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Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

From your phone, you can add, set up, and manage virtual private networks (VPNs) that allow you to connect and access resources inside a secured local network, such as your corporate network.

Prepare Your Phone for VPN Connection

Depending on the type of VPN you are using at work, you may be required to enter your login credentials or install security certificates before you can connect to your company’s local network. You can get this information from your network administrator.

Before you can initiate a VPN connection, your phone must first establish a Wi-Fi or data connection. For information about setting up and using these connections on your phone, see Browser and Turn Wi-Fi On and Connect to a Wireless Network.

Set Up Secure Credential Storage

If your network administrator instructs you to download and install security certificates, you must first set up the phone’s secure credential storage before setting up a VPN.

  1. From home, tap Apps apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Lock screen and security.
  2. Tap Screen lock type > Pattern, PIN, or Password.

    screenshot of lock screen and security settings
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your secure screen lock.
  4. Tap Back back key to return to the main settings menu, and then tap Other security settings.

    screenshot of other security settings
  5. Tap Trusted credentials and then tap your preferred system and user credentials.
  • Your secure credentials storage is set.

You can then download and install the certificates needed to access your local network. Your network administrator can tell you how to do this.

Add a VPN Connection

Use the VPN settings menu to add a VPN connection to your phone.

  1. From home, tap Apps apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Connections connections settings icon > More connection settings.
  2. Tap VPN.

    screenshot of vpn list
  • The VPN settings window appears.
  1. Tap Add VPN, and then enter the information for the VPN you want to add.
  • Information may include Name, Type, Server address, PPP encryption (MPPE), and advanced options.
  • Set up all options according to the security details you have obtained from your network administrator.
  1. Tap Save.
  • Your VPN is added to the VPNs section of the VPN settings window.

Connect to or Disconnect from a VPN

Once you have set up a VPN connection, connecting and disconnecting from the VPN is easy.

To access the VPN settings window:

  1. From home, tap Apps apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Connections.
  2. Tap More connection settings > VPN.

    screenshot of available vpns
  • The VPN settings window appears.

Connect to a VPN

  1. From the VPNs section of the VPN setting window, tap the VPN that you want to connect to.
  2. When prompted, enter your login credentials, and then tap Connect.

    screenshot of connect to network
  • You will connect to the selected VPN.
  • When you are connected, a VPN connected icon appears in the notification area.
  1. Open the Web browser to access resources such as intranet sites on your corporate network.

Disconnect from a VPN

  1. Pull down the status bar to open the notification panel.

    screenshot of vpn notification
  2. Tap the VPN connection to return to the VPN settings window.
  3. Tap the VPN connection, and tap Disconnect to disconnect from it.
  • Your phone disconnects from the VPN.
  • When your phone has disconnected from the VPN, you will see a VPN disconnected icon in the notification area of the status bar.