This article will show you how to change your VPN settings on PC and Mac. Most VPN services happen through an app that automatically configures your operating system. But with both Windows 10 and macOS Sierra, it's easy to connect to a VPN through the Network Settings.
Method 1 of 2: On Windows
Step 1. Click the Start button
This is the button with the Windows logo on it. By default, it's in the taskbar in the lower-left corner of your screen. This will open the Windows Start menu.
Step 2. Click Settings
This icon resembles a gear and is located in the left sidebar of the Windows 10 Start menu. This opens the Settings menu.
Step 3. Click on Network & Internet
It's in the Settings menu, next to an icon that looks like a globe.
Step 4. Click on VPN
It's in the side menu to the left of the Network & Internet menu.
Step 5. Click + Add a VPN connection
This is the first option in the VPN menu.
Step 6. Select Windows (built-in) under 'VPN provider'
Use the pull-down menu under 'VPN provider' at the top of the VPN menu to select 'Windows (built-in)'.
Step 7. Type a name under 'Connection Name'
This can be any name you prefer. It could be the name of your provider, a location, or something along the lines of 'My VPN connection'.
Step 8. Type the name or address of the server
Type this information in the "Server Name or Address" box. You can get this information from your VPN provider.
Step 9. Select a VPN type
If you're not sure which type of VPN to select, select automatic or check with your VPN provider to see what type of VPN connection they use. You can choose from the following options:
- 'Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)'.
- 'L2TP/Ipsec with certificate'
- 'L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key'
- 'Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)'
Step 10. Select a login type
Select the login type used by your VPN provider to log in to your VPN. You can choose from the following options:
- 'Username and password'
- 'smart card'
- 'One-time password'
Step 11. Type your username and password
If required, you'll need to use the last two lines to type in your username and password so you can log into your VPN.
Step 12. Click on Save
This is below the form you used to set up your VPN. This will return you to the VPN menu in the Network & Internet menu. The VPN connection you just created will be at the top of the list under 'VPN'.
Step 13. Click on the VPN connection you just created
All VPN connections are listed under 'VPN' at the top of the VPN menu, just below '+ Add a VPN connection'.
Step 14. Click Connect
This will connect you to the VPN. You can connect to any VPN connection you have created here through this menu. You can also disconnect by clicking 'Disconnect'.
If you need to edit the VPN information or specify additional settings, click "Advanced options" under the VPN connection name in the VPN connection list
Method 2 of 2: On Mac
Step 1. Click on the Apple menu
It's in the top-left corner of the menu bar at the top of the screen.
Step 2. Click on System Preferences…
This is the second option in the Apple menu. This will open the System Preferences application.
Step 3. Click on the Network icon
This icon resembles a blue globe with white arcs.
Step 4. Click +
It's below the list of network connections on the left of the Network menu.
Step 5. Select VPN under 'Interface'
Use the drop-down menu next to 'Interface' to select VPN as the interface type. It's near the bottom of the Interface pull-out menu.
Step 6. Select the VPN type
Use the drop-down menu next to 'VPN Type' to select your connection type. Consult your VPN provider to find out what type of connection is required. You have three options to choose from:
- 'L2TP over IPSec'
- 'Cisco IPSec'
Step 7. Type the name of your connection
Next to 'Service Name', type a name for the connection. You can choose any name you want. You can base the name on the VPN provider, on a location, or opt for something along the lines of 'My VPN connection'.
Step 8. Click Create
This creates a VPN connection, but it still needs to be configured.
Step 9. Type the address of the server
Use the line called 'Server Address' to enter the server address that you can get from your VPN provider.
Step 10. Type the Account Name, or the Distance ID and Local ID
If you use 'L2TP over IPSec' or 'Cisco over IPSec' for VPN type, you will be asked to enter an account name. If you use 'IKEv2' for VPN type, you will need to enter a Remote ID and Local ID. You can obtain this information from your VPN provider.
You can exit the Configuration drop-down menu as 'Default'
Step 11. Click on Authentication Settings
This will bring up the menu where your authentication settings are located, such as your password.
Step 12. Select the type of authentication
Click the star-shaped button next to the type of authentication your VPN uses. If you use a password to log into your VPN, select "Password" at the top of the list and type the password to log into your VPN in the bar next to it. If you are using another authentication method, such as a Certificate, select it from the list of options and follow the guidelines.
Step 13. Type the shared secret
Select "Shared Secret" under "Device Authentication," then type the shared secret password in the box next to "Shared Secret." Consult your VPN provider if you are not sure what Shared Secret is.
If you are using a certificate, select 'Certificate' under User Authentication and Device Authentication. Then click on 'Select'. Select the certificate from the list of certificates and click 'OK'
Step 14. Click Ok
It's in the lower-right corner of the Authentication Settings window. This will save your Authentication settings.
Step 15. Click on Advanced…
It's the button in the lower right corner of the connection settings. This will bring up the Advanced VPN options.
Step 16. Tick'Send all traffic via VPN connection' and click on OK.
This ensures that all your internet activity happens through the VPN. Click on 'OK' in the lower right corner to exit the advanced options.
Step 17. Click Apply
It's in the lower-right corner of the Network menu. This will apply the connection settings for your VPN.
Step 18. Click Connect
This will connect to the VPN. If the connection is successful, the word 'Connected' will appear at the top of the Network menu.