Android provides APIs to developers to create virtual private networks (VPNs). These apps are able to offer VPN protocols that the built-in client can’t support and allow you to connect to the VPN service without the need for complex configuration.

This article explains how you can make use of the OpenVPN app on your Android device to connect to NordVPN servers. This article also shows how to manually configure the connection using the NordVPN application and an OpenVPN Profile. This method requires a little more specialized knowledge but can give you a greater control over your mobile data as well as your connection quality.

To begin, download the OpenVPN Connect app from the Google Play Store. After that, you’ll need to obtain the OpenVPN configuration files from your VPN service provider. These configs are tagged with a.ovpn extension file and can be obtained via the VPN provider’s website or via their live chat support. After downloading the config files, you can transfer them to your Android device (or PC). You can do this by directly downloading them to the device or using an application like ZArchiver.

After you’ve imported your OpenVPN config files, launch the OpenVPN app and click “+” to create an additional VPN profile. Choose a server, then click “Connect”. Once connected, the tunnel encrypts all Internet traffic to the server. The app displays the status and the details of the connection under the Status tab. The app has an option to keep the VPN connection active even when not being used.