How to connect Android VPN using L2TP or PPTP

If you’ve played around with the VPN settings on your Android phone, it is likely that you’ve seen the VPN feature as well.

In this post, I’ll try to answer questions such as ‘How to connect Android VPN’, ‘How to setup VPN on Android’ etc.

How to connect Android VPN using L2TP or PPTP

1. Navigate to the VPN settings

The VPN settings is usually  located along with the Network settings of your Android phone.

android vpn

On my phone, that’s how it looks. Once you’re there, tap the VPN option to setup a new Android VPN.

2. Add new VPN

Tap the + sign to add a new VPN.

android vpn

3. Enter VPN settings

For L2TP enter the following:

Name: <VPN name of your choice>

Type: L2TP/IPSec PSK

Server address: <VPN server IP>

L2TP Secret: leave blank

IPSec identifier: leave blank

IPSec pre-shared key: <VPN pre-shared key>

Save the settings.

android vpn

For PPTP enter the following:

Name: <VPN name of your choice>

Type: PPTP

Server address: <VPN server IP>

Save the settings

android vpn

4. Connect VPN

After configuring, you should see the VPN listed like below:

Android VPN

Tap on the VPN to enter your VPN credentials

Connect Android VPN

Click Connect after entering your Username and Password.

5. Check connection status

Android VPN connected - 1

Tap on the connected VPN to check status

Android VPN connected

Troubleshooting:

  • If L2TP VPN doesn’t connect, try changing the protocol to PPTP. This is because some networks block L2TP connections.
  • If PPTP VPN doesn’t connect, try connecting without PPP Encryption (see PPTP section of Step 3).

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