How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS

  1. Install CactusVPN app.

    1. Go to App Store from your iOS device.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 1

    2. Tap on “Search” (2).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 2

    3. Type “cactusvpn” in the search field (3) and tap on the first result you see – “cactusvpn – vpn and smart dns services” (4).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 3

    4. Tap on download icon (5)

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 4

    5. Tap on “Open” (6)

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 5

    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. To sign in to VPN you should make sure the “VPN” tab (10) is selected.

      Type your VPN username and password (7). 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” (8).

      If you forgot your password, tap on “Forgot your password?” (9) and if you want to order our services, tap on “Order VPN + Smart DNS” (9).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 6

    2. Tap on the button (11) below the “Choose your location:” title to choose the VPN server location you want to connect to.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 7

    3. Choose the VPN server location (12) you want to connect to and tap on the back icon (13).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 8

    4. Tap on “Connect” (14).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 9

    5. A notification will appear asking if you allow to add VPN configurations. Tap on “Agree” (15).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 10

    6. A small “VPN” icon (16) will appear on the top of the screen. That means you are connected to VPN.

      Tap on “Dinsconnect” (17) to disconnect from VPN.

      You can configure how the app works by tapping on the menu icon (18).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 11

    7. Tap on “Settings” (19).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 12

    8. You’ll see all the Settings:

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

      “Connect VPN on Sign in” – automatically connect to VPN after signing in.

      “Hide app on connect” – hide the CactusVPN app after connecting to VPN.

      “Reconnect if connection dropped” – automatically reconnect if connection is dropped.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 13

    9. If you want to use our Smart DNS services, you have to sign out from VPN by tapping on the sign out icon (20).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 14

  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 (24) is selected.

      Type your Smart DNS key (21). You can find it in the client area on our website, by going to your package.

      Tap on “Sign in” button (22).

      If you forgot your Smart DNS key, tap on “Where to find my key?” (23). On this screen you can also order our VPN + Smart DNS package (23) if you still don’t have one.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 15

    2. To enable Smart DNS tap on “Enable Smart DNS” button (25). Before enabling Smart DNS, you can choose:

      “Websites region” (26) – choose the region that will be used for multi-regional websites.

      “DNS Server” (27) – choose the one that is closest to you.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 16

    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” (28).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 17

    4. You can configure how the app works. To do that tap on menu icon (29).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 18

    5. Tap on “Settings” (30).

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 19

    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.

      How to set up CactusVPN App for iOS: Step 20

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