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Configuring Android 4.x to Access the UCSD Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Follow these steps to connect your Android 4.x to the UCSD virtual private network (VPN), which lets you create protected connections to UCSD's network from remote locations.

Before you begin, you must have:

  • An Android phone with version 4.x firmware or later installed
  • Your UCSD Active Directory username and password
  • Your Active Directory username is usually the first part of your UCSD e-mail address before the @ symbol. If you forget your password, see Getting or Changing UCSD Passwords.

1. Install Cisco AnyConnect

  • Using your Android phone, download the AnyConnect client in the Google Play store. Search "Cisco AnyConnect".
  • Click INSTALL.


2. Enter VPN Connection

  • Open the AnyConnect client
  • Choose Connections
  • Choose Add New VPN Connection
  • Description: UCSD
  • Server Address:
  • Click Done




3. Authenticate with UCSD VPN using DUO 2-Step Authentication

  • On the AnyConnnect home screen, turn on AnyConnect by selecting the Off toggle (it will change to On)
  • A second window will appear. Select your desired connection profile from the Group drop-down menu:
    • 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd – Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN. Use this when accessing Library resources and CMS website staging links. This is the preferred method.
    • 2-Step Secured - split – Route only campus traffic through the UCSD VPN. All other traffic goes through your normal Internet provider. 
  • In the Username field, enter your Active Directory (AD) username
  • In the Passcode field, use the following to authenticate through DUO (See Two-Step Login: VPN for further details):
    • If you receive DUO push notifications on your mobile phone enter:
      • yourADpassword,push
    • If you receive a DUO phone call to authenticate, enter:
      • yourADpassword,phone
    • If you use a DUO token to generate a passcode enter:
      • yourADpassword,6digitpasscodefromtoken
  • Click Connect




4. Disconnect

  • Open the AnyConnect client
  • On the AnyConnnect home screen, turn off AnyConnect by selecting the On toggle (it will change to Off)
To ask questions, request a service, or report an issue, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP.