Is it possible to install some configuration profile on an iOS Device that will always have the user connected to a VPN without having them input his/her username/password each time one tries to connect?

In other words, our current setup has users connecting to a VPN via the "Settings" App on the iPad (using IPSec). With this setup, our users are prompted for his/her password each time he/she tries to connect to the VPN.

We are trying to avoid prompting for a UN/PW and having our users go to the Settings app in the first place, so is there any way to force a VPN connection, and therefore always stay connected via the iPhone Configuration Utility?

  • May I ask why I got downvoted? – AngeloS Jun 27 '11 at 20:24
  • +1 This might be best for ServerFault, as this might be a server configuration related question. – bot47 Jun 29 '11 at 9:44
  • Indeed the re-prompting seems to be a server side configuration issue. – alx9r Dec 16 '12 at 23:18

You can configure the VPN setting on your ipad, iphone or ipod touch to save the User Name and Password for VPN. I don't know of a way to have it constantly connect the VPN whenever the is a connection. Given the time it takes to establish a VPN handshake, it would be kind of frustrating to wake the device then not be able to connect to any internet/network related Apps for 15+ seconds while it connects to the VPN.

Choose Settings > General > Network > VPN > then choose the VPN Configuration. Fill in in the username a password section and then you can just turn the VPN on when you need it and not have to fill out the User Name and Password.

more info: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1424

Alternative you could look at something like Apple's Mobile Access server, to give you that secured VPN like connection all the time without the hassle of starting a VPN connection:


  • Mobile Access was removed in Lion Server. The following document on Apple's support site has the details Migration & Updating to OS X Lion – Athir Nuaimi Jan 7 '13 at 16:15
  • This does not work for me.. Even when adding the password to the profile, iOS will keep asking for the password every time I connect... – altabq Jan 22 '18 at 19:49

You can configure your server to only accept a certificate which you add to your iPad(s). That way, the user won't have to to anything special, he/she just attempts to make the connection (let's say check their email) and the connection will be made over SSL, using the certificate present on the ipad.

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