ever wanted to use a secure and reliable vpn on your iphone to encrypt your online activities or access your streaming service from abroad? of course you want it, and you want it without the hassle to manually connect to your vpn provider. the answer is: vpn on demand. and here is how:
what you need
- an iphone (4 or newer) with the most recent ios version
- a mac with the free apple configurator installed
step by step
once you have all the required hardware on hand, please create an account with your favourite vpn provider. please find a vpn service provider suitable for your own needs.
create profile using apple configurator
open up apple configurator and click the button to create a new profile on page two.
choose a meaningful name for your profile.
switch to vpn config and enter the corresponding vpn server and login credentials you received from your vpn provider.
you just created a valid configuration profile for your ios device. you could install it onto your iphone, but: there is no vpn on demand yet enabled. to achieve this, we do have to tweak our profile. please export and save it (for example on your desktop for easy access) – uncheck „sign configuration profile“.
adding vpn on demand to profile
open your preferred text editor (i.e. textedit, shipped with every mac) and add the following lines:
<key>OnDemandEnabled</key> <integer>1</integer> <key>OnDemandRules</key> <array> <dict> <key>Action</key> <string>Disconnect</string> <key>InterfaceTypeMatch</key> <string>WiFi</string> <key>SSIDMatch</key> <array> <string>Name of my Home Network</string> <string>Company WiFi</string> </array> </dict> <dict> <key>Action</key> <string>Connect</string> <key>InterfaceTypeMatch</key> <string>WiFi</string> </dict> <dict> <key>Action</key> <string>Connect</string> <key>InterfaceTypeMatch</key> <string>Cellular</string> </dict> <dict> <key>Action</key> <string>Ignore</string> </dict> </array>
back in apple configurator please delete the existing profile and import our tweaked version. just drag and drop it from your finder.
now you are ready to install the profile.
after hitting the button to install profiles, connect und unlock your iphone. then select the vpn profile and continue.
grab your iphone and finish the installation.
once the profile has been installed, it automatically connects using your vpn login.
to save battery life the vpn connection will be disconnected, if not needed anymore. but, on the next network attempt, it re-connects. neat, huh!?
if you want to do more with profiles, just read the configuration profile key reference, section vpn.
2015/04/02: updated on demand rules; added related articles
2015/04/19: updated on demand rules