OpenVPN and Android Lollipop connection problems

Posted: 2015-10-09 23:49:23 by Alasdair Keyes

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I recently bought myself a One Plus 2 Android based phone. My previous and trusty Samsung Galaxy S1 had been with me for over 4 years and was starting to be unusably slow.

I won't go on about the Oneplus, reviews can be found all over the internet, however I decided to connect it to my OpenVPN setup... which wasn't as easy as I thought it might be.

The Google Play store has the official OpenVPN Connect client, which connected to my server correctly but seemed to consistently fail to add in it's routes. After trying unsuccessfully for a while, I came to the conclusion that it couldn't be made to work.

I removed this app and went for OpenVPN for Android, setup was just as easy as OpenVPN Connect and still had an issue with adding pushed routes. It thankfully has the option of adding custom routes on the client, under Routing set a custom route of and you will be routing all your non-local traffic to your VPN, much needed when you're regularly connecting to unknown wifi networks.

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