Method 1: Install an iOS VPN App
The simplest and safest way to install a VPN on your iPhone or iPad is to download a native VPN application from the Apple App Store.
It’s really quick and easy to install a custom VPN app on your iOS device. Native VPN mobile apps are generally very intuitive to use, too.
Installing a Native VPN App on Your iPhone/iPad
- Search for your VPN service in the Apple App Store and tap Get to download the app. We’re using PrivateVPN as an example.
- Once the VPN software is installed, tap Open and log into the app using your VPN subscription username and password you chose at signup (or the provider has emailed you).
- Your iPhone/iPad requires you to authorize all new VPN configurations. Tap Allow on the overlay that says [The Name of Your VPN] Would Like to Add VPN Configurations. This step may come later depending on the VPN you’re using.
- Enter your iPhone or iPad passcode to add the configuration.
- Tap through the rest of the installation prompts and permissions – some VPN services include more than others. Ensure you read the terms before you agree to them.
- Go into the VPN’s settings menu and configure the VPN to meet your needs. You can usually find the settings menu by tapping the burger menu or cog symbol in the app.
- Enable the VPN kill switch (if there is one), and leak protection settings in the app to prevent your true IP and DNS addresses from being exposed. Select your desired VPN protocol – OpenVPN and WireGuard are safe choices, but IKEv2 can be more stable for mobile connections.
- Once you’ve configured the security settings, choose a VPN server and tap the Connect button.
- Check for IP and DNS leaks using our IP/DNS leak test tool.
The method above is the safest and easiest way to use a VPN on your iOS device.
However, some VPN services don’t have apps for iPhone or iPad. If that’s the case, you’ll need to consult setup methods 2, 3, or 4.
Equally, skip ahead if you’re in a country that has removed VPN apps from the App Store (like China).