There is a reason why your VPN isn’t working. It’s probably due to your network settings. Or, maybe you are using the wrong server. Whatever it may be, there is a way you can find out what is wrong and get your VPN working properly. Let’s take a look.
Is Your VPN Enabled On Your Internet Device?
If you are connected to the internet on your mobile device or computer, you have most likely enabled your VPN. To do this, just visit the websites you normally use through a VPN and you will see a small icon in the upper right corner. This is your VPN enabled and ready to use.
Some internet devices, such as smart TVs and gaming consoles, are entirely closed sources and may not even allow VPN connections at all. So, if you are connecting to the internet through one of these devices, you will have to turn off VPN or find a way to bypass it. You will also need to make sure your mobile device is always connected to the internet (through a mobile data plan or WiFi) so that your VPN can stay enabled and working.
Check Your Network Settings
If you are using the same ISP (Internet Service Provider) for both your phone and computer, it’s highly likely that your network settings are the issue. Your phone and computer may have different IP addresses (Internet Protocol) which can cause all sorts of errors when connecting to a VPN. To fix this, you will need to visit your phone’s settings and ensure that it is set to the same IP address as your computer (through a router or modem setting).
If this is the case, you will need to consider changing your phone’s network settings or using a VPN app on your phone so that you can connect to the internet securely through a VPN when needed. Some VPNs offer limited support on mobile devices, so you may need to look into this area if you are unable to connect with the VPN software on your computer.
Try A Different Server
If you are having problems connecting to a specific VPN server, it may be because it is overloaded or experiencing other issues. One solution would be to try a different server. You can find a list of OpenVPN servers from here.
Make sure to visit the server’s website and read its terms and conditions carefully before connecting. Some servers may require you to pay or be registered in order to connect. You can also check with the VPN support team if you are unable to connect to a server due to technical issues.
Are You Using The Right DNS?
Your computer and/or mobile device may be using DNS (Domain Name System) servers which are the wrong ones. This can cause all sorts of errors when connecting to a VPN. To fix this, you will need to visit the network settings of your device (mobile or computer) and change the DNS servers to the right ones. You can use the DNS Quick Tool to find the correct DNS servers for your area.
Alternatively, you can use apps that automatically update your DNS settings for you. These apps can be found in the Google Play Store. Just search for “dns” and you will see several options to choose from.
Use A Virtual Private Network For Web Browsing
If you are looking for a way to secure your web browsing, you can use a VPN to connect to a proxy server which will then redirect your web requests to a foreign server. This is called a VPN-enabled web browser or VPN browser. You can download several of these popular browsers from Google Play Store.
These browsers are completely free, have no ads, and work very well with VPNs. You can find your preferred browser from the list below.
- Tor Browser
- Yandex Browser
Once you have installed one of these browsers, simply open it up and log in to your VPN. When you visit a secure website through a VPN browser, the connection will be encrypted from the browser to the VPN server and vice versa. This means that no one, not even the website hosting the content you are looking at, will be able to see your web traffic. Your VPN-enabled device (your phone, tablet, or laptop) will appear to be a different computer to the one you are actually using. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your personal preferences.
Turn Off Your Anti-Virus Software
If you have installed anti-virus software on your device without fully understanding what it is, you may be causing issues when trying to connect to a VPN. These types of applications (programs) can cause a lot of trouble for VPNs by constantly searching for vulnerabilities within the network. One solution would be to deactivate or uninstall these applications. Another solution would be to limit their scanning to specific apps (only when connected to a VPN). You can use this feature in your device’s settings.
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