How to manually setup ExpressVPN on iOS devices (L2TP)

ios-devices

Need a VPN for iOS?

Get ExpressVPN Now
refer a friend

Love ExpressVPN? Want a free month?

Refer a friend now

If you cannot use the ExpressVPN app on your iOS device, you can manually setup a VPN connection in your iOS Settings with these step-by-step instructions.

PRO TIP: ExpressVPN highly recommends using the Express Manual Setup to set up all the manual L2TP VPN configurations on your iOS device in one go.

Jump to…

Get your ExpressVPN account credentials
Set up your VPN configuration
How to connect and disconnect the VPN
How to uninstall the VPN configuration


Get your ExpressVPN account credentials

To set up ExpressVPN manually, you will first need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials for the manual configuration. Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Tap on the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

log in to expressvpn.com

Once you’ve opened the link in the welcome email or logged in to the website, tap on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.

tap-setup-expressvpn

Tap on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec tab on the right. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world. To copy, tap on the copy information icon on the top right corner of the box.

tap to copy activation code

Keep this screen open! You will need to copy and paste these details later for the setup.

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

Back to top


Set up your VPN configuration

On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > VPN (scroll down) > Add VPN configuration > Setup VPN configuration

vpn settings

add vpn configuration

Select L2TP on the top, then enter the following settings:

vpn configuration settings

Description: Enter any description (for example: My VPN).
Server: Type the desired ExpressVPN server address.
Account: Type your username.
RSA SecurID: Make sure it is off.
Password: Type your password from.
Secret: Type 12345678
.Send All Traffic: Make sure it is on.

Tap Save in the top-right corner.

You’re ready to connect to the VPN now! Tap the VPN button at the top right.

connect

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.

Back to top


How to connect and disconnect the VPN

Your VPN is now set up and easy to turn on and off whenever you need it. Go to Settings and tap the VPN button.

turn on vpn

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

Back to top


How to uninstall the VPN configuration

If you ever need to uninstall the VPN, go to the VPN configuration page, scroll down to the bottom, and tap Delete VPN

delete vpn

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

Back to top

Was this article helpful to you?11 1 Undo

Not an ExpressVPN user yet? Sign up today so you can start using our apps!

Install ExpressVPN on all your devices!

windows apple android ios linux chrome ebooks phones consoles router nas share