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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 all apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Lock screen and security lock settings and security settings icon.
  2. Tap Screen lock type > Pattern, PIN, Password, or Fingerprints.

    screenshot of screen lock type
  3. Enter a new password (at least eight characters without any spaces) for the credential storage, scroll down and confirm the password, and then tap OK.
  • The password is set, allowing secure credential storage.
  1. Tap Back back key to return to the main settings menu, and then tap Other security settings.

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  2. Swipe down to View security certificates, User certificates, or Install from device storage, 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 all apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Connections connections settings icon > More connection settings.
  2. Tap VPN.

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  • 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 all 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.

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.

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  • 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.

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  2. Tap the VPN connection, and then tap Disconnect to disconnect from it.
  • Your phone disconnects from the VPN.