What You'll Need
Most importantly, you’ll need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod which runs on either iOS (version 10 and above) or iPadOS (version 13.1 and above).
We used an iPhone 7 running iOS version 13.3 for this guide, but the basic setup will work on some older versions of iOS too, even if the steps look slightly different.
If you want to manually configure OpenVPN on your device (Method 3) you’ll also need a desktop computer.
In addition to your device you need an active VPN subscription.
If you’re still looking for a VPN you should take a look at our top recommended services for iPhone and iPad here.
Once you decide on a VPN provider, there are two ways to get a subscription:
- Visit the VPN provider’s website, choose the type of subscription plan you want, and sign up.
- Download your chosen VPN provider’s app from the Apple App Store and sign up for a new account in the app.
Option #1 is your safest bet.
Often if you purchase a VPN subscription from the Apple App Store directly you may not be covered by the VPN’s refund policy.
Another advantage of signing up via the provider’s website is that you can use the VPN on multiple devices, not just your phone or tablet.