How to Connect to VPN on Mac

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to connect vpn on mac. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides a sheltered way of connecting through a open network) to a distant network or location.
If you want vpn on mac you only need what comes with the Operating System itself, it’s all built right in.


Step 1 – Network options

First of all, let’s open up the System Preferences and click on the Network option in the Internet and Wireless section.

viewing network options

Step 2 – Making changes

With the Network window opened up, let’s click on the lock icon first so that we are able to make the required changes.
These changes are important if you vpn on mac to work properly.

making alterations

Step 3 – setting password

With that done, the authentication window will open up where you would be required to type the password to unlock the settings.

securing with a password

Step 4 – Selecting the type of VPN

Now click on the plus sign over here to add a new service. Over here, you can select the type of the interface and name the service. For the interface, we will have to select the VPN option from the drop down menu.
Next, you would have to select the type of VPN according to your Server that you are connecting to. For this tutorial, we will select PPTP and click on the Create button.

Creating the type of VPN

Step 5 – Filling in the IP address

With that done your VPN Adaptor will be created but not configured. Therefore, in the Server Address field, type the IP address of the VPN server.
In the Account Name field, you can type the username which is provided by your Administrator.

Setting the ip address

Step 6 – Typing in the password

Now click on the Authentication Settings button and over here, you will be required to select the type of authentication required by the server. Since the server we are connected to requires a password, we will type the password over here and click on Ok.

selecting the password

Step 7 – Applying the changes

You can even tick on the checkbox titled “Show VPN status in menu bar” to show you the VPN Activity on the menu bar.
With that done, let’s click on the Connect button and then apply the changes made.

Changes being applied

Step 8 – Connected to server

And over here you can see that we have successfully connected to the server. Now you can click on the lock icon to prevent further changes from being made and close the Network window.

connection with server established

Step 9 – Disconnecting

To disconnect from the connection, you can click on the VPN Status icon on the menu bar, and click on the Disconnect VPN option.
And that’s it. We have successfully connected VPN on Mac.

VPN disconnection