How to Disable VPN on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

In today’s digital age, virtual private networks (VPNs) have become increasingly popular among Android users. VPNs provide a secure and private connection to the internet, allowing users to browse anonymously and access restricted content.

However, there may be instances when you need to disable your VPN on Android. Whether it’s troubleshooting connection issues or accessing certain apps or services that don’t work well with a VPN, disabling it is relatively simple.

Method 1: Disable VPN from the Quick Settings

Android provides a convenient way to disable the VPN directly from the Quick Settings menu. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the Notification Shade.
  2. Locate the Quick Settings panel and look for the VPN icon.
  3. Long-press on the VPN icon.
  4. A menu will appear with options related to your VPN connection.
  5. Select “Disconnect” or a similar option to disable your VPN.

This method allows you to quickly toggle your VPN on or off without navigating through multiple settings menus.

Method 2: Disable VPN from Android Settings

If you prefer accessing settings directly, you can disable your VPN from within the Android Settings app. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Navigate to the “Network & internet” section.
    • If using an older version of Android, look for a similar option like “Wireless & networks.”
  3. Select “VPN” from the list of available options.
  4. You will see a list of all installed VPN apps on your device.
  5. Tap on the desired VPN app to access its settings.
    • If you are using the default Android VPN, select “Default VPN.”
  6. Toggle off the switch to disable the VPN connection.

This method provides more control and allows you to manage additional VPN settings if required.

Method 3: Uninstall or Disable the VPN App

If you no longer wish to use a specific VPN app or want to disable all VPNs on your Android device, you can uninstall or disable the app completely. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Navigate to the “Apps & notifications” section.
    • If using an older version of Android, look for a similar option like “Applications” or “Application manager.”
  3. Select “See all apps”.
  4. You will see a list of all installed apps on your device.
  5. Scroll through the list and find the VPN app you want to disable or uninstall.
    • Bold text: Indicates system apps that cannot be uninstalled but can be disabled. Non-bold text represents user-installed apps that can be uninstalled as well as disabled.

    Uninstalling a VPN app
    Image source: Android Authority

  6. Tap on the VPN app to access its settings.
  7. Disable or uninstall the app as per your preference.

This method ensures complete removal of the VPN app from your device.

In conclusion,

Disabling a VPN on Android is a straightforward process that can be done either from the Quick Settings menu, within the Android Settings, or by uninstalling or disabling the VPN app. Choose the method that suits your needs and preferences. Remember, if you want to re-enable your VPN in the future, you can follow similar steps and toggle it back on.

Note: Disabling a VPN temporarily may expose your internet activity to potential risks. It’s advisable to only disable it when necessary and enable it again as soon as you no longer require its disablement.

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to disable a VPN on Android effectively!

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