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How to Setup a VPN on Samsung Galaxy Phones (S3, S4, Note 2, etc.)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Samsung Galaxy is a series of Android powered Smartphones, tablets and phablets released by Samsung Electronics. The Galaxy line includes Galaxy S series of Smartphones, Galaxy Note series of tablets and phablets as well as Galaxy Tab series of tablets. The first model in the series, Samsung Galaxy S, was released in June 2010 to wide critical acclaim and commercial success. Since then Samsung has released several generations of Galaxy devices and sold millions of Galaxy Smartphones and tablets all over the world. The latest models in the series, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, were launched in 2013 and received a favorable response from the customers as well as reviewers.

Need For A VPN For Samsung Galaxy Devices

The Galaxy series of devices, be it Note 2, 3; S2, S3, S4 or Tab 2, 3; feature latest technological innovations that allow you to do a lot more with your Smartphone or tablet. In particular, the cutting edge networking and Wi-Fi features available within the devices makes it easy to remain connected at all times and work from anywhere. However, you need to be extra careful while using public Wi-Fi hotspots that are available at malls, airports, public parks and hotels since these networks are not designed to protect your privacy. In fact, the weak security measures implemented by the Wi-Fi providers help the hackers and criminals and allow them to steal sensitive data such as passwords, bank login information as well as social accounts from unsuspecting wireless users.

In order to secure your Wi-Fi activities on your Galaxy device, you need to use a robust security solution like a Virtual Private Network. Since VPNs encrypt all data, your personal data remains safe from hackers and all kinds of surveillance. In addition, a VPN can also act as an IP changing service allowing you to access GEO-IP restricted services (like Hulu, Netflix etc.) and bypass firewalls implemented by ISPs and network administrators (unblock Facebook, YouTube, Skype from all locations).

VPN Options Available For Samsung Galaxy Devices

While setting up a VPN service on your Samsung Galaxy device, you can either choose between PPTP or L2TP/IPSec VPN connection. While the PPTP VPN connection is easier to configure, it does not offer very level of encryption (maximum 128 bit encryption available). A L2TP VPN connection on the other hand, offers a higher level of encryption but it is considered somewhat difficult to set up. The most secure VPN protocol available for computers, the OpenVPN protocol, is not yet compatible with mobile devices but you can use it on your Galaxy device through OpenConnect app. In this article, we will focus on setting up a PPTP and L2TP VPN connection on Samsung Galaxy devices.

How To Setup A VPN On Samsung Galaxy Smartphone, Tablet And Phablet

Step 1: Close all the active apps and go to the home screen of your Galaxy device.

Step 2: To start the configuration process, tap on the Settings icon present on the home screen. [Refer to Image 1]

Step 3: Next, tap the “Wireless and Network” option. This opens up the network configuration window which allows you to manage your network connections. [Refer to Image 2]

Step 4: Tap on “VPN Settings” to create a new VPN connection from scratch (or manage existing VPN connections). [Refer to Image 3]

Step 5: In the next screen, you need to tap on “Add VPN” option. [Refer to Image 4]

Step 6: Tap on “Add PPTP VPN” to create a PPTP VPN connection or on “Add L2TP/IPSec PSK VPN” to setup a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection. [Refer to Image 5a, Image 5b]

Step 7: The next step involves specifying server details and login credentials provided by your VPN vendor. Type an easy to remember connection name (such as your VPN provider name along with the server city name) in the “VPN Name” input box and tap on OK button.

Next, type the URL or IP address of the VPN server that you wish to use. In case you want to connect to multiple servers provided by your vendor then you either need to create multiple VPN connections or change the server URL just before you establish the connection.

a) While configuring a PPTP VPN connection, make sure that the “Enable Encryption” option is set to On. Also, tap on “DNS search domains” and type the DNS details in case your service provider has provided these details.

b) While creating a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection, you need to input the IPSec key provided by your vendor. Type the secret key in the “Set IPSec pre-shared key” box and make sure that the checkbox located next to “Enable L2TP Secret” is checked. You must also input the DNS information if it is provided by the server provider.

Tap on the Save button to finalize the VPN connection details. After saving, the new connection will appear in the “VPN Settings” screen.

[PPTP screenshots – Refer to Image 6a, Image 6b, Image 6c, Image 6d, Image 6e]

[L2TP/IPSec screenshots – Refer to Image 7a, Image 7b, Image 7c, Image 7d, Image 7e, Image 7f]

Step 8: Finally, test the new connection by tapping on connection name. Type the VPN userid/password values in the next screen and tap on Connect option. After the connection is established, you will see a “Connected” message beneath the connection name as well as a key icon at the top of the screen. When you want to disconnect, simply tap on the connection name again and choose the Disconnect option. [Refer to Image 8a, Image 8b]

October 21, 2013
  1. Troy said on March 2, 2014 2:31 am:

    How do we know what to type in what URL? Are there certain ones that work? Please elaborate!

  2. Chris said on February 14, 2014 2:37 pm:

    My VPn is connected to my windows 7 machine? now what? I can’t browse files on my win7 machine via remote phone. This was my intent should I be able to do so? if so would this be a sharing issue or do I need to install an ap to do so, my file manager on the phone has not options.

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