How to use VPN for Android

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Alvin Bryan

Alvin Bryan is a freelance writer and online privacy enthusiast enthusiast currently contributing quality tips and troubleshooting on personal VPN services, and online privacy and security news. You can also find him on Google +.

Few people realize how vulnerable their browsing activities are on their mobile phones, especially when their devices are configured to use Wi-Fi when it’s available. The latter has the potential to open a user up to all sorts of problems that come standard with free, public Wi-Fi hotspots.

There are other inherent security issues with browsing the Internet on a mobile phone, but thankfully, VPN technology has come far enough along that it works perfectly in the mobile landscape. In this post, we’ll be discussing how to get VPN Express, the best VPN for android to date, up-and-running on an Android-powered device.

Caveat: While an Android 4.x application is nearly complete, the following information is for the Android 2.x version of this VPN for Android.

How to install and run VPN Express on Android

1: Visit the Google Play market from your phone, search for ExpressVPN, then click “Install.”

2: Once you have the app installed, to activate it, you will need a VPN Express 9-digit activation code for smartphones. To obtain this, from your computer, visit the VPN Express software site, create an account, then log-in. Once in, click “VPN Account Details,” then click the “Smartphones” button. Once you have the code from that location of the site, tap “Activate Now” in the app.

3: Tap the empty box to enter your 9-digit activation code, then tap the “Activate” button.
ExpressVPN Android VPN activation code

4: As shown below, VPN Express should now activate your account and prepare you to connect to a VPN server.
Activate Android VPN

5: After clicking the “Next” button, you will be taken to a screen to select a VPN server in the country of your choice. Note that you can tap to scroll down through the list of servers. Additionally, every time you start the VPN for Android app hereafter, this is the screen you will utilize to enable VPN services.
Connect to Android VPN server

6: As demonstrated below, the VPN Express application will let you know once it has connected to the VPN server of your choosing.
Connected to Android VPN server

7: To disconnect from a VPN server, thus disabling VPN services, start the VPN Express app, then click “Disconnect.” (You can quickly do this from the notification area by tapping the VPN icon, then selecting to use ExpressVPN.)

How to add the VPN for Android widget to an Android Home screen

In addition to running the VPN Express app the traditional way, you can add a widget on your Home screen. It works independently of the VPN Express app, so you’re able to quickly and conveniently connect to your most recently-used VPN Express location! To enable the VPN Express widget on your Home screen, here are the short, simple steps you must follow:

1: Press and hold on an empty portion of the Home screen you would like the VPN express widget to appear on.

2: Shortly after pressing and holding, a menu should appear, as illustrated below. Tap on “Widgets.”

3: Next, tap “Express VPN.”

4: At this point, you should now see the VPN Express widget on the Home screen of your choosing, like so.

At this point, your Android 2.x-equipped phone is set up and fully ready to go with VPN Express! Now you can enjoy safe, private, and uncensored Web browsing from anywhere, no matter the type of connection (3G, 4G, Wireless, etc.).

If your phone is running Android 4.x, then it’s important to note that while an Android 4.x is in the works, you can run VPN for Android on it right now — it just takes some additional configuration to get things set up. If you would like to give it a shot, here’s a great guide for you to reference. Once the VPN Express app for Android 4.x goes live, we’ll be sure to update this article to reflect the change!

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