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This tutorial will show you how to manually set up a VPN configuration (using L2TP) on iOS 11 or below. If you are using iOS 12 or above, use the ExpressVPN app setup.

Not all ExpressVPN locations may be available for manually configured connections. To use the full list of VPN locations, use the app setup.

Important: L2TP provides no security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations. If you are located in a country with a high level of internet censorship, you are recommended to use the ExpressVPN app for a more stable VPN connection.

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1. Download the VPN configuration
2. Install the VPN configuration
3. Connect to a VPN server
Disconnect from the VPN server
Remove the VPN manual configuration
Troubleshoot your VPN connection


1. Download the VPN configuration

Note: You must use Safari to download the VPN configuration file.

On your iOS device, open Safari and go to the ExpressVPN setup page. If prompted, enter your ExpressVPN credentials and tap Sign In.

Tap "Sign In."

Enter the verification code that is sent to your email.

Under Setup, tap complete the ExpressVPN manual setup for iOS.

Under "Setup," tap "complete the ExpressVPN manual setup for iOS."

A new page will open in Safari telling you that the ExpressVPN settings are being loaded onto your device.

If prompted, tap Allow.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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2. Install the VPN configuration

Important: If you already have ExpressVPN manual configs on your device and try to download the config files again, you will get an error. To resolve the problem, remove the old manual configurations before installing the new config files.

You will see a message saying “Profile Downloaded.” Tap Close.

Tap "Close."

Go to your device’s Settings. Select General > Profile > ExpressVPN.

Tap "ExpressVPN."

Tap Install. Enter your device’s passcode when prompted.

Tap "Install."

A warning will pop up. Tap Install and Install.

Tap "Install."

When the installation is complete, tap Done.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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3. Connect to a VPN server

To connect to a VPN server, go to Settings > General > VPN.

Tap "VPN."

In the VPN menu, you will see a list of ExpressVPN servers. Tap the server location you wish to connect to, then toggle the Status switch on.

Tap any location to connect.

Congratulations! You’re now connected to one of our VPN servers.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Disconnect from the VPN server

To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Settings > General > VPN and toggle the Status switch off.

Toggle the "Status" switch to the left to disconnect.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Remove the VPN manual configuration from the device

To remove the ExpressVPN manual configuration from your iOS device:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Profile.
  2. Select ExpressVPN. Tap Remove Profile.
  3. Enter your device’s passcode. Tap Remove.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Troubleshoot your VPN connection

If you have issues connecting to the VPN, you may be using an outdated VPN profile. Follow the steps above to download the latest VPN profile before setting up the VPN.

If the connection issue persists, try manually configuring the VPN using a different L2TP connection method.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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