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Whether it's because the internet is crawling at a snail's pace or you're trying to get into some location-specific content, sometimes you just need to hit the pause button on your VPN.

Ever find yourself using a VPN and suddenly thinking, "Hey, how do I turn this thing off?"

To turn off VPN on an iPhone, go to Settings > General. Scroll down and tap on VPN. If multiple VPNs are listed, select the one you want to disable. Toggle the status switch to off. Your VPN connection will be disconnected, and the VPN icon will disappear from the status bar.

In this piece, we're going to break down everything you need to know about taking a break from your VPN in detail. So, let's get going!

How to turn off a VPN on an iPhone

Alright, so you've got two straightforward options for turning off a VPN, no matter what gadget you're using. First up, you can simply switch it off directly within the VPN app.

It's usually as easy as hitting a big "disconnect" button. Second, you can dive into your iPhone's settings and turn off the VPN from there. We're going to walk you through the basics of both methods.

General steps to turn off a VPN on your iPhone

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Disabling a VPN through the app is usually a breeze. Just pop open the VPN app on your iPhone and look for a button that says "disconnect" or "turn off" — you can't miss it, it's right there on the main screen.

Give that a tap, and your VPN will start to shut down. You'll know you're in the clear when you see a message like "disconnected" or "VPN is off."

It's a good idea to double-check this, just to make sure your internet activities aren't hiding behind the VPN anymore.

How to turn off VPN from the iPhone's Settings

To turn off the VPN on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Go to "Settings" on your device.
  • Scroll down and select "General."
  • Find and tap on "VPN."
  • Switch the VPN status to "Not Connected" to disable the VPN.

When should you disable your VPN on an iPhone?

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There are moments when flipping the VPN switch to 'off' makes a whole lot of sense.

Keeping your iPhone's VPN switched on all the time is pretty much the golden rule for staying safe online—it encrypts your data and masks your IP address, keeping you under the radar, even when you're not actively browsing.

Let's dive into when you might want to do switch off the VPN on your iPhone:

When you're troubleshooting your internet

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Sometimes, the internet just doesn't want to cooperate, and it's not immediately clear why. Turning off your VPN can help you figure out if it's the culprit behind your connectivity woes or if the issue lies elsewhere with your network.

When your internet's hanging by a thread

Weak Wi-Fi signals and VPNs don't mix well. If your connection's already on the fritz, ditch the VPN for a bit until you can get yourself hooked up to a stronger, more stable network.

When geography gets in the way

Certain apps and services are all about where you are in the world—think ride-sharing or food delivery.

If you're using a VPN, you might be invisible or in the wrong place, virtually speaking.

Turning off your VPN can get you back on the map and ensure you're getting the right services for your actual location.

When your phone's battery is running low

Running a VPN is a bit like having a bunch of apps open at once—it drains your battery faster. So, if you're watching those battery bars disappear and you're nowhere near a charger, giving your VPN a break can help make sure your phone lasts until you can power it up again.

When your streaming service blocks VPN connections

We've all been there—settled in for a binge session, only to find out our VPN is being blocked by our favorite streaming service. Though the best VPNs often find sneaky ways around these blocks, some services play hardball and won't let you in at all. In these instances, temporarily turning off your VPN might be your ticket to relaxation.

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