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How to connect to NordVPN with IKEv2/IPSec on iOS?

This tutorial would provide step-by-step guidelines on how to correctly configure a manual connection on iOS device (iPhone/iPad) using the IKEv2 protocol.

  1. Download the NordVPN IKEv2 certificate to your device. It can be done by opening this link on Safari browser:
  2. The certificate installation dialogue will appear. Tap Install button in each of the steps:

  3. Once the certificate is installed, tap Done to complete the installation.

    3.1. For iOS 12.2 version and above, after you download the certificate you might see a pop-up "Profile downloaded - Review the profile in Settings app if you want to install it".

    3.2. Navigate to your iOS Settings -> Profile Downloaded -> NordVPN Root CA -> Install -> Trust.

    If you cannot see Profile Downloaded button, go to Settings > General > Profiles. You should find the profile downloaded there.

  4. Now it is necessary to determine which server to connect to. Go to - this tool will pick a recommended server. In our case, it displayed US #810 server, which hostname is We will use this server as a reference on the further steps.

  5. Open the Settings -> General -> VPN tab.

  6. Tap on the Add VPN Configuration... button.

  7. Fill out the following boxes accordingly:

    Type: IKEv2
    Description: Any preferred name for the VPN connection
    Server: The hostname of the server (picked on the step 4)
    Remote ID: The same hostname as the Server field
    Local ID: Leave empty
    User Authentication: Username
    Username: Your NordVPN service username
    Password: Your NordVPN service password

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

    Proxy: Off

    Afterwards, tap Done.

  8. Go back to the Settings menu of the device and click on the switch next to VPN to turn on the VPN.

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