Installing OpenVPN on Android Devices

Before you start you must make sure that you have enabled our UK VPN Access Service in your Control Panel. If you are an existing user, and have already activated your account in the control panel, you can skip to section 3.

1.0 Activate your User Control Panel

Login to the User Control Panel by clicking on the link below:

Login to the SimplyExpats.Net Control Panel

The Login window will be displayed as below.

Login using the Username and Password you received in our signup email.

(If you have not received an email with your login details, please check your Spam and Junk mail folders).

2.0 Confirm your Account Details & Activate your Account

Once you have successfully logged in, the SimplyExpats.Net Account Confirmation window will be displayed.

Press the Confirm Details & Activate your Account button.

Once your account is activated, you will be returned to the main SimplyExpats.Net User Control Panel window.

3. Install OpenVPN on your Android Device

Download and install OpenVPN for Android from the Google Play Store

4. Download and Import the SimplyExpats Configuration files

The SimplyExpats OpenVPN service provides two ways to access the service. These are called Profiles in OpenVPN. You can connect by the standard SimplyExpats OpenVPN profile, or via the SimplyExpats Backup OpenVPN profile (usually used in hotels or airports, where you may not be able to connect via normal OpenVPN service).

To install both connections download the profiles from the links below (The profiles will be saved to your downloads folder).

Note: If you subscribe to our multi country service, you should download and import all four OpenVPN Profiles.

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UK VPN Subscribers

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US VPN Subscribers

Download UK SimplyExpats3 Profile Download Main US SimplyExpats Profile

Download the SimplyExpats OpenVPN profiles for your service from the links above.

5. Install the SimplyExpats OpenVPN connection Profiles

Load OpenVPN on your Android Device.

The main OpenVPN screen will be displayed as below:

OpenVPN Main Screen

Press the Import Button on the top Right.

The File browser window will be displayed.

OpenVPN File Browser

Click on the Downloads folder.

Android OpenVPN Files

Press the SimplyExpats.ovpn profile, and press Select.

Repeat the import above for the SimplyExpats_Backup.ovpn profile.

You should now have two profiles installed in your OpenVPN App.

Android OpenVPN Profiles

Press the SimplyExpats profile.

The Username and Password window will be shown.

Android OpenVPN Username

Enter your SimplyExpats Username (starts with pp-something, and your password.

Tick the Save Password box, and press OK.

Select the SimplyExpats Backup profile, and enter your username and password as above.

OpenVPN is now configured to connect to the SimplyExpats OpenVPN service.

6. Connecting to the SimplyExpats OpenVPN service

We recommend that by default you use the SimplyExpats profile. This provides a slightly faster connection.

If you are using a public WiFi, where you cannot connect using the SimplyExpats profile, select the SimplyExpats_Backup profile.

The SimplyExpats_Backup profile uses SSL to connect, so it should connect through most firewalls.

From the OpenVPN main Profiles window (shown above), select the SimplyExpats service.

The following screen will be shown:

OpenVPN warning

Click the "I trust this application" check box, and press OK.

OpenVPN will now connect to the SimplyExpats OpenVPN service.

OpenVPN Connect

You will see under the VPN status, the OpenVPN software Connecting, then Authenticating, and then Connected, as shown above.

You are now connected to the SimplyExpats OpenVPN service, and you can use the iPlayer Apps as normal.

7. Disconnecting from the SimplyExpats OpenVPN Service.

On your Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen to the bottom.

This will display the Message window.

Android Message Window.

Select the VPN is activated by OpenVPN for Android message.

The OpenVPN status box is displayed as below:

OpenVPN Status

Press Disconnect to disconnect from the SimplyExpats service.

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