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How to connect to Surfshark in countries with internet restrictions on MacOS

You can set up an IKEv2 connection on your Mac device to connect in countries with internet restrictions.

First, install our IKEv2 certificate. You can download it if you click here.

If you can not download from here, then log in to our website and go to this page: https://account.shark-china.com/setup/manual

Once there, scroll to the very bottom and press on IKEv2 certificate to download.
Check out the screenshot below:


Find the certificate download file on your taskbar and open it.  We have added some screenshots to help you do that:

Once the Certificate is opened, select to Add to the Keychain: login.

Then find the Surfshark Root CA certificate in the Keychain login, right-click on it and select Get Info.

Press the triangle next to to the Trust directory select Always Trust next to When using this certificate. If you are required to enter your Mac password, please do so. Then close the Keychain.

Now you need to access the System Preferences and select Network.
To access the System Preferences simply type "System" in the Finder and press Enter.

In the Network window click the + icon and enter the following settings:

Interface: VPN
VPN Type: IKEv2
Service Name: You can select any name you prefer. For this tutorial, I used Surfshark.

Server Address and Remote ID fields, enter a server IP address from the list below:

Server IPs list:

United Kingdom -
Bulgaria -
Kazakhstan -
Russia -
Canada -
France -
France2 -
United States -
United States2 -
Turkey -
Germany -
Spain -
Italy -
Norway -
India -
Japan -


For this tutorial, we used us-dal.prod.surfshark.com but you will have to use the above IP addresses.

After that, click on Authentication Settings... button, select Username as the authentication method then enter your Surfshark service credentials. Click OK and then Apply the settings.

your Surfshark service credentials are not the same as the account credentials (your email and password used to log in to our apps and websites).

Click here to find your service credentials at the bottom of the page.


After that click on Show VPN status in Menu bar.

Now you can click Connect to establish connection to one of Surfshark's servers. You can see in the screenshot below that the connection was established.

Since you clicked on Show VPN status in menu bar, you can now easily control your connectivity with few clicks straight from the menu bar.



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