The PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 protocols are provided for devices lacking compatibility with the Private Internet Access application or OpenVPN protocol. PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 should be used for masking one's IP address, censorship circumvention, and geolocation.
If you need encryption, please use the Private Internet Application or OpenVPN protocol with our service.
This configuration uses a Generated PPTP/L2TP/Socks5 Username and password, If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS
Step 1: Quick Links Menu
On your Keyboard, hold down the Windows Key + X Key to open the Quick Links Menu and Click on Network Connections
Step 2: Network and Sharing Center
From the Network Status scroll down and click on Network and Sharing Center
Step 3: Change Network Settings
From here select Set up a new Connection or network located under the Change your network Settings section.
Step 4: Connect to Workplace
A new window will open providing you with a list of connection options. Select Connect to a Workplace and click Next
Step 5: How to Connect
Next you will need to choose how you want your new connection to connect. Select Use my Internet Connection (VPN)
Step 6: Input Server and Destination Name
You will then be asked to enter information for your connections, enter the Following
- For Internet Address, input
Or if you prefer to use a specific location, you can find the full list of locations here.
- For Destination Name, input Private Internet Access L2TP
Once you have filled in the information check the Option “Allow other people to use this connection” if you want other users on the computer to be able to use the VPN connection
When all is done select Create
Step 7: New L2TP Connection
Once the above is done, you can now see your new L2TP connection with in your Network list within your Taskbar. Don’t click on the connection yet
Note: To view this list select the up ^ within your taskbar located next to your clock.
Step 8: Quick Links Menu
Hold the Windows Key + X Key again and select Network Connections
Step 9: VPN
Within the Network Connections select the VPN option among the list of options on the left side.
Step 10: Connect/ Login
Select the L2TP Connection option and select Connect. Windows will then prompt you to Sign in with your PIA Username and Password. Click OK
Note: You must use the 'x' username, and password to connect to L2TP.
Step 11: Verify Connection
To verify that you are connected visit our website here, and at the top of the site it will state “You are protected by PIA” in green lettering
Enjoy your VPN connection!