Use an Android VPN to protect your privacy
If you have connected an Android device to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot at a local cafe, airport, or other public place, you need a VPN. Free Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous in most US cities and towns, but since these hotspots are vulnerable to hackers who can access the connection and view nearby online activity, it is possible to use them. to connect to a virtual private network. VPN apps protect your Wi-Fi connection and prevent hackers from entering it.
Your app will notify you when your connection is not private, so you know when it is best to go online. You can also connect to a virtual private network (VPN) without installing a third-party app with a few simple steps.
Using a VPN might seem overkill, but you never know who might benefit from heavy use of free Wi-Fi. You can even install multiple VPN apps.
Google Pixel users have a built-in VPN called the Wi-Fi Assistant, which, when enabled, automatically protects you when using unsecured networks.
How to set up an Android VPN
Once you have chosen an app and installed it, you need to activate it during installation. Follow the instructions in the app to authorize the mobile VPN. A VPN symbol (a key) will appear at the top of your screen to indicate that you are connected.
You don’t have to do anything else. If you want to confirm that the VPN is recognized by your phone or adjust the settings, follow the instructions below. The steps for Samsung Galaxy devices are slightly different from those for original Android devices; continue to the next section for these instructions.
The instructions below should generally apply regardless of the manufacturer of your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. The instructions below use the base Android and Samsung’s custom Android operating system running Android 10.
- Open the app Settings.
- Press on Network & Internet
- Press on Advanced, then on VPN.
- You should see all the VPN apps you have connected; if you have a Pixel, the Wi-Fi assistant will be on the list.
- Tap the gear icon. On this screen you can activate the VPN always active (if the app supports it) and block connections without VPN (this prevents your phone from connecting to the internet until the VPN is connected). Finally, you can press Forget the VPN to turn it off.
Samsung Galaxy phones use a similar process to Android to change VPN settings, but the menus are different. Here is what you need to do.
- Open them settings.
- Press on More connection settings, then on VPN.
- Press thegear icon. Here you can activate the VPN always active (if the application supports it) and block connections without VPN (this prevents your phone from connecting to the internet until the VPN is active). Finally, you can press Delete VPN profile. (This does not uninstall the app; it just deactivates it).
If you have a Google Pixel phone, you can access a built-in VPN called the Wi-Fi Assistant. Once you have enabled this feature, your PIxel phone will automatically connect to the VPN if it detects an unsecured network. To turn it on, you need to configure your phone to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks.
- Open the settings.
- Press on Network and Internet> Advanced.
- Touch the Wireless
- Press the Wi-Fi preferences.
- Switch the connection to open networks sure.
- You will get a pop-up message about Wi-Fi Assistant. Tap on Got it.