How do I configure and use OpenVPN with Android?

To connect to UIC VPN from Android devices, you will have to install the OpenVPN Connect client and download your VPN configuration file.

Install OpenVPN Connect

Download and install the OpenVPN Connect client from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Store OpenVPN Connect

Download VPN configuration file

  1. Open your mobile browser to download your VPN configuration file (authentication required). The short URL to the file is go.uic.edu/vpn. Your config file will be named UIC-NetID.ovpn with NetID being your UIC NetID.
    OpenVPN android download UIC configuration file
  2. Either click on the download notification once it finishes or navigate to where the configuration file is saved and open the file. The file should automatically open with OpenVPN Connect.
  3. OpenVPN Connect will ask you to accept the profile available for import, click Accept.
    OpenVPN Android profile import notice for UIC configuration file
  4. A prompt will appear asking for your username and password. Your username is your NetID and your password is your common password.
    OpenVPN login with UIC NetID and password
  5. A pop up will appear asking if you trust this application, please check the box and click OK.
    OpenVPN trust VPN Application
  6. OpenVPN will connect and there will be a green check mark once you have connected. In your notification bar, you should have two ongoing notifications while the VPN is active, one stating that a VPN is enabled, another stating that you are connected to UIC's VPN service.
    OpenVPN Android connected to UIC

Troubleshooting

If you click on Connected in the application, it will show the log file. This can be useful for troubleshooting if you're having problems getting the application to connect.
OpenVPN android log file

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Last updated: 

September 20, 2016

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