MacOS Desktop – WireGuard Installing & Documentation

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Currently, the WireGuard app requires macOS version 10.14 or newer. If you are running an older version of the MacOS that will not support the WireGuard app, checkout our video on installing Wireguard on Linux. This video will show you how to install WireGuard on an older MacOS.

The video below is not as detail in the installation instructions as the step by step below. This video will be updated shortly. 

Mac – Download Configuration Files First

After you purchase your VPN service you will be issued VPN configuration files. You can visit the download area where you can download the zipped files. If you have downloaded them to the downloads folder, move them out of the downloads folder into your Documents folder. Double click on the file to un-zip the folder. When you double click the file it will force you to enter the password issued to you and can be found in your welcome email. 

You will notice that a new folder was added to the Documents folder similar to the name of the zipped file you downloaded. Instead of a single file that ends in a .zip name, it is a folder that contains your VPN configuration files. You will use these files when you import your VPN connections into WireGuard.

Download WireGuard app

  1. Open the macOS App Store and find the WireGuard app.
  2. Click Get/Install to download and install the app.
  3. Start the WireGuard app from your computer’s Launchpad or Application folder.
  4. The WireGuard icon will display in your desktop’s top menu bar (no window will automatically open).

Import the configuration file

  1. Click on the WireGuard icon located in your desktop’s top menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select Import tunnel(s) from file…
  3. Navigate to the folder where you have the VPN configuration files stored and select the configuration file you’d like to import. In the example above we moved this folder to the Documents folder.
  4. Click Import.
  5. Click Allow if you get a pop-up saying “‘WireGuard’ would like to Add VPN Configurations.”

Connect

  1. Click on the WireGuard icon located in your desktop’s top menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select the VPN connection that you want to connect to, for example “atlantanoads-25”.
  3. A checkmark will appear next to it. That’s it!

Disconnect

  1. Click on the WireGuard icon located in your desktop’s top menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, click on the server that you’re connected to (the one with a checkmark next to it).
  3. The checkmark will disappear, signaling that you are disconnected.

Edit A Connection

  1. Click on the WireGuard icon located in your desktop’s top menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, click on the Manage Tunnels.
  3. Click on the Tunnel (VPN Connection) you would like to edit.
  4. Click the edit button. You will be asked to verify your computer password.
  5. Make changes to the name of the Tunnel.

On-demand activation

Enable this option if you are experiencing frequent disconnections or if you want to ensure that the VPN service is always active.

  1. Click on the WireGuard icon located in your desktop’s top menu bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, click on the Manage Tunnels.
  3. Click on the Tunnel (VPN Connection) you would like to edit.
  4. Click the edit button. You will be asked to verify your computer password.
  5. Enable Cellular or Wi-Fi or both.

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