Configure VPN Access for iPhone / iPad 6.x and above


Follow these steps to connect your iPhone or iPad to the UCSD virtual private network (VPN), which lets you create protected connections to UCSD's network from remote locations.  There are two options available to setup the UCSD VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad:


Critical Concepts


Steps to Take

Option 1 - iPhone app

1. Using your iPhone or iPad, download Cisco AnyConnect app from the App Store.

Screenshot: AnyConnect app on App Store

2. Add a VPN Connection:

  1. Click on Connections.
  2. Click Add VPN Connection
  3. Fill out the requested information:
    • Description: UCSD VPN
    • Server Address:
  4. Click Save.
  5. When prompted if you would like to "Add VPN Configurations", click Allow.

3. Connect to the VPN:

  1. On the main page, toggle the AnyConnect VPN button to On position.
    • Screenshot:  AnyConnect VPN button to on position (green, to the right)
  2. Select your desired connection profile from the Group drop-down menu:
    • 2-Step Secured* - Needs to be used if you are enrolled in Duo Two-Step authentication
    • allthruucsd - Route all traffic through the UCSD VPN
      • Use alltrhuucsd when accessing Library resources and the CMS
    • split - Route only campus traffic through the UCSD VPN.  All other traffic goes through your normal Internet provider.
  3. Enter your Active Directory (AD) username and password.  
  4. Click Connect.

Screenshot: Select group and enter username and password

4. To disconnect the session, toggle the AnyConnect VPN button to OFF position.

Screenshot: Disconnect toggle in off position


Option 2 - Download the Configuration Profile 

Note: Two-step login accounts, which includes faculty & staff members, must use Option 1.

1. Download iPhone/iPad VPN configuration profile

  1. Using your iPhone/iPad, open Safari and download the VPN Configuration profile.
  2. Log in using Single Sign-On with one of the 4 methods under the Sign on with: pull-down menu.
    • We recommend using the Active Directory option, since most UCSD users have this type of account.  Your AD username is usually the first part of the UCSD email address (before

2. Install the profile

  1. Select Install.
  2. Select Install Now on the following screen.
  3. If prompted, enter your iPhone/iPad security code (i.e., passcode).

Screenshot: Install Profile screen.  G

3. Create VPN profile username and password

  1. Enter your Active Directory username/password for the VPN profile.
  2. Enter profile username, click Next.
  3. Enter profile password, click Next.
  4. Select Done.

4. Connect to the VPN

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Slide the VPN switch to the ON position.
  3. Enter your Active Directory username and password.

Screenshot: VPN under settings located between WiFi and Bluetooth.  Drag VPN switch to the right (it will turn green) to turn on VPN.

3. Disconnect VPN

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Slide the VPN switch to the OFF position.

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please submit a ticket or call the ITS Service Desk at (858) 246-4357