In these times, it is a very good idea to use a VPN service to connect to the internet in a safe and secure way. When we install any of these services on our iPhone, iPad or Mac, the app responsible for them in turn installs a VPN configuration profile so that we can access the service. Some profiles which, however, are not always properly deleted after you stop using the service. Fortunately, we can remove them manually, let’s see how.

Why delete a VPN profile

Before we get into how to delete a connection, let’s talk briefly about when. There are mainly two situations where we will manually delete a VPN connection profile. The first is that we have errors in the connection with the VPN service we have contracted. In these cases, a good resource is to remove and reinstall the profile later. The other situation is that we have stopped using a VPN service and the profile continues to appear in our system, which might make it impossible to access the internet properly.

In either case, deleting the profile is the best option, a very simple option as well. On our Mac, we’ll do it exactly like this:

In the Apple () menu, we choose System Preferences. We enter Network. We touch the padlock at the bottom right and enter the Mac username and password or use Touch ID. In the sidebar we select the service we want to eliminate. We touch the “-” at the bottom of the list. We close the window. We choose Apply.

Meanwhile, on our iPhone or iPad the steps to follow, although very similar in concept, are quite far in execution. They are simply the following:

We open the Settings app on our iPhone or iPad. We enter General. We touched on the VPN. We touch the “i” next to the connection we want to delete. We touch Remove VPN.

Without being anything essential, it’s a good idea that after deleting the profile we restart our device to make sure the connections are reestablished properly. From there, we can either end our job or go back to our VPN service app to install the necessary profile to use the service again.

The truth is, VPN connections are generally very stable and rarely give errors. Rarely, however, is far from ever, so it’s worth having the method of removing these profiles at hand. If we are using or have used a VPN service and are experiencing extremely slow connections, errors, or simply not being able to access the internet, cleaning these small profiles is a good idea.

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