Split tunneling on iOS

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Split tunneling on iOS

L1 Bithead

Playing around with IPSec VPN on a PA-500 for my mobile users. On iOS, it's working fine with the built in IPSec VPN client, but split tunneling is not supported. I'm wondering if this feature is available if I use the GP client app instead of the built in client. Since it require a licence, I can't test it.


L7 Applicator

Hello PatrickD,

Split tunneling will work if the GlobalProtect client (the iOS APP) is used.


Thanks for the quick reply. I'll give it a try.

Can you confirm split tunneling can't work without the GP Client (the app) ? Looks like I can't get a demo licence for the GP subscription. I just want to be sure I won't spend that money for nothing. Might be I just have the wrong config...


hi Patrick,

You have to have GP Portal license to use GP on IOS devices.

Lets say if GP client is not working on IOS device, in that case VPN tunnel doesnt exist. If tunnel doesnt exist then definately split tunnelling will not work.

Bottom line is you require GP Portal license for split tunneling to work.


Hardik shah

I can confirm that you can not use split tunnelling with iOS's built-in IPSEC VPN Application.

I can also confirm that with the Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect iOS application, you can configure split tunnelling.  This mobile app requires the GP Gateway subscription license. 

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