How do I configure and use OpenVPN on the iPhone and iPad?

To connect to UIC VPN on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you will need to install the OpenVPN Connect client and download your VPN configuration file. It is recommended to follow these instructions in order.

Install OpenVPN Connect

Download and install the OpenVPN Connect client (by OpenVPN Technologies) from the App Store.
OpenVPN Connect apple app store

Download VPN configuration file

  1. Open your mobile browser to download your VPN configuration file (authentication required). The short URL to the file is Your config file will be named UIC-NetID.ovpn with NetID being your UIC NetID.
    openvpn ios download ovpn
  2. Once the file is downloaded, select Open in OpenVPN.
  3. The OpenVPN will ask you to accept the profile available for import, click Accept.
    OpenVPN iOS profile import
  4. A prompt will appear asking for your Username and Password. Your username is your NetID and your password is your common password.
    OpenVPN iOS login NetID common password
  5. OpenVPN will connect and there will be a green check mark once you have connected. In your notification bar, you should have an ongoing notification while the VPN is active.
    OpenVPN iOS connected UIC


If you click on Connected in the application, it will show the log file. This can be useful for troubleshooting if you're having problems getting the application to connect.
OpenVPN iOS log file

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Last updated: 

September 20, 2016

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