I want to set the VPN (in my case vpnunlimitedapp) so it connects through the VPN the second I enable WIFI or 4G. Currently, I have to go online for a moment and then I'm allowed to enable the VPN. How can I remedy this so no bit of information get exposed?

  • VPN can only be created when you have internet connectivity, so exposure is unavoidable.
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 14:24
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    Shadowsocks seems to be able to stay "connected" regardless of network state.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 14:25
  • @beeshyams See my own answer, it looks like you can but you need to know the VPN details and configure it on Settings, so I guess it automatically connects to VPN before going to the internet. If you use the app, then it's when you get exposed.
    – Smeterlink
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 14:28
  • Seen. Thanks, I was looking it specific to your app in question- I use adguard, which is switched on the moment it is connected to net and creates a VPN
    – beeshyams
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 14:39
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    @beeshyams I just went to verify: on Android, turning it on requires network, but subsequently it can work in the background regardless of network status, and work immediately when network comes on. Even better, on PC it just connects, no restrictions. I do think SS is not your typical VPN - I will look it up too.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 23:42

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Ok looks like with privateinternetaccess VPN you can do it. You have to enter details given by the vpn provider into the smartphone settings so the app is not required:

Android-How to use " Allways-on VPN"

Related information:

Force VPN usage?

Connect to a virtual private network (VPN)

Automatically connect to VPN when connecting to WiFi?


TunnelBear VPN has a vigilant mode designed to keep your location and data private in the brief seconds while TunnelBear is connecting and reconnecting. Currently the Vigilant feature is available on our Mac OS X and Windows desktop apps, as well as our Android app. You can find this within your Settings/Preferences panel. To turn it on, make sure that it's enabled: TunnelBear's Online Privacy Blog: A More Vigilant TunnelBear

VPN Unlimited has a similar option. Just go to 'Settings' -> 'VPN Reconnect Settings' -> choose 'WiFi is ON'.

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