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iPhone/iPad setup

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You can connect an iOS device using a variety of connection methods.

Select a connection method below:

NordVPN app - recommended

This is a tutorial on how to install and use the NordVPN application for iOS devices (iPhone / iPad).

First of all you should download and install the NordVPN application to your device.

Downloading and installing

  • 1. Open the App Store.
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  • 2. Search for NordVPN.
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  • 3. Tap the Download button.
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  • 4. The NordVPN app will install. The app icon will appear on your homescreen. Tap it to open the app.
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Connecting

  • 5. The Sign-in screen will appear. Sign in to your NordVPN account here, or, alternatively, register a new one.
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  • 6. Once logged in, you will be greeted with the main screen of the application. You can see the country map in the middle of the screen, with the Quick Connect button at the bottom. You can tap this button to quickly connect to NordVPN servers.
    Using a complex formula that includes various server parameters, Quick Connect chooses the best server for you at that moment.
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  • 7. When connecting for the first time, a dialog window will open asking you to allow the NordVPN app to connect to a VPN server. This is a default warning message, and since NordVPN is a trustworthy VPN provider, you can safely tap Allow .
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  • 8. Once connected, the Quick Connect button will light-up with a green color, and the country pin will do the same. You will also have a “VPN” icon in the status bar at the top of your screen, indicating that you are currently connected to a VPN server. This icon will be visible from any app - that way you can ensure that you are always connected.
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  • 9. You can also tap any of the country pins to connect to a country of your choosing.
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  • 10. Alternatively, you can open a list of the available countries by selecting the Countries tab at the bottom of the app. To connect, simply tap the power button next to the country.
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  • 11. The right-side menu of the app has more options and settings.
    The Kill Switch disables system-wide internet access if you are not connected to a VPN server, meanwhile it also tries you to automatically reconnect to the most recently used server.
    Smart Reconnect works in a different way - it allows the application to connect you to a different server upon the initial connection - for example, if the server you chose is not available, or there's some issues connecting to it.
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  • 12. The Servers option in the menu allows you to choose a specific server to connect to. You can tap it, then tap on the All Servers tab to view the full list of NordVPN servers.
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    Then, tap on any category or country, and tap on the power button next to your preferred server.
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  • 13. You can also tap the heart symbol to favorite any specific server.
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    These servers will appear in the My Favourites tab.
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OpenVPN Connect

Please note that steps 1-2 are suggested to be performed on your computer.

  • 1. Download the .OVPN configuration files here: https://nordvpn.com/api/files/zip
  • 2. Once you have downloaded the configuration file archive, you can extract them on your PC, and e-mail them to yourself. If you don't have a PC nearby, you can also use a free archive manager from the App store to extract the files on your iOS device itself.
  • 3. Go to the App store with your iPad/iPhone.
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  • 4. Tap on Search.
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  • 5. Enter openvpn connect in the search bar.
  • 6. Tap on Free button.
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  • 7. Tap on Install.
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  • 8. Sign in to iTunes store with your account and tap OK.
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  • 9. Once it has finished installing, go to your Mail app.
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  • 10. Tap on one of the attached configuration files that you have sent to yourself.
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  • 11. Select Open in OpenVPN.
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  • 12. Tap on the green plus button. NOTE: To add more servers you need to perform steps 10-12 with other configuration files as well.
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  • 13. Enter your NordVPN credentials and mark the password to be saved in keychain.
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  • 14. Tap on the button to connect to VPN.
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  • 15. You have successfully connected.
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  • 16. To change a server tap on the External certificate profile.
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  • 17. Select a server from the list by tapping on it.
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  • 18. To disconnect tap on the same button as to connect.

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IKEv2 manual configuration

This is a tutorial on how to manually connect to NordVPN servers on iOS (iPhone/iPad), using the IKEv2 protocol.

  • 1. First, download the NordVPN IKEv2 certificate to your device. The easiest way would be to open this link on the device itself: https://downloads.nordvpn.com/certificates/root.der
  • 2. The certificate installation dialog will appear. Tap Install in each of the steps.
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  • 3. Once installed, tap Done .
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  • 4. Open the VPN menu in your device Settings , and tap Add VPN Configuration…
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  • 5. Type in these settings:

    Type : IKEv2
    Description : (any name you want, this field does not matter)
    Server : The hostname of your chosen NordVPN server. You can find our server list with the hostnames here: https://nordvpn.com/servers/ (in our case, we chose us333.nordvpn.com)
    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 .
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  • 6. The VPN configuration will appear in the VPN menu. Tap the Status slider to connect.
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  • 7. Once the slider turns green, you will be successfully connected to NordVPN servers!
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L2TP manual configuration
Please Note: Although technically you can use the L2TP / PPTP protocols, they have serious security flaws. Whenever possible, we recommend choosing OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPSec instead.

If you wish to set up the L2TP connection manually, please follow the instructions below.

  • 1. Go to the Settings -> General
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  • 2. Then go to VPN
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  • 3. Click on Add VPN Configuration
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  • 4. For type select L2TP or IPSec
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  • 5. Description: NordVPN L2TP (you can enter anything you want)
    Server: L2TP server IP or hostname ( check our server list )
    Account: your VPN username
    RSA SecurID: OFF
    Password: your VPN password
    Secret: nordvpn
    Send All Traffic: ON
    Press Done
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  • 6. You can now connect to the VPN. Just select your VPN configuration and turn on VPN.
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PPTP manual configuration
Please Note: Although technically you can use the L2TP / PPTP protocols, they have serious security flaws. Whenever possible, we recommend choosing OpenVPN or IKEv2/IPSec instead.

If you wish to set up the PPTP connection manually, please follow the instructions below.

  • 1. Go to the Settings -> General
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  • 2. Go to VPN -> Add VPN Configuration
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  • 3. Select PPTP protocol.
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  • 4. In the Server field type the name or the IP address of a NordVPN server. You have to login to your profile and go to our server list . You will find the available servers there.
    Enter your account name, password, encryption level – Maximum, select Send All Traffic and press Save.
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  • 5. You can now connect to the VPN!
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