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OpenVPN for Android

By Arne SchwabeFreeUser Rating

Key Details of OpenVPN for Android

  • Open source client based on the open source OpenVPN project for Android devices.
  • Last updated on 2/21/2024
  • There have been 3 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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.

Pros

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

Cons

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.

What's new in version 0.7.51

-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


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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
November 15, 2018
Latest update
February 21, 2024
Version
0.7.51
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Android
Operating System
Android 13.0
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
1,415
Downloads Last Week
1

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Developer's Description

Open source client based on the open source OpenVPN project for Android devices.

Openvpn for Android is an open source client based on the open source OpenVPN project.

It uses the VPNService API of Android 4.0+ and requires neither Jailbreak nor root on your telephone.

FAQ

Can I get free Internet

No, this app is for connecting to an OpenVPN server.

How to connect

OpenVPN is a client software to connect to an OpenVPN server. It is not an APP selling or provding any VPN services.

It allows to your own/company/university/provider OpenVPN server or to the VPN service of many of the commercial

VPN providers.

What is the difference between all the OpenVPN apps?

For more information about the different OpenVPN clients in the Playstore see this: http://ics-openvpn.blinkt.de/FAQ.html#faq_androids_clients_title

Access to your photos/media (Android older than 6.0)

This app implements a feature to import OpenVPN profiles from the SDCard/internal memory. Google categorizes this access "accessing your media and photos"

TAP Mode

Only tun mode support (Sorry no tap, with Android 4.0 only tun can be supported).

Joining Beta

Prerelease versions available by joining G+ group: https://plus.google.com/communities/114121831091105660092

Translate the app

If you want to help to translate OpenVPN into your native language look at the homepage of this project.

Bug reports

Please report bug/suggestions via email or at the code Google Code project. But please read the FAQ before writing me.

Security

OpenSSL Heartbleed: OpenVPN for Android uses its own non vulnerable OpenSSL version. For more details about OpenVPN and Heartbleed see: https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/heartbleed