Can’t Connect to VPN When Using a Mobile Hotspot

I’ve been using a mobile hotspot with my iPad for a while now, and it’s worked great. Until now.

I recently updated to iOS 12.4 and since then, I can’t connect to my VPN when using the mobile hotspot. I verified the VPN connection was turned on and working correctly on my computer, but when I connect my phone to the VPN, I get the error “VPN connection failed”.

The VPN is configured to use Shared Authentication with my Apple ID, and I can connect to the VPN on my iPad and iPhone just fine. It’s just with the mobile hotspot that I can’t connect. The strange thing is, if I turn off the hotspot on my iPad and then turn it back on, the VPN connection seems to work again. But why did it fail in the first place?

The Cause Of The Issue

I’m not sure if this is a bug or a feature in iOS 12.4, but it seems like the setting of my mobile hotspot is the root of the problem. Since switching to Shared Authentication and using the mobile hotspot, my VPN connection keeps failing whenever I connect to the hotspot. This doesn’t happen if I’m connected via WiFi or cable.

Even weirder is that as soon as I turn off the mobile hotspot on my iPad, the VPN connection seems to work again. But why would turning off the mobile hotspot cause my VPN connection to work? It doesn’t make any sense.

A Possible Workaround

Since turning off my mobile hotspot usually fixes the issue for me, I’ve started doing that whenever I can. But it’s a pain when you want to use WiFi to browse the internet on the go, and you can’t because your VPN connection keeps failing. This has also happened on multiple occasions where I forgot to turn off the hotspot before leaving my house, and now I’m stuck without internet access unless I turn off the device.

Thankfully, there’s a possible workaround for this issue. While using the mobile hotspot, you can temporarily disable VPN by going into your settings and then hitting the General button. This will stop the VPN from being encrypted, which is what’s causing the issues with my VPN connection in the first place. After hitting the General button, you can toggle the VPN connection back on and enjoy your encrypted network connection while using the mobile hotspot.

VPN is a great way to keep your personal data secure while using public WiFis and hotspots, but it’s not possible to do everything on your own. Even if your VPN provider tells you that your personal data is secure when you use their service, it’s still not a good idea to use a public WiFis and hotspot without checking for VPN restrictions first.

The Difference Between VPN And Hotspot

If you’re wondering why VPN isn’t causing the same issues for you as it is for me, it’s because you’re using a different carrier for your internet connectivity. Most likely, your internet service provider doesn’t allow VPNs to be used, especially on shared devices. VPNs are great for use with public WiFis and hotspots because they allow you to create a secure connection between your device and the service you’re connecting to. This prevents other devices on the network from monitoring or tampering with your data while it’s being transferred. VPNs also allow you to access content and apps that are restricted by your internet service provider.

Hotspots operate similarly to VPNs, but they’re designed for sharing devices. This means that all users on the network can see and use the connections, allowing for more connections and increased data transfer speed. Hotspots also have a different security model than VPNs. Instead of using a shared key, Hotspots use what’s known as end-to-end encryption.

If you’re interested in trying out a VPN, you should first consult with your internet service provider to see if they have any restrictions on VPNs or if they allow them at all. If they don’t allow VPNs, you should consider investing in a VPN that supports these types of networks.

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