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How to connect to NordVPN with IKEv2/IPSec on iOS

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This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure a connection manually on an iOS device (iPhone/iPad) using the IKEv2 protocol.

  1. Download the NordVPN IKEv2 certificate to your device. You can do so by opening this link in Safarihttps://downloads.nordcdn.com/certificates/root.der
  2. The certificate installation dialogue will appear. Tap Install in each step:




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



    3.1. On iOS 12.2 and later versions, after you download the certificate, you might see a pop-up saying "Profile Downloaded - Review the profile in Settings app if you want to install it".



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

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


     
  4. Now you have to determine which server to connect to. Go to https://nordvpn.com/servers/tools/. The tool will pick a server recommended for you. In our case, the recommended server is US #810 with the hostname us810.nordvpn.com. We will use this server as a reference in all further steps.


     
  5. Go to Settings > General > VPN.



    Note: If you are using a newer version of iOS (15+) find the VPN setting section by the following pathway:
    General > VPN & Device Management > VPN

     
  6. Tap on Add VPN Configuration...


     
  7. Fill the boxes as follows:

    Type: IKEv2
    Description: Any preferred name for the VPN connection
    Server: The hostname of the server (see step 4)
    Remote ID: The same hostname as in 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 (username and password) in the Nord Account dashboard. Copy the credentials using the “Copy” buttons on the right.



    Proxy: Off

    Tap Done.


     
  8. To enable the VPN, go back to the device Settings and click on the toggle switch next to VPN.

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