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How To Configure VPN On iPhone Or iPad

To set up a VPN on your iPhone or iPad, the easiest way is to download one of the many applications that can easily connect to servers around the globe. But like Windows and Android, it is also possible to configure a VPN manually on iOS, i.e., without going through a third-party application. It’s easy to configure a VPN connection on an iPhone, and we’ll show you the fastest way to do it.

How to configure VPN on iPhone and iPad manually with an app?

The easiest way to get started with a VPN on iPhone/iPad is to use the VPN service’s app. Once you have created the account with them, including payments if needed, you’ll then need to authenticate the app, and then follow the app’s procedure to set up the VPN on your iPhone or iPad.

While the initial setup varies by app and service, the process of telling iPhone and iPad to turn on the VPN is the same everywhere.

Step 1: Download and Install the app of your VPN provider. You can find the VPN provider’s app on their official website or the App Store.

Step 2: Open it and enter your VPN account credentials. Usually, after choosing to connect to a location, you will be notified that the app needs to install a new VPN profile on the device.

Step 3: A new notification pop-up stating that the VPN “I want to add VPN configurations” and informing about network activity could be “filtered or monitored” when using the VPN. Click on Allow/Authorize.

Step 4: Once authenticated, the VPN will complete the setup, and your connection will go through the service you have chosen.

Step 5: Once everything is configured, you can choose the location to connect. 

You can tell that you are connected through a VPN by seeing the VPN icon appear on the top right corner of the display. You can also pull down the Control Center and see the icon next to other connectivity icons.

How To Configure VPN On iPhone And iPad Manually?

Before starting, you must have in your possession all the data necessary to connect to the VPN, i.e., the server address, the type of protocol, the username, and the password to connect to the VPN Server. Note that iOS is compatible with three protocols: IKEv2, IPSec, and L2TP.

Several VPN service providers (free or paid) allow users to retrieve connection information from servers. To find the best VPN refer to this site:

Be sure to contact your supplier or your company network administrator (IT) if you connect to a company network. You can also search the web for free servers. For example, the site offers several free IPSEC / L2TP servers.

Once done, to set up a VPN manually on iOS, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Go to the General > VPN menu.

Step 3: Tap Add VPN configuration.

Step 4: Expand the Type drop-down menu and choose a VPN protocol of your choice, between IKEv2, IPSec, or L2TP.

Step 5: On the current screen, fill in the VPN connection information: description, server, remote identifier, local identifier, etc.

Step 6: Under the Authentication tab, complete the requested fields (username and password or certificate).

Step 7:  Tap Done at the top right.

Step 8: Under VPN Configurations, toggle the switch next to Status to the right to enable the connection. You can also configure a Proxy ( Manual or Auto ).

There you go, it’s over. You have just set up a VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad. This manipulation ensures you browse in complete anonymity, as long as the service provider is reliable. Your exchanges are encrypted, and you use a different IP address to browse the web.