I routinely use the Personal Hotspot feature on my iPhone.

Recently, I have set up a personal OpenVPN server (per here) to use with my phone. However, I don't seem to be able to use both at the same time - which I would like to do so any devices that connect to my phone's hotspot go through the VPN, too (for a few reasons - not least of which is to leverage the pihole server I run for ad-blocking/etc).

Is this possible? Have I just done something incorrectly during VPN creation?

  • Same issue here. I wonder if it could be fixed by tinkering with the ios app’s advanced settings
    – MmM
    Feb 27, 2023 at 15:17

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As of iOS 11.2.6, if using the Personal Hotspot feature, any devices connected to the hotspot will show whatever the phone's public address is (eg from Verizon Wireless).

Interestingly, the phone will show that it is connected to the VPN.

If you run a web-based IP check, the phone will display the VPN's address (as expected), but connected devices will have the non-VPN address.

For example, your iPhone might display, because it's where the VPN is, but the laptop may show because that's what the phone has for an underlying IP.

I don't know why this is - but it is what it is.

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