iOS 14.5 - using NextDNS and VPN together

I have an iPhone running iOS 14.5.1.

When my iPhone connects to a network - whether trusted or untrusted - I want to use NextDNS (to block ads)

When my iPhone connects to an untrusted network I also want it to use Cloudflare’s Warp VPN (so those on the untrusted Wi-Fi network cannot eavesdrop / intercept my connection). 

Is this NextDNS & Warp VPN combination on my iPhone at all possible? If not, any suggestions to get what I am looking for on my iPhone, which is (1) ad blocking all the time and (2) VPNs when connected to untrusted networks?


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  • I also would be interested in the answer. I’m trying to use both nextdns and NordVPN at the same time with no success until now. NordVPN just ignores my DNS profile configured on iOS 14

      • DynamicNotSlow
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      • DynamicNotSlow
      • 1 mth ago
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      Maxime AUBURTIN from VPN side it makes sense ignoring external DNS

    • DynamicNotSlow that’s not completely wrong but they allow custom dns. 

  • Did you try apple.nextdns.io ?

  • Yep I tried it

  • You will have to use VPN that accepts custom DNS, such as WeVPN and Speedify and for your DNS address on the VPN, so you get the best of both worlds.

  • I see this is a known issue for iOS (and macOS) - see https://help.nextdns.io/t/35hlk1r/known-issues-with-iosmacos-system-encrypted-dns-doh-support where it says:

    When a VPN is connected, the Encrypted DNS profile is ignored in favor of the DNS server advertised by the VPN with no option to change this behavior. The DNS profile is still shown as active in the OS settings, which is confusing for the user.

    We believe that Encrypted DNS should be part of the traffic going through the VPN as it is the case on other platforms. If you agree, please submit your feedback to Apple using Feedback Assistant.

    Status: reported, probably won't fix

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