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Manual OpenVPN connection setup for Android

The OpenVPN Connect application can be used as an alternative way to connect to NordVPN servers on your Android device. Since this manual connection method requires a bit more complicated set up, it is recommended for more advanced Android users.

  1. At first, it is necessary to download a configuration file for a recommended server, that will be necessary later. Open your browser and go to our server picker here. Tap on Show available protocols button.


  2. Download the configuration file depending on the connection protocol you want to use.

    TCP is more for connection stability and browsing the web.
    UDP is more for streaming services and speed with higher risk of instability.


  3. Go to the Google Play Store.


  4. Tap on the Search Google Play button.


  5. Search for the OpenVPN Connect app. Tap the Download button and install the application.


  6. Launch the application from your home screen or menu. On the following window, select OVPN Profile button.


  7. A similar permissions prompt window should be received:


  8. Click Allow and navigate to the folder that you have downloaded the OpenVPN configuration file to. By default, it should be in the downloads folder. 

    Make sure that OVPN is selected (as displayed in the screenshot), then select the files you want to import, and press IMPORT button on the upper-right corner.


  9. On the following window, enter any title for the connection and your NordVPN service credentials, and press Add.

    You can find your NordVPN service credentials at the Nord Account dashboard. Copy the credentials using the buttons on the right.


  10. Now, after you have successfully configured the connection, click on the switch button next to the OpenVPN profile to initiate the connection.


  11. The application will ask you for permissions, necessary for the VPN connection. Click OK button.


  12. On the following prompt, click on Continue


  13. If the connection is successful, you will see a similar window to the one below. There you can see extensive information about your connection, such as current data throughput or duration.


  14. To disconnect,  simply press the switch button next to the OpenVPN profile name and toggle it off.

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