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Set up Sophos SSL VPN on iOS

In this tutorial, we will explain how to set up an SSL VPN connection to a Sophos XG firewall on your iOS device (iOS 9 and later) using OpenVPN Connect.

Info: This tutorial is also available in a version for Windows or macOS. If you want to set up a VPN to your UTM/SG firewall, check out the following guide: Install Sophos SSL VPN Client (Windows) – UTM

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1. download OpenVPN Connect app

Open the App Store, search for the free app OpenVPN Connect and download it.

2. download VPN configuration from XG Firewall

Open the Safari browser on your iPhone and go to the user portal of your Sophos. Then log in to the User Portal with your username and password.

Be sure to use the Safari browser for this process, as the download will not work with other browsers, such as Chrome.

3. download VPN configuration from XG Firewall

Switch to the menu item SSL VPN in the navigation and then download your VPN configurations as a file via the link Download Configuration for Android/iOS. Since you already have the OpenVPN Connect client installed, Safari will automatically suggest you to open the ovpn file of the OpenVPN app after the download. Select this option.

4. set up VPN configuration on iPhone

After the OpenVPN app has opened, you will already see that a new profile is already available for import. Touch the green plus icon to set up the profile on your iPhone. After that, a small pop-up window will open asking you once again if you want to set up the VPN configuration on your iPhone. Confirm this with the button Erlauben. The VPN profile will now be added to your iPhone. You may have to enter your password again for confirmation.

5. log in with user data

Once the VPN profile has been successfully set up, you will automatically be taken back to the OpenVPN app. Now you just need to log in with your username and password for your VPN access and activate the button at Disconnected. Finally, iOS needs your permission to allow the OpenVPN app to establish a VPN connection. Confirm this with Ja and the VPN connection will be established in a few seconds.