If you want to maximise security and privacy while browsing the web on your iPhone, and access services that are restricted to particular countries, you can do so via a VPN. In this article we will show you how to set up and use a VPN on your iPhone or iPad.
Locate the list of VPN server IP addresses available to you through your VPN provider, choose which one you’d like to use, and put it in the “Server” field on the configuration screen. Enter the rest of the connection details from your VPN provider, including your account username and password, and connect. Note that some providers may use certificate authentication instead of your username and password; if this is the case, then you will need to import these files before setting up your VPN connection.
The protocol used by a VPN provider will determine the reliability, speed, and security of your connection when using their VPN. There are several different types of protocols currently in use for mobile VPNs, from OpenVPN, which offers the highest level of security and performance, to Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), an older protocol known for its high speed, but also for being one of the least secure protocols.
Unlike OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec is natively supported on iOS, so you won’t need to install any additional VPN client software. Instead, you just need to locate the list of VPN server IP addresses available to you through your VPN provider, as well as your provider’s VPN IPSec pre-shared key. As stated above, this may be publicly available via your provider’s website; otherwise, you should be able to access it after logging into your VPN account.
Downloading an app from a VPN provider is by far the fastest and most convenient way to set up a VPN on your iPhone or Android phone. Apps are also advantageous because they allow you to set and save your preferences, and configuration is very straightforward. But of course, there’s a catch. With countless VPN apps available, how do you know which one to choose?
The latter example should help you watch US Netflix from the UK, for example. We have a more in-depth guide explaining .
Similar to L2TP, IKEv2 also requires pairing with IPSec to become a VPN protocol, instead of just (however, it is usually referred to as only “IKEv2”). Faster than most other protocol options, IKEv2 is also an exceptionally stable and secure VPN protocol.
VPNs come in all shapes and sizes, and while choosing one usually boils down to personal needs and preferences (and of course, whether you use an iPhone or Android), it’s important to understand the pros, cons, and difficulty level of your options.
While this article will explain how to use a VPN on an iPhone or iPad, we also have an article that explains .
Since VPN client software is necessary to configure the OpenVPN protocol with Android, you will also need to download .
The general are outlined on strongSwan’s website, but the overall configuration is quite similar to L2TP/IPSec. Once again, you will need to provide the server address you would like to use from your provider’s server list. Then, you will either use your VPN account login credentials for authentication (with the CA Certificate field set to “Select Automatically”), or you will be able to “Import certificate” using the previously downloaded certificate file.