WireGuard Android Set-up

Follow these steps to get connected.

Step 1. Download the Wireguard app from Google Play.

You’ll be asked to provide permissions to the app to access your photos/files, this is OK – click Accept when prompted.

There are two easy ways to get set up. You can download a certificate from ‘My Control Panel’ or you can scan a QR code from ‘My Control Panel’ using the Wiregaurd app.

Download a certificate (best if you only have your phone to hand)

Step 2. Download a Wireguard certificate from ‘My Control Panel’ to your device. 

Step 3.  Open the Wireguard app you just downloaded and click the blue + sign in the bottom right corner.

Step 4. Click Create from file or archive.

If asked to provide a name, provide something sensible (e.g HIDR)

Now skip to step 5!

Scan a QR code (best if you have a laptop with you and your phone)

Step 2. On a laptop (or second device) go to ‘My Control Panel’  and click ‘Show QR code’.

Step 3.  Open the Wireguard app you just downloaded and click the blue + sign in the bottom right corner.

Step 4. Click Create from QR code. And Scan the QR code in ‘My Control Panel’.

If asked to provide a name, provide something sensible (e.g HIDR)

Step 5. To connect and disconnect from the HIDR network click the button in the app.

Congratulations! You are now on the HIDR network. To check you are secure and all the nasty stuff is being blocked, go to the Network Check page in Privacy Tools.

NOTE: It can take up to 15 minutes for some ads to stop appearing. This is because devices store some searches/ads in memory for a short time (caching). 

Some devices, especially phones, may close the Wireguard app as part of battery management. Visit this page for help on how to stop Wireguard being closed in the background. 

Don’t forget, you can jump on and off the HIDR network whenever you want, just use the Connect/Disconnect button in the Wireguard app.

NOTE – Some websites may not function properly with all ad and tracking activity removed. If you have any problems and there is no alternative website, disconnect from HIDR and refresh the website. Don’t forget to turn it back on when finished.