How to Wipe an iPhone Clean (Erase iPhone) Before Selling

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to remove all data from your iPhone permanently, without any way of recovering it whatsoever. For instance, you may want to sell the device and you’re worried about private data falling in the wrong hands, and it’s not like that never happened before.

Fortunately, all modern devices have this feature built-in, although its effectiveness may vary from one device to another. However, when it comes to iPhones, you can rest assured that once your data has been wiped, there’s no way to recover it once the process comes to an end.

How to wipe an iPhone clean

How to Wipe an iPhone Clean

iPhones have been known for their intuitive user interface for a long time, and they’re still rocking the same style years after the release of the first model. Therefore, wiping your device should be just as easy as sending a message to your mom or checking your emails, right?

Well, sort of. If you’re 100% sure you want to get rid of all your data, you just head to the appropriate section, hit that button, and enjoy your data going down a black hole. However, if you’re switching to a different device, you might want to perform a few extra steps first, to make sure that you won’t lose precious information forever.

With that in mind, let’s see how you can wipe your iPhone safely and without significant effort, while also making sure you’re not messing up the process and saving anything that’s worth saving beforehand.

How to erase iPhone before selling?

1. Run preparatory steps

First and foremost, you must decide whether you’re going to keep the device you’re wiping or you’re upgrading to a different one. If you’re keeping it, then there’s no need to run these operations, as you’ll still be in charge of the device.

2. Disable iMessage

You only want to disable iMessage and FaceTime on your iPhone if you plan on switching to a non-Apple phone (Android, for instance). The reason why you should definitely disable iMessage before you move to a different device is that you might not be able to receive SMS or MMS messages on your new phone if you don’t.

That being said, make sure you didn’t remove your SIM card from your iPhone, then perform the following steps:

Using your iPhone:

  1. Unlock your iPhone
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Go to the Messages section
  4. Tap the green iMessage switch
  5. Go back to the Settings app
  6. Head to the FaceTime section
  7. Turn FaceTime off

That’s it, you just disabled iMessage and FaceTime on your iPhone and shouldn’t experience any issues after moving your SIM card to your new device. However, just so you know, it’s possible to deactivate iMessage if you don’t have access to your iPhone any longer. Here’s what you need to do:

Without using your iPhone:

How to erase iPhone - Deregister iMessage using Apple's website

  1. Launch your web browser of choice
  2. Go to Apple’s Deregister iMessage web page
  3. Type your phone number in the first field
  4. Click the Send Code button
  5. Wait for the message to arrive on your phone
  6. Type the confirmation code in the second field

Note that you’ll have to type a phone number associated with iMessage, and you’ll have to own that phone number in order to disable the service centrally. Once you type in the code, your phone number will no longer be linked to iMessage, and SMS/MMS messages will work as usual.

3. Unpair your Apple Watch

Again, this applies to those of you who plan on getting rid of their iPhone, so if you’re just wiping data on it for any other reason, you might as well skip this step. If you’re selling your iPhone, a good idea is to unpair your Apple Watch.

  1. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch close together
  2. Unlock your iPhone
  3. Launch the Apple Watch app
  4. Head to the My Watch tab
  5. Select your device (somewhere at the top of the screen)
  6. Tap the “i” button next to your Apple Watch
  7. Select the Unpair Apple Watch option
  8. Type your Apple ID password
  9. Tap the Unpair button again to confirm your action

Note that if you own a GPS + Cellular Apple Watch, you may need to remove your cellular plan. If you’re going to pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone, you should keep the plan, but if you’re about to start using a non-Apple device, you should definitely remove the plan. Additionally, you may want to contact your carrier and ask them to cancel your cellular subscription, if needed.

If you’re also planning to get rid of your Apple Watch, you’ll probably want to wipe your data from it, as well. Here’s how you can safely erase all data from your Apple Watch without significant effort.

Erasing your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Settings section
  2. Head to the General category
  3. Go to the Reset section
  4. Select the Erase All Content and Settings option
  5. If prompted, type your password
  6. As before, keep or remove your cellular plan
  7. Tap the Erase All button to confirm your action

Note that erasing your Apple Watch only removes all data, media, and settings from your device, but doesn’t affect the Activation Lock feature, which prevents others from using the watch if you’ve lost it or it’s been stolen.

Therefore, you’ll need to also unpair the Apple Watch to remove the Activation Lock, which we already explained in the section above. Note that Apple automatically performs a backup of your watch’s contents before it erases data on it and saves it on your iPhone.

4. Perform a backup of your data

We shouldn’t have to explain why backing up your data in any given situation is a smart thing to do, especially if you’re performing an operation that can’t be easily (or at all) reversed or engaging in activities you’ve never done before.

So, if it’s your first time wiping an iPhone or feel like you still need some of the data that’s saved on it, just go ahead and back it up somewhere. You’ll most likely end up thanking your lucky stars you did it, so why not save yourself the hassle?

This goes especially if you plan on upgrading to a newer model of iPhone and moving your old data to it might be something you’ll like to do. Fortunately, Apple thought of everything and made it quite easy to backup data on your iPhone, as you can go two ways about it.

You can either backup your data online by using Apple’s iCloud, or you can be more traditional-like and opt for the standard iTunes + cable method. Whichever way you decide to go, at the end you’ll have all data on your iPhone copied someplace safe for you to use later, if needed.

Using iCloud:

  1. Unlock your iPhone
  2. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network
  3. Open the Settings app
  4. Tap your name in the list
  5. Select iCloud and go to iCloud Backup
  6. Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on
  7. Tap the Back Up Now button
  8. Wait for the backup process to finish and don’t disconnect your iPhone from Wi-Fi
  9. Check under the Back Up Now button if the process finished successfully

The great part about iCloud backups is that they only require an Internet connection to save your priceless data or restore it to a new device. Anything ranging from Apple Pay details to Face ID information, settings, documents, and accounts is saved during an iCloud backup.

Using the iTunes + cable method:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC (or Mac)
  2. Launch iTunes (it usually launches automatically)
  3. Click on your iPhones icon in iTunes
  4. Go to the Summary section
  5. Look for the This computer option under the Backups category
  6. Click the Backup Now button
  7. Optional: select Encrypt local backup, type a password and click the Set Password button

If everything is done right, iTunes should start backing up data on your iPhone, including your text messages, app data, photos, videos, documents, and music. After the process is done, you can unplug your iPhone and continue with the data wiping process.

5. Remove additional data (optional)

You probably encountered iPhone listings on eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist that mentioned the device isn’t iCloud-locked and wondered what was that all about. To put it shortly, you can (and probably did) lock your device on iCloud, so as to prevent others from messing around with it if you lose it or it gets stolen.

Therefore, if you plan on selling your device or giving it away, the right thing to do would be to break all of its virtual chains. This may sound somewhat complicated, but don’t worry, that’s why we’re here for.

Sign out of iCloud:

  1. Unlock your iPhone
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Tap the Sign Out button
  4. Type your Apple ID password
  5. Tap the Turn Off button

Note that these steps only work for iPhones running on iOS 10.3 or later. Therefore, if you have a device that’s running on iOS 10.2 or earlier, you might want to take a look at the steps below.

  1. Unlock your iPhone
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Head to the iCloud section
  4. Tap the Sign out button, then do it again to confirm
  5. Tap the Delete button under the My [your iPhone name] section
  6. Type your Apple ID password when prompted
  7. Go back to the Settings main menu
  8. Select iTunes & App Store
  9. Go to Apple ID
  10. Tap the Sign Out button

Although unlinking your iPhone from older versions of iOS may be a bit more complicated, it’s still quite manageable if you took a bit of time to get familiarized with your device. However, we’re still not done.

Again, these last steps only apply if you’re planning on parting ways with your device. That being said, you should disable the Find My iPhone feature, so that whoever ends up owning your device will be able to use it. Apple installed a failsafe in their iPhones so that if you wipe a device, this feature will remain active so that the original owner of the device can easily locate it.

Disable the Find My iPhone feature:

  1. Unlock your iPhone
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Select your name from the list
  4. Go to the iCloud section
  5. Select Find My iPhone
  6. Turn the feature off

Now that you’ve unpaired devices, disabled its security services, unlinked your iPhone from iCloud, and backed up your data, we can start the wiping process that will remove all data from your iPhone.

One last thing: just as a precautionary step, you may want to remove the SIM card from your iPhone if you plan on selling it or giving it away to someone else.

6. How to wipe iPhone clean?

The iPhone wiping process is actually called a factory reset, and it means bringing the device back in the state it was when it left the factory where it was assembled (aka brand new).

If you have a jailbroken iPhone and need to wipe data on it without losing the jailbreak, it’s possible to do so, but keep in mind that the process is not exactly simple, as it’s aimed at advanced iPhone users. Fortunately, we’ve explained the process in our comprehensive guide.

The process is quite intuitive and can be performed by following these steps:

  1. As usual, unlock your iPhone
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Go to the General section
  4. Scroll down and tap the Reset button
  5. Tap the Erase All Content and Settings button
  6. Type your Apple ID password when prompted and confirm your decision
  7. Wait for the wiping process to come to an end

That’s it, after the wiping process completes, your iPhone should restart all brand-new and without any of your old data on it. It’s worth mentioning that you can also trigger the wiping process remotely from a desktop computer. 

If you’re worried about third-party tools being able to recover data you wiped, rest assured; data on iOS devices is inherently protected using 256-bit encryption, and the keys are destroyed once your data is wiped from your device.

Therefore, even if someone were to be able to recover your old iPhone data, it would be inaccessible thanks to the encryption used to protect it.

Erase iPhone Guide – CONCLUSION

To sum it up, although wiping your iPhone is itself a quick, intuitive operation, there are many things you’ll need to take into consideration based on what you’re planning to do with the device you’re trying to wipe.

If you plan on selling the device or just giving it away, you’re going to want to remove all personal data that ties you to the device, disable any security components such as the device locator and iCloud, as well as unpair any additional devices you’ve connected to it.

On the other hand, if you plan on wiping your device just because you want a fresh start and don’t really care about the data you’re about to throw into oblivion, you can just go ahead and perform the factory reset without any additional process we’ve described in our guide.

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How to Set Age Limits for Games With the Xbox Family Settings App

So you bought your kids the latest Xbox One, which got them so over the moon. You’re the best parent in the entire universe now! There’s tons of scientific research alluding to multiple cognitive perks of playing video games for children, including the enhancement of memory, coordination, and problem-solving skills.

These benefits are welcome, but as a parent, you also have to consider the flipside of video gaming for kids, which is where parental controls come in.

Xbox One Age-Based Content Restrictions

Some gaming content is inappropriate for kids within specific age brackets. But, instead of worrying the whole day about your little ones playing mature content on Xbox One, you can utilize parental controls available via the Xbox Family Settings app. This is something you have to do to keep your kids safe since video gaming is not a one-off experience for them.

How the Xbox Family Settings App Age Limits Work

This is how age-restrictions work with the Xbox Family Settings app:

  • To keep your kids from accessing age-restricted content on Xbox One, you need to join the Xbox Family Settings app as an organizer. You can sign up with your Microsoft account.
  • As an organizer, you may apply an age limit to prevent any member of your family from playing or interacting with inappropriate applications or games on Xbox One
  • Kids must join the app as members before you can set any content restrictions for them using the app
  • Members cannot access content that’s rated above their age limit
  • You can override default or custom age restrictions and allow a member to play any game rated above their age limit   

How to Apply Content Age Restrictions With the Xbox Family Settings App

  1. Download the Xbox Family Settings App for Android or iOS. The good thing about the tool is that it lets you set content restrictions and screen time even without physical access to an Xbox One console. You only need your Microsoft account to manage your kids’ gaming activities anytime, anywhere, using your smartphone.
  2. Using your Microsoft organizer’s account, log in to the Xbox Family Settings app.
  3. Go to Settings by either:
    1. Tapping on the tile for the child you’re managing and choosing the Settings icon in the upper-right edge of the Family screen, or
    2. Selecting Settings at the lower section of the Family dashboard and tapping the tile for the kid you wish to manage
  4. Select Content Restrictions to set age limits for the specific child
  5. Tap on Allow content suitable for age. This section lets you see or edit the current age limit applicable to the child’s games, applications, and other content on Xbox One. This specific family member can no longer play a game rated above the age limit you just set. You can still approve or deny their request for access to the age-restricted gaming content.
  6. Go to the tile representing specific age-restricted content for which you want to give an exception. For example, tap on Enable Minecraft.
    1. If your child can’t access Minecraft because it’s rated above their age limit, choose Allow this game in the Enable Minecraft. You’ve now overridden the content restriction applicable to this child.
    2. Enable Multiplayer mode to allow your child to play this game with other players online. This option is useful when you’re worried about the people in the online gaming world that your child engages, but you want to make an exception for a particular title. Turning it on doesn’t cancel out other existing multiplayer restrictions for this member on Xbox One.
    3. Enable Clubs to let the member you’re managing create or join clubs associated with Xbox One games like Minecraft

With these easy steps, you can safeguard your child’s gaming experience on Xbox One. Better yet, you can conveniently apply age-based content restrictions and give any appropriate permissions on the go from your smartphone.

As video gaming surges in popularity, consoles are cranking up their online integration. Players now have access to an extensive catalog of titles and options to interact and socialize over the internet. This scenario explains why you may need to pay more attention to what your little ones are doing on the Xbox One you bought them. Happily, the Xbox Family Settings app for iOS and Android lets you apply age limits to protect your children as their play.

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How to Install a VPN on the Nvidia Shield

Stumped trying to find the best VPN for your Nvidia Shield? Look no further, as this article contains everything you need to know. We’ll show you how to pick, install, and configure your VPN on the Nvidia Shield, so you can enjoy unlimited private streams in just a few minutes.

Nvidia Shield

Since its launch a couple of years ago, the Nvidia Shield has carved itself a nice niche. Based on the Android TV OS, it is a great platform both as a set-top media player and as a game console. With so many content providers using geo-blocking techniques, using a VPN on the Nvidia Shield will allow you to watch any content, no matter where you are in the world. And of course, it will also enhance your privacy and security, both increasingly important concerns for any responsible netizen.

Before we go into the core of today’s article, we’ll start by giving you some background information on the Nvidia Shield. And in case you’re having doubts about the necessity of using a VPN on the Nvidia Shield, we’ll let you know why we think you might want to use one. Diving right in, we’ll show you three different ways of setting up a VPN on the Nvidia Shield (the one you’ll choose will depend on your VPN supplier).

The Nvidia Shield

Also known as the Shield Android TV or Shield Console, the Nvidia Shield is an Android TV-based digital media player produced by Nvidia as part of its Shield brand of Android devices, first released in May 2015. In its marketing, Nvidia emphasizes the Shield’s dual ability to play downloaded games and stream games from a compatible PC on a local network, or via the GeForce Now subscription service.

Being an Android TV device, the Shield can also stream content from various sources using apps, and also supports 4K resolution video to boot. It supports the installation of Android media player software such as Kodi, making it a great multipurpose set-top box. It available in two models with either 16 GB of flash storage, or a 500 GB hard drive, the latter known as the Shield Pro.

Since early 2017, the 16 GB flash Nvidia Shield’s form factor is smaller and boasts an updated controller, but it is otherwise identical in specification and capability to the original model. The Shield Pro has remained unchanged from its original version.

The Android TV Operating System

Based on the Android operating system, Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google. It was created with the purpose of offering an interactive TV experience through the use of a 10-foot user interface, and is the direct successor to Google’s initial foray onto the platform: Google TV.

Android TV is either built into smart TVs or stand-alone digital media players such as the Nvidia Shield. Users have full access to the Google Play Store to download apps as well as games. The OS emphasizes voice search to find content or answer queries.

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Why Use a VPN with the Nvidia Shield?

The main reason why someone would want to use a VPN on a Nvidia Shield is to access geo-blocked content. Depending on the apps you’re running on your Shield, you might also want to use a VPN to protect your privacy. After all, who wants their Internet Service Provider snooping in on what they do?

When an ISP suspects, even erroneously, that someone might be violating their terms of service, they could react by throttling down their speed, sending copyright infringement notices or even interrupting service altogether. A good VPN protects your privacy by adding a layer of encryption to your internet traffic that is almost impossible to crack.

But choosing the right VPN is a difficult task–there are so many providers available. Important factors to consider when choosing one are fast connection speeds to avoid buffering, a no-logging policy to further protect your privacy, no usage restrictions to access any content at full speed and software that is available for your device.

IPVanish

At Addictive Tips, we’ve tested virtually every VPN on the market against our criteria, and the provider we recommend for Nvidia is IPVanish. With 1,300+ servers across more than 75 countries worldwide, zero speed caps or throttling, unlimited bandwidth, unrestricted traffic, a strict no-logging policy and Android client software that can easily be installed on the Nvidia Shield, IPVanish delivers impressive performance and value.

Read our full IPVanish review.

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Installing the VPN App from Your Provider

There are essentially two ways to set up a VPN on a Nvidia Shield. If your VPN supplier has an app available on the Google Play store, then it should be a simple matter of installing it. Unfortunately, things aren’t always as they should be.

Amongst the major VPN suppliers, the following ones are known to have a VPN app in the Google Play Store:

  • ExpressVPN
  • NordVPN
  • IPVanish
  • VyprVPN

So, the first thing you should do is start the Google Play app on your Nvidia Shield and search for your VPN provider’s official app. In such cases, all you have to do is click Install, much like you would any other app. Unfortunately, many VPNs won’t be compatible with the Nvidia Shield, and thus won’t even show up in search results in the Play store. Fortunately, there is a (slightly more complicated) way of getting around this issue, and that is to sideload the app directly into your Shield. But more on that in the following section!

Once you have the VPN supplier’s app installed, using it should be no more complicated than using their app on any other platform.

Sideloading the VPN App

If your VPN supplier’s app is not directly compatible with the Nvidia Shield, all is not lost! There’s a good chance you can still sideload the app onto your console. Let’s see how it’s done. For this example, we’ll use the IPVanish VPN app for Android. The procedure for any other supplier’s app would be similar, except that we would be downloading a different apk file.

The operating system on the Nvidia Shield is limited and doesn’t even have a web browser or file manager. Since we need that to sideload the VPN app, we’ll start by installing ES File Explorer. This is a great file manager for Android that also includes a built-in (although somewhat limited) web browser. Fortunately, it’s good enough to serve our purposes.

Before you go any further, you need to modify your Nvidia Shield’s security setting to enable the sideloading of apps. On your Shield, go to Settings then Security and scroll down to Device administration and enable the Unknown sources to allow the sideloading of apps.

Installing ES File Explorer

This is very easy, all you need to do is open the Play Store app on your Nvidia Shield. Once the Play store opens, select the search bar at the top of the screen and type in ES File Explorer.

From the search results, click Install to launch the ES File Explorer installation. That’s all there is to it!

Using ES File Explorer to Download and Install the VPN App

Start ES File Explorer. Click the menu at the top left of the screen and under Bookmarks, click Yahoo. A Yahoo search window will open. Click the search box and enter IPVanish APK as your search term.

Find the highest-numbered version of the apk file amongst the search results. As of this writing, the IPVanish apk was at version 3.1.0.2840. Click the selected search result and then click the link to download the apk.

Once the apk file is downloaded, you’ll be presented with options to either open the folder or to open the file. Click Open Folder.

Within the download folder, find the IPVanish apk file. In our example, it is called com.ixolit.ipvanish_2011-10-05.apk. Click the file. In the dialog box that opens, click Install.

Accept the access warning that pops up and wait for a few seconds until the app installation completes. Once you get the notification that the app has successfully installed, click Open at the bottom right to launch it.

Congratulations! You now have your provider’s Android client software installed on your Nvidia Shield.

If you’re using a different provider from our IPVanish example, the procedure will be identical. Of course, your search terms may be different and so will the name of the downloaded apk file and the version number.

What If Your Provider Doesn’t Have an App?

It is an unfortunate reality that only a handful of VPN providers actually have a dedicated app for Android. If your choice isn’t one of the major providers mentioned earlier on in the article, then chances are good it doesn’t have one.

Does that mean that you can’t use their VPN on your Nvidia Shield? Certainly not! All providers use standard protocols to set up VPN tunnels and encrypt data. This means that a standard VPN client, while not as full-featured as a dedicated app from your supplier, will allow you to connect to a VPN server and provide the same level of security and privacy.

Such a standard VPN client is OpenVPN for Android. It can be installed on the Nvidia Shield. And to make its configuration easy, most (if not all) VPN suppliers allow you to download some OpenVPN configuration files and certificates. In addition to the OpenVPN app, you’ll also need ES File Explorer or some similar app to find and install the configuration files to your Nvidia Shield.

