How to Create a Portable Hotspot on Android with VPN on

Security & Privacy

Many Android users (myself included) have long found it annoying that creating a working portable hotspot is not possible while using a VPN on the device that shares the connection.  From the user interface to the lines of code that power the app behind it, a driving principle of designing Freedome has always been to make the kind of VPN that only makes your online experience better, without hindering it in any way.

Tethering with VPN is now possible

This is why we are extremely happy – both personally and for our users – to announce that our new Android release (out now on Google Play) makes it possible to have Freedome turned on while sharing your connection with other devices. We are also the first (as far as we know) major VPN provider to make this happen.

Instructions on setting up a portable hotspot

The new update automatically allows you to create a portable hotspot with Freedome VPN, so the instructions are fairly simple.

  1. Download Freedome VPN on your Android
  2. Turn on the portable hotspot feature from your Android settings

Keeping it simple, as usual!

A note on privacy

It’s worth noting for the sake of your privacy that the tethered device’s traffic will NOT go through the VPN tunnel of the device sharing the connection. According to Freedome Product Development Director Harri Kiljander:

“Android does not allow tethered devices access to the VPN tunnel. This is a deliberate choice forced by Android for security reasons. For instance, when using VPN to access your employer’s network, they might not want your friends and family there. Also a VPN tunnel shared with others wouldn’t really be a private network anymore”

In other words, remember to use Freedome on laptops and any other devices you connect to your own hotspots with. If you have any questions, drop us a line on Twitter. Enjoy!


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I have done a test with Freedome tethering with VPN. But I found the latest version may not work for this case. Here is my test steps.

1) Enable Freedome and WiFi hotspot on my Samsung Galaxy S8+ with T-mobile
2) Running in the Chrome browser of GS8+, and get two different IPs when freedome turn on / off
3) Connect my Nexus 5X to the WiFi hotspot provided by S8+, run in the Chrome browser of Nexus 5X, and always get the third IP which is different than two IPs I see on the GS8+, no matter freedome turn on / off.

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