More choices on streaming platforms like Netflix, a wider range of apps and safer online: just a few reasons to install a VPN on your Chromecast. You can read how to do it in this article.
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Install VPN on Chromecast: How to do it
We recommend everyone use a virtual private network (VPN). Such a service redirects Internet traffic, making it harder to track you. A VPN is therefore good for online privacy, but also offers very practical benefits.
The most striking is the circumvention of so-called geo-restrictions. Simply connect the VPN to a server abroad to make apps and websites think you’re in the UK, US or elsewhere. That way you can watch the local selection of streaming services like Disney Plus and Netflix.
Most people use a VPN on their computer, but you can also use such a virtual network on Chromecast. Installing a VPN on Chromecast is less easy, but possible. In this article, we show you what options you have.
A small disclaimer: in this article we assume that you have already installed a VPN service. Is this not the case? Then read the article below. Here we discuss our favorite (free) VPN services and explain how to get them up and running.
Read more: Everything you need to know about VPNs
It’s a bit of a cheat, but the easiest option is not to install a VPN on your Chromecast at all. Instead, we simply use the computer’s VPN app and forward it to the media player.
Turn on the private network and connect to a server location of your choice. Then open the content you want to watch (like a movie or series on Netflix) and mirror the window or tab to the Chromecast. You do this via the cast icon, which can be recognized on the screen with the three lines.
2. Install on Chromecast
Okay, time for the real work. How to get a VPN on a Chromecast depends mainly on the version you have. People with the latest media player version, Chromecast with Google TV (and Chromecast with Google TV HD), are in luck. With this model, you can simply install a VPN app:
- Launch Chromecast and go to Play Store;
- Find your VPN provider’s app;
Many providers have a Chromecast app, including Express VPN, Proton VPN, and NordVPN.
- Log in with your credentials and connect to a server of your choice.
Then use Chromecast as you’re used to. The device now thinks you are viewing from a different location and therefore displays the local selection of apps and streaming services.
3. Trick the router
Don’t have a Chromecast with Google TV, but an older model? Then it is a little more difficult to install a private network, but nothing is impossible. For example, try installing a VPN on the router. This device distributes Internet traffic to all kinds of devices in the house, including computers, phones, and therefore Chromecast.
With this option, you tackle the problem at its core and make the router think that you are accessing the Internet from another location. Chromecast receives the internet signal from the router and thinks the same.
Exactly how this works varies from router to router, but the following general steps will help you get started:
- Check if the router can handle your VPN service. You do this by Googling the model number or looking in the manual. Not all routers are suitable for this, so check it out carefully.
- Then find a custom installation guide. You need to change the software on the router (also known as ‘flashing’). This is a technical matter. Therefore, Google the model number of your router in combination with the VPN service. If you’re using a somewhat popular provider, there’s bound to be a comprehensive setup guide online somewhere. This explains exactly what you need to do. For example, parties like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Surfshark have homemade manuals for installing a VPN on Chromecast.
- Blinking. Flash the router software using the installation guide. Follow the step-by-step instructions.
- To see. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network of the upgraded router. The router is now connected to the server you selected. Apps like Netflix ‘think’ you’re watching from the selected location and show the local offer.
Be aware: flashing a router is not without risks. If it goes wrong, the internet distributor can suffer. We therefore only recommend this option if you really know what you are doing and have sufficient technical knowledge.
4. Put the VPN on a virtual server
Can’t install the VPN on the physical router? Then there is really only one option: Put it on a virtual router. You do this by creating a WiFi hotspot on your computer. You then connect it to the Chromecast, which takes over the internet signal.
Again, it’s hard to give exact directions, but it comes down to the steps below:
- Activate the VPN service and choose a server of your choice.
- Set up a WiFi hotspot. How you do this varies from computer to computer. For example, the exact steps for Mac computers are different than for Windows PCs. Also, it doesn’t matter which macOS or Windows version you’re using. So google for the exact guide for your device.
- Connect the Chromecast to the Wi-Fi hotspot you just set up. The VPN must be active on this secured network.
And it’s done Kees! Chromecast now uses a VPN because it is connected to the hