Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus: How To Connect To A VPN
Virtual Private Networks are the most common alternative to public networks that, as we all know, aren’t doing great in terms of security. So, if you’d like to handle some sensitive data with your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus it is best to do it by connecting to a VPN. As technical and complicated as it may sound, it is rather simple, at least when you have our step-by-step instructions at hand.
If you’re tempted to ignore this because you just don’t need it, you’d better think again. You can never know when you will want to access your work email from your personal smartphone in which case it is highly advisable to have a VPN, for obvious security reasons.
Since it’s always better to learn out of curiosity and not under pressure, just consider what you have to do beginning now instead of waiting until you will be forced by circumstances.
As mentioned, it isn’t very complicated. You will need a Wi-Fi network and to tweak some cellular data network connections:
- Locate the VPN menu under the general Settings of your Smartphone >> MORE >> Wireless and Networks;
- Select it and tap on OK if you’re getting the lock screen notification;
- Select an option from the two available: Basic VPN respectively Advanced IPsec VPN;
- Tap on the ADD VPN button from the upper-right corner;
- Type a name for your VPN in the dedicated field;
- Type in the server information and credentials which, by the way, you should receive from your VPN administrator – your options will depend on which one of the two VPN types you have opted for;
- Then, tap on the Dropdown menu from the Type field and select one of the following VPNs:
- L2TP/IPSec PSK
- L2TP/IPsec RSA
- IPSec Xauth PSK
- IPSec Xauth RSA
- IPSec Hybrid RSA
- IPSec IKEv2 PSK
- IPSec IKEv2 RSA
- Fill in all the other remaining fields;
- Tap on the Show advanced options (if active) and configure the other options in there – depending on the selected VPN you might be required to fill in the Server address, the DNS search domains, and DNS servers or even the forwarding routes;
- Tap the Save button when you’re done.
This is pretty much everything you need to do in order to configure a VPN on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. As long as you follow these steps and you receive the right server details from your VPN administrator, it should all work like charm.