What do all these settings mean on the Android version of Hotspot Shield?


Hotspot Shield on Android has features and benefits not found on other devices, such as iOS and Mac. Please go through this summary, which describes each feature and where you may find it.

⦁ Once you are signed in to the application on your Android device, please select the person icon on the bottom right and navigate to settings.



⦁ We have a few categories, so please read on for a brief explanation of what these options mean and how they help protect your privacy.

1. VPN Protocol
You can easily change your protocols in this section, which can help solve issues with connections or access. We highly suggest changing your protocol whenever you have a technical issue with our application. You can choose from 3 different protocols.


This is automatically turned on when you connect to a virtual location. When this protocol is selected, we will pick the fastest and most secure protocol to connect to for your network or area.
This is our company-developed protocol. It can only be found with us. This unique protocol is the fastest in the VPN industry and faster than our other protocols. It is the most secure of our protocols, so whenever you have a technical issue, please try changing to Hydra.

This protocol has been designed for ease of use. While it is not entirely recommended, it is a faster protocol with a lower chance of being compromised compared to other protocols.

2. Connection Center


A. Connection on startup: Enable this in case your device shuts off completely and you need to reboot using the options displayed on the screen, or if you need to turn on the device, this option allows the VPN to connect immediately upon that.
B.Connect on app launch: Enable this so that once you start up the app, the VPN will automatically connect to the most recent virtual location.
C.Disconnect on sleep: Enable this option, which will disconnect the VPN once you put your Android device into sleep mode.

3. Trusted Wi-Fi Networks


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With this setting enabled, the VPN will not connect, or it will be disabled if your Android device is connected to a listed network.

4. Split Tunneling

Like Windows, Android has a feature called Bypass that allows you to bypass specific websites and apps. When you manually add an app or website to this functionality, the VPN will connect to that app whenever it is opened. Tap the bypass option to add an app or website.


5. Always-on VPN

With an always-on VPN, the user using the device can prevent any network connections that do not use the VPN. When this option is enabled, the Settings app alerts users that they do not have an internet connection before connecting to the VPN.

6. Internet Killswitch
Protect yourself even further with this feature enabled. Once toggled on, the VPN will disconnect automatically if there is a loss of internet connection from the device. This prevents data from leaking from the time you were using the VPN. Having this enabled will not allow the internet traffic to run in the background once the VPN disconnects.


Please feel free to contact us via chat or email if you have any more questions or concerns.