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How to Set Up VPN on iPhone/iPad?
February 12, 2015

We continue the series of posts “How to set up VPN on your device” with setting up a VPN on an iPhone/iPad. Read also our previous posts about How to Set Up VPN on AndroidHot to Set Up VPN on Windows and How to Set Up VPN on Mac OS.

Businesses use VPNs to connect remote data centers, and individuals use VPNs to get access to network resources when they’re not physically on the same LAN (local area network), or as a method for securing and encrypting their communications when they’re using an untrusted public network.

It’s also very useful to use VPNs when you are connecting to free WiFi networks. As statistics shows, over 60% of all free WiFi spots are exposed to hacking. Go to our post The Hidden Dangers of Free Wi-Fi Networks to learn more about it.

Read below to learn how to  configure a VPN on your  iPhone or iPad device without installing any apps.

How to Set Up a VPN on iPhone/iPad? 



How to configure an iPhone / iPad?

This post describes how to connect to Privatoria VPN server by using the L2TP/IPsec VPN Client which is bundled with iOS. In this set of instructions, every screen-shot is taken on iOS 6. Other versions of iOS can be configured in a similar fashion, however, there might be minor differences on UIs. These screenshots are from the English version of iOS. If you use another language, you can still configure it easily by referring to the following instructions.

  1. Initial configurations (only needs to be done once)

From the iOS main screen, start the “Settings” application.

 How to set up on iphone ipad (1)

Open “VPN” in “General” , and tap “Add VPN Configuration…”.

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A new L2TP VPN connection setting will be created, and the configuration screen will appear.

 How to set up on iphone ipad (3)

On this screen, you have to specify either the hostname or IP address of our VPN Server. You also have to enter your Privatoria login, current password  and secret (pre-shared key) on the iOS screen.


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  1. Connect to a VPN

You can start a VPN connection by using a created VPN connection setting at any time. Tap the “OFF” button to initiate a VPN connection.

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While the VPN is established, you can see the status and connect time on the status screen. Your private IP address in the VPN is also displayed. The “Connect to” IP address reports “″, but this is normal.

If your need to make other settings like Port for OpenVPN Client or Port for SoftEther Client, you can find them in your Privatoria account.

  1. Enjoy VPN communication

While the VPN is established, all communications will be relayed via the VPN Server.

If you have problems with the VPN setup using a WiFi router you should check the following options.

·   Go to the Router’s settings, choose security option and open the VPN tab.

·   Make sure that the following buttons aren’t turned off: L2TP Passthrough and IPSec Passthrough.

·   If so, turn them on, save the changes and reboot the router.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in comments.

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  • Lyudmila

    Thanks, simple tutorial) I’ll try it.

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