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Editors' Review

Download and use the OpenVPN app for Android to connect to a VPN service. The open-source app doesn't provide the virtual private networking service. Instead, you first subscribe to a VPN service, like from AirVPN, and then use the OpenVPN app to connect to the service.


Open-source client: Developed by Arne Schwabe, the OpenVPN app for Android is based on the OpenVPN 2.x source code. In contrast, other popular Android VPN clients differ from the community version of OpenVPN. OpenVPN Connect is based on the community version but was reworked to allow it to run on iOS. Another older client, OpenVPN Settings, requires you to root your phone to install and run.

Easy enough to set up: From the website of your VPN provider, download a configuration file to your phone for the server you want to connect to. (AirVPN, Mullvad, and other popular VPN services make it easy to create and download this file to your Android phone.) Then in the OpenVPN app, tap the Import button over on the right (the plus sign), browse to the configuration file, and tap it to connect.

SEE: The 9 Best Paid and Free Android VPNs You Can Trust


You have to like a bit of fiddling: If you're not comfortable with downloading and then locating a file on your Android device, you probably want to look to another VPN option, such as Private Internet Access.

Bottom Line

If you want to subscribe to one of the best VPN services that requires you to use your own OpenVPN client to make a connection, you'll want to download the OpenVPN app for Android. It requires a few more steps to set up than most consumer VPN apps, but for many it's worth the effort.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.7.5

-Fix keystore signing on Android 4.1 (yes, really :))

- Fix always visible status from last beta

- Fix default routes not installed with openvpn 3++

- Support ECDSA Certificates from Android keystore, OpenVPN 2.x only

- New OpenSSL Version (1.1.0h)

- Speed test for OpenSSL crypto algorithm

- Experimental support for OpenVPN 3 C++ core

- Implement .api.DisconnectVPN Intent for easy control from other apps

- Better proxy support including Tor(Orbot)

- Bugfixes


Publisher Arne Schwabe
Publisher web site
Release Date November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 0.7.5


Category Communications
Subcategory Chat

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size Not Available
File Name External File


Total Downloads 1,264
Downloads Last Week 10


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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