How to Setup a VPN on Chromebook in 2021 (4 methods step-by-step)

– There are four different
ways to set up a VPN for Chromebook. I'm gonna walk you step-by-step
through the process using my Chromebook and
explain the pros and cons of each method. Let's go. (electronic beeping) Welcome to All Things
Secured, my name's Josh, and I've got my Asus Chromebook here that we're gonna get set
up with the VPN today. I've organized this video
where I'll be showing you the easiest method first and then working my way down the list.

We'll start with the Android
app, which is the best option if you have a newer Chromebook. Next is the Chrome browser extension, which works for those
with older Chromebooks. But has limited functionality
and only protects what you do through the browser. I'll show you the built-in L2TP
IP set client for Chrome OS. Which again is useful if
your Chromebook is older, doesn't support Android apps and you want the entire
internet connection protected. And finally we'll cover the
much less common Linux VPN setup for those who have enabled
Linux on their Chromebooks and wanna protect that
specific connection.

If you've got your Chromebook with you, go ahead and open it up with me and let's jump into method
number one, the Android app. If you're using a newer Chromebook, more than likely you'll
have access to Android apps through the Google Play Store. This is by far the easiest, fastest and best way to set up
a VPN on Chromebook. So go ahead and open up
that Google play store, which you'll find on
the bottom menu button. And you can search for VPN. There's gonna be hundreds
of apps that come up with that search. Some of them will be good,
some of them won't be so good. If you want my recommendation, go ahead and open up your Chrome browser and type in That's an affiliate link that
will lead you to Express VPN, which is probably one of the
most popular VPN services on the market today. And it does work really
well with Chromebooks. Once you've set up a
subscription to this VPN, whether it's Express VPN or
whichever one you choose, you're gonna find that app
on the Google Play Store.

You can either search for it or usually there's setup
guides, we'll have a link to it. And you're gonna install that directly onto your Chromebook. Right, now that we've
installed the VPN app, let's go ahead and open it up and sign in. (keyboard clicking) The VPN will usually
request that you set up a VPN configuration. All you have to do is press okay and now you're set up and ready to go. There are a couple of very good reasons to use a VPN Android
app on your Chromebook. The first is that it encrypts
your entire connection, not just what's on your browser. The second is that you've
got a lot more options in the settings.

So for example here in Express VPN, I can change the protocol
between lightway, which is kind of like
wire guard and OpenVPN. You can do split tunneling, which allows you to send some traffic. Like let's say your Netflix
app through the VPN, so you can watch a different
library of movies and shows. And then everything else just
goes straight to the internet without being encrypted on the
VPN, that's split tunneling. These types of settings, won't be available to you
in any of the other options that I'm about to show you when
it comes to setting up a VPN on your Chromebook.

You can see that I'm now
connected to the VPN server, which means that everything
I do on my Chromebook now, whether that's through the app
or through the Chrome browser is encrypted and sent
through that VPN server. And I can even take and close this out and it will remain connected. You can see here on the
bottom that the VPN is on and I can even go in here
and click on disconnect and it will disconnect to
that Express VPN connection. At this point after disconnecting, if you wanna reconnect to your VPN, you can just click on VPN, find the name of the
VPN that you downloaded. Click that plus arrow and it
will bring you back to the app that will allow you to then connect. Choose whatever server you want and get back on that VPN connection.

If your Chromebook doesn't
allow for Android apps, or if you'd rather just do everything through the Chrome browser, your next best option here is extensions. So I would go here into more
tools and find extensions. And you're gonna see which extensions are currently installed
on the Chrome browser. I'm gonna click here on the left and look for open Chrome Web Store. You can also just search on
Google for Chrome Web Store. What you wanna find here are extensions. And in this case, I'm gonna
show you the Nord VPN extension. Since I prefer that one, when it comes to Chrome
extensions on the Chromebook. So you search for Nord VPN and you're going to install
that Chrome extension. (keyboard clicking) Now that the Chrome
extension is installed, you can click here on the upper right. And it's going to allow you
to log in with your account. So I'm gonna log in now.

