Having a VPN detect on your phone is great. The problem is when it doesn’t work properly.
There are several things you might want to check before you throw away your precious iPhone. Here are some tips on how to fix a VPN detect issue.
Check The Settings
As the name suggests, a VPN detect is used to find if your Apple device is connected to a VPN. So it makes sense that you would go to the settings to check the status of your VPN connection. When you open the settings, you will see a list of all the devices that can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or data connection. Your iPhone should be listed there as “Configured” if it is indeed connected to a VPN.
If your device is not listed there, it means it is either not capable of connecting to a VPN or there is some kind of error with the settings. Either way, you should not have a VPN detect on your device. So take a look at the settings and make sure everything is plugged in correctly.
Change The DNS Settings
DNS (Domain Name System) is a part of the internet that helps associate alphanumeric characters with domain names. This is critical because without it, all the websites you visit would be incorrectly routed to through a VPN. This could potentially lead to the data you are trying to protect being compromised. To fix this, you need to change the DNS settings on your iPhone. You can do this by going to the Settings app and opening the “General” section. From here, you will see a field that allows you to enter DNS servers. These are the addresses of DNS record servers that will be used to resolve internet domains to an IP address.
If you are not using a DNS server or you are using the provided DNS servers, your iPhone is probably not working properly. You shouldn’t need to change anything unless you are experiencing a lot of interference from your ISP (internet service provider). In this case, you will need to change the DNS servers to those provided by Google.
Enter the following DNS servers in the “General” section of your iPhone’s settings: 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. Doing this will prevent your iPhone from getting routed to a VPN when you are trying to visit a site that is protected by encryption (https://). Changing the DNS settings also improves security because it prevents DNS hijacking. This is where a DNS server is deliberately manipulated by an attacker to direct traffic to a malicious website.
Check Your VPN Provider
Depending on your location and what kind of service you have signed up for with your VPN provider, you might encounter problems connecting to the internet via Wi-Fi (or cellular data) on your iPhone. There have been instances where a VPN provider stores personal data of its customers and shares their information with third parties, including law enforcement agencies. If you are worried about your personal data, you should look for a VPN that has a no-logs policy.
Restart Your Devices
It is important to keep in mind that your devices need to be restarted in order for the changes you make to take effect. This is particularly important for Wi-Fi connection settings. So if you are experiencing connection problems, you should restart your iPhone, iPad, and Macbook.
The above tips on how to fix a VPN detect issue will get you pointed in the right direction. However, sometimes these steps don’t work and you need to take things into your own hands. You can contact the technical support of the VPN you are using to see if they can lend you a hand. Additionally, you can ask other users on social media channels for help. Most people are more than happy to assist if you are having issues connecting to a VPN.