The Android platform provides APIs that allow developers to build virtual private networks (VPN) solutions. These apps offer VPN protocols that the built-in client doesn’t support and help you connect to an VPN service without requiring a complex configuration.

This article explains how to use the OpenVPN app on your Android device to connect to NordVPN servers. It also shows you how to manually set up the connection using the NordVPN app and an OpenVPN profile. This is more difficult but allows you to have greater control over the quality of your connection and mobile data.

To get started start, download the OpenVPN Connect app from the Google Play Store. Then, you’ll need to obtain the OpenVPN configuration files from your VPN service provider. These config files include a.ovpn extension and can be downloaded from the VPN provider’s website or by reaching their live chat team for assistance. After downloading the config files to your computer or Android device, you are able to transfer them to your device. You can download directly to your device, or use an app such as ZArchiver.

Once you’ve imported your OpenVPN config files, launch the OpenVPN app and tap “+” to create an additional VPN profile. Select a server, then tap “Connect”. Once connected, the tunnel secures all Internet traffic to the server. The app shows the status of the connection and details in the Status tab. The app also offers an all-day-long VPN option that keeps the connection alive even when the app isn’t running.