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Ways to use the Killswitch on Android

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To ensure you're never connected without your VPN, we suggest enabling one of the Killswitch options we offer in your Android settings. We currently offer these two Killswitch options for our Android users: 

OpenVPN options:

  • VPN Killswitch - Disables your internet connection when the VPN disconnects. 

  • VPN Always-on + Block Connection Without VPN - The VPN Always-on feature automatically connects the VPN while the Block Connection Without VPN option blocks the traffic in the device if the VPN disconnects even if the app is not running. Connect on Boot must be enabled for the VPN to connect seamlessly each time the device is powered on. *Note - When utilizing this option, disable Block Connection Without VPN if you choose to use the internet with the VPN disabled. 

WireGuard options:

  • VPN Always-on + Block Connection Without VPN - The VPN Always-on feature automatically connects the VPN while the Block Connection Without VPN option blocks the traffic in the device if the VPN disconnects even if the app is not running. Connect on Boot must be enabled for the VPN to connect seamlessly each time the device is powered on.

    *Note - When utilizing this option, disable Block Connection Without VPN if you choose to use the internet with the VPN disabled.

 

  

Android versions below 8.0:

The Killswitch is only available for OpenVPN connections with the following Android versions. To utilize the Killswitch and ensure you're never connected without your VPN on while using WireGuard, we suggest upgrading your Android version to Android 8.0+ and use the VPN Always-on with Block Connection Without VPN feature which provides Killswitch functionality.