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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 certain services 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.

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Three straight-forward ways to set up a Chromebook VPN

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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.

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Set up using the L2TP protocol

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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 much technical knowledge, but you need to know where information goes.

The first step is to import a CA certificate to your Chromebook VPN if it uses one. Here’s how to do it.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Get the CA certificate from your VPN provider and store it on your computer.
  2. Open Chrome and type chrome://settings/certificates into the address bar.
  3. Click the Authorities tab at the top of the page.
  4. Press Import, choose the CA certificate, and follow on-screen instructions.

Once that’s done, it’s time to enter the VPN network settings.

How to set up a Chromebook VPN manually: The next steps

  1. Click on the notification area in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Open Settings by hitting the cog icon.
  3. In the Network section, select the Add connection option — located under the Network section.
  4. Next to OpenVPN/L2TP, select Add.
  5. Type the info required into the form that pops up and select Connect (you can get the info from your VPN provider).

Every service offers its required VPN data in a separate form. You should be able to find everything on the official website or your account page. 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.

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