Connecting with Cisco AnyConnect for Android Devices

Last modified 2/15/2022

Students, faculty, and staff who are off campus, may be unable to access certain Illinois State University online services unless a VPN connection is first established.

AnyConnect is an application which may be used to establish a VPN connection with the University from off campus. If you already have AnyConnect installed on your Android device, you may skip to the section below entitled Make a New Connection. If you need to install the application on your Android, proceed to the next section.

Download AnyConnect Android

  1. Start the Google Play Store app on your Android device by tapping on the Google Play Store icon google play icon.
  2. If you are not currently signed in to the Play Store app, please do so at this time.
  3. Type Cisco Anyconnect in the Search field.
  4. Tap the Install button to install the application to your device.
  5. Tap the Open button to start Cisco Anyconnect, or return to your home screen and locate the app in your app drawer or on your home screen(s).

Make a New Connection

  1. In the Description field, enter a name for the connection, for example, ISU VPN.
  2. In the Server field, enter VPN01.ILSTU.EDU (Where '0' is a zero and not the letter o). 
  3. Tap the Done button at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Tap the Done button at the bottom of the Connection Editor screen to return to the main AnyConnect screen.

Connect to the ISU VPN

  1. Tap the OFF/ON toggle button next to Anyconnect VPN (Disconnected).
  2. When the Anyconnect pop-up appears, leave the Group as it is, but enter your ULID (First part of your ISU email consisting of your first/last name) for the Username and your ULID password for the Password.
  3. Tap the Connect button to connect to the VPN.
  4. When the Cisco Anyconnect pop up appears with the “Welcome to the Helpdesk VPN” message, tap Accept.
  5. If you see a Connection request pop up informing you that Anyconnect wants to set up a VPN connection, tap OK to trust the source.
  6. To confirm that you are connected, a key icon should now appear in the right-hand side of the status bar.

Disconnect from the ISU VPN

  1. Tap the Cisco Anyconnect icon to start the application on your device.
  2. To disconnect, tap on the ON/OFF toggle switch next to AnyConnect VPN (Connected).
  3. To confirm you are disconnected, the key icon should no longer be visible in the status bar.

Getting Help

For technical assistance, you may Submit a Help Ticket, or contact the Technology Support Center at 309-438-4357, or by email at 

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