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How to set up VPN on Android Lollipop

Choose the VPN protocol you want to set up. (What should I choose?)

Follow the instructions step-by-step to set up PPTP VPN connection on your Android Lollipop device.

  1. Go to “Settings” (1).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 1

  2. Select “More” under “Wireless & Networks” (2).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 2

  3. Go to “VPN” (3).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 3

  4. Click on “+” sign to add a VPN profile (4).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 4

  5. In the “Name” field (5) enter desired name for your connection. We recommend to name it: CactusVPN (PPTP).
    Make sure “PPTP” is selected for the “Type” drop-down menu (6).
    In the “Server address” field (7) enter the IP address of the CactusVPN server you want to connect to. (To find there the available servers, check the email you have received when you have paid for the CactusVPN account or sign in to Client Area on our website.)
    Press the “Save” button (8).

    Android LollipopPPTP VPN Setup: Step 5

If you want to connect you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” -> “More settings” -> “VPN”.
  2. Press the VPN connection you just created.
  3. Enter your VPN username (9) and VPN password (10) (to find them, check the email you have received when you have paid for the CactusVPN account or sign in to Client Area on our website), then click “Connect” (11).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 6

  4. Once there is a small key-like icon on the left side of your notification bar, your phone is connected to the VPN.
  5. To end the VPN session click on the active VPN profile and click “Disconnect” (12).

    Android Lollipop PPTP VPN Setup: Step 7

Follow the instructions spet-by-step to set up L2TP VPN connection on your Android Lollipop device.

  1. Go to “Settings” (1).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 1

  2. Select “More” under “Wireless & Networks” (2).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 2

  3. Go to “VPN” (3).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 3

  4. Click on “+” sign to add a VPN profile (4).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 4/li>

  5. In the “Name” field (5) enter desired name for your connection. We recommend to name it: CactusVPN (L2TP).
    Make sure “L2TP/IPSec PSK” is selected for the “Type” drop-down menu (6).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 5

  6. In the “Server address” field (7) enter the IP address of the CactusVPN server you want to connect to. (To find there the available servers, check the email you have received when you have paid for the CactusVPN account or sign in to Client Area on our website.)
    Enter “cactusvpn” (without quotes) in the “IPSec pre-shared key” field (8).
    Leave empty all other fields.
    Press the “Save” button (9).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 6

If you want to connect you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” -> “More settings” -> “VPN”.
  2. Press the VPN connection you just created.
  3. Enter your VPN username (10) and VPN password (11) (to find them, check the email you have received when you have paid for the CactusVPN account or sign in to Client Area on our website), then click “Connect” (12).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 7

  4. Once there is a small key-like icon on the left side of your notification bar, your phone is connected to the VPN.
  5. To end the VPN session click on the active VPN profile and click “Disconnect” (12).

    Android Lollipop L2TP VPN Setup: Step 8

  1. Download OpenVPN Configuration Files for Android accordingly to your package. Unzip the archive file and save the folder on your Android device’s SD card so you could find it later.

  2. Install the app “OpenVPN Connect” on your Android device.

    Android OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 1

  3. Open the “OpenVPN Connect” app.

  4. Click the “Options” button (1). Click on “Import” (2) and select “Import Profile from SD card”.

    Android OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 2

  5. Find the folder where the OpenVPN configuration files are. Open it and select the desired server’s config file. Click on “Select” button (3).

    Android OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 3

  6. Enter your username (4) and password (5). Check the “Save” checkbox (6). Click “Connect” button (7).

    Android OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 4

  7. In the next screen check the “I trust this application” checkbox and click “OK”.

  8. You are now connected. To disconnect go to “OpenVPN Connect” app and click on “Disconnect” button (8).

    Android OpenVPN VPN Setup: Step 5