Today, privacy issues on the internet are of the biggest importance. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are used by anybody who is concerned about their privacy and security online in order to mask their true identities and erase their digital footprints. A VPN will give you ample privacy and protection when using the internet. Other benefits aside from security include getting access to restricted content and ad blocking.
However, there are certain instances where you may need to turn off a VPN on your Android phone. These reasons include low internet speed caused by the VPN, some apps or programs beginning to misbehave, and inability to access specific content unique to your region where the VPN app does not have a covering server. If you haven’t disabled a VPN app before, you may be at a loss as to how to go about it. This is why I have created this article to serve as a guide. The instructions are given below.
Method 1: Use the VPN Application
Step 1: Launch the VPN app.
Step 2: If the VPN has a “Settings” section, click on it. If the VPN doesn’t have that section, just navigate through the app and locate a “Disconnect” or “Disable VPN” option.
Step 3: Tap on the “Disconnect” or “Disable VPN” option. The VPN will no longer be active on your Android device as soon as you do that.
Method 2: Use the Settings of Your Android Device
Step 1: Start by launching the settings on your Android device.
Step 2: After the Settings has been displayed, go directly to the Network and internet section.
Step 3: Tap on the “Advance” option in the Network and internet section.
Step 4: Go through the items in the Advance section and locate VPN. This is what you are looking for.
Step 5: Under the VPN section, you will see all the VPNs you have on your phone. Tap on the active one you intend to disconnect.
Step 6: You will find the Turn on and off status button for the VPN. Tap to switch it off.
How to turn off a VPN on a Samsung mobile phone
It is also easy for users of Samsung mobile devices to turn off an active VPN. Follow my instructions below to do so:
Step 1: Launch the Settings menu on your Samsung mobile phone.
Step 2: Go to the “Connections” section.
Step 3: Select the More connection settings under Connections.
Step 4: Go to the VPN section.
Step 5: Tap on VPN and then the disable option. After that, your VPN will stop working.
How to Know if the VPN has been Successfully Turned Off on Your Android Device
Once you’ve disconnected from the VPN, double-check to make sure it remains deactivated. It’s very easy to do. Find out what your IP address is by typing “what is my IP address” into Google search bar.
Check out the WhatIsMyIPAddress service if those IP addresses mean nothing to you. On the website, you can learn both the numerical portion of your IP address and the geographical location associated with that number.
When the IP address displays, it should align with your current location. If it doesn’t, then the VPN is still active in this sense.
Q: What does a Virtual Private Network (VPN) mean?
A Virtual Private Network refers to a service that helps hide and protect your information online and prevents you from falling into the hands of cyber-attacks.
Q: How can I turn off the VPN on my Android device?
Turning off the VPN on your Android device is an easy process. You can turn off the VPN through the VPN app’s settings or your Android device’s settings. This involves two options.
Q: Should I turn off or uninstall the VPN on my Android phone?
Uninstalling the VPN on your Android device and simply turning it off are two different activities, although they both serve the same purpose. However, if you uninstall a VPN app, it is no longer available on your device for you to turn on, but you can turn on a VPN after disabling it. Thus, it would be best if you only uninstalled a VPN on your Android phone when you are no longer in need of the app again.
Q: What are the advantages of keeping the VPN on my Android phone active?
The advantages of keeping a VPN active on your Android device include ensuring the privacy and security of your personal information when using the internet, access to certain regionally restricted content, and prevention against ads, viruses, malware, and other malicious content.
Turning off the VPN on your Android phone can be done either by going directly to the VPN app’s settings or your device’s settings. The processes are straightforward. However, once you turn off the VPN on your phone, the security and all forms of protection it provides you are gone, and your device is prone to all manners of cyber-attacks. Therefore, it is better always to keep your VPN active on your phone.