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Setting up a VPN connection to FRITZ!Box in Apple OS iOS (e.g. iPhone)

You can use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to establish a tap- and tamper-proof connection over the internet between your iPhone, iPad or your iPod touch and your FRITZ!Box. This allows you to access all of the devices and data in your home network with your mobile device even when you are away from home.

In addition, when a VPN connection is active, all web requests are routed over the encrypted connection to the FRITZ!Box, which then resolves them over its internet connection. This means that you can use sensitive services such as email or banking in public Wi-Fi hotspots with the same peace of mind as if you were connected to your FRITZ!Box via Wi-Fi at home.

The configuration instructions in this guide apply to iOS 14.4. For further information on VPN functions in iOS, refer to Apple.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • iOS 3.1 or later is installed on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Note:This guide is valid for FRITZ!OS 7.20 or later. If you are using an earlier FRITZ!OS version, the configuration may differ or functions may not be available. You can find the FRITZ!OS version on the "Overview" page of the FRITZ!Box user interface.

1 Preparations

Setting up MyFRITZ!

With MyFRITZ! you can access the FRITZ!Box over the internet at all times even if the FRITZ!Box receives a different public IP address from your internet service provider at regular intervals:

Adjusting the FRITZ!Box's IP network

Both ends of a VPN connection must have IP addresses from different IP networks. VPN communication cannot occur if your iOS device is connected to a router (for example another FRITZ!Box) that uses the same IP network as your FRITZ!Box.

Note:All FRITZ!Boxes use the IP network in the factory settings.

Assign an IP address to your FRITZ!Box that is different from the IP addresses of the routers you use to connect your iOS device to the FRITZ!Box, for example (subnet mask

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click "Additional Settings" in the section "WAN setting" or "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Settings" button.
  6. Enter the desired IP address and subnet mask.
  7. Click "OK" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.

2 Setting up a VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box

Set up a separate user for each VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the (Edit) button for the user who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN or set up a new user for the VPN connection:
    1. Click the "Add User" button.
    2. Enter a name and password for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "VPN".
  5. Click "Apply" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.

Now the FRITZ!Box sets up the VPN rights for this FRITZ!Box user.
Afterwards, a window displaying the VPN settings for the FRITZ!Box user opens automatically.

Note:You can open this window any time by clicking "Show VPN Settings" in the settings for the FRITZ!Box user.

3 Setting up a VPN connection in iOS

  1. Set up the VPN connection on the iOS device using the VPN settings displayed for the FRITZ!Box user in the FRITZ!Box user interface:

    Note:You can access the VPN settings if you select "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface, call up the settings for the user, and click "Show VPN Settings".

    Fig.: Setting up a VPN connection

4 Establishing a VPN connection

  1. Tap the "Settings" symbol on the home screen of the iOS device.
  2. Use the on/off slider to enable "VPN":

    Fig.: Establishing a VPN connection

  3. The VPN connection is established as soon as the VPN symbol is displayed in the status bar:

    Fig.: VPN connection is established