Are you worried about your privacy while browsing through public WiFi networks? You can try your hands on some VPNs that allow you to secure access without being concerned about privacy. While downloading apps from the play store, some apps show that this app is unavailable in your country. You can also use VPN at that time to download apps that are not available in your country.

Here in this article, we are going to discuss how to use the Private Internet Access Android app. We will explain complete details about how to connect to the private internet access android app.

How to Use Private Internet Access on Android

  • Download the private internet access Android app from the play store
  • Log in with your user id and password

Private Internet Access

You will see a disconnected button at the center of the screen. Just below that, you will see the validity of your account. We have activated 30 days for this, and 29 is the validity seen in the app.

There is a current region option just below validity, which we can use to get IP from any other location. After that, there is the original IP and present IP. Original IP is your existing IP address provided by your internet service provider. Current IP will be based on the reason you chose. This is the IP provided by your VPN.

But when you tap on the disconnected option, it will ask for your confirmation, as shown in the image above.  It will ask you for a Connection request. PIA VPN wants to set up a VPN connection that allows it to monitor network traffic.

Only accept if you trust the traffic. The key icon will be on the top of your screen when the VPN is active. Tap on the OK button to activate the VPN on your mobile.

VPN Private Internet Access

After you authorize that app, it will show authenticating as status. Once connected, it will show connected to VPN as the status and also displays your new IP. You can also check the “what is my IP address keyword without a coma in Google from your browser to verify it.

You will see your current IP will be different from your original IP address. Now suppose you want to browse from another country like the USA, Canada or Australia. You just need to tap on a current region, which will display a list of countries to select from. By default, it will be set as an automatic, but you can choose your favorite country to browse from.

Configuring private Internet access is quite easy as not many configurations are needed. You just need to add your login ID and password, and this app will take care rest of the things. One more interesting thing we found in this app is PIA MACE. This option means that they will block ads, trackers, and malware while browsing when you are connected to VPN.

PIA VPN

We have tested this ad blocking option from our end. To my surprise, most of the ads we browsed from some sites were blocked. However, some ads are still shown. It’s not

It’s not a powerful ad blocker tool, but it blocks most of the page’s ads. An example of blocked ads is shown below; we see only blank boxes instead of ads on any page.

private internet

Few other options that are available in the setting we have mentioned below.

Block local Network – This option will disable sharing your device’s file on a local or shared network.

Use TCP/UDP – You can quickly switch from TCP to UDP or UDP to TCP. TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol& UDP stands for User Datagram Protocol. Both TCP & UDP work at the transport layer TCP/IP model, and both have very different usage.

Remote Port – This port is set to auto by default. You can also select 1194, 8080, 9201, and 53 as a remote ports to access your VPN.

Local Port – You can also use the random local port to access your VPN

Internet Kill Switch – When this is activated, a client will not allow unencrypted web traffic when VPN is connected.

Request Port Forwarding – This will allow incoming connection to your mobile device over an external port.

Use Small Packets – This will slightly lower IP packet size to improve compatibility with some routers & mobile networks.

It also has an encryption option that allows you to switch data encryption from AES 128 to AES 256. The same thing for data authentication; you can change from or to SH1 to SHA256 or vice-versa. There is one more option that helps you to connect your VPN automatically when your phone starts.

Per-App Setting – We have found that you can disable VPN access for some apps. So you can easily prevent any VPN app you don’t want.

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Are you already using this app? Share your experience in the comment section below.


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Bhavesh Sondagar is editor in chief at theandroidportal.com. He loves to write about tech, gadget and android apps.