How to setup a VPN for iOS iPhone

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Smartphones are absolutely essential for people in today’s world, for they provide many of the capabilities of a computer or a laptop while being easily portable. iOS devices boast superiority in their operation, management, and security. While Android has matched iOS on the first two fronts, security is still an area where iOS edges its rival out, for Apple devices are neatly encrypted to prevent anyone from spying on your data.

However, the internet is a malicious place, and since all electronic devices with internet connectivity are connected to the internet at all times, they need to be protected. Since iOS devices, like all smartphones, are used to share and store a lot of sensitive data, it is imperative they are adequately protected.

A VPN is necessary for all iOS devices, and we’ll help you to setup a VPN on your iOS device.

Setting up a VPN in iOS

1. Native Support

Integrated support is provided by iOS for PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and Cisco IPSec VPNs. If you use any of these three variants, you don’t need to download and install third-party apps. Follow these steps to use them:
i. Go to Settings -> General -> VPN -> Add VPN configuration

ii. The ‘Options’ button on the top has three choices, PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec. You can choose whichever you want.

iii. The VPN fields Description, Server, and Username and Password need to be filled now. Enter the name of your VPN in the first field, the numerical address or URL in the second, and your credentials in the third and fourth fields.

iv. Save the details to finish with creation of your own VPN. If you want to send data only when the VPN is connected, enable the ‘Send All Data’ option so that you remain protected at all times

2. OpenVPN Connect

To use OpenVPN protocol on your iOS device, you will need to download the official OpenVPN app, OpenVPN Connect. Simply download it on your device and import the ovpn.config file to your device through iTunes to start using OpenVPN protocol on your iOS device.

3. Dedicated VPN app

There are many VPNs that offer dedicated VPN apps for iOS devices. Dedicated apps are always more efficient and interactive than a VPN you set up yourself. They also have other features like remembering your favourite server, providing full customer support at all times, and giving you the option to switch between protocols and servers as and when you like.

You can easily download the VPN app from the website of your VPN provider, or through the App Store. After it downloads and installs on your device, all you need to do is enter your credentials and you can start using the app.

Conclusion

In this article, we talked about how you can setup a VPN on your iOS device. It is quite important that you use a VPN on your smartphone, whatever operating system it runs on, for smartphones today store a lot of personal data which in the wrong hands could cause a lot of problems for you.

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