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Use this tutorial to manually set up an L2TP VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad.
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.
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.
If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.
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 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 username, password, 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.
Keep this screen open! You will need to copy and paste these details later for the setup.
Set up your VPN configuration
On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > VPN (scroll down) > Add VPN configuration > Setup VPN configuration
Select L2TP on the top, then enter the following 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.
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.
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.
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