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How to Setup VPN On iPhone/Android/Windows/MacOsX


Setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be quite tedious. Depending on the system you use, you would have to follow different procedures. But, if that’s making you worry, then stop by to go through this step to step guide when iOS, Android, Windows or Mac OS X is concerned.

How to Set up VPN on iPhone/iPad?

Third-party apps like Opera VPN, Tunnelbear or ExpressVPN offers an easiest way out to set up VPN on an iPhone.

Step 1: Download one of these apps and install on the iPhone.

Step 2: After you have signed into your account, tap ‘Allow’ for configuring VPN.

Step 3: For further changes, enter the passcode whenever you are prompted to do so.

Step 4: Once VPN is enabled, adjust other settings.

Step 5: Launch ‘Settings’ from the home screen and tap ‘VPN’.

Step 6: In case you have more than one client, select the VPN client you wish to use.

Step 7: Tap till you switch on ‘Status’.

Ways to Configure VPN Manually (iPhone/iPad)

Step 1: Launch ‘Settings’ present on the homescreen and tap ‘VPN’ followed by the option ‘Add VPN Configuration’.

img-1Step 2: Tap ‘Type’ and select from either one of the options. These include ‘IKEv2’, ‘L2TP’ or ‘IPSec’.

Step 3: Towards the left hand side, tap ‘Add Configuration’.


Step 4: Enter suitable VPN settings information. This includes remote ID, server and description.

Step 5: Next, you should add authentication credentials. This is nothing but the username and the password.

Step 6: Depending on your choice, select between ‘Manual’ and ‘Auto’.

img-3Step 7: Finally, tap ‘Done’ to confirm and then turn on ‘Status’ under VPN configuration.

NOTE: When you’re done with the VPN client, don’t forget to turn it off. Carry out this step only when you’re using a free, unlimited plan.

Steps to Set Up VPN on Android

Step 1: Open the ‘Settings’ app once you have unlocked the smartphone.

Step 2: Select ‘More’ listed under ‘Wireless & Networks’.

Step 3: Select ‘VPN’ and tap on the plus (+) sign. You would see this option at the top right hand side corner.

Step 4: Select a suitable protocol and enter information provided by your network administrator.

For ‘Name’ field – enter a name that’s easy to remember.

Mention the type and the server address and check ‘PPP encryption (MPPE)’.

Step 5: For establishing a connection, mention the ‘Username’ and the ‘password’.

Alternatively, you can also turn on VPN through the ‘More’ option.

How to use ExpressVPN for Setting up VPN?

Before you set up VPN, you need to download the app from the website, create an account and login with the respective credentials.

Step 1: Once you have activated ExpressVPN, click ‘OK’ on the message box to confirm that you would be sharing anonymous information.

Step 2: Wait till the option turns on. In case you using more than three devices, then you have to pay. Remember a single ExpressVPN subscription allows up to three devices not matter which platform you’re using.



NOTE: ExpressVPN offers other options like ‘Choose Location’ which enables you to change the VPN location. Besides, you can switch to a new protocol through ‘More >> Settings >> VPN Protocol’.

Ways to Connect VPN with Windows OS

Steps to Follow for Connecting to an Existing VPN

Step 1: Click ‘Start’ and type ‘VPN’ to search the option ‘Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection’.

Step 2: Key in the IP address and click ‘Next’

Step 3: Once you view the next screen, enter the username and password and click ‘Connect’.

Step 4: Moving forward, click the Windows network logo and select ‘Connect under VPN connections’.

Step 5: Enter the domain name and relevant credentials and go about connecting with the VPN client.

Steps to Follow to Set Up an Incoming VPN Connection

Step 1: Click ‘Start’ and type ‘Network and Sharing’.

Step 2: In the menu towards the left hand side, click on ‘Change Adapter Settings’.

Step 3: Click ‘File’ followed by ‘New Incoming Connection’.

Step 4: Select the users, the internet protocol and move by clicking ‘Allow Access’.

Steps to Connect VPN on Mac OS

Step 1: Select ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu and open the network preferences by clicking ‘Network’. Alternatively, you can also click in the Wi-Fi icon.

Step 2: Click ‘plus sign (+)’ and select ‘VPN’ from the interface box.

Step 3: Select the server and key in a name in the field, ‘Service Name’.

Step 4: Once you click on the button, ‘Create’ enter username, VPN server’s address and other important settings.

Step 5: If you wish to connect the VPN through another way, then click ‘Advanced…’.

Step 6: Finally, click ‘Apply’ after you have enabled the option, ‘Show VPN status in menu bar’.

Once you’re done, you can manage the connection with a menu bar icon.

Hope we have helped you through this guide. Feel free to contact us, to know more about the most effective way.

Hardip Koradia

Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.