VPN on iPhone / iPad step by step guide (Using L2TP/IPsec VPN)

Here is an instruction how to connect to a VPN Gate Public VPN Relay Server by using L2TP/IPsec VPN Client which is built-in on iPhone / iPad.
On this instruction, every screen-shots are taken on iOS 6. Other versions of iOS are similar to be configured, however there might be minor different on UIs.
These screen-shots are in English version of iOS. If you use other language, you can still configure it easily by referring the following instructions.

1. Initial configurations (only once at the first time)

From the iOS main screen, start the "Settings" application.
Open "VPN" in "General" , and tap "Add VPN Configuration..." .
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A new L2TP VPN connection setting will be created, and the configuration screen will appear.
On this screen, you have to specify either hostname or IP address of the destination VPN Gate Public VPN Relay Server.
Open the VPN Servers List page, and click one VPN Relay Server which you want to use. Copy the DDNS Hostname (an identifier ends with ".opengw.net" ) or IP Address (digits as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) and paste it on the "Server" field on the configuration screen.
  • In general, DDNS Hostname (an identifier ends with ".opengw.net" ) are recommended to specify. DDNS hostname can continue to be used even if the corresponding IP address of the DDNS hostname will change in future. However, in some countries or regions, you might be unable to use DDNS hostname. If you fails to specify a DDNS hostname, try IP Address (digits as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) specification instead.
After you specify the "Server" field, you have to input "vpn" (3-letters) to "Account" , "Password" and "Secret" fields. After input, tap "Save" .
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2. Connect a VPN

You can start a VPN connection by using a created VPN connection setting at any time.
Tap the "OFF" button to initiate a VPN connection.
While VPN is established, you can see the status and connect time on the status screen. Your private IP address in VPN is also displayed. The "Connect to" IP address reports "1.0.0.1" , but it is not an unusual.

3. Enjoy Internet via VPN relaying

While VPN is established, all communications towards the Internet will be relayed via the VPN Server.
You can visit the VPN Gate Top Page to see your current global IP address. You can see your source country or region has been changed to other if you are connecting to a VPN server which is located on oversea country.
iOS displays the "VPN" indicator on the top bar of the screen while VPN is established.
Enjoy YouTube, Facebook or Twitter while your VPN connection is established.
Facebook, Twitter and Gmail uses HTTPS (SSL) encrypted communication protocols. Regardless of VPN or non-VPN, no one can tap these encrypted communications.

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