How to Set Up & Use VPN on an iOS Device

The purpose of the VPN is to provide a secure & encrypted method for transferring data. As a convenience to faculty, staff, and students many network resources can be accessed off-campus with use of the VPN. This includes file servers, internal websites, and workstations.

VPN Access: Access to the VPN is assigned to those who require it for a university business or academic function. To request access, submit an Access Request in the IT Service Portal. Include a short description of the academic or business reason you are requesting VPN access.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Set Up Cisco AnyConnect VPN for iOS

  1. On your iOS device, open the App Store and search for the "Cisco AnyConnect" app.
  2. Select Get to install the free app on your device.
    Cisco AnyConnect app in the App Store on an iPad
  3. Once the app is installed, open it and select Add VPN Connection...
    VPN Connections menu in the Cisco AnyConnect app on an iPad

  4. In the Server box, type and then click Save.
    Add VPN Connection form showing the server address.
  5. Select Allow to allow the AnyConnect app to setup VPN configurations on your device.
    Pop-up to allow VPN Configurations on iOS device
  6. Enter any required security information to confirm (FaceID, TouchID, passcode, etc.)
    Enter iPhone Passcode prompt for VPN Configurations
  7. The new VPN will show as enabled. Select the toggle next to AnyConnect VPN​​​​​​​ to log in and connect to the Missouri State VPN.
    AnyConnect VPN on/off toggle button
  8. You will be directed to a Missouri State sign-in page. You will sign in with your Office 365 Login which contains one of the three options below.
      Missouri State Office 365 Sign in prompt
  9. You will be directed to a page to enter the password for your account. Then click Sign in.
    Password prompt screen
  10. Follow prompts for mult-factor authentication.
    MFA Approve Sign in request prompt
  11. If you are unable to authenticate with your preferred option, you will be able to choose another authentication method from your selected options. Simply select Sign in another way to use a different method.
    Click sign-in another way if you need an additional option to authenticate with.
  12. Choose one of the available options to approve your sign-on attempt.
    Select the option you would like to use to verify your identity.
  13. Once you are authenticated, you will see a green success checkmark pop up and the AnyConnect app will show that you are connected to the VPN.
    Successful VPN connection shown on an iPhone



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