How To Setup a VPN On iPad And Access Restricted Websites From Everywhere

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Update 4/30/2010: Due to the lack of support for Flash, Hulu and some other video streaming site would not work on iPad! But, you can use Hulu Plus (paid version of Hulu).  

If you just got yourself an iPad and you can not access your favorite US or UK site, here is some good news: iPad can be easily setup to use a VPN connection via PPTP, L2TP or IPSec protocols. Here is how to get the best iPad VPN service.

What is a VPN?

iPad VPN service

A VPN service establishes a connection to a remote server that resides in the country where the service you want to use it. Once you connect to the VPN all of your internet traffic flows through that connection so that from the other side at least it looks like the connection originates at the server and not your iPad.

How to get iPad VPN service

First of all, you need to register for a VPN account. If you need it to access US restricted sites then you need to subscribe to a VPN service the provides US IP address like HideMyAssibVPN, NordVPN, IPVanish. If you want to access UK restricted sites then you need a UK VPN account.

All the recommended services have dedicated iOS apps that can be easily used to create VPN connections. There is no need to manually create VPN profiles.

However, if you are an advanced user you may set up your own VPN connection as described below.

VPN for iPad Settings

On the iPad go to Settings > Network and create a new VPN connection. Fill in the username and password and the server address. Press the Connect button and within a few seconds you’ll be connected to the VPN and all your traffic will be going to a US or UK server. Thus you will be able to access any US or UK restricted website.

iPad VPN service - PPTP VPN

Moreover, if you subscribe to a VPN service you will be able to use it on both your laptop or desktop computer and the iPad.

iOS 10 Update

Starting from iOS 10 PPTP VPN protocol is no longer available. The good news is that most of the VPN apps recommended above are already using IKEv2 or IPSec protocols. However, you will no longer be able to create manual PPTP VPN connections. You will have to replace them with L2TP, IPSec or IKEv2.

Do you know another good iPad VPN service? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • Freddie Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks so much for this, it worked a treat! The only problem is when I have VPN turned on I cannot send or receive email. Do you or anyone know why this is or have a solution?

    Many thanks

  • HideIP Admin Apr 29, 2010

    @Freddie – Most of the VPN services block ports that are used by email in order to prevent spam. So, the only solution is to turn off the VPN when you want to send emails.

  • Mike Apr 29, 2010

    This still won’t allow iPad users to watch Hulu on the iPad, correct?

  • HideIP Admin Apr 29, 2010

    @Mike – Yes, it will. This is the idea of the article.

  • Mike Apr 29, 2010

    Got my VPN working on my iPad. Hulu does NOT work, because the iPad does not have flash. If you know some way to make it work, please enlighten me.

  • HideIP Admin Apr 30, 2010

    @Mike – You are right. Flash is not running on iPad. Still looking for a solution for Hulu.

  • Sonny Apr 30, 2010

    is there any free VPN for iPad??

  • HideIP Admin May 1, 2010

    You can get free accounts that work on iPad from HideIpVPN.

  • Sonny May 1, 2010

    i went to there but there not have any accounts where can i get free account from that works Thanks@HideIP Admin

  • HideIP Admin May 1, 2010

    Other free VPNs are Hotspot Shield or TheFreeVPN but I don’t think they can be setup on iPad.

  • Sonny May 1, 2010

    Hotspot Shield does not work but TheFreeVPN i not no how use it i got email but i not no how setup @HideIP Admin

  • Sonny May 15, 2010

    @HideIP Admin – how get Hotspot Shield work on iPad or iPhone

  • HideIP Admin May 15, 2010

    @Sonny – Unfortunately it does not seem to work.

  • Sonny May 15, 2010

    @HideIP Admin – Then when will there fix it has anyone email them do there no it not working

  • Frank Jun 29, 2010

    There is an iPad app called Hulu Plus … Which means you don’t have to worry about Flash.. Because the app if for iPad. But it costs 10 bucks per month. I would gladly pay that if I could find a free VPN service that really works on tne iPad. I live in Mexico and Hulul is blocked, even on the iPad app version.

