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A VPN protects your internet connection, so you can browse the web safely, enjoy your favorite websites and services, and access geo-restricted content from anywhere. It’s easy to configure a VPN connection on an iPhone, and we’ll show you the fastest way to do it.

What is a VPN on iPhone?

VPN, a virtual private network, lets you access the internet via a secure encrypted connection. This adds an extra layer of protection to your browsing, so nobody can snoop on your online activity.

There are two main cases when you may want to use VPN on your iPhone:

  1. Protect your data online. VPN is a must while using public Wi-Fi. Such networks are typically unencrypted, so bad guys can easily get access to your passwords or credit card numbers. VPN encrypts your data and makes it unreadable to hackers, so you can safely check your bank account from a local coffee shop. VPN is also useful at home if you don’t want your ISP to snoop on your activity.
  2. Access your favorite music, movies, websites, and services from anywhere. VPN makes your device think you’re in another location, so you can enjoy Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and any other services that may be restricted for you.

How to set up a VPN on iPhone

The fastest and easiest way to add VPN to your iPhone is by using Documents by Readdle. Documents is the super app for file action. It lets you do what you want with your files, from watching movies to PDF editing. Documents features a built-in VPN service that works across all your apps. 

Here’s how to configure a VPN with Documents:

  1. Get Documents for free.
  2. Launch the app and jump to the VPN tab.
  3. Tap the big Start button.

That’s it! Now, you can enjoy safe and private browsing. You can also pick a different server location if you need to bypass certain geo-restrictions. VPN works across all your apps, even when you close Documents. 

How to connect and disconnect a VPN on iPhone

Once you’ve added a VPN in Documents, you can quickly turn it on or off in the app:

  1. Open Documents.
  2. Jump to the VPN tab. 
  3. Tap Start or Stop.

How to manually set up VPN on your iPhone

We’ve just explored an easy way to add a VPN to your iPhone. Alternatively, you can configure a VPN connection manually in the settings of your device. You’ll want to use this method when you already know all the connection details. For example, your employer can provide this information to let you set up a corporate VPN.

If this is your case, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and select VPN.
  4. Tap Add VPN Configuration.
  5. Here, you can select the VPN type and fill in all the required settings.
  6. After adding all the details, tap Done at the top right of the screen.

Once you’ve added a VPN configuration, a new VPN toggle will appear in the iOS settings. Just turn it on to start using the VPN.


If you’re looking for the easiest way to use a VPN on your iPhone, download Documents. Turn on a VPN with just a few taps, enjoy safety and privacy while using public Wi-Fi, and get access to your favorite content from anywhere.

We’ve built Documents to supercharge your iPhone. Documents lets you do what you want with your files, without juggling between multiple apps. Browse the web safely, download anything, watch movies, listen to music, read books, and more.

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