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Setup Tutorials

How to set up OpenVPN on iPad

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up OpenVPN on iPad but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the OpenVPN you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your VPN username and password. You can find them in the client area on our website, by going to Settings -> VPN Username & Password.
  3. The OpenVPN configuration files. You can find them on the Downloads page on our website.
  4. The OpenVPN Connect app. You can download it from here for free.

Recommendations

To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for iPad.

If you still want to set up OpenVPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

Install and configure the OpenVPN Connect app

  1. OpenVPN protocol requires the OpenVPN Connect app to be installed. Download and install it.

  2. Start the OpenVPN Connect app and tap Agree.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  3. Download the OpenVPN Configuration Files and unzip the downloaded file.

    You can find lots of free apps in app store that can help you do that. In this tutorial we have used Unzip.

  4. Using the Unzip app, open the folder you unzipped in the previous step.

    Select the server you want to use, tap on Share and tap on Copy to OpenVPN.

    This will start OpenVPN Connect app.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  5. Tap on ADD to import the selected configuration file.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  6. Type your VPN username in the Username field, tick the Save password checkbox and type your VPN password in the Password field.

    You can find your VPN username and password in your account on our website, by going to Settings. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the web account credentials (What is the difference?).

    Tap ADD.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  7. Tap on Allow to allow the OpenVPN Connect app to add VPN Configurations on your device.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3

Connect to VPN

Tap the on/off toggle button to connect/disconnect VPN.

Only the first time you will try to connect to VPN you will be asked to allow OpenVPN to enable a VPN connection. Tap Yes.

How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  • Once accepted, OpenVPN will connect.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
  • If you want to delete the profile, select the Edit option for the profile you want to delete and tap Delete Profile.

    How to set up OpenVPN on iPad: Step 3
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