At times, IPVanish VPN may not work as intended. Usually, this is attributed to connectivity issues. These issues involve the VPN app, your network and system configurations, or even the VPN service.
This guide will provide you with solutions to the most common and rare IPVanish connection problems.
IPVanish unfortunately cannot be recommended anymore as a viable VPN. It’s unlikely you will find real solutions to most of the issues you’ll encounter.
You should cancel your subscription and instead use a more up-to-date and better maintained VPN provider like NordVPN. NordVPN is very easy to set up and is known to be hassle free and without connection issues.
That being said, you can still try out the below solutions. We have updated them for 2023.
It’s 2023 now (first I created this guide in 2020), and unfortunately IPVanish hasn’t changed at all since then.
No fixes have been provided to most of the errors people encounter, and there doesn’t seem to be a sign that this would change anytime soon.
So, if you are hoping to stick it out and maybe the problems will go away, then you are in bad luck. It’s been three years (at least since I became aware of these problems), and it’s the same, especially related to IPVanish not connecting.
As such, just get NordVPN. This is also when I’m using myself. They are constantly doing new updates, and even if you encounter issues, support is always super quick to fix and help you out.
Tip: Use the navigational menu on the right (desktop) or the one below the image (desktop) to navigate straight to the particular problem you are facing.
Here, let’s talk about some simple things that generally will fix most issues:
Before launching the VPN app, ensure you have a working internet connection. You can test your internet connection by loading your regular websites. If you cannot access them, you may not have internet access.
Also, check whether your other devices can access the internet. If they cannot, solve this problem by:
Using an incorrect username and password combination repeatedly may result in ‘Too Many Failed Attempts’ and ‘Authentication failed’ errors. The ‘Too Many Failed Attempts’ error deters account hijacking attempts and lasts for 12 hours.
To solve it:
Besides incorrect credentials, an expired subscription also throws the ‘Authentication failed’ error. Renew your subscription to solve the error.
This is a commonly reported issue. This is how you fix it:
Run the VPN app as an Admin
In Windows, the IPVanish app requires admin privileges to function correctly. In most instances, it won’t launch without admin rights. If you managed to open it without admin rights, exit the app (make sure it is not in the system tray) and relaunch it as an Admin.
Use a different VPN server
Connect to a different IPVanish server and check whether you can access the internet. Congested servers may accept new connections, but they will be very slow. You can let IPVanish choose the best server for you.
Change your VPN protocol
If you still cannot access the internet, try changing the VPN protocol. Some internet connections may not accept some VPN protocols in use. Moreover, if you get the “Exception of type ‘DotRas.RasDialException’ was thrown” error, changing the VPN protocol will solve the problem.
To change the VPN protocol:
Repair/install the TAP driver in Windows
IPVanish TAP driver may conflict with other VPN TAP drivers. Use the following steps to repair the TAP driver:
If it doesn’t install successfully, you must download the TAP driver and install it manually. Exit IPVanish, install the driver, and relaunch the app.
Check your antivirus and firewall
Your security software may block IPVanish, which means you can get the IPVanish not connecting error. They might recognize IPVanish tunneling as potentially harmful activity and block any internet connection.
To troubleshoot this problem, temporarily disable your security software and see if you will have an internet connection.
If you can access the internet, allow list/exclude the IPVanish app in your security software.
Uninstall and reinstall the updated IPVanish app.
Updating the VPN app may solve several problems. While at it, you can also update your entire system. Sometimes undiscovered bugs may be why you have no internet connection while connected to the VPN.
If updating the app doesn’t work, you will have to uninstall and reinstall the updated version. On Mac OS, you have to uninstall the VPN app completely. You can do this by using the v3 uninstaller. This will allow a clean install.
Apps/services not working with the VPN
Certain apps/services may not be compatible with IPVanish VPN. Popular apps/services with this problem include streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer, among others.
These services implement mechanisms that block VPN traffic. IPVanish is not yet able to bypass them. IPVanish is not a good option when circumventing geo-restrictions and unblocking websites.
You will enjoy your Apps/services with content offered in your geo-location. However, you can exclude the apps from using IPVanish when you connect to IPVanish servers. This is possible via an IPVanish feature known as split tunneling.
If you’re looking to access geo-restricted content on streaming services such as Netflix, it’s important to choose a VPN that can bypass their VPN blocking mechanisms.
Not all VPNs are created equal in this regard, so it’s important to do your research and choose the right one. Our guide on which VPN to use for Netflix can help you make an informed decision.
Active IPVanish DNS addresses cause this problem. After you disconnect from IPVanish, your system DNS should revert to its previous settings. However, this might not be the case at all times.
Here is how to solve this problem in various platforms:
This is a rare problem in Macs. You can solve it by configuring TCP/IP automatically and removing IPVanish DNS.
Use the following steps:
And since we are talking about Macs, you should check out our guide on the best VPNs for Mac for VPN recommendations.
On iOS, reset the DNS to automatic as follows:
Note: IPVanish app is no longer compatible with the First-Generation Fire TV Stick. You can install the app, but it won’t work correctly. This guide solves problems in Second-Generation Fire TV Stick and newer versions.
Before connecting to IPVanish, ensure you have access to a working internet connection. Also, ensure you have the correct credentials with an active IPVanish subscription.
This option solves most IPVanish connectivity issues on Fire TV Stick:
When IPVanish cannot validate your credentials. You will get “The API responded, but there is no data in response…” error. This is a connectivity logon error. The app cannot communicate with the IPVanish domain because the domain is blocked.
If an ISP content filter blocks the domain, you need to contact them. Some ISPs allow you to turn off the filter from your account. Log into your account, look for the filter and turn it off. Most ISPs implement content filters in the form of many names such as parental control/child-safe/content control/content lock, and so on.
You can use manual configuration options to eliminate the error if you reside in a country that blocks VPN services. However, if your country has strict censorship laws, such as China and the UAE, you cannot solve the error. Hence, you won’t be able to use the IPVanish service.
Another very common problem. Follow the below:
Frequent disconnections can be a result of an unreliable internet connection. If you are using Wi-Fi, move closer to the router where the signal is strong.
Also, move your router and device away from electronic appliances such as microwave ovens, baby monitors, refrigerators, cordless phones, and other Bluetooth devices.
Their signals interfere with Wi-Fi, and this can cause disruptions. Moreover, your neighbors’ Wi-Fi may also interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. Set your router to pick an automatic channel on the Wi-Fi settings.
Connect to remote servers if you have a high-speed internet connection. The closer the server, the better the connection. Far way servers may suffer from packet loss, and this can lead to intermittent connectivity.
Most VPN connections rely on the UDP protocol. It is fast and more efficient. However, if you want a stable and reliable connection, use the TCP protocol. This protocol can re-transmit loss packets and even check for errors. It is also relatively slow when compared to the UDP protocol.
If security is not your primary concern, you can use protocols such as PPTP. It sacrifices security for speed.
Reboot your computing and networking devices. A reboot flushes complex unforeseen processes and gives your devices a fresh start. After a reboot, log into IPVanish and try connecting again.
The steps and solutions in this guide will help you solve IPVanish connectivity issues. If you encounter a problem not listed in this guide, let us know.
Like we said in the beginning. Unfortunately, IPVanish will be severely outdated in 2021.
You will be much better of if you cancel and use a much better VPN such as ExpressVPN instead.