iOS Over the Wall Guide (iPhone/iPad)

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This article introduces iOS wall flipping VPN for iPhone, iPad, such devices in China, may be the most troublesome wall, because the security mechanism of the iOS system, making it difficult for ordinary users to bypass the App Store from the third party to download VPN, but the good thing is that the mainstream iPhone wall flipping VPN vendors are providing solutions to the problem. Of course, if readers are abroad or have the opportunity to go abroad, you can directly switch the Apple Store to the region of the country, and then directly buy and download ExpressVPN, AstrillVPN from there, any VPN, back to the country will be able to smoothly flip the wall.


If you’re looking for a VPN for Android phones, check out: Android VPN over the wall tutorial. If you’re looking for ways to get a mainland China IP, check out: Flipping the wall back to China.

Good iOS wall flipping VPN


ExpressVPN is unquestionably the best iOS wall flipping VPN.

  • Supports iOS 12+, ExpressVPN is compatible with iPhoneSE (3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPhone13, iPhone13Mini, iPhone13Pro, iPhone13ProMax, iPhone12, iPhone12Mini, iPhone12Pro, iPhone12ProMax, iPhone11, iPhone11Pro,iPhone11ProMax,iPhoneXS,iPhoneXSMax,iPhoneXR,iPhoneX,iPhone8,iPhone8Plus,iPhone7,iPhone7Plus. iPhone6,iPhone6S,iPhone6SPlus, iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4
  • ExpressVPN protects your iPhone over Wi-Fi, LTE/4G, 3G and all mobile data carriers, choose between UDP, TCP and IKEv2 encryption protocols or let the app choose the one that works best for you!
  • Provides both App Store installation and Safari browser installation channels.

More ExpressVPN introductions here.


You can install ExpressVPN directly from the App Store or manually from the Safari browser.

The vast majority of Chinese Apple users should choose to install Safari manually, so please follow the instructions on the ExpressVPN website, and once you’ve done so, go to Settings => VPN and select a server node to turn on the service. The nodes that mainland users can connect to are HongKong-4, Japan-Yokohama, Singapore-Marina Bay, and USA-Los Angeles 5.

You can connect to the responsive region node, change your App ID region, and then go to the App Store to download the ExpressVPN App, and after a successful installation you can use the App directly without going to the settings, which is a bit more convenient. The disadvantage is that you need to change the region of your Apple account when updating the App, because obviously you can’t update from the App Store China.

For any problems (e.g. Safari can’t download the VPN profile), you can get the customer service link via Email Setup Link:

Astrill VPN

Astrill VPN Client supports iOS 9+ (64bit), which can be downloaded from Apple App Store and runs on iPhone, iPad devices, and is a reliable iOS wall flipping software.

More on AstrillVPN here.


PandaVPN’s approach is more direct, you can see the foreign region Apple ID account password on the client download page for iOS, open the App Store on your Apple phone, if you already have an account logged in before, log out first, log in again with the public account provided by PandaVPN, search for PandaVPN and then you can download and install it.

Because public accounts are used by so many people who repeatedly log in from all over the world and are often banned by Apple, and PandaVPN is always providing new public accounts, you should use the one provided on the download page.

用PandaVPN iOS翻墙

For problems (such as encountering a public account that doesn’t work), please contact PandaVPN customer service.

Other iOS wall-flipping methods (not suitable for white people)


Open the App Store on the extranet and search: Mume, Potatso lite, FastSocks, ShadowRocket, etc., you can find a better SSR client, the server is recommended to use a commercial service like JustMySocks.

See more SSR introductions.


WireGuard is already a built-in protocol for ExpressVPN, so you might as well just use ExpressVPN.

See more WireGuard presentations.


App Store search: OneClick, Leaf, ShadowRocket any app, download and install it. I have no experience with this kind of iOS wall flipping tool, so I can’t introduce more.

FAQ: iPhone over the wall Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to go over the wall directly with the iOS built-in VPN?

After iOS 2.0, iPhones and other portable Apple devices supported VPN connections, but they never had VPNs built in, and when they did, they were unlikely to be available on domestic iOS devices.

How to download and install wall-flipping app on iOS?

All iOS wall-flipping apps offer App Sotre downloads, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to download it from the App Store China, and the Apple ecosystem isn’t like Android with a bunch of third-party app stores. If you already have a U.S. or other foreign App Store account, odds are you can still log on from China. If you’re using a Chinese version of the Apple phone, you’ll have to find a way to apply for a foreign go-to Apple ID, something that is becoming more and more difficult (requires local country cell phone number or credit card verification) with a lower and lower success rate, but if your iPhone/iPad/Mac already has temporary internet software installed, you can try signing up for it directly from the US App Store.

Tier-1 VPN providers are well aware of this problem faced by Apple phone users in China, and each offers a download and installation method that does not rely on the official Apple Store. ExpressVPN offers to let users download and install VPN profiles directly through the Safari browser, and PandaVPN directly provides users with a shared public U.S. Apple ID, as described in more detail below. While these methods are far from perfect, they are much more convenient for the vast majority of iPhone/iPad users than applying for an out-of-region ID on their own.

Limitations of iPhone VPN

Overall, VPNs for iOS have most of the same features as VPNs on other platforms, but there are some limitations.
Split tunnels are not supported by iPhoneVPN due to limitations in the iOS code. Also due to the smaller iOS user base, some smaller providers may not have put as much effort into their iPhone apps as they have on Windows and Android, but all of the providers we recommend here are clean, easy to use and powerful.

Does the free iOS VPN work?

There are programs that work, but they are a pain in the ass. First of all, you can’t download this kind of software from the Chinese App Store, and it’s a pain in the ass to download it from the foreign App Store, as I’ve already mentioned.
Free VPN services can be very tempting, but while there are some good options out there, they are all limited in one way or another. While functionality is an issue (most have data caps or limited speeds), it can be very dangerous for users when considering free iPhone VPNs. free services on the AppStore are known as “fleeceware” – offering free trials and secretly charging huge weekly fees afterward – while other services simply don’t work and can give you a lot of money. -Free services on the AppStore are known as “fleeceware” – offering a free trial and then secretly charging a huge weekly fee afterwards – while other services simply don’t work and give you a false sense of security.

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