In this example, we're looking at installing NordVPN on an iOS device. A similar process follows for Mac, Windows, and Android.
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To get started, head on over to the App Store and search for NordVPN.
When you find the app, go ahead and tap Get.
Next, authorize the download.
Once the download completes, you can open the app.
On my somewhat older iPhone, it took a few moments for the app to open the first time.
This is where you log in or sign up. If you don't have an account, this would be the time to get one.
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Now, log in.
You can also choose to login with a code, which will be sent to your email box. I checked on my Mac's browser, but you could also look on your phone's email app.
Go ahead and type in the code.
Either way, you're now logged into the app.
NordVPN now asks to send you notifications. Since it's a VPN and that's all about your security, you should probably allow it.
And now, it's time to make your first connection.
The app will explain that you have to give permission for NordVPN to do its thing. Tap the blue button...
And give your OK.
You be taken to the VPN preferences pane in the Settings app. I have two VPNs available to me on my iPhone, but make sure NordVPN is turned on.
There you go. You're connected. I chose my nearest location, but you can choose what you want.
If you pull up from the bottom of the screen, you can see a list of destination servers you can select from.
There are other settings as well. One you should choose right away is VPN connection.
Then tap Auto-connect...
Here's where you can decide if you want your phone always to connect via the VPN, only when you're on Wi-Fi, or to wait until you initiate a connection manually.