VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) allow users to connect to a private network, which provides services such as sharing files, accessing blocked websites, and even securing communications as confidential as those offered by a closed-door office. Without getting too technical, a VPN allows you to connect to a different, private network (known as a VPN Server), which in turn connects you to the internet (or a selected subset of the internet). This ‘hidden’ connection allows you to bypass restrictive restrictions placed on you by your internet service provider (ISP). Commonly used VPN apps for iPhone are VPN Solo, StrongVPN, and Express VPN. If you’re looking to create a VPN connection on your iPhone, this article will provide you with the information you need to succeed.
Features You Need
Since a VPN provides a private network for you to connect to, you’ll need a few features from your internet service provider before you can get started with a VPN connection. First, you’ll need a static IP address. This address is assigned to you by your internet service provider, and can be compared to your physical address (like house number and street name). Think of it like a permanent, offline, web address for the web sites and services you visit. It is usually free, but it can also be purchased in smaller increments from your internet service provider. You’ll also need to ensure your ISP supports IPv6. IPv6 is the internet protocol version for addressing a large number of devices connected to the internet. It’s basically internet version 6. A device that supports IPv6 will have the ability to connect to a VPN and will be able to communicate with other devices on the network (including other iOS devices). If you’re not sure if your ISP supports IPv6, contact them directly via email or phone. Most internet service providers will respond to this type of query quickly and efficiently. You’ll also need an active data plan with your internet service provider. This will be required to maintain a functional internet connection even when you are offline. A data plan that is active will automatically renew each month. You do not need to do anything to continue to receive data. When your data plan renews, there will be a small charge applied to your account. You can prevent this from happening by turning off auto-renewal on your account. You can find the settings for this option on your iPhone in the settings section of your device. You do not need to have an active data plan in order to connect to a VPN, but you will need to have one in order to maintain a functioning internet connection.
Choosing A VPN Provider
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a provider. There are a number of different factors you need to consider before making this decision. First, look at the price of the plan (if it’s cheaper, it’s usually better). The cost of a VPN plan varies by month, with some offering one-time discounts. Some VPN providers will also provide you with a free trial of their service. You’ll need to decide whether or not you want to continue to pay for the service after the free trial. Most people who are concerned about their personal security will want to look for a VPN provider that is guaranteed to keep their personal information secure. In the event that your personal data is compromised in any way, you’ll not only be annoyed, but you could also be liable for damages. The last thing you want is to have your personal data compromised without your knowledge or permission.
Setting Up VPN On Your iPhone
After you’ve decided which VPN provider to go with, it’s time to set up the VPN on your iPhone. First, you’ll need to download and install the VPN app on your iPhone. For some reason, Apple does not make it easy to set up a VPN connection on your iPhone. Not all apps are created equal, and Apple certainly does not offer users the best experience when it comes to allowing them to easily establish and use VPN connections. If you do not have a VPN app, you’ll need to find one that supports IPv6 (such as Express VPN or StrongVPN) and does not require you to download additional files to be able to use it (such as PPTP or L2TP). VPN apps for iPhone are usually very simple to use, but in order to ensure you can connect to a VPN whenever you need to, you’ll need to go through a tutorial or two. Once you have your VPN app installed, you’ll need to provide it with your username, password, and remote server address. Normally, your username and password will be provided to you by your VPN provider. Your remote server address is what will allow you to connect to a VPN and is typically either public or private. If you are using a PPTP or L2TP VPN connection, you do not need to provide a remote server address. Instead, you’ll need to provide your username and password. If you are not sure what these are, contact your VPN provider directly via email or phone. Once you’ve entered all of this information, click the Remember button at the bottom of the screen. Your VPN connection will now be established.
Using Your VPN On The Go
As stated above, VPNs allow users to access the web privately and securely. Without getting too technical, this means that while you are connected to the VPN, you’ll be able to access any website or service that is protected by the provider (i.e., not blocked by your internet service provider). In most cases, this will be a large subset of the internet, meaning you’ll have full access to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and many other websites and services that are commonly blocked by your internet service provider. In order to use your VPN on the go, you’ll need to have a hotspot added to your phone. A hotspot is simply a wireless internet connection that is open to anyone who wishes to connect. It is not protected by default, so you’ll need to set it up specifically to allow VPN connections. This can be done by going into your settings when you are on a wireless network. You’ll then need to choose the VPN that you’d like to use from the menu and connect to it. This will initiate the VPN setup process, and you’ll be presented with a login screen. If you’ve previously setup a VPN on your iPhone, you can use the same login details and will not need to go through the setup process again.
Once connected to a VPN, your device will appear to be on the internet regardless of whether or not you have an active internet connection. This is because your device will be connected to a different, private network that provides it with a consistent, always-on internet connection. In some cases, this may mean that you’ll be temporarily disconnected from your internet service provider, but that does not matter. Your traffic will be encrypted and confidential, and that is all that matters.
VPNs provide a great way to access the internet privately and securely, and for that reason alone, they are extremely valuable tools for everyone who uses them. If you’re looking to create a VPN connection on your iPhone, these instructions will help get you started. Be sure to contact your internet service provider directly if you have any questions regarding VPNs or the setup process, as it can sometimes be a little tricky to understand what is going on without a comprehensive guide.