How to Turn on VPN on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you concerned about your online privacy and security while using your iPhone? One effective way to protect yourself is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN creates a secure connection between your device and the internet, encrypting your data and hiding your IP address. In this article, we will guide you through the process of turning on VPN on your iPhone, ensuring that your online activities are safe and private.

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin, unlock your iPhone and locate the Settings app. It is represented by a gear icon and can usually be found on the home screen or in the app library. Tap on the Settings app to open it.

Step 2: Navigate to VPN Settings

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find the General option. Tap on it to proceed.

In the General menu, scroll down again until you see the VPN option. Tap on it to access the VPN settings.

Step 3: Add a VPN Configuration

In the VPN settings, you will find a list of existing VPN configurations if any are already set up on your device. To add a new configuration, tap on the Add VPN Configuration.. option at the top of the screen.

Step 4: Choose VPN Type

A pop-up window will appear with various options for configuring your VPN connection. The first option is to choose the type of VPN protocol you want to use.

Common options include L2TP, PPTP, and iKEv2. Select the appropriate option based on your VPN service provider’s recommendations.

Step 5: Enter VPN Details

After selecting the VPN type, you will need to enter the details provided by your VPN service provider. This typically includes the description (a name for your VPN connection), server (the address of the VPN server), username, and password.

Note: Some VPN providers may require additional information or certificates. Make sure to follow their instructions carefully.

Step 6: Save and Connect

Once you have entered all the necessary details, tap on the Save button located in the top right corner of the screen. The newly created VPN configuration will now appear in the list of configurations.

To connect to the VPN, simply tap on the toggle switch next to your newly created configuration. Your iPhone will establish a secure connection to the VPN server, encrypting your internet traffic and protecting your privacy.


  • If you are unable to connect to your VPN, double-check that you have entered all the details correctly. Small errors, such as typos in server addresses or incorrect credentials, can prevent a successful connection.
  • If you are still experiencing issues, try restarting your iPhone and then attempt to connect again.
  • If problems persist, contact your VPN service provider for further assistance. They will be able to troubleshoot any technical issues specific to their service.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned on a VPN on your iPhone. From now on, whenever you enable this configuration, all your internet traffic will be encrypted and secured, providing you with enhanced privacy and protection.

Remember to always connect to a trusted VPN server and choose a reliable VPN service provider. Stay safe and enjoy your secure online browsing experience!

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