how to setup vpn on a mac

This article explains how to set up a virtual private network popularly known as VPN on your Mac system. These steps are easy to follow and guarantee you a working VPN by the end of this tutorial.

How to set up VPN on Mac

  • Open the System Preferences app on your Mac by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.


  • Click the “Network” icon in the System Preferences window.

  • In the Network window, click the “+” button in the bottom left corner to create a new service.

  • From the Interface dropdown menu, select “VPN”
  • Select the “VPN Type” from the dropdown menu. The options will vary depending on your VPN provider, but the most common options are “PPTP” and “L2TP over IPSec”. You might want to opt for “L2TP over IPSec”.
  • Input any name of your choice in the Service Name field and then click the “Create” button.

  • Enter the VPN server address provided by your VPN provider in the “Server Address” field.
  • Enter your VPN username also referred to as the Account name.


  • Click the “Authentication Settings” button and enter the password and shared secret provided by your VPN provider.

  • Click the “OK” button to save your VPN settings.

  • Click the “Advanced” button and select the “Send all traffic over VPN connection” option.


  • Click the “Apply” button in the Network window to apply your VPN settings.


  • Click the “Connect” button to connect to the VPN. You will be prompted to enter your Mac’s administrator password to complete the connection.


Once the connection is established, you will see the VPN status changed to “Connected” in the Network window. You are now connected to the VPN and your internet traffic is being routed through the VPN server.”

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