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Do you want to protect your iPhone against malware and boost its security?

There’s a simple solution to it! Installing a VPN that would keep your information safe and private.

Here is the video guide of top 3 VPN services compatible with iPhone:

Apart from keeping your phone’s data secure, it does many great things, such as:

  • Spoof your current location
  • Protect against insecure Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Access videos/websites that are blocked… and so on!

One thing to remember is, internet is a walled-garden. It will restrict your access to some material, while allowing access to some.

But there’s one thing to be sure, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will give you internet freedom like no other.

In this VPN installation guide, the methods will remain the same for iOS devices running iOS 8 or above i.e. iPhone [4,4s, 5, 6, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, 11, 12].

So, whether you want to set up your VPN on iPhone 11/11 Pro, 12 or beyond, or if you have the older iPhone 4/4s, or 5, the setup instructions below are applicable for all.

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Install VPN on iPhone Using App Store

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Here is the simple process to setup VPN on iPhone/iPad/iOS from the App Store that will take you only 2 minutes:


  • Open the App Store

  • Search for any VPN provider e.g. ExpressVPN

  • Press Get icon

  • Click Open

  • Click Allow if the notification pops up

  • Connect to any Server

  • It will ask you to enter your passcode

  • Now start using a VPN!


How to Manually Setup VPN on iPhone/iPad (PPTP/L2TP/IKEv2)

All of the best VPN apps mentioned above offer support for iOS, especially for the latest models of the phone/tablet. So if, for instance, you needed to know how to set up a VPN on iPhone 11, the above method should suffice (this is also true for previous/later models of the phone).

However, if your VPN provider doesn’t offer an app for the iOS version you have, you can still get by with the manual method, which you might need to perform if you want to configure a VPN for iPhone 11 or 12. You can also use this method to set up a VPN on iPhone 4.

You might need to perform this manual setup method if you want to configure a VPN for iPhone 11 or 12.

Don’t worry though, it’s not all that hard.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • VPN server address
  • Username and password

Got everything ready? Let’s begin…

Step 1: Launch Settings from your home screen, click on the General tab, and then select VPN


Step 2: Click on Add VPN Configuration, click Type, and then select your VPN Type from IKEv2, IPSec, or L2TP.


Step 3: Enter Description, Server Address, Account, Password, and Secret:12345678 (in L2TP case only). as mentioned below


Description: Give any name to your VPN

Server: Enter Server Address for your VPN (e.g. ExpressVPN US server address)

Account: Type Username. If you do not have one, then subscribe to ExpressVPN

RSA SecurID: Make sure it is turned off

Password: Enter your Password

Secret: Enter 12345678

Send All Traffic: Enable this option

Proxy: Should be off unless you are using any proxy with the VPN configuration

Step 4: Click Done


Step 5: Now click on ExpressVPN


Step 6: Enable the Status toggle to try to establish the VPN connection


That’s it, your VPN is now manually configured on your iOS device.

To enable or disable the newly configured VPN, simply head on over to Settings > VPN and use the toggle button accordingly.


How to Manually Setup ExpressVPN on iPhone (OpenVPN)

Follow this installation guide to learn how to setup VPN on iPhone 6 (as well as higher iPhone models) using OpenVPN connection. We have taken an example of ExpressVPN.

  • Before you begin, you will need ExpressVPN credentials by subscribing to the service
  • Now go to App Store on your iPhone/iPad


  • Click on the Search icon > Type ‘Openvpn Connect’ in the search bar


  • Select the app > Press Get icon


  • Click Open


Note: Make sure you open this file on a Safari browser

  • Click on Open in “OpenVPN”
  • Enter Username and Password > Then click Add
  • If a message pops up and asking for permission to ‘add OpenVPN as VPN Configuration’, click Allow
  • Enable to connect to VPN
  • You are successfully connected!


How to Uninstall VPN Configuration

To uninstall the VPN, you just need to go follow the instructions below:

  • Go to Settings
  • VPN configuration page
  • Click on the VPN connection name g. ExpressVPN you had made
  • Click Delete tab



How to Enable VPN once Downloaded on iPhone or iPad

To enable VPN once you have downloaded it, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select VPN option
  • Either Enable or Disable the VPN


How to Turn off VPN on iPhone once you Use it

To turn off a VPN connection, just follow the instructions below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select VPN option
  • Turn OFF a VPN connection


The Takeaway

I’m sure you understand now what I meant when I said the VPN setups for iPhone [X, XS, 11, 12] as well as for the older models of iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 are surprisingly simple.

So you should go ahead, choose a VPN, and follow the setup instructions to get the job done without any hassles.

If you do not wish to pay a premium amount on a VPN, you can always go for a free VPN iPhone. However, the risk of getting your online identity being revealed gets higher.