Setting up and using ProtonVPN for Android

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Free Android VPN app for secure communication

ProtonVPN Is a Swiss email / VPN provider Proton AG It is an open source VPN application developed by the company, which does not support Japanese, but there is no limit to the amount of data used even with the free plan, kill switch and DNS leak countermeasures are applied, user active logs are not saved, and advertisement display is also done. not.

transparency

VPN apps have a potential risk due to opaque internal processing,While it is rare for providers to publish audits of third-party organizations, ProtonVPN released the source of VPN apps ahead of other companies in January 2020, proving the reliability of the apps.
GitHub Official ProtonVPN Android app
SEC Consult Audit Report

Switzerland, where ProtonVPN is based, is not a region covered by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) enforced in the EU, but is unique to the Swiss Federation revised in accordance with the GDPR. FADP (Federal Data Protection Act) protects personal information at the world's top level.
Proton VPN Free
・ Number of devices that can be used with one account: 1
・ Connection server: Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States
・ Communication speed: Medium speed
-P2P connection: Not supported
-Secure Core: Not supported
· NetShield (adblock): not supported
・ Streaming service: Not supported
· Connecting to Tor: Not supported
Since the free server is located in Japan (Tokyo), the communication speed is relatively stable, and in 2021, the domestic server of the free plan was increased.
Proton VPN Plus
・ Number of devices that can be used with one account: 1
・ Connection server: More than 63 units in 1700 countries
・ Communication speed: High speed (up to 10Gbps *)
· P2P connection: Support
· Secure Core: Support
· NetShield: Support
· Streaming service: Support
· Connecting to Tor: Support
Encrypted secure email ProtonMail When using at the same time,Full functionality of Proton Mail and ProtonVPN Available Proton Unlimited There is also a plan. 
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System requirements

Version 4. 1 Currently

Android 6.0 or later

Where to get the app

Google Play Store ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN official website

App permissions

  • Wi-Fi connection and disconnection
  • Running foreground service
  • Full access to the network
  • Query all packages
  • View network connections
  • Prevent the device from sleeping
  • Run at startup

Install ProtonVPN for Android

Set up after installing the app from the Google Play store.

Close other VPN apps, including Google Datally.

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Install the app from the Play Store.

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To get an account Create an account Tap.

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Enter the user name in single-byte alphanumerical characters and click "Next".

Usernames that are already in use are not available.

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Set a password and click "Next".

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Set an email address to receive recovery methods when your account is locked.

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CAPTCHA Check the box.

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Tap "Get started".

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"Skip" as the tutorial starts.

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A balloon will appear, so tap "Got it" and then the ProtonVPN icon ( Quick Connect ) Tap.

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From android Connection request You will be asked for permission, so tap "OK" to connect to the VPN.

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NetShield When the dialog is displayed, tap "Got it".

NetShield Is a function that queries the domain list of advertisements and trackers in addition to malware and spyware on the VPN server and blocks the corresponding domain, and is available to paid members with the Basic plan or higher.

Configuration

Make settings such as VPN constant connection and kill switch.

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From the hamburger button on the upper left Settings choose.

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Quick Connect Now, set the server to connect to when you tap the ProtonVPN icon displayed on the home screen.

Fastest
Connect to the fastest server available

Random
Randomly select a connection server
プ ロ フ ァ イ ル Any connection destination can be specified by adding.

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VPN always connectedKill switchThe setting of Always-On VPN & Kill Switch Tap.

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Since Android settings are required, tap "Open Android settings".

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When the VPN settings screen opens ConfigurationTap the icon.

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Always-on VPN To enable.

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Kill switchWhen using Blocking non-VPN connections To enable.

Kill switch is a function that blocks the system from connecting to a DNS server such as an ISP in order to keep the system online if the VPN connection is disconnected for some reason.
Kill switch DNS leakIt's an important feature to prevent, but if you enable it, you won't be able to use apps that reject VPN connections, such as Netflix and Prime Video.

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VPN Accelerator Is a ProtonVPN proprietary technology that distributes VPN traffic using a multi-core processor and improves VPN speed, and is enabled by default.

VPN Accelerator notifications The VPN Accelerator A function to notify when the server is switched to a high-speed server.

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ProtonVPN DNS queries are processed by the connected VPN server andDNS leak protection (DNS leak protection function) Always validIt has become.

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Allow Alterbative Routing (Alternative network routing) is a bypass function when Proton's site is blocked, and it is recommended to use it with the default setting.

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Protocol Automatically selects the optimal protocol (communication protocol) Smart Is the default, tap OpenVPN / WireGuard / IKEv2 It is also possible to specify from.

Smart Is fast by default wire guard And switch to another protocol depending on the environment.

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Allow LAN connections Is a feature that allows you to connect to devices on your local network by bypassing the VPN connection, which is disabled by default because the communication is not encrypted.

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Split tunneling Is a function to exclude from VPN connection, and registers apps and IP addresses that cannot be used when VPN connection is enabled.

