How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS

  1. Install CactusVPN app.

    1. Download CactusVPN app for iOS from Appstore (1).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 1

    2. Open the app (2).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 2

    On the sign in screen you have two options: to sign in to use our VPN services or to sign in to use our Smart DNS services. You can do this by tapping on the “VPN” or “Smart DNS” tabs from the bottom of the screen.

    If you want to connect to Smart DNS and don’t need VPN, just skip part II and go directly to the part “III. Connect to Smart DNS”.

  2. Connect to VPN

    1. If you sign in to VPN, you will be able to easily create VPN profiles. You won’t have to fill all the fields by hand. After the VPN profiles are created you can connect to VPN as you usually do – from the Settings menu of your device.

      To sign in to VPN you should make sure the “VPN” tab (6) is selected.

      Type your VPN username and password (3). You can find them in the client area on our website, by going to your package. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the client area credentials (What is the difference?).

      Tap on “Sign in” (4).

      If you forgot your password, tap on “Forgot your password?” (5) and if you want to order our services, tap on “Order VPN + Smart DNS” (5).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 3

    2. In the next screen you will have the option to choose VPN server(s) that will be used to create connections. Tap on the desired server (7) and tap on “Create connections” (8).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 4

    3. Tap on “Install” (9).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 5

    4. Tap one more time on “Install (10).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 6

    5. And one more time (11).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 7

    6. Tap on “Done” (12).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 8

    7. Your default browser will open. Tap on “Settings” (13).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 9

    8. Tap on “General” (14).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 10

    9. Scroll down and tap on “VPN” (15).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 11

    10. Connect to VPN (16).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 12

    11. If you want to use our Smart DNS services, you have to sign out from VPN by tapping on the sign out icon (17).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 13

  3. Connect to Smart DNS

    1. If you sign in to Smart DNS, you will enjoy the Smart DNS easier than ever as you don’t need to set up it manually anymore. All you have to do is sign in and enable the Smart DNS service.

      To sign in, make sure the “Smart DNS” tab (18) is selected.

      Type your Smart DNS key (19). You can find it in the client area on our website, by going to your package.

      Tap on “Sign in” button (20).

      If you forgot your Smart DNS key, tap on “Where to find my key?” (21). On this screen you can also order our VPN + Smart DNS package (21) if you still don’t have one.

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 14

    2. To enable Smart DNS tap on “Enable Smart DNS” button (22). Before enabling Smart DNS, you can choose:

      “Websites region” (23) – choose the region that will be used for multi-regional websites.

      “DNS Server” (24) – choose the one that is closest to you.

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 15

    3. After tapping the “Enable Smart DNS” button, you will get a notification that our app is trying to create a VPN connection. Don’t worry! It will be a simulated VPN connection where both VPN server and client are your mobile device. We use it so you could have Smart DNS access regardless if you are connected to WiFi or using mobile data. Tap on “Allow” (25).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 16

    4. You can configure how the app works. To do that tap on menu icon (26).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 17

    5. Tap on “Settings” (27).

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 18

    6. You’ll see all the Settings:

      “Update IP every” – set up how often your IP will be automatically updated. That’s useful when you ISP often changes your IP address.

      “Sign in at app start” – sign in into your account when CactusVPN app starts.

      “Enable Smart DNS on Sign in” – automatically enable Smart DNS after signing in.

      CactusVPN VPN App for iOS Setup: Step 19

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