How to Use NordVPN on Your Phone

Looking for a quick and easy way to use your favorite VPN app while on-the-go? You can’t always depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the internet, especially if you’re in a country where your service provider’s network is frustratingly slow. Most VPN apps support the concept of ‘mobile” use, which means they have a handy and easy to use interface designed for touch screen devices like smartphones and tablets. This enables users to connect to their VPN while on the go, no matter where they are – even when offline.

If you’ve tried other VPN apps and have had poor experiences, consider giving NordVPN a try. One of the few VPN apps that provide a good balance between simplicity and security, NordVPN is available for nearly all major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. In this article, we will discuss how to use NordVPN on your phone.

Why Use A VPN On Your Phone?: High-Speed Data, Privacy, And Security

To understand why you may wish to use a VPN on your phone, let’s consider three important topics: data security, privacy, and high-speed data. These are all important aspects of smartphone use, especially if you’re not paying for each gigabyte you consume.

Data security is important because all our personal information is stored on our smartphones – our names, our addresses, our phone numbers, our emails, our chats, our photos, our browsing history, and so much more. This data is often referred to as ‘sensitive information’ or ‘private information,’ and it’s all too easy for this information to be collected and used by others. Whether it’s your service provider, a hacker, or even a third party app developer, you’re trusting them with your personal information.

Privacy is also important because as we all know, smartphones constantly track our location, our contacts, and even our habits. This tracking can be done without our knowledge from advertisers and third party companies, who want to use this information to target us with relevant ads or content. We can also be tracked simply by being online – our location is often displayed to other users when we’re online, and our IP address is frequently associated with our online activity. Again, whether we like it or not, our personal information is constantly being collected and used by others.

However, even though our data is secure and even though we have privacy filters like Google’s Dark Theme or Apple’s Do Not Track (which prevents third party advertisers from tracking our activity on the web), high-speed data can still be a problem. The internet isn’t always available where we are, and when we do get online, we don’t always want to pay for every bit we use.

Because of this, some people prefer to use a VPN to protect their information when they’re online. A VPN can encrypt all our data, ensuring that it stays private even when we’re connected to public Wi-Fi.

How To Use NordVPN On Your Phone

Now that you’re hopefully convinced that using a VPN is a good idea, let’s discuss how to use NordVPN on your phone.

NordVPN has a handy and easy to use mobile application that can be accessed from anywhere through a simple search on your phone’s app store. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the application, you’ll see a simple menu with five main tabs across the top. Let’s take a look at each tab in turn:

  • Settings – your VPN’s settings can be configured here. Most VPN apps have settings that are quite straightforward, so you won’t have any trouble figuring out how to use them. For example, you may want to set the VPN’s encryption standard to ‘military-grade’ if you’re worried about your personal data being insecure. You may also set the VPN to automatically reconnect whenever it disconnects, as this can be an annoying inconvenience if you have to reconnect every time you turn off your phone or lose connectivity. Check out the app’s documentation if you’re not sure how to use these settings.
  • Account – here you can create an account if you don’t have one already. You can also login using your email address and password, which is the most common way of logging in to a VPN. After you’ve created your account, you can click on the icon next to your email address to access your account settings.
  • Chrome – here you can setup a Google Chrome shortcut to quickly access your VPN whenever you’re using Chrome. This is a must if you use Google’s browser, as you can set Chrome to automatically connect to the internet via the VPN whenever you turn it on. You don’t have to setup this manually, as it will happen automatically when you launch Chrome. Just make sure you don’t use the same Google account when you’re setting up your VPN that you’re using for Chrome, as the two apps will conflict and you’ll have to change which one you’re using when you want to do something specific with Google Apps (like Gmail, YouTube, etc.).
  • Safari – here you can setup a Safari shortcut to quickly access your VPN whenever you’re using Safari. This is a must if you use Apple’s browser, as you can set Safari to automatically connect to the internet via the VPN whenever you turn it on. You don’t have to setup this manually, as it will happen automatically when you launch Safari. Just make sure you don’t use the same Google account when you’re setting up your VPN that you’re using for Safari, as the two apps will conflict and you’ll have to change which one you’re using when you want to do something specific with Google Apps (like Gmail, YouTube, etc.).
  • Firefox – here you can setup a Firefox shortcut to quickly access your VPN whenever you’re using Firefox. This is a must if you use Mozilla’s browser, as you can set Firefox to automatically connect to the internet via the VPN whenever you turn it on. You don’t have to setup this manually, as it will happen automatically when you launch Firefox. Just make sure you don’t use the same Google account when you’re setting up your VPN that you’re using for Firefox, as the two apps will conflict and you’ll have to change which one you’re using when you want to do something specific with Google Apps (like Gmail, YouTube, etc.).
  • Windows Phone – here you can setup a Windows Phone shortcut to quickly access your VPN whenever you’re using Windows Phone. You don’t have to setup this manually, as it will happen automatically when you launch Windows Phone. Just make sure you don’t use the same Google account when you’re setting up your VPN that you’re using for Windows Phone, as the two apps will conflict and you’ll have to change which one you’re using when you want to do something specific with Google Apps (like Gmail, YouTube, etc.).

On each tab, you’ll see the name of the VPN service, along with the logo and a link to the company’s site. Along the top of the screen, you’ll see a green lock showing if your connection is secure. To the right of the tab, you’ll see a list of countries where the app is currently available (as of August 2020).

Use The Application’s Menu To Browse The Services Available

Once you’ve accessed the VPN application, you’ll see a main menu at the top of the screen. From here you can click on the ‘+’ sign to see a list of all the available services, along with brief descriptions of what each one does. You can filter the services by connection type (PPTP, L2TP, etc.) or by the service’s encryption strength.

Choosing a VPN that’s compatible with your router is important because any app that isn’t will prevent your device from obtaining full access to the internet. For example, most VPNs don’t work with routers that use the ZyXEL or D-Link brands, so you’ll have to find one that does. Keep in mind that not all VPNs are created equal, and some can be better than others when it comes to usability and data security. Do your research before committing.

Once you’ve found a VPN that works with your router, you can click on the app’s logo to return to the main menu.

Configure The VPN To Work With Your Phone’ Default Network Settings

If you’re out of WiFi range, your phone may not always automatically connect to networks it deems safe – especially if they’re not under the same provider as your phone. To ensure that your VPN connects with every network automatically, you need to configure it to work with your phone’s default network settings. Navigate to the VPN’s settings and find the following options:

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