SEE ALSO: How to Hide OpenVPN Traffic with an SSH Tunnel

Installing the Necessary Apps on Your Nvidia Shield

Installing ES File Explorer, as we’ve told you before, is a simple matter of opening the Play Store app, searching for it and clicking install.

The other App you’ll need is OpenVPN for Android. It also installs from the Play Store. Simply search for OpenVPN for Android and make sure the app you install it the one by developer Arne Schwabe. Although other OpenVPN clients are available on the Play Store, this one works very well and it is the one we’ve chosen to install and base these instructions on. If you want to follow along, you better use this app.

Setting Up OpenVPN for Android to Work with Your VPN Supplier

For the sake of this tutorial we will, once again, assume that we want to configure OpenVPN for Android to work with IPVanish as the VPN supplier. And just like before, the process would be similar no matter what VPN supplier you use. Only the searched and downloaded files would be different.

Downloading and Unzipping the Required Files

First, start ES File Explorer. Click the menu at the top left of the screen and under Bookmarks, click Yahoo. A Yahoo search window will open. Click the search box and enter IPVanish OpenVPN config files as your search term. What you’re looking for is a set of .ovpn files which contain the configuration for each of the supplier’s servers and a .crt file which is the encryption certificate. Many suppliers will have all the files grouped in a single .zip file. This is indeed the case for IPVanish.

If the files were downloaded as a single .zip file, you’ll need to use ES File Explorer to extract them to a folder on your Nvidia Shield. Select the .zip file, click Plus at the bottom right and then choose Extract to, to unzip all the contents to a folder.

Once you’ve found and downloaded and/or unzipped the required config file(s) and certificate(s). You’re ready to configure OpenVPN for Android.

Configuring OpenVPN for Android

Start the OpenVPN for Android app. You’ll be greeted with a notification that there are no VPN profiles defined. Don’t worry, we’ll fix this in a minute. At the top right of the screen, click the icon that looks like a box with a down arrow-this is the import icon.

Navigate to the location where you downloaded or extracted the .ovpn files and click one of them to import its configuration. There should be one .ovpn file per server. You only need to import the files for the server(s) you want to use.

Upon importing, OpenVPN for Android will complain that some files could not be found. This is normal, we haven’t told the app where to find the certificate. Let’s do that now.

Click the Select… button to the right of the screen.

Navigate to the location where you downloaded or unzipped the certificate and click it. The certificate file will have a .crt extension. Normally, it will be the same location where you’ve downloaded or extracted the .ovpn files so you should already be in the right place.

Return to the Convert Config File screen, click the check mark at the top right to save the profile.

To connect to the VPN server, all that is left to do is to click the profile you just imported. You’ll see a notification screen, click OK to confirm the connection request.

Since this is the first time you’re using this profile, you’ll be asked to enter a username and password. Enter the login credentials from your provider. Optionally, click the Save Password box and you won’t be asked to enter it the next time you connect. Click OK to launch the VPN.

Other Options

Unless your provider has a VPN client app for Android that can be installed on the Nvidia Shield from the Play Store, getting a VPN up and running on your device might be a complicated task. Other options might be available, though. A search on the Play Store from your Nvidia Shield will reveal several VPN client apps.

We haven’t tested them and we can’t vouch for their usefulness and quality. We can’t even tell you if they’re working or not, but they might be worth trying. You could end up with a quick and easy solution that works fine and offers the privacy, security, anonymity and geographic neutrality you need.

But your best option is probably to start by searching your  VPN provider’s website and/or support forums. They might have a ready to use procedure custom-designed for their service. Alternately, other users might have been in a similar situation in the past and have posted their solution.

Conclusion

When there’s a will there’s a way. This is particularly true with setting up a VPN on a Nvidia Shield. It can be as simple a process as it can be complicated–it depends mostly on what VPN supplier you’re using. The best advice we can give you is to choose your VPN supplier based on the availability of an Android client that will be easy to install on the Nvidia Shield.

And if you’re more of the tinkering type, the instructions we gave you will allow you to configure pretty much any VPN service on a Nvidia Shield. It might require a bit more time and efforts but you’ll be should be able to pull it through.

We love to hear from our readers. Please, let us know how was your experience setting up a VPN on the Nvidia Shield. What VPN client did you use, the one from the supplier or an OpenVPN solution? Use the comments below to share your thoughts with us.

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