GlobalProtect for iOS connects to a GlobalProtect gateway on a Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall to allow mobile users to benefit from enterprise security protection. Enterprise administrator can configure the same app to connect in either Always-On VPN, Remote Access VPN or Per App VPN mode. The app automatically adapts to the end user’s location and connects the user to the best available gateway in order to deliver optimal performance for all users and their traffic, without requiring any effort from the user. This allows users to work safely and effectively at locations outside of the traditional office.
Before installing this app, please check with your IT department to ensure that your organization has enabled a GlobalProtect gateway subscription on the firewall.
Automatic VPN connection using iOS VPN On-Demand
Support for BYOD with Remote Access VPN and App Level VPN
Automatic discovery of best available gateway
Manual gateway selection capability
Connection over IPSec or SSL
Integration with MDM for easy provisioning
Support for changing an expired AD/RADIUS password when the user connects remotely
Support for 2 Factor One Time Password based Authentication using RADIUS, SAML
Support for other PAN-OS authentication methods, including LDAP, Client Certificates, and Local User Databases
Full benefits of the native iOS experience with integrated notifications
Capability for enterprises to enable users to use any app securely
Supported on Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls running PAN-OS 7.1, 8.0, 8.1 and above
Requires a GlobalProtect gateway subscription installed on the Palo Alto Networks firewall in order to enable support for GlobalProtect app for iOS.
Supported on iOS 10 and later releases
Bug fixes to improve the user experience.
Ratings and Reviews
Please consider bring it to Mac
I understand this is not intended for Mac OS, but it seems to work reasonably well on my M1 Mac and I like it better than the native Mac version (pkg), which has a HORRIBLE menu bar icon that I cannot remove, even when I am not using the vpn.
The only problem I am having with the iOS version is that for some reason, one of the SQL tool I use, Aqua Data Studio, does not seem to connect to VPN. The other tool I use, Azure data studio, works perfectly fine with this version.
Worst VPN app used
I have used many VPN app over the years, but this one is by far the worst.
When you first download it it will connect successfully, but if the connection underneath changes to/away from wifi/cellular you end up in an endless loop of pop up notifications and then messages about not being able to connect to the gateway, as in that moment you have lost wifi or cellular connection. Even if you switch to another VPN profile it forces it back to GP and same spiel.
You can only fully uninstall it and then reinstall to get proper connection once again. Just don’t try to turn it off or switch connection type.
The Mac and Linux clients are just marginally better , though (just as with mobile) MFA integration (for example with Okta) is extremely painful at best. I love many of this company’s products, but GP ain’t one of them at the moment.
Developer Response ,
Hi Big Husky,
Thanks for your feedback and we regret any inconvenience caused. Please contact your IT admin to log a support ticket with Palo Alto Networks so that we determine the root cause and get this addressed asap.
It could be better, it could be worse.
Perhaps this is not an app issue, but a back-end issue, but the biggest problem I have is that at least in 1 in 10 attempts to connect, the connection process gets stuck and never loads. To fix, I have to force the app closed and try again. Or, alternatively, I try to connect and no matter how many times I confirm through the 2FA, I get asked to confirm again.
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- 20.1 MB
- Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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