Manually How to Setup a VPN in iOS

It is remarkable how quick the advancements are being taken up. Especially when seen to the aspects of security it is amazing how engrossed the audience is on privacy. Specifically when spoken of Apple devices which are known for its elegant appeal and the best security features available. This article based on security features on how to set up a VPN in iOS will play out to be as a security-focused tutorial. Usually, when you subscribe for a VPN subscription you’ll opt for the app provided by the services. Those apps that are provided are designed to operate simple functions that require a login and use the technique.

Even though making the use of the app provided by the service that can be used for VPN subscription is the easiest way to avail the service but it certainly isn’t the only way. Though it may not be the best experience of using a VPN since it causes performance issues when you use an app to connect to a VPN server. A statement that most certainly is highly supported by iPhone app development companies that are found around the globe. But yes to use the VPN for a specific task such as connecting it with your workplace’s VPN then it will be needed to configure the settings manually on your iOS devices.

By manually setting up a VPN on your iOS you can heighten your security feature greatly though it comes with a consequence that the VPN will be accessible only on a single server of your section. At any time if you would want to change your server you will once again be required to edit the VPN configuration as conflicting to how simple the task could be which was to simply tap a button in the app to select a different server location. For your ease in simple seven steps with few notes, the entire process on how to set up a VPN in iOS manually is mentioned below.

Following the steps by step assistance below to setup a manual VPN for your iOS:

  • Open the app settings.
  • Navigate to the “General” section and scroll below till the option of “VPN”.

(Note: If already used a VPN then you may be provided with a VPN option on the sidebar of the setting                                              screen)

  • Tap on the “Add VPN Configuration”.
  • Make a selection from either of the VPN types from IKEv2/ IPSec/ L2TP.
  • Enter the details on the VPN configuration screen which are:
  1. Description – Name
  2. Server- IP address of the server you choose to connect it with.
  3. Remote ID- Enter the same IP address as the one mentioned above.
  4. Local ID- Isn’t required and could be left blank.
  5. User Authentication- Username/ Certificate.
  6. Username- The name you choose to use for the VPN’s Account.
  7. Password- To be kept for your privacy.
  8. Proxy- Off.
  • Tap on the button “Done” which is at the top right corner of your screen.
  • From the sidebar enable the toggle or do it from the VPN setting page.

Further, you would be required to go to the support portal of the VPN which is also known as the native protocol to receive the manual configuration details to enter the VPN set up screen. This is a method which is found common in every updated version of iOS. Tested on iOS 13 Beta on which it operates flawlessly on both IPSec and IKEv2. In a scenario where the VPN connection fails it is simple to go back to the VPN section of iOS Settings and making use of the “Edit” option to modify rather than having to start from the scratch.

It is also important to remember that different VPN services use different authentication ways for manual settings. Using a regular accounts username and password won’t authenticate the connection. While being a regular account user you may require to use your account’s dashboard to create a new configuration. By doing so this will allow you to generate a casual password and even a username to authenticate the account to achieve protocol for the precise use. These are all the details and tutorial required to set up a manual VPN in iOS.