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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].

So, whether you want to setup your VPN on iPhone 6/6s, 7 or beyond, or if you have the older iPhone 4/4s, or 5, the setup instructions below are applicable for all.

If you’re looking for providers instead, check out our article on best VPNs for iPhone in 2019.

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. NordVPN

  • Press Install icon

  • Click Open

  • Enter Username and Password

  • Click Allow if the notification pops up

  • Connect to any Server

  • It will ask you to touch ID

  • 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 setup VPN on iPhone 6, the above method should suffice (this is also true for 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 peerformif you want to configure a VPN for iPhone 4s or 5.

You might need to perform this manual setup method if you want to configure a VPN for iPhone 5 or 4.

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: Go to Settings > In the General tab select VPN

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Step 2: Click on Add VPN Configuration > Click Type and select L2TP/PPTP

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Step 3: Enter Description, Server Address, Account, Password etc. as mentioned below

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Description: Give any name to your VPN

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

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

RSA SecurID: Make sure it is turned off

Password: Enter your Password

Secret: Enter 12345678

Send All Traffic: Enable this option

Step 4: Click Done

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Step 5: Now click on NordVPN

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Step 6: Hit the VPN status tab at the top-right corner

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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 NordVPN 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 NordVPN.

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

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

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  • Select the app > Press Get icon

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  • Click Open

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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. NordVPN you had made
  • Click Delete tab

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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 [6,7, 8, X, XS, XR] as well as for the older models of iPhone 4, 4ss 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.

 

Osama Tahir

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Osama is a staunch believer in the inalienable right of every citizen to freedom of expression. Writing about online privacy and security without regard to political correctness is his answer to the powers that be threatening our freedom. Deeply curious about Nature and the Universe, he is fascinated by science, intrigued by mathematics, and wishes to play guitar like Buckethead in some alternate version of reality.


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