Information Services Division


Connecting to the UCL VPN with Android

This guide explains how to connect to the UCL Virtual Private Network (VPN) which gives access to a variety of UCL services and resources from outside of UCL.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • Students
  • IT Administrators
  • SLMS staff
  • Researchers

Before you start...

Important notice

When connected to the UCL VPN service, ALL your traffic will be sent through the UCL network, regardless of whether the destination is a UCL address or an address on the Internet.


  1. Go to the Google Play store
  2. Search for "Cisco AnyConnect" and install
  3. Open the Cisco AnyConnect app
  4. Tap Connection on the AnyConnect home screen (Fig.1) followed by Add New VPN Connection

    AnyConnect home screen
    Fig.1 – AnyConnect home screen
  5. In the Connection Editor (Fig.2) tap Server Address

    AnyConnect Connection Editor
    Fig.2 – AnyConnect Connection Editor
  6. In Server Address (Fig.3), type in vpn.ucl.ac.uk and tap OK

    AnyConnect Server Address box
    Fig.3 – AnyConnect Server Address box
  7. Tap Done

  8. With the UCL VPN now selected/ticked in Advanced Preferences (Fig.4), tap the back arrow button to return to the AnyConnect home screen

    AnyConnection Advanced Preferences
    Fig.4 – AnyConnection Advanced Preferences
  9. At the AnyConnect home screen (Fig.5), tap the AnyConnect VPN switch

    AnyConnect home screen with UCL VPN enabled/selected
    Fig.5 – AnyConnect home screen with UCL VPN enabled/selected
  10. At the username/password screen (Fig.6), enter the details as below and click Connect

    Group: RemoteAccess
    Username: your UCL user ID
    Password: your UCL password

    AnyConnect username/password screen
    Fig.6 – Username/password screen
  11. Click OK to accept the connection request (Fig.7)

    AnyConnect connection request
    Fig.7 – Connection request
  12. You are now connected to UCL's VPN service (indicated by key symbol at top of screen)

  13. To disconnect from UCL's VPN, click the AnyConnect VPN switch to the off position (Fig.8)

    AnyConnect home screen with UCL VPN connected
    Fig.8 – Switch in ON position


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