How to Connect to Your Work VPN with Your Android Tablet

Tina Sieber 28-02-2017

You don’t have to head into the office to be productive. You don’t even need that bulky Windows laptop! With nothing but your Android tablet, a stable internet connection, and a private VPN connection, you can work remotely from just about anywhere.


For example, my university VPN account grants me access to the university library’s digital subscriptions of otherwise costly scientific publications. This allows me to do my research and readings from home or any of my favorite public spaces. The VPN not only routes me directly into the university network, it also provides a private and secure internet connection 8 Totally Free VPN Services to Protect Your Privacy Free unlimited data VPNs don't exist unless they're scams. Here are the best actually free VPNs around that you can try safely. Read More .

While any free or paid VPN service The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More can secure your connection on a public network, your work VPN will also give you private access to work email, servers, databases, and more. Your employer might even require you to use a VPN to remotely log into work systems. Once you have set up the VPN connection on your Android tablet How to Set Up a VPN on Android Need to know how to set up a VPN on Android? We've got you covered with the best VPNs and instructions for using them. Read More , you can quickly log in with the click of a button.

Here is how to set it all up!

Getting Ready

Before we dive into setting up a VPN client, let’s make sure you have all the basics lined up.

Most importantly, you’ll need the VPN login credentials from your employer, including the VPN server URL, your username, and password. If you don’t have this information, contact your IT department and ask for the VPN server details for a secure remote login.


You can use any Android device, including a tablet, phone, or Kindle Fire, provided it can run the Google Play Store Remove Ads and Install Google Play on Kindle Fire Without Root Get more from your Amazon Fire tablet! Here's how to install Google Play on a Kindle Fire and remove Amazon Fire ads without root for free. Read More .

Finally, you’ll need a VPN client that runs on your Android device. We recommend AnyConnect, a free VPN client from Cisco Systems. Since Cisco has a great reputation in the field of IT networks, it’s very likely that your employer will also recommend this client. That said, you may use other Android VPN clients, as long as they let you set up a custom connection.

Download: AnyConnect (Free)

Connecting to a VPN With an Android Tablet

First, install the VPN client of your choice. We’ll demonstrate the subsequent process using AnyConnect.


Setup Your VPN Connection

When you first launch AnyConnect, you’ll see a simple start screen. Click on Connection, this will open the Advanced Preferences window. Here, tap Add New VPN Connection… to setup your VPN connection.

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In the Connection Editor, add a Description for your connection (optional), add the Server Address, and edit Advanced Preferences… (optional). Tap Done when you’ve entered all required details.

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Connect to Your VPN

From the AnyConnect start screen, just switch the AnyConnect VPN slider from Off to On by tapping it.

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AnyConnect will connect to the server and query you for your login credentials.


How to Connect to Your Work VPN with Your Android Tablet AnyConnect VPN Login

Once you click Connect to confirm your Username and Password, AnyConnect will establish your secure connection, and the status will switch to On.

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And that’s all there is to connecting your Android tablet to your company network.

Using the VPN to Work Remotely

At this point, you could use any app that lets you ping one of the PCs or servers on your network. Let’s look at two of the most common options.

Checking Your Work Email

Of course, the main reason most people want to connect is just to check work email. All you need to accomplish this is an email client that will let you connect to your work Exchange server. While a number of apps can do this, the one most people use is Outlook.

The mobile version of Microsoft Outlook will give you nearly full access to your work email, your calendar, and all of your contacts. The app is free and available for Android version 4.0.3 and up.

Download: Microsoft Outlook (Free)

When you first launch the app, you have to set up your Outlook work account. Tap Get Started, enter your Email address, and select Continue. If Outlook doesn’t recognize the email domain, you can choose to Setup Account Manually. In the Choose account type window, you can select between Office 365, Outlook, Exchange, and several other account types.

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If you have an Exchange email account, enter your regular password and tap Show Advanced Settings to enter Server, Domain, and Username details, as required.

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Once you’ve entered the correct information and your login credentials, you should see your familiar Outlook account. Congratulations! You are now connected to your work email.

And just as you could at your desktop PC, you can check your emails, look into your calendar for upcoming appointments, and schedule meetings. And this is all from your little Android tablet. How cool is that?

Keep in mind that you’ll need to use the correct corporate domain extension for anything you do. For example, if my server name is MyServer and my company domain is, you’ll need to ping

Again, if you don’t know these details, contact your IT department and ask them for the web address of your OWA (Outlook Web Access) server. They can also help you figure out any other steps you’re unsure about.

Connecting to Servers and PCs at Work

Checking email from anywhere using your tablet is great for your everyday user, but if you are an IT analyst in charge of managing servers or computers at work, you really need a way to do more. One of the most common things that IT staff need to do when connecting into work via VPN is to remotely connect to servers or PCs.

Believe it or not, you can also do this from your Android tablet. You just need an app that provides a way to connect via RDP (remote desktop Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You? There are any number of reasons why you might want to use your Android device for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to a Windows computer. Read More  protocol).

We recommend Microsoft Remote Desktop. This app lets you add connections for Windows Professional PCs or servers on your work network.

To add a new connection, tap the + icon in the top right, select the type of connection you’d like to set up (Desktop, Remote Resource Feed, or Azure RemoteApp), then fill in the respective details.

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If you choose Desktop, the app will automatically recognize the machines on your network, but you can select Add Manually if you know the host name or IP address and other required details.

