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Manual OpenVPN connection setup on iPad / iPhone

Note: if you are using iOS 13 or later, please follow this tutorial instead.

OpenVPN is a popular protocol that our specialty servers use to provide extra functionality. This is an alternative connection method in case you are having trouble with our native iOS app. Here are the steps to configure your iOS device to connect this way:

  1. Go to the App Store on your iPad/iPhone.
  2. Tap on Search.
  3. Enter openvpn connect in the search bar.
  4. Tap on the installation button.

  5. Sign in to the iTunes store with your account and tap OK.

  6. Once the app is installed, download the .OVPN configuration file here: Make sure to use the Safari browser.

  7. Select Open in OpenVPN.

  8. Enter your NordVPN service credentials, choose to save the password in a keychain, and tap ADD in the top right corner.

    You can find your NordVPN service credentials at the Nord Account dashboard. Copy the credentials using the buttons on the right.


  9. You will get a pop-up asking for permission to add OpenVPN to your VPN configurations. Click Allow.

  10. Tap on the button to connect to VPN.

  11. You have successfully connected.

  12. To change a server, tap on the slider button to disconnect. Tap on another imported profile to connect to the other server.

  13. To disconnect, tap on the same button you used to connect.

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