  • paco Jul 14, 2010

    did any one try to configure de vpn account on aa 3g ipad?

  • will mitchell Jul 28, 2010

    I got a ipad 3g today and on Friday will be getting my micro-sim in the mail from orange, i will post back and tell you if it works on Friday or Saturday

  • HideIP Admin Jul 29, 2010

    @will mitchell – Great! Please do that 🙂

  • Simon Sep 5, 2010

    Hi when my VPN is active I can’t open up the Internet on my pad can anyone help? Thanks.

  • Jim Nov 4, 2010

    You have to turn VPN off to check email or use a browser on the iPad, for some reason. You don’t need to do that on an iphone, though. Strange.

  • VampiricBreeder Nov 26, 2010

    Hello fellas !

    well, i got HSS setup for IPHONE and username and Pass too. and was working successfully , BUT NOW DOESN’T WORKING ANYMORE!!!!. after i updated my iphone with the newst software ” 4.2.1 ” . so VPN doesn’t workout again!. and i get acouple things >>>>>>> ” VPN SERVER DOESN’T REPONSE ” or ” TRY CONNECTIONG AGAIN , IF NOT WORKING. THEN CALL YOUR ADMIN” …………
    really wired!. so anyone can help for this plz ?????????

  • cz chillw Dec 29, 2010 – Free PPTP VPN for windows, mac and iphone/android mobile, very nice service, always free, works very well in my iPad and windows 7 PC 🙂

  • Jem Martyn Feb 10, 2011

    I’ve been using for a while and it works perfectly, even over 3G. I get access to the BBC Player on iPhone 4 and iPad via a UK server as well as access to Netflix and Hulu for iPhone via a US server (both these need a US subscription). I also get RTE via their Irish proxy. I can then hardwire to the TV (using Apple’s video cable) or send them all over WiFi via Apple TV. $7 a month let me rip out the cable service completely. The best thing, for me, is streaming BBC radio in the car – real news for me and 100s of hours of kids radio shows for peace and quiet.

  • DanielaR May 31, 2011

    I am from Europe and wanted to watch Hulu as well..what i did was buy puffin wich costs 0.79 to watch flas and then put bestfreevpn on my ipad wich is very easy to do. it seems to lag a little but it works. Hope it helps

  • norman leeds Jul 17, 2011

    @Freddie – Hi trying to set up VPN but where on earth is the CONNECT button ?? !!


    Norman Leeds

  • Steve Sep 1, 2011

    This works for setting up VPN on iPad!!! Hulu works great with it!!! Hope I helped!!

  • FanFest Sep 28, 2011

    Raptor VPN and CyberGhost are two other pretty good free VPN services. I like HMA myself. I think it is well worth the money, but those two are good free options.

  • alexandra Jan 4, 2012

    @cz chillw – Domain Suspension

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  • alexandra Jan 4, 2012

    @cz chillw – Domain Suspension

    This domain has expired and is now suspended. If you would like to restore it please contact the registrar used to register your domain. You can check the registrar used for your domain at whois.CO

  • alexandra Jan 4, 2012

    @Steve – The site point to this invalid URL to get an account.

  • Mimi Jan 31, 2012

    Can I track any cell phone location , what app should I use

  • Qdjnfsw Jun 27, 2012

    Srry if i sound atupid but can vpn replace wifi? I have an Ipad 1

  • Jean M Jan 28, 2013

    It’s good that you mentioned VPNs but you’re completely right there are speed limits in place, so good luck trying to stream a video if you’re using those VPNs… I tried CyberGhost before but meh… it’s only good for really basic stuff like checking your email if you want an extra layer of security. I ended up settling for highspeedVPN (take a look at You get what you pay for right? But yeah if you need it for work especially it only makes sense, my guy from IT actually suggested it and it’s been working pretty well for me!

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