In your Apple App Store:
- Search for "vpn".
- Choose a VPN provider that you want to use on your iPhone.
Be wary of the "free" VPN providers, as they often don't have as many servers available and will slow down your internet activity considerably. See why we recommend NordVPN by reading our comprehensive review of NordVPN.
- Set up your account with the VPN.
Open up your VPN app and use it to connect to a VPN server. Some VPN providers will give you options to connect to specialty servers like Wireguard or P2P.
If you're using the VPN for general security, then using the standard OpenVPN server will be just fine. NordVPN gives the option "quick connect" and "auto-connect" anytime I log in to my iPhone.
You may need to allow your new VPN permissions to access your iPhone before it can connect you.
Now that you've activated the VPN, go to your iPhone's Settings. You should see a new VPN option at the top of your screen, located under "Cellular."
This should say "Connected," whenever you are connected to a VPN server. You can turn off the VPN by clicking on VPN and toggling the VPN off.
Manually Add VPN Configuration
In this VPN settings screen, you can also manually configure a VPN if you have things like the "Remote ID," "Username," and "Password" for the VPN server. Simply click Add Configuration to set this up.