What is VPN on iPhone? Here’s the answer

Using iOS
May 18, 2017

Under the General settings in the Settings app, there are many features and functionalities that might confuse new users such as Background App Refresh, Restrictions, and VPN. I’ve already explained two of those in the previous posts and today, we’re going to discuss the next one – VPN. So, What is VPN on iPhone? and What you can benefit from it? Let’s dive in to see the answers.

What does VPN mean?

VPN stands for “virtual private network”. It is a popular technology that creates a private, encrypted connection between your iPhone/iPad and the remote VPN server. The VPN server then proxies your connection to the website, making it harder for websites to track you online.

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In other words, using a VPN means changing your online location, making it appear like you are browsing from another part of the world than where you actually are.

And not only is VPN used on iPhone, it is actually used for all other devices that are using the Internet.

Why use VPN?

Based on the information I gave you above, you can easily guess the purposes of using VPN right?

  • More access – Using VPN will make websites or servers think you’re browsing from another country than where you actually are since it provides you with a new virtual IP address. Some websites or games block users in specific countries so using VPN is a great solution to get rid of restrictions.
  • More privacy & security – When you are visiting a website, your browsing activity is hidden from other WiFi users. This means it’s harder for sites to track you, boosting your privacy even further.

Read also: How to unblock school Wi-Fi restrictions using VPN apps

How to use VPN on iPhone

When it comes to using VPN on iPhone, there are two good ways:

  • Using dedicated apps that VPN services offer
  • Setting up a VPN manually

Using a dedicated VPN app

Since you’re just starting out, I will introduce you to a simple and free app. Its name is Opera Free VPN. You can download this app for free from App Store.

After you download the app, all you need to do is follow the instructions. When the pop-up saying “Opera VPN Would like to Add VPN Configurations” shows up, hit Allow.

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Once the VPN configuration is added, you can start using VPN right away. Switch to the Settings tab, here you can enable/disable VPN, block Ads or stop trackers from following you around the web.

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You may notice that there is a new toggle for VPN added in the Settings app. And when you navigate to Settings > General > VPN, you will also see the new VPN configuration named Opera VPN has been added.

You can change the current virtual region by tapping on the flash icon located at the top-right corner. This will reveal the list of all available regions.

It’s very easy to use, right? You don’t have to mess with iOS’VPN settings, which we will discuss in the next part – just launch the app and turn it on.

Setting up VPN configurations manually

To manually set up a VPN, navigate to Settings > General > VPN > Tap “Add VPN Configuration”. If your VPN is provided by your workplace, ask for the information such as protocol, server information, account, password, encryption level (if appropriate)… and fill in the blanks.

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After your VPN configurations are added successfully, you can use the toggle under the Settings app to enable/disable VPN on your iPhone

That’s it for the usage of VPN on iPhone. Hope you enjoyed the post. If you have any question about VPN, feel free to leave it in the comment section.

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