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iOS manual IKEv2 configuration

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: https://downloads.nordvpn.com/certificates/root.der
     
  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.


     
  4. Now it is necessary to determine which server to connect to. Go to https://nordvpn.com/servers/tools/ - this tool will pick a recommended server. In our case, it displayed US #810 server, which hostname is us810.nordvpn.com. 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 account username
    Password: Your NordVPN account password
    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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