VPNs & Privacy

VPNs can be set up to control the routing of certain network traffic.

A virtual private network (VPN) is a service that can encrypt and route certain network traffic from your device in a way that may hide your IP address from the websites and services you visit and interact with. Even when a VPN is active, some traffic that is necessary for essential system services will take place outside the VPN so that your device can function properly.

You can download your preferred VPN configuration from the App Store and install it on your device. Institutions, such as your employer or school, can also set up VPN configurations on devices they manage, including Apple Watch or Apple TV. You can also manually add a VPN on iOS or iPadOS devices by going to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management > VPN, then tapping Add VPN Configuration and entering relevant information. On Mac, go to System Settings > Network, click the More button, then select Add VPN Configuration and enter relevant information.

It is important that you only use a VPN service you trust. When a VPN configuration is installed and active, your VPN provider may be able to see, intercept, and modify your online activity. You should review your VPN provider’s privacy practices to learn more about their service and how they handle your data. When you are using a third-party app or browsing websites not operated by Apple, Apple does not collect information about your use of a VPN service on your device in a way that identifies you.

Published Date: September 18, 2023