OpenVPN For Android Vs OpenVPN Connect

Openvpn for Android is a completely free app that can be used on any device running Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. It uses the Android system’s API and does not request many permissions. It’s important to understand that openvpn for Android is not a VPN service in itself, but rather a client to connect to the VPN server. It must be one on the other side of the line’ in order for it to work.

You’ll need an NordVPN account as well as the NordVPN application installed on your device, and necessary config files for the server you choose. Our recommended VPN providers offer downloads of their configuration documents for diverse locations. Download the documents for config to your computer or phone and then transfer them to your device via USB/SD-card/Dropbox. Once the file is on your device, install the free OpenVPN Connect application by Arne Schwabe from the Google Play Store.

OpenVPN Connect is the “official” client offered by the OpenVPN Inc company and is designed to be very user-friendly for beginners VPN users who have no technical skills. It’s less feature-rich than openvpn for Android that is designed for more advanced users. Both apps allow you to connect to any VPN that supports the OpenVPN Protocol, but openvpn android offers a more user-friendly interface and can be used on more devices. It also has features like dynamic IP addresses, split tunneling and other features that aren’t available in the official OpenVPN Connect application.