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How to Setup IKEv2 and Make Android VPN Unlimited Faster for Free

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The world becomes more and more interconnected and fast-paced. This is one of the reasons why netizens tend to switch from desktop to mobile – Android or iOS – as their internet browsing device.

Obviously, you want to have this device reliably secured, seeing how much sensitive information goes through it. But the mobility added some extra requirements towards Android VPN clients – speed, convenience, and reliable connection. It is to deliver in this department that we at KeepSolid have added IKEv2 to VPN Unlimited list of protocols. What is it and what are the benefits? Let’s find out!

VPN protocols pros and cons

If VPN technology is new for you, allow us to explain some VPN software basics. Namely, the concept of a VPN protocol – a dedicated technology that allows VPN developers to secure the internet connection between a user and a website.

VPN protocols come in many versions. Some, like PPTP, are downright outdated. While they still see some use, this is rather due to them being habitual to the system administrator than for any worthy reason. Other protocols are more up-to-date, but specialize in different aspects of VPN technology.

Up until now, the default protocol of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited on Android was OpenVPN®. It offers the best overall protection to Android users and is great if you need raw security. Alas, OpenVPN® has some downsides that make it suboptimal for mobile users. It is bulky, lacks performance speed, and is prone to occasional disconnections and other technical problems.

Why use IKEv2 on Android

IKEv2, on the other hand, is free of the drawbacks mentioned above. Even though it offers slightly less effective Android protection than OpenVPN®, it’s still more than sufficient for most users. And the benefits easily compensate for the lack of security:

  • significantly higher speed

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited protocol speed comparison

  • firewall traversal
  • enhanced Mobility support
  • simplified message exchange
  • reliable when switching internet connections
  • supports VoIP telephony

How to setup IKEv2 on Android

All these advantages would be more than enough for some users to buy an IKEv2-based VPN. But you know what’s the best part? You don’t even have to pay! Аll VPN Unlimited users can choose IKEv2 protocol from the list in their Android VPN Unlimited clients for free. This is how you do it:

  1. Launch KeepSolid VPN Unlimited 
  2. on your Android device
  3. Tap the menu icon of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited appbutton in the top left corner
  4. Choose Settings in the bottom panel
  5. Tap the Protocols button and select the IKEv2 optionFast and secure VPN protocol IKEv2 on Android

That’s it! You’ve configured KeepSolid VPN Unlimited app to establish connections via IKEv2 protocol on your Android device. Select a server, connect to it, and reap all benefits of top-notch VPN experience with IKEv2 protocol on Android!

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October 30, 2019