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Configure VPN for Android

You need to use the Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to the Stanford VPN. This app works with most Android devices. However, the AnyConnect app is not  guaranteed to work on all Android devices due to the  wide variety of Androids available.

Before you can connect  to the Stanford VPN you should:

  • Install Mobile Device Management (MDM) on your  Android device
  • Install the free Cisco AnyConnect  app
  • Configure the AnyConnect  app for the Stanford VPN

Install MDM

Install and configure AnyConnect

  1. Go to the Google Play Store and search for Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Choose the AnyConnect ICS+ app and tap Install.
    Note: Our testing shows that AnyConnect ICS+ does not work with HTC Android devices.

    install Cisco AnyConnect ICS+
  3. If prompted, tap Accept to give AnyConnect permission  to access other apps.

    agree to let AnyConnect access other applications
  4. Tap Open and accept the license agreement if one is presented.
  5. Choose to add a new VPN connection by tapping Connection.

    add a new VPN connection
  6. If the Advanced Preferences screen displays, tap Add a New VPN Connection.

    tap Add New VPN Connection
  7. Enter the following information:
    • Description: label the configuration with a unique identifier (for example, Stanford  VPN)
    • Server Address:

    Stanford VPN settings
  8. Tap Done.

Connect to the Stanford VPN

  1. Open the  AnyConnect app.
  2. Tap the AnyConnect VPN Off button.
  3. When prompted for your username and password, enter the following and then tap Connect:
    • Group:  choose Default Stanford split-tunnel or Full Traffic (non-split-tunnel)
      • Default Stanford split-tunnel: access to anything at is via the VPN connection but non-Stanford traffic flows normally on an unencrypted internet connection.
      • Full traffic non-split-tunnel: all internet traffic flows through the VPN connection.
    • Username: your SUNet ID
    • Password: your SUNet ID password
    log in to Stanford VPN
  4. Next the prompt for two-step authentication displays.
    • Enter a passcode or enter the number that corresponds to another option and then tap Continue (in this example, enter 1 to authenticate using Duo Push).

      prompt for two-step authentication via menu
    • If your only registered authentication method is printed list, hardware token, or Google Authenticator, the list of options does not display. Enter a passcode and tap Continue.
    • You may see a truncated menu if you  have multiple two-step devices enabled. Enter a passcode or choose a second factor from the options provided and then tap Continue (in this example, enter push1 to authenticate using Duo Push). 
      Note: It may take a bit of trial and error to associate secondary factors with devices.

      truncated menu prompt for second factor
  5. Tap Accept to connect to the Stanford VPN.

    tap Accept to connect to the Stanford VPN
  6. If you see a message seeking your attention, tap I trust this application and then tap OK.

    trust the AnyConnect application
  7. When you are connected to VPN, the AnyConnect app shows the VPN as turned on.

    successful connection to the Stanford VPN

Disconnect from the Stanford VPN

To disconnect from the Stanford VPN, open the AnyConnect app and tap the On button. It toggles to Off,  disconnecting your device from the Stanford VPN.

Last modified February 27, 2015