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This tutorial will show you how to manually set up an L2TP VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad.

Important: L2TP provides no security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.

Prefer to use the app insteadSee the instructions for app setup for iOS 10 and above.

Jump to…

1. Get your ExpressVPN account credentials
2. Set up your VPN configuration
Connect to a different VPN server location
Disconnect from the VPN server location
Uninstall the VPN configuration


1. Get your ExpressVPN account credentials

To set up ExpressVPN manually, you will first need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials for the manual configuration.

On your iOS device, open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Tap “Set Up ExpressVPN.”

Tap "Set Up ExpressVPN."

Tap Show other devices > Manual Configuration.

If you can’t find the email, sign in to your account. Enter your verification code, which you will receive in your email.

Under Set up your devices, tap More > Show other devices > Manual Configuration.

Tap "Manual Configuration."

Select PPTP & L2TP/IPsec. This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Tap "PPTP & L2TP/IPsec."

Keep this browser window handy. You will need this information for the setup later.

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

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2. Set up your VPN configuration

On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > VPN > Add VPN Configuration…

Tap “Add VPN Configuration...”

Then enter the following settings:

  • Type: Select L2TP.
  • Description: Enter a name that will help you recognize your VPN connection. It might be helpful to enter the location name (e.g., «ExpressVPN LA»).
  • Server: Enter one of the server addresses provided (e.g. la-abc-abcd.abcde.com).
  • Account: Enter the username you found earlier.
  • RSA SecurID: Make sure this is off.
  • Password: Enter the password you found earlier.
  • Secret: Enter 12345678.
  • Send All Traffic: Make sure this is on.

Enter the VPN configuration details on your device.

Then tap Done.

You are ready to connect to the VPN now. To connect, toggle the Status switch on.

Toggle the “Status” switch on.

When your VPN connection is successful, the Status will change to “Connected.”

The status will change to “Connected” upon successful connection.

Congratulations! You can now begin surfing with freedom and security. Open your web browser or any app, and all traffic will automatically be protected by ExpressVPN.

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

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Connect to a different server location

You can create more than one server connection by repeating Step 2.

To connect to a different server location you have set up, go to Settings > VPN. Tap the name of the connection in the list, then toggle the Status switch on.

Tap the connection name to connect to a different server location.

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

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Disconnect from the VPN server location

On your iOS device, tap Settings, then toggle VPN off.

Toggle “VPN” off.

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

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Uninstall the VPN configuration

To uninstall the VPN configuration, go to Settings > General > VPN. Tap the (i) icon, then tap Delete VPN.

Tap “Delete VPN.”

Tap Delete again.

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

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