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Installing NordVPN on Android

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This tutorial will teach you how to install and use NordVPN on Android.

Table of contents:

  1. Downloading and installing
  2. Setting up and using the app
  3. Choosing between different servers
  4. Settings
  5. (Optional) Sideload the NordVPN app

Downloading and installing

To start off, you need to download and install the NordVPN app on your Android device.

  1. Tap on the Play Store.


     
  2. Enter NordVPN in the search bar and select the NordVPN app. Tap Install.

Setting up and using the app

  1. Once you’ve installed the application, tap to open it.


     
  2. In the main menu, tap SIGN UP to create a new account or LOG IN if you already have one.


     
  3. If you’re creating a new account, enter your email and desired password, then tap CREATE ACCOUNT. You can also tap on I already have an account at the bottom of the screen to log in with existing credentials.


     
  4. If this is your first time logging in, you will be notified about our CyberSec feature. You can read more about it here.

    To turn it on, tap Enable CyberSec.

    Note: Due to Google’s policies, CyberSec will no longer block ads on the NordVPN app downloaded from the Google Play Store. But let’s look at the bright side: it will keep protecting you from malicious websites and other cyber threats. To get the ad-blocking feature, download the VPN for Android from our website.


     
  5. You can tap QUICK CONNECT to automatically connect to a server recommended by our smart algorithm (based on your needs and preferences)


     
  6. You may see one or more default Android warning messages about VPN connections. These are shown for all VPN apps. Check the consent box and press OK to proceed.



     
  7. Once you tap on Disconnect button, you will be able to pause VPN connection, or disconnect.

Choosing between different servers

  1. Tap on a country’s pin and hit QUICK CONNECT to automatically reach the best server in that country for you, as determined by our smart algorithm. In some cases, you can also swipe up on the country’s card to see specific servers.


     
  2. You can see all available countries by swiping up from the bottom of the app with no country pins selected. Tap on the country you want to automatically connect to a server.



    You can tap on the three dots next to a country to select a specific city .


     
  3. To view our specialty servers, swipe up from the bottom of the app with no country pin selected, then tap on Specialty servers. Swipe up again and tap on either P2P, Obfuscated, Dedicated IP, Double VPN, or Onion over VPN to automatically connect to a server.



Managing favorite servers

  1. To add a server to your favorites, find it through the server Search menu. Swipe up from the bottom of the app with no country pin selected.


     
  2. Enter a specific server's name. For example, United States 4559.


     
  3. Click on a heart icon to add the server to your favorites. It will turn gray once added to favorites.


     
  4. You will find your favorite servers in its own category My Favorites.

General settings

  1. While in the map screen, you can tap the cog icon in the top-left corner to access My Account & Settings.


     
  2. You will see the details of your subscription and be able to tinker with the various settings, like CyberSec, Split tunnelingUse TCP switch, Auto-Connect, Kill Switch or Custom DNS. Tap on the X in the top-left corner to return to the map screen.





    CyberSec - protects you from intrusive ads, malware sites, phishing links, and other threats.

    Due to Google’s policies, CyberSec no longer blocks ads for NordVPN apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. It still protects you from malicious websites and other cyber threats, however. You can download the NordVPN app with a working ad blocker straight from our website.

    Allow local network discovery - stay invisible to devices on your local area network (LAN) when this option is disabled.

    Split tunneling - disables VPN connection for specified apps.

    Auto-connect - opens a detailed menu for auto-connect settings. For more instructions, see the section below.

    Use TCP - switches to the TCP protocol. By default, NordVPN uses the UDP protocol. UDP is mainly used for streaming and downloading. TCP is more reliable, but also a little slower, usually used for web browsing.

    Custom DNS - specifies a particular DNS server for the NordVPN app.

    Kill Switch - blocks unprotected traffic if VPN connection drops. This feature is available only on Android 7.0+. Once enabled, split-tunneling will not work.

    Tapjacking protection - keeps you safe from unintentional disconnects by requiring 2 steps to disable VPN.

Auto-connect

  1. Select which networks NordVPN can use to automatically establish a VPN connection: cellular networks, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, or Always (for any network).


     
  2. Under Settings, choose where the app will automatically connect to: the Fastest available server, or a server from your Recent Connections, Specialty servers or a specific country.




     
  3. In the Trusted networks section, you can disable Auto-Connect on specific Wi-Fi networks. For example, you can make an exception for your home Wi-Fi if you trust it.

    Please note: you cannot exempt specific Wi-Fi networks on Android 10 due to security changes in the Android OS.

(Optional) Sideload the NordVPN app

If you're unable to download NordVPN from the Google Play Store, you can get the .apk file here.

To install the app, you will need to change your device's security settings. Go to Settings -> Security & Privacy -> More Settings -> Install unknown apps. Select the browser that you used to download the NordVPN .apk and switch on Allow from this source.



On Android version 7.0 and below, you can find this option in Settings -> Security -> Unknown sources.

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