Setting up a Chromebook VPN has its advantages. Those with security in mind can be sure their location will be hidden, their activity won’t be logged, and untrustworthy Wi-Fi networks can’t keep track of activity. In addition, users can bypass geo-restrictions, which makes it easier to use services like Netflix where unavailable. Keep reading to learn more!
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What is a Chromebook VPN?
VPN stands for virtual private network. You can say a VPN serves as the middle-man in your connection to the internet. It allows you to connect your device to a computer/server in the country of your choice and have all web traffic go through the said distant machine before reaching your device. It’s as if you were controlling a computer remotely. This masks your identity, location, and other private details you might not want to share.
Three straight-forward ways to set up a Chromebook VPN
There are three ways to set up a Chromebook VPN. The first and easiest method is to use a Chrome extension if your provider offers one. Install it, toggle the service on, and you’re good to go.
The second option is to use an Android app, but this only works on Chromebooks with access to the Play Store. Download the app to your Chromebook, set things up as you would on your smartphone, and you’re done. Not all VPN apps run perfectly on Chrome OS, so you might encounter a problem or two depending on your provider.
The third option is a bit more complicated, so we’ve listed detailed instructions in a separate section below.
Set up using the L2TP protocol
If your Chromebook VPN provider doesn’t offer a Chrome extension and your Chromebook doesn’t have access to the Play Store, you’ll have to go with entering all the required information manually (L2TP protocol). It’s easy to do and doesn’t require any technical knowledge.
The first step is to import a CA certificate to your Chromebook VPN if it uses one. After you get the certificate from your provider and store it on your computer, type chrome://settings/certificates into the address bar of the Chrome browser. Click the “Authorities” tab at the top of the page, press “Import,” choose the CA certificate, and then follow onscreen instructions to finish the process.
- Get the CA certificate from your VPN provider and store it on your computer.
- Open Chrome and type chrome://settings/certificates into the address bar.
- Click the Authorities tab at the top of the page.
- Press Import, choose the CA certificate, and follow on-screen instructions.
Once that’s done, it’s time to enter the VPN network settings. Click on your account photo in the bottom-right corner of the screen to open the settings. The next step is to select the “Add connection” option located under the “Network” section and click “Add OpenVPN/L2TP.”
Type the info required (Server hostname, Service name) into the form that pops up, select “Connect,” and you have successfully set up your Chromebook VPN. If you’re an ExpressVPN customer, you can find the required info here. If you use a different VPN, you’ll have to contact your provider or dig through its website to find it.
How to set up a Chromebook VPN manually: The next steps
- Click on your account photo in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Open Settings.
- Select the Add connection option — located under the Network section.
- Click Add OpenVPN/L2TP.
- Type the info required into the form that pops up and select Connect (you can get the info from your VPN provider).
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