What is IPSec Service? & how to disable IPSec Service in Android?

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Last Updated on February 11, 2023

In this past couple of days, there has been quite a number of queries making rounds over various online sites and Android forums like “What is IPSec Service?” or “Can it be disabled?” or “How to disable the IPSec Service in Android?”.

Hence today, we have thought of discussing all the above topics or queries with those in need to know and find a solution to their queries.

What Is IPSec Service

What is IPSec Service?

So then, let us start with the very first topic at hand, which is what exactly IPSec Service is. But before going straight into the ‘Service’ part. I think it would be ideal for us to first have a look at the prefix ‘IPSec’ portion.

IPSec basically stands for “Internet Protocol Security”. Here we have two parts.

One is the Internet Protocol, and the other being Security.

To put it simply, IPSec is a set of rules or protocols over an Internet connection that provides security or a secured line, so to speak.

They work in such a way that helps authenticate as well as encrypt packets of data which are sent over the Internet from one network to the other or from one device over a network to the other. Thus, making the medium of communication completely secure and safe.

Moreover, the IPSec protocol is mainly seen in use in VPNs whose prime functions mainly include creating a secured tunnel line or simply encrypt data and information passed over a line or medium of transmission.

This is exactly where the Service part comes into play. Since, in the case of VPNs, they use this IPSec Service to implement their own security services of encryption and authentication.

Can IPSec Service be disabled?

Yes, you can definitely disable this service whenever you desire, be it in your PC running on Windows or your mobile handset device running on Android OS and so on. 

Nearly all devices which can connect to the Internet will have some kind or the other type of such services as a feature installed in them.

Similarly, nearly all these devices will also have an option to disable them when desired.

Anyways, today we will only be talking about disabling the IPSec Service in Android devices since it is in relation to Android OS devices that most of the queries have been asked and put up.

Also, there is one other reason why such queries are a rise in the case of Android.

It is because, in the case of Android OS, apps or services related to IPSec Services tend to be taking up way more memory than needed, due to which many users seem to be having a hefty load of trouble trying to keep up with disk space and memory.

How to disable the IPSec service in Android?

Now that we have covered all the basic points and queries. Let us jump into the final and most important section of today’s article, i.e. How to disable the IPSec Service in Android devices?

And thus, without any delay, let us have a look at those methods by following which, one can successfully disable the IPSec service in their Android devices.

The IPSec Service, most of the time, comes pre-installed in your device from the manufacturer itself.

Thus, disabling or deleting it can seem to be a close to impossible task quite often.

Also, the fact that with time you may install and run various apps on your device, which may directly or indirectly make use of the IPSec service in the background.

Due to this reason, at times, the IPSec Service package may gain more data and thus result in more consumption of memory.

Hence, in such cases, you can follow the following two methods.

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  • Firstly, if you think that you have installed some applications into your device due to which your memory space has run out, then the very best option you can go for is “Factory Reset”. Since there is no easy way of being able to disable or delete the IPSec Services as they are more or less like bloatware which you cannot enable or disable at will as in the case of other installed apps or services.
  • The other very best option is to go for complete “Rooting” of your device. Simply root your phone to have full access to it and then search and disable ‘ipsec’ from the ROM manager. But note that only root your device if it has crossed the warranty period; otherwise, if you root your device before the expiration date of your device warranty, then you will not be able to avail of any kind of other services which may fall under the warranty of your device. 

The main reason for disabling IPSec Services?

Even though the IPSec Service is something that seems quite convincing to be kept running in one’s device.

Still, the reasons why most users seem to find not having it or disabling the service a better option are as follows:

  • Firstly, there have been many complaints by Android users who claim that more than half of their mobile handset’s disk space is taken up by such IPSec service extensions or apps. And due to this reason, many times, they are left without any memory at all or are constantly bugged by notifications asking them to clean up their phone memory.
  • Secondly, such a service that may automatically be running in the background may result in the extra drainage of the battery in the absence of the user’s knowledge.

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