The PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 protocols are provided for devices lacking compatibility with the Private Internet Access application or OpenVPN protocol. PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 should be used for masking one's IP address, censorship circumvention, and geolocation.
If you need encryption, please use the Private Internet Application or OpenVPN protocol with our service.
This configuration uses a Generated PPTP/L2TP/Socks5 Username and password, If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS
Step 1: System Preferences
From the Apple Menu, click System Preferences
Step 2: Network
Click on Network and then click the + located on bottom left.
Step 3: Create New Network
A new window will appear that will prompt you to create your new network, Here you will need to setup the connections Interface, VPN type and Service name.
Select VPN from the Interface drop down menu
Select L2TP over IPsec from VPN Type the drop down menu
Type Private Internet Access L2TP as the Service name
Once Completed Click Create
Step 4: Configure Connection
Once you have created your L2TP Connection you can now setup the configuration. This will include the Configuration name, Server Address and Account name.
Select the drop down menu for the Configuration and click Add Configuration. Then type in the server location you wish to use. (example: US California)
Next you will enter in the Server address, enter
Or if you prefer to use a specific location, You can find the full list of locations here: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/network
- Last you will need to enter your Generated Username (example username x1234567) If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS
Step 5: Authenticate
Once you have filled in the above select Authentication Settings
Step 6: Login
A new window will appear where you will be able to Enter your Password in the top box
Step 7: Shared Secret
Enter the following for Shared Secret:
Make sure to Leave Group Name blank. Once done Click OK
Step 8: Advanced Settings
Enable the option "Show VPN status in the menu bar", then click Advanced
Step 9: Advanced Options
Ensure that Send all traffic over VPN is checked. Press OK
Step 10: Apply Changes
Once every thing has been completed Press Apply
Step 11: Connect
Use the VPN Status icon in the Menu bar to connect.