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iPhone L2TP VPN Setup Guide

Easy iPhone L2TP VPN Setup Guide

Want to amp up your online security and access restricted content on your iPhone? An iPhone L2TP VPN setup with CoverMeVPN is a smart move. This guide will take you through easily configure your iPhone to connect to CoverMeVPN using L2TP. Whether you aim to safeguard your data on public Wi-Fi or get around geo-restrictions, this setup will ensure that your internet traffic is encrypted and private, giving you a secure browsing experience on your iPhone.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 01

Navigate to your home screen (or whichever page contains the ‘Settings’ app) by closing the current app, pressing the ‘Home’ button near the base of the unit, or by swiping to the ‘Spotlight’ search, and entering ‘Settings’. Launch the ‘Settings’ app with a single tap.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 02

Once the ‘Settings’ app is open navigate to the ‘General’ category and open it with a single tap.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 03

In the ‘General category find the VPN settings and open it with a single tap.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 04

When the ‘VPN’ settings panel opens tap the ‘Add VPN Configuration…’ with a single tap.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 05

Once the ‘Add Configuration’ panel opens tap the ‘Type’ which is defaulted to ‘IKEv2’ and tap ‘L2TP’ to change the protocol.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 06

Then fill in a descriptive title of your choice for the new VPN connection. For the ‘Server’ field below, fill in the desired host from VPN Account Details Emailed. When filling in the ‘Account’ and ‘Password’ fields, keep in mind our authentication system is case-sensitive. Do NOT enable the ‘RSA SecurID’ field between the ‘Account’ and ‘Password’ fields. For the ‘Secret’ field enter ‘12345678’. Confirm that the ‘Send All Traffic’ switch is in the ‘ON’ position. Finally, look for the blue ‘Done’ button in the upper-right corner of the panel and tap to commit your settings.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 07

After saving, you will be brought back to the previous VPN connections page. To test the connection, look for the first item at the top of the category labeled ‘VPN Configurations’. After you have selected your connection, marked with a ‘check’, look for the toggle switch at the top of the frame, tap the toggle to enable a connection. Any error or warning messages will displayed next to ‘Status’. If you can’t seem to get beyond this point, confirm that you’ve entered your username and password correctly. Contact our support team for further assistance though our support center, making sure to provide any error or warning messages shown in the status indicator.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 08

Once a VPN is saved in your device you can connect by tapping the ‘Settings’ app from your home page. Followed by tapping the ‘VPN’ option toggle near the top of the list. Note this will connect you to the VPN server with the check mark in the ‘VPN’ settings panel under ‘General’ Settings..

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 09

Once the new connection profile is made, fill in your selected covermevpn server address in the ‘Server Address’ field – when choosing a server to connect to, geographical location may be a concern. Please reference our server mailed to you for more details. Fill your username in the ‘Account Name’ field – remember that our authentication system is case-sensitive, so a single miscapitalized letter in either your username or password will cause your connection to error out. Finally, locate the ‘Authentication Settings…’ button, and click to move on.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 10

In the resulting dialog, enter your covermevpn password in the ‘Password’ field. As before, this field is case-sensitive, so double-check against the confirmation email we sent you at sign-up. In the ‘Machine Authentication’ category below, confirm that the ‘Shared Secret’ radio button is selected, and enter the covermevpn secret in the corresponding field – our pre-shared key is ‘12345678’, without the quotes. Click the ‘OK’ button to continue.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 11

When you return to the previous menu, locate the ‘Advanced…’ button in the lower-right corner, next to the question mark icon. Click the ‘Advanced…’ button to continue.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 12

In the ‘Advanced’ settings pane, locate the ‘Session’ category. Tick the third checkbox down, labeled ‘Send all traffic over VPN connection’, then click the ‘OK’ button in the lower-right corner to continue.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 13

Find and tick the ‘Show VPN status in menu bar’ checkbox, located to the left of the ‘Advanced…’ button. Once this checkbox is ticket, you may commit all configuration options by clicking the ‘Apply’ button in the lower-right corner of the panel.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 14

Test your newly created connection by clicking the ‘Connect’ button, just below the ‘Authentication Settings…’ button, and move on to the next step.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 15

As the session to our server opens, watch the ‘Status:’ indicator at the top of the pane for any error or warning messages. If you are unable to obtain the ‘Status: Connected’ message, first confirm that you have entered your username and password – if you are still unable to connect, feel free to contact our support team, and include any relevant status messages.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 16

Once the session has successfully connected, look for the ‘Status: Connected’ message with the ‘Connection Time:’ and ‘IP Address’ details below.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup - Step 17

For a quick way to access your VPN session, locate the the indicator on the top of the screen – look for the session ‘Connect Time:’ indicator, and click to open a context menu. From this menu, you quickly start and stop your VPN session without navigating though the ‘System Preferences’ menu. Click out of the context menu, close the ‘System Preferences’ menu, and enjoy peace of mind that your online activities aren’t being monitored by prying eyes.

iPhone L2TP VPN Setup
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