Virtual Private Network (VPN): Connect to Cisco Secure Client on iOS and Android Devices

This article provides step-by-step instructions to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) client Cisco Secure Client using an Android or iOS device. For assistance in connecting, including Login Failed messages, contact Technology Help.

Note: Certain Departmental Pools, Full Tunnel VPN, and Split Tunnel VPN Pools require multi-factor authentication (MFA) through Duo Security to connect.

This article includes instructions for:

Connecting to Secure Client VPN on Android

To connect to UMN VPN using the Cisco Secure Client app, follow the steps below. If you need to download the client, visit Install Secure Client VPN for iOS and Android Devices first and install Secure Client before connecting. 

  1. Search for and open the Cisco Secure Client (formerly AnyConnect) app.
  2. Tap Connections and select the appropriate entry.
    Secure Client VPN Connections window, AnyConnect-UofMvpnfull General Access Pool is selected
    • UMN - Split Tunnel - General Access VPN Pool - For most UMN VPN needs, including shared drive access.
    • AnyConnect-UofMvpnFull - Uses a UMN IP address for the entirety of connection.
    • UMN - Departmental Pools - Your department may require use of their VPN Pool.
    • For full explanations of the connection types see the VPN Access Types on the VPN Technology Page. Most UMN VPN needs are met by Split Tunnel or Full Tunnel.
  3. Toggle AnyConnect VPN button to ON.
    Cisco Secure Client primary window is shown, AnyConnect VPN connection toggle is highlighted.
    • For Departmental Pools, tap the Group menu and select the appropriate VPN Pool.
  4. Enter your Internet ID and password, in the Authentication window.
    Authentication window is shown, prompt for Username is active.
  5. Tap Connect. A Duo Security push will automatically be sent to your default Duo device.
  6. Approve the Duo Login Request.
  7. Verify that the status line says Connected.
    Cisco Secure Client primary window is shown, AnyConnect VPN connection is toggled on.
  8. You are connected.
    • To disconnect, toggle Secure Client VPN button to OFF.

Connecting to Secure Client VPN on iOS

This section will assist you in configuring and connecting to the University VPN on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using the native iOS VPN Appliaction. 

  1. From the Home Page, tap to open the Settings application.
  2. In the Settings application, navigate to the General menu and tap to open. 
  3. In the General menu, navigate to the VPN sub-menu and tap to open.
    • If the VPN Profile has not configure complete the configuration as outlined in step 4.
  4. To add the University VPN Profile, tap Add VPN Configuration.., and complete as listed below.
    1. Type: IPSec
    2. Description: UofMVPN
    3. Server:
    4. Account: Your Internet ID
    5. Group Name: UofMvpn
    6. Secret: S3cur1ty!
    7. Then tap Done, to save the VPN Profile.
  5. To connect VPN Profile, navigate to the Settings application and tap to open. 
  6. In the Settings Application, navigate to the VPN menu and toggle the radio dial to connect. 
    • Type your Internet ID password when prompted to authenticate for your VPN connection.


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