What is a VPN and how Do I add one to my device?

Last Update Date : Apr 12. 2018

VPN is short for Virtual Private Network.


VPNs have multiple purposes. They are often used within organisations as internal networks, but are also often used by individuals to add an extra layer of privacy and security, especially when using public Wi-Fi.


How do I get a VPN on my device?


This will depend on the device and your requirements. You will need to decide on a VPN provider.


There are a large range of VPN providers. Most charge a monthly fee with the price increasing or decreasing depending on the type of service they offer.


You can either access the VPN via your VPN provider's app or by entering their VPN settings directly onto your device.


Newer devices have an option in the settings to add and manage direct VPNs. You will need to get the VPN settings details from your VPN provider.


How do I add a VPN configuration to my device?


Steps may vary slightly depending on your device and operating system.


Note that you will need to have a lock set on your device to set up a VPN. If your device security is set to only swipe to unlock, you will be prompted to set up a lock during the VPN set up process.


1. From the home screen, choose Apps




2. Choose Settings



3. Choose More connection settings or More networks

(on some later models, you may need to go into Connections first to get to these)


More connection  More networks 

4. Choose VPN



5. Depending on your device either choose More or choose +


More  Plus 


6. Choose Add VPN


Add VPN 

7. Enter the details of your VPN, and then choose Save


Your VPN details will be provided by your VPN provider.


 VPN details 

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