Now that I'm logged in, it's really just as simple
as clicking quick connect. You can search for a specific country if you'd rather connect
somewhere else in the world. Or you can go up here, and every VPN is gonna add settings. And different settings here in Nord VPN, you can see the ones that they offer are things like CyberSec,
which blocks ads and malware. And then a Bypass List, which is essentially the split tunneling I was telling you about earlier. No matter which VPN you use, they're all gonna be
located up here on the right and you can pin it if you'd like to.

So that any time you connect
to your Chrome browser, you can make sure that
you're connected to a VPN of your choosing and so that
everything from that point on in Chrome will be encrypted. Again, If your Chromebook
doesn't allow for Android apps and you don't wanna
use a Chrome extension. Because you'd still like to
encrypt the entire connection for your Chromebook, the next best option is
a manual native setup of the OpenVPN L2TP protocol. You can find that on the
bottom right settings here and click on VPN. You're gonna see OpenVPN L2TP,
click on that plus arrow. And they're gonna have
three options for you. Two different L2TP
connections and one OpenVPN.

But I wanna let you know
right now ahead of time, that as much as I'd
like to help you set up an OpenVPN connection, most services, most VPN services that you're
using, won't allow for that. And the reason is they're
gonna give you a .OVPN file to download and upload. But Chromebook doesn't accept those. They want you to set up a certificate. They wanna give all of these information. So unless you have an IT
person helping you set up your OpenVPN protocol, it's probably not going to
work between your Chromebook and most commercial VPNs. In that case, you're gonna
wanna choose the L2TP with a pre-shared key. And this isn't the most secure way to connect to a VPN, I'll admit. A pre-shared key is generally
thought to be unsecure. However, if this is your only
option, it's your only option. So I'm gonna show you
how to set up this L2TP with my Express VPN account.

If I go in, I'm gonna be looking for the manual configuration. And under that manual
configuration, I'm looking for L2TP. Some VPNs, don't offer L2TP just because it isn't the
most secure way to connect. Thankfully Express VPN does. So I'm going to use this username, I'm gonna go back in and
set up that L2TP connection. I can choose whatever server I want.

So let's say I copy this, New York server. So I'm gonna paste that in the host name. I'm just gonna call this
Express VPN New York. It's not gonna be an OpenVPN connection. It's going to be the pre-shared key. And then I'm gonna copy this username, paste it here. Copy the password, paste it here. And then the group name if
I remember right. (whistles) Excuse me, the pre shared key one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight. Yup. That's super secure. And then click connect. Now, the way that you're gonna know that, that VPN is connected is if you go back into that VPN setting and
you'll see it says connected. So you can disconnect from that easily. And then you can reconnect
just by clicking on that. So it's easy to set up
multiple server locations all around the world, if you want. And then choose and connect to the ones that you wanna connect to
just here on your settings, native within the Chromebook.

Now mind you, you have no
control over any settings when you use this way of
setting up a VPN on Chromebook. You can't change, you
can't do split tunneling, you can't change your
protocol, It is set as it is. So the only thing you'll be able to change are the server locations
here on the VPN settings. All right, this final
option is for those of you that have set up the Linux
app on your Chromebook.

I wanna make sure you understand
everything that we've done prior to this, the Android
app, the extension, the manual setup. Those VPN connections do not
cover anything that you do on your Linux app. And likewise, any VPN setup
you do on your Linux app will not cover anything
else on your Chromebook. These are two very
separate VPN connections. So if you're using Linux
and you wanna set up a VPN, you're gonna have to do this. It's honestly beyond
the scope of this video, just because there are a
number of different ways that you can do it. There are VPN apps for Linux. Most is done via command line though. And so if you know Linux, you
should be able to set it up. You can see that I've done
that here with Nord VPN. However, if you don't use Linux or if you're not sure exactly
what I'm talking about. You completely disregard this, use one of the other three options that I've already shared with you to set up a VPN for your Chromebook. Well congratulations on connecting
your Chromebook to a VPN.

If you have any questions whatsoever, leave them in the
comments below this video. I'll do my best to respond. Now that you're up and
running with the VPN. Be sure to watch some of my
other privacy related videos that will help you secure
your Facebook account, your passwords and other important aspects of your online life. Stay safe..

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