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This tutorial will show you how to manually set up an L2TP VPN connection on your iOS 11 or below. If you are using iOS 12 or above, use the ExpressVPN 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.

Jump to…

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


1. Find 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, go to the ExpressVPN setup page. If prompted, enter your ExpressVPN credentials and tap Sign In.

Tap "Sign In."

Enter the verification code sent to your email.

Select L2TP/IPsec.

Select "L2TP/IPsec."

This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

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 a 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 Info icon., then tap Delete VPN.

Tap “Delete VPN.”

Tap Delete again.

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