Setup a VPN On Your iPad

article by Cheyenne M author
The easiest way to set up a VPN on your iPad is through a third-party service that offers a dedicated app. There are many best VPN ipad apps that offer comprehensive internet security and privacy features, using software with a clean, unintimidating interface.

Our top two recommendations are ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Along with strong encryption and privacy features, these services allow P2P sharing and access to geo-restricted websites. Both are consistent industry leaders when it comes to services provided and compatibility across multiple devices. You can find more information about their apps on their respective websites, including step-by-step setup guides. If your service does not offer a dedicated app, don’ t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below is a guide to setup on OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec and Cisco IPsec protocols. Remember, for the most secure connection use the OpenVPN protocol whenever possible.

Connecting to OpenVPN

You have to use an application to setup a OpenVPN on iPad, even if your chosen service does not provide a dedicated one. Download “OpenVPN Connect” through the app store. The app is going to secure all of the connections on all applications on your phone, so setting it up isn’t as simple as downloading the App and signing in.

When you’ve downloaded OpenVPN Connect to your iPhone, connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes. Download the designated file(s) to configure the connection provided by your VPN service (usually a .opvn file accessible through their website). When the file downloads, go to the “Apps” section of ITunes in your library (and make sure the correct iPad device is selected on the left-hand side menu). Copy and paste the .opvn file (and related certificate and key files) to the OpenVPN connect App in Itunes. When the transfer is finished, you can disconnect your phone and input the login information for your VPN service account.

Connecting to IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, and Cisco IPSec         

To configure any of these protocol connections, first make sure you have the proper certificate files loaded on your iPad. These are either PKCS#1 (.cer, .crt, .der) or PKCS#12 (.p12, .pfx) files. They are sometimes sent via e-mail from your VPN provider. If they are on your provider’s website, you can access them through Safari.  With the files imported on your phone, open the “Settings” application on your iPad. Under “General” settings, choose “VPN>Add VPN Configuration.” Select the type of protocol you are using and enter the “Description,” “Server,” “Remote ID,” and “Local ID (if available)” of the server of your choice. Under “Authentication,” type in your VPN login information. Once all of the information is input, you can toggle it on and off in settings.

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If you need further assistance, necessary files and instructions should be available through your chosen VPN service website. Remember, if you use iOS devices often, we recommend choosing a service with a dedicated iOS application compatible with iPad.