Split tunneling If you want to use, enable Split Tunneling, if you want to specify an app Exclude Apps Tap to specify the app to bypass, if you want to specify a specific IP address Exclude IP Addresses Tap and enter the IP address to bypass.
Kill switchSplit tunneling Cannot be used together.

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By default, anonymous usage report submission is enabled, so turn it off if you want to reject it.

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Moderate NAT Enable if you have problems with online games or video conferencing when connecting to a VPN.

Moderate NAT Is only available to paid plan users.
ProtonVPN provides excellent privacy protection by default Strict NAT Is enabled, butStrict NAT Has disadvantages such as slow connection speed and high ping rate, and when there is a problem playing online games when connecting to VPN Moderate NAT Improvement can be expected by enabling.
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How to use ProtonVPN for Android

ProtonVPN connects to the VPN by tapping the ProtonVPN icon after launching the app.

If you enable always-on connection in the initial settings, no operation is required because the VPN connection is established at the time of setting.

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Quick Connect Connection destination Fastest If set to, the device will connect to a non-congested server in the nearest area (Tokyo).

If you do not want to connect to a domestic server, manually select the connection server.

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When the connection is established, information such as the protocol, IP address, server, communication speed, etc. is displayed in addition to the country name of the connection destination, and tap "Disconnect" to disconnect the connection.

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Countries You can specify the server to connect from the tab, but you can connect with the Free plan Japan / Netherlands / America 3 countries.

Secure Core

Secure Core The Plus plan ProtonVPN's unique architecture that can be used by the above paid members, by an attacker who is concerned about using a normal VPN server VPN server monitoring Function to avoid.

In countries where the Internet is regulated, such as China, Russia, and Turkey, or in countries where the Internet is monitored by countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, and where VPN providers are legally enforced, traffic on installed servers is monitored. There is a risk that the VPN will lose its anonymity.

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Secure CoreSlide the button to enable it.

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Secure Core When enabled, privacy protection is enhanced Switzerland / Sweden / Iceland Since it connects to the server in the specified country after going through one of the servers installed in 55 countries, even if the traffic is monitored, it can only track the server that went through in the middle.

While Secure Core enhances privacy protection, the communication speed decreases because it goes through a relay server.

Add profile

If you want to connect to a specific server, you can register it as a profile. Quick Connect You will be able to connect with.

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Profile registration Profiles から New Profiles Tap.

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Set the profile name and display color.

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Secure Core Set the country / server to use, the protocol to be used, and the protocol to be used.

When using Secure Core, specify the country of entry and exit (the server to be used cannot be set).

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The registered profile is Profiles Added to and tap to connect.

When you set the profile  Quick Connect It becomes selectable in the setting list of.

Server maintenance and removal

ProtonVPN is undergoing extensive maintenance on an ongoing basis, adding new servers and deleting existing servers, and it may be necessary to change the settings of the connection server if it is registered in the profile.

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Check for DNS leaks

Use a dedicated site to check if the IP address is properly protected when connecting to the VPN.

Split tunneling If is enabled, disable it before testing.

ipleak.net

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With a VPN connection established ipleak.net Access toYour IP address If the country of the VPN server connected to is displayed, the IP address is anonymized.

ProtonVPN upgrade

Full-featured ProtonVPN for paid plans Proton VPN Plus, Proton Mail and ProtonVPN available at full functionality Proton Unlimited There is.

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Plus
・ Number of devices that can be used with one account: 1
・ Connection server: More than 61 units in 1300 countries
・ Communication speed: High speed (up to 10Gbps *)
· P2P connection: Support
· Secure Core: Support
· NetShield: Support
· Streaming service: Support
· Connecting to Tor: Support
If the line speed of the contracted ISP is 100 Mbps  Plus Even with the plan, it will be up to 100 Mbps.

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Plan upgrades are done from the ProtonVPN admin screen, so ProtonVPN official website Go to the hamburger button and click "Sign in".

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Enter your username and password and click Sign in.

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Plans Purchase a subscription at 1 month ・ 12 month ・ 24 month Select from and specify the settlement currency from EUR (euro), USD (US dollar), CHF (Swiss franc).

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Proton VPN PlusOr Proton Unlimitedを 選 択.

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Enter payment information and settle.

The payment method is compatible with credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, etc.

 

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Of the dashboard Billing The payment status is displayed in.

Subscription suspension

Purchased plans can be paid monthly or annually Subscription-style renewal enabledBecause it isPlan downgrade required to unsubscribebecome.

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To cancel your subscription, go to the left sidebar Dashboard Select Account downgrade Downgrade to a free plan at.

Within the expiration date of the subscription Downgrade Then, even if the expiration date remains, it will be downgraded to the free plan, and the unused subscription will be Refund to your account on a daily basisIs done.

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To delete the created account from the left sidebar Account Select and click "Delete your account" to execute the deletion.

ProtonMail If you are using Proton Mail, you can delete your account with Proton Mail. Configuration Operation is required from.

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