Establishing an OpenVPN connection with an Android device

These instructions were written for the HUAWEI P10 lite smartphone running the Android version 8.0.0.
Installing OpenVPN on other devices may slightly differ from these instructions. However, the main principles are the same. Adjust the instructions according to your device.

Use of some of the university’s online services is limited to the university network for licence-related reasons. These services include the databases and e-papers offered by the library. If the services need to be used on computers outside the university network, it is only possible by establishing a secure connection between the home computer and the university server.

The most common technology for establishing such a connection is VPN. Computers using a VPN connection receive a university web address and all the network traffic of the computer is directed through the university network when the connection is running.

The VPN connection software used at the university is Pulse Secure. As the software has been very popular, its licences have recently run out and it has not been available for establishing a connection. Please use the OpenVPN connection, if possible.

Tabs

Quick help
  1. In the Download Centre, download the hy-tun.ovpn-tiedosto (Software/Ohjelmat > HY-VPN > Mobile) and save it on your device.
  2. Download the OpenVPN Connect software from Google Play store.
  3. Launch OpenVPN.
  4. When the software asks for the ovpn profile file, open the hy-tun.ovpn you downloaded previously.
  5. Continue by filling in the other information requested by the OpenVPN software.
  6. Activate the vpn connection.
Detailed help

Installation

  • In the Download Centre, download the hy-tun.ovpn-tiedosto (Software/Ohjelmat > HY-VPN > Mobile) and save it on your device. The default location is the Download folder.
  • Download the OpenVPN Connect software from the Google Play store..
  • Launch OpenVPN.
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  • When the software asks for the ovpn profile file, open the hy-tun.ovpn you downloaded previously.
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  • Select the file (1) and click IMPORT (2).
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  • Enter your username and password and click ADD.
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Establishing a connection

  • Slide the switch to the right.
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  • As the university does not have user-specific certificates, click CONTINUE.
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  • The connection has now been established. You can see statistical information on the connection at the bottom of the screen.
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Disconnecting

  • Slide the switch to the left.
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  • Click OK.
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