Download: Microsoft Remote Desktop (Free)

Using RDP

If you’ve connected via RDP before, then this is all pretty straightforward. Just remember that you will probably have to include the full domain of the device — for example, — to make a connection. You’ll use the same Username and Password you would use if you were sitting at the computer and logging into it.

Keep in mind that in a Windows environment, you will need to have authorization to remotely connect to these devices. If you’re an IT analyst in charge of supporting those PCs and servers, the odds are good that you have that authorization. However, if you’re a standard user and you want to remotely connect to your desktop PC at work, you might not automatically have access, and you’ll need to request that authorization from your IT department.

Again, most standard users don’t need such access, but there are cases where engineers may need remote access to their work desktop PCs in order to run tests or do other tasks that they can only do from that particular PC.

Of course, the nicest thing about Microsoft Remote Desktop is that IT experts can remotely connect to servers from home. This is extremely useful when you need to do patching or other maintenance tasks when a facility might be shut down during the holidays and you want to do that work from the comfort of your own home, without the need to drive into work.

Work Securely and Remotely From Your Tablet

Until recently, most IT staff would do these things from a home PC or laptop. Thanks to mobile devices and these useful apps, you can now safely connect to work by just flipping open your tablet Can You Use a Tablet as a Laptop? The Essential Apps and Gear Want to use your Android tablet as a laptop replacement? Here is your comprehensive guide to the necessary hardware and software. Read More and firing up the AnyConnect app.

No matter how you intend to use the remote connection with your tablet, the ability to do so creates a whole new realm of possibilities. Now you can travel anywhere in the world without the need to lug around your laptop. So long as you have your tablet with you, you can connect to work and accomplish the usual amazing things you do from your own desk.

Note that if you don’t want to use your work VPN for private browsing, check out one of these Android VPNs The 5 Best VPNs for Android Need a VPN for your Android device? Here are the best Android VPNs and how to get started with them. Read More .

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  1. Wilson Fernandes
    November 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Great job!

  2. Takhir
    October 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you for the detailed description, situation is similar to what I currently need for my new tablet :)
    Two questions.
    1) What is advantage of AnyConnect compare to Android internal VPN client (Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> VPN)? I could connect to office and I used internal VPN + MS RDP with one problem only (see Q2 :) ).
    2) After I connect to office net with VPN, all programs try to use VPN adapter for Internet access. Skype and browsers go to Internet via VPN and work slowly or don't work at all. MS Windows VPN has setting to disable 'remote gateway', and with this setting everything works fine on my Win10 laptop (RDP and SSH via VPN and all other programs work directly with my Internet connection). I could not find this option in internal Android VPN or in AnyConnect. I also read documentation on Cisco site, but could not find a solution. Is it possible to separate 'office' and 'internet' connection in the same way how MS VPN client does? In internal Android VPN or in AnyConnect.
    Thank you.

  3. said elhioum
    March 6, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I find it super in all. Camera clear, the memory is to record everything. It is super
    i hope to have one

    • Tina Sieber
      March 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Said. I wish I understood how it related to this article. Maybe you scrolled too far and commented on the wrong piece?

  4. Ray
    April 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    You should note in larger fonts to avoid confusion that AnyConnect software only works with Cisco Server, not generic VPN server that user PPTP port 1723.

  5. meghan
    March 14, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Really? "ask your It department " if you cant get the info on ur own (especially the owa) then maybe you should not be in a position to require VPN access

    • Ryan Dube
      March 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Meghan, there are company executives who would have a hard time knowing even what "OWA" is. Not everyone is tech savvy. That doesn't mean they're not smart.

  6. Faizan Ali
    April 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

    i found a review website regarding VPN they even have a Mobile app section...
    hope this helps in choosing the best one

  7. Kelly Nice
    January 16, 2013 at 9:37 am
  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    January 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Thanks Ryan for the article. Nice roudup. :)

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      January 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

      If Auto-discovery mode is enabled, PocketCloud also allows a remote session with GMail login.

  9. WJ Falls Jr.
    January 4, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Great article! But according to the info on Google Play concerning the email app, it is not associated with Microsoft in any way. Quote: "Outlook 2003 Mobile Web Email has no agreement or association with the Microsoft corporation. This is an independent application and is no way implied as in partnership or replacement of any Office or Microsoft products."

    This might make my IT department (at a major university/medical center) a little more concerned than usual, with me giving my login info, etc...

    • Ryan Dube
      January 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      This is a very good point, and it's always a good idea to ask those questions of the IT department before making use of any apps via the VPN. They may or may not be okay with it - it all depends on their policies with users utlizing 3rd party apps.

  10. Johann
    January 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

    > Once you’ve entered the correct OWA name and your login credentials – viola!

    Brilliant. Viola.

  11. Joe Deluna
    January 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Nice well rounded article..

  12. Andy Rhine
    January 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I just used the built in VPN client for my ipsec tunnel.

    • Ryan Dube
      January 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Brilliant! Did you notice any difference in connection quality or speed compared to doing it via laptop? I was surprised how fast the connection was via the tablet, especially doing a remote connection to PCs.

  13. Tyler Miranda
    January 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Also worth mentioning that your IT department will need the required license on their ASA to support Android VPN connections.

    • Ryan Dube
      January 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Good point Tyler - although folks will find out soon enough if they attempt to connect and can't. At least this is one reason to explore.