laptop or mobile device to connect to the private server is simple.
The concept of VPN providers is relatively new and requires some studying to understand them fully. For more info on this, check out our article that shows how VPNs work with Wi-Fi.
STEP 1 Choose and Download a VPN App
Go into the Apple App Store and research the various VPN protection apps.
STEP 2 Connect to VPN
Once the app is installed, open and locate the connection button.
STEP 3 Confirm VPN Connection
After pressing the connection button, check that the secure connection is successful by swiping down to open the general settings menu. Look to the top left next to the Wi-Fi symbol, and you should see a small icon that says “VPN.”
STEP 1 Choose a VPN Service
Research the various VPN service networks and find one that is trusted and highly recommended.
STEP 2 Enter iPhone’s VPN Settings
Enter into your iPhone’s settings page. At the top of the screen, type “VPN” into the search bar. Then press the option at the top of the screen that says, “General > VPN.”
STEP 3 Enter VPN Details
Press “Add VPN configuration.” Find the correct VPN network information online and enter it into the configuration page. Set the password and username, and then press “Done.”
STEP 4 Confirm VPN Connection
To confirm that you’re connected, pull down the general settings menu and look in the upper left-hand corner to ensure there is a “VPN” icon.
Go into the Google Play App Store and look through the various VPN options. After selecting a trusted option, download it and open the app.
Find the option to connect your device, press it, and wait for it to confirm the secured connection.
To confirm that you’ve completed a connection, check the top of your phone screen and see if there’s a small key icon.
Once you’ve researched and selected a trusted VPN web service, enter your Android phone’s settings menu.
STEP 2 Enter Android’s VPN Settings
Under the “Wireless & Networks” section, click the option “More.” Press the option that says “VPN.”
Hit the “+” button in the upper-right-hand corner and then enter a name for the VPN, the type of server, and the server address. Then press “Save.” Enter a username and password to establish a connection and press “Connect.”
To confirm that you’re connected to the VPN, see if there is a small key icon at the top of your phone screen.
Do your best to stay away from free VPNs. You’ll find many online, but they are notorious for being unsafe. In addition, they are often operated by people looking to take and sell user data.
STAT: About one-third of all internet users use some form of VPN. (source)