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How to Set up and Use a VPN on Android Phones and Tablets

There are a lot of rules you can follow to protect your privacy online, but one of them has proven to be the most effective — using a VPN service. With Clario’s intuitive Android app, you can enjoy our VPN as well as mobile antivirus and malware scanner features. Try Clario and use the information below to learn how to set up a VPN on your phone.

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How to get a VPN on Android

The best place to start looking for a VPN is in the Google Play Store. You’ll find lots of VPN apps available for Android, but make sure you read reviews or get a recommendation from friends before choosing the best app for your needs. To get a VPN on Android, you’ll need to download the app and set up an account — it’s that simple. Once you’ve done that, follow the instruction bellow.

How to create a VPN connection on Android

If you’re wondering how to set up a VPN on Android, the good news is that creating a VPN connection on Android is easy thanks to built-in settings that make setting up a VPN on Android a breeze. Ensure you have downloaded the VPN app of your choice and followed any setup instructions, which usually involve entering your email address, setting up a password, and logging in. Then, follow the steps below for how to set up a VPN on Android:


     1. Open Settings on your phone.

Android Phone Settings icon

     2. Tap Connections (or Network & Internet), then tap More Connections and select VPN.

Connections in Android Settings menu

If you don’t see these menu options, search for “VPN” using your phone’s search function.


     3. At the top right, tap the + symbol (or the three dots menu).

Three dots menu in Android

     4. Tap Add VPN profile, then enter the VPN information from your service provider.

Add VPN profile for Android

     5. Tap Save.


That’s it, you’ve now completed a basic VPN setup on Android, and your VPN should be ready to use.


If you’re using Clario as your VPN then it’s even easier to create a VPN connection.

  1. Download and install the Clario app.
  2. Launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Tap Complete the setup, then select Turn on VPN for browsing protection.
Turn on VPN in Clario app


How to Change VPN settings on Android

In case you need to change your Android VPN settings (manually adjust connection settings, edit your account details, or make any other changes), here’s how to do that:


     1. Open Settings on your phone.

Phone Settings icon

     2. Tap Connections (or Network & Internet) then tap More connections and select VPN; or use search engine in your Settings app to find VPN.

VPN under the More connection settings menu

     3. Find the VPN you want to edit and tap Settings.

Edit Android VPN Settings

    4. This should open the VPN app or the settings menu, so you can edit the settings.

    5. Don’t forget to tap Save once you’re done.


You may also be able to edit Android VPN settings directly from the VPN app you’re using. For example, if you’re using Clario, you can toggle on Browsing protection under Quick VPN actions. You can also tap your current country to choose a server, then select where you want to browse from. Clario VPN feature offers a wide variety of locations to connect to the internet.

Clario app choose browsing location

How to use a VPN on Android

To start using a VPN on Android you’ll need to install the VPN app from the service provider of your choice. Once installed, it’s time to add a VPN profile by following the steps above in the How to create a VPN connection on Android section.


To change your VPN location, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and install the VPN app of your choice.
  2. Open the app and ensure you’re logged in and set up, following the instructions in the How to create a VPN connection section.
  3. Most VPN apps will have a list of available countries to connect to.
  4. Simply choose which country you’d like to connect to and tap it. This can be particularly useful for accessing streaming content in another country, for example.


You can also set up your VPN to turn on automatically when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi networks, to protect your security. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Network & Internet then select VPN.
  3. Tap Auto-connect.

Note that this option may not be available for all VPN providers. You may also be able to adjust VPN settings for Android to set up your VPN to auto-connect whenever you’re using public Wi-Fi through the settings in your VPN app.


Setting up and using a VPN on Android is easy when you know how. Using a reputable VPN provider like Clario makes setting up an account, logging in, and connecting your VPN for browsing protection quick and easy. With Clario’s Android app you not only get a reliable, secure VPN, you also get malware and antivirus protection for your phone too.

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