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How to setup PPTP VPN on Android

The Android platform has an outstanding built-in PPTP VPN connection tool. Below you will find how to setup with TorGuard service.

Required information

For the PPTP connection, you’ll need to gather the following information before beginning the setup process:

  • VPN address/hostname (In client area under My Servers)
  • VPN service credentials (Login to your client area normally)

Once you have this information, you’re ready to begin the set up.

Step 1: Go to the Wireless And Network settings

VPN connections are created from within the Wireless And Network settings window. To get to this window, click your phone’s Menu button. When that menu pops up (Figure A), tap the Wireless And Network Settings button. Tap "VPN"

Figure A

This menu might look quite a bit different depending on the Android handset you’re using; however, the Wireless And Network settings should be fairly universal.

Only one option allows you to set up the VPN connection. In the next screen, tap the VPN Settings button.

Step 2: Select PPTP for the VPN connection

Now tap the Add VPN button. The screen will display a list of various types of VPNs (Figure C). Tap the Add PPTP VPN button to continue.

Figure C

Step 3: Configure the VPN connection

In this next window (Figure D), there are four configurations you can set up:

  • VPN Name: Give your VPN a name for the connection listing. (ie TorGuard Netherlands)
  • Set VPN Server: You will need to enter the IP or Hostname of the VPN server you want to conenct to. (Found under My Servers).
  • Enable Encryption: This is set by default, and should be left alone.

Figure D

When you tap a configuration, a new window will appear. Enter the information required for that configuration and click OK. (All of the configuration options windows will be similar in look and feel.)

Step 4: Connect to your VPN

Now that your VPN is set up, it’s time to connect. To do this, go back to the VPN listings window (Figure F) and tap the VPN you just created in order to make the connection.

Figure F

Once you enter your username and password, you’ll see a key icon in your notification area (Figure G) indicating you are connected to a VPN.

Figure G

Make sure you keep a close watch on your VPN connections. You don’t want to keep that connection open if you don’t need it.

Step 5: Disconnect

Now that you know you can make the connection, you can disconnect by pulling down your notification drawer, tapping the VPN connection, and then tapping the VPN connection name to disconnect.

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