A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a service that allows you to connect to the internet securely and anonymously. A VPN can protect online privacy, bypass censorship, and access geo-restricted content. This article will show you how to set up a VPN on your iPhone using the built-in VPN feature & settings or a third-party app.
Using the Built-in VPN Feature
Your iPhone has a built-in VPN feature that lets you configure a VPN connection manually. To use this feature, you will need the following information from your VPN provider or network administrator:
- VPN type: This is your VPN’s protocol to encrypt your traffic. The most common types are IKEv2, IPSec, and L2TP.
- VPN server: This is the address of the VPN server you want to connect to.
- Remote ID: This is an identifier for the VPN server, such as a domain name or an IP address.
- Authentication: This is how you prove your identity to the VPN server. You may need a username and password, a certificate, or a pre-shared key.
Once you have this information, follow these steps to set up a VPN on your iPhone:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap General.
- Scroll down and tap VPN & Device Management.
- Tap VPN and then tap Add VPN Configuration.
- Tap Type and choose your VPN type from the list.
- Enter your VPN settings in the fields provided. Ensure you enter the exact information your VPN provider or network administrator gave you.
- Tap Done to save your VPN configuration.
- To connect to the VPN, return to the VPN screen and slide the VPN switch to the right.
Using a Third-Party VPN App
Another way to set up a VPN on your iPhone is to use a third-party VPN app from the App Store. Many VPN apps are available, each with different features, prices, and performance. Some of the popular VPN apps are:
To use a third-party VPN app, you must download and install the app from the App Store. Then, you will need to follow the instructions in the app to create an account, choose a server, and connect to the VPN. You may also need to install a configuration profile on your iPhone to enable the VPN connection.
To install a configuration profile, follow these steps:
- Open the VPN app and tap the settings icon or menu.
- Tap Install Profile or a similar option.
- You will be redirected to the Settings app. Tap Install and enter your passcode if prompted.
- Tap Install again to confirm. You may see a warning message that the profile will change your settings. Tap Install to proceed.
- Tap Done to finish installing the profile.
To connect, open the VPN app and tap the connect button. You will see a VPN icon in the status bar when connected.