Android

These VPN tutorials offer useful guidelines for getting started using the NordVPN service on an Android device.

 

 

You can also access setup instructions for other platforms (Windows, macOS, iOS and more) here.

 

Automatic Configuration

The NordVPN application for Android is the fastest and easiest way to set up the VPN service on your device. This tutorial explains how you can download, install and sign in to the application.

The NordVPN application for Android uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. To ensure the protection of your data, it is combined with the extra-strong AES-256-CBC cipher and a 2048-bit DH key.

All the required configurations are preset in the NordVPN application, which means you can start using it at once.

 

Manual Configuration

If you prefer to manage the VPN setup process yourself, you can configure the chosen security protocol manually by following these guidelines. However, please keep in mind that some of the protocols are more secure than others and therefore preferable for general use.

 

OpenVPN

This tutorial demonstrates how you can set up the OpenVPN protocol on your Android device manually.

 

IKEv2/IPsec

The IKEv2/IPsec protocol significantly increases security and privacy by employing very strong cryptographic algorithms and keys, so it’s the best choice for the most security-minded. You can set up this protocol on your Android device by following the guidelines provided in the IKEv2/IPsec tutorial.

 

L2TP/IPsec

This guide will help you set up L2TP/IPsec, a Layer-2 tunneling protocol encapsulated within IPsec. It uses the legacy IKEv1 Internet Key Exchange protocol, which is widely supported in many operating systems and mobile devices.

However, please note that this protocol is mostly used when newer protocols aren’t supported, such as with old hardware or in a country where other protocols cannot penetrate governmental/ISP firewalls.

 

PPTP

PPTP is one of the oldest encryption protocols. It’s compatible with multiple operating systems and quite easy to set up. However, we can recommend using it only when security is not very important or where legacy support is needed.