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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 Some, like PPTP, are downright outdated.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.

Advantages like high speed and Mobility support would be more than enough for some users to buy an IKEv2-based VPN. But with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, you don’t even have to! Click To Tweet

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 app button 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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  1. Cannot get the new protocols to work. Program gets stuck in a loop trying to utilize the IKv4 and will not let me out. Have to reboot the machine to get out. Have tried downloading different versions NO Joy. What do you suggest now?

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for reaching out. We can see that our customer support team is already in touch with you to help get things working again. Feel free to contact us anytime!

  2. Does the IKEv2 protocol give adequate protection if one is primarily using kodi?

    • Hi Linda,

      Thanks for reaching out! Yes, IKEv2 protocol is considered to be quite secure, stable, and fast. Download KeepSolid VPN Unlimited app, connect to a VPN server, run Kodi, and enjoy the unmatched protection the IKEv2 protocol gives you!

  3. Just updated using the PlayStore to latest version of VPNUnlimited and now I see the IKEv2 protocol added. Just tried several times at different times of the day and it’s definitely improved my Internet Download speed as per SpeedTest. In fact I see the sustained speed now that I’m paying my Internet Provider for.
    Thanks for the insight!

  4. Once I have followed the above do I choose optimal? How do I know which is the best server to use?

    • Hi John,

      It depends on your purpose. In case you want to protect your traffic, do select the Optimal server option. The choice of the best server for your connection will be made automatically.

      If you also want to unblock certain content, you’ll need a server of the country that allows access to the required websites.

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