Does iOS support a built-in firewall like macOS does? I don't see anything about it in Settings.

  • Why? What are you trying to accomplish?
    – jaberg
    Apr 9, 2012 at 14:40
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    Would be nice to have a Firewall enabled when using a public wifi hot spot, etc.
    – MrDaniel
    Apr 9, 2012 at 15:41
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    Again, why? Apps are sandboxed. Un-needed ports are blocked. What specifically are you trying to accomplish?
    – jaberg
    Apr 9, 2012 at 15:43
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    Just an extra layer of security, having a iOS device saying I am here and I have ports open does not seem wise
    – MrDaniel
    Apr 9, 2012 at 15:57
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    I've had folks at DC612 (the local Defcon SIG) try various scanning tools against my iPhone and they haven't come up with anything useful. Not a definitive answer I realize, but it seems to me you're chasing dragons. Best of luck.
    – jaberg
    Apr 9, 2012 at 16:15

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Page 27 of the September 2015 iOS Security White Paper states that there is not a firewall on iOS.

On other platforms, firewall software is needed to protect open communication ports against intrusion. Because iOS achieves a reduced attack surface by limiting listening ports and removing unnecessary network utilities such as telnet, shells, or a web server, no additional firewall software is needed on iOS devices.

  • How did you find out about "All ports are dynamically blocked on iOS to incoming traffic until an app needs specific access"
    – MrDaniel
    Apr 16, 2012 at 21:07

When you have jail broken your iPhone/iPod/iPad you can download a firewall setting in cydia

You can find an article about it here:


  • Welcome to Ask Different, Xcodeuser!! Thanks for posting an answer. Can you please add a little more information, such as a link to the firewall setting tweak? Thanks!
    – daviesgeek
    Apr 9, 2012 at 16:12

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