Setup OpenVPN® on Android

This article will walk you through setting up your OpenVPN® client on your Android phone.

1. Get OpenVPN®

First, you’ll need to download the OpenVPN® client from the Google Play Store or from this link.

2. Download Configuration

Once OpenVPN® is installed on your phone, you’ll need to download your configuration from your account page here. Set your client to OpenVPN® and Generate your configuration if needed.

3. Install Configuration

Once your configuration is downloaded, open the OpenVPN® client on your phone and add the configuration by selecting the ‘File’ tab and browsing to your downloaded configuration.

Once selected, check the ‘Connect after import’ box and ‘Add’ the connection.

4. Configure OpenVPN®

Once connected, let’s do some additional configuration to maximize Privacy and Security.

In Open VPN Settings let’s enable ‘Reconnect on Reboot’ and ‘Seamless Tunnel’ to ensure your phone reconnects upon a reboot & doesn’t allow connections when the tunnel is ‘reconnecting’.

In addition, to ensure your DNS lookups remain private, disable DNS Fallback. This helps just in case any apps don’t want to use Skylaski VPN’s private DNS servers.

5. Configure Android VPN Settings

At this point your OpenVPN® client is all setup. However, there are some additional Android settings we can enable to increase our overall Privacy and Security.

In Settings -> Connections -> More Connection Settings -> VPN -> OpenVPN

Make sure you enable ‘Always-on VPN’. This will make sure Android attempts to stay connected to Skylaski VPN at all times.

On top of that you can also enable ‘Block connections without VPN’ to ensure all connections coming from your phone use the VPN.

Once finished, you can test your connection by browsing to icanhazip.com to verify your IP Address.