In this tutorial we will look at how to go about connecting your Nexus 4 running the latest OS Jelly Bean 4.2.1 to a VPN client. My VPN client of choice is CactusVPN. All in all it should only take you a few minutes (if that) to set up, giving you better mobile security.
I will do this in a step-by-step way to make it clear for users new to the device or Jelly Bean.
First access your Settings area by dragging downwards from the top of the screen
Next select the Settings icon located at the top right hand corner
Select the main Settings icon
Hit the + symbol at the top to add a new VPN connection (blank by default)
Give your VPN a name. The VPN that I am using is CactusVPN, so I just called it that. Enter the Security protocol that you wish to use (make sure that the server you are connecting to supports the choice). I chose the default of PPTP for the purpose of this tutorial, but you can go ahead and choose which one you prefer. Note that there are multiple choices. If you choose the default PPTP settings, then leave the PPP encryption (MPPE) box checked and the Advanced Options below unchecked. Also, this is where you will need to know the IP address of the VPN server that you will be connecting to (check with your VPN provider if you are unsure)
Once you have filled out this section and hit Save, it will bring you back to the VPN area which will no longer be blank, but now has your VPN added.
Simply select this to add your Username and Password details to connect. Don’t forget to check the Save account information box after you add these details or else you will have to add them again the next time you wish to connect.
Now just hit Connect
That’s it. Whenever you want to reconnect to the VPN, just head to the VPN area and tap your VPN and hit connect.
For those interested I also did a couple of speed tests using the SpeedTest app for Android to see what speeds I would get. My mobile network is 3 (UK) and I was pretty pleased with the results (Home Wi-Fi disabled). Here is the speed test when connected to a server in the US
And here is the speed test results for when connected to a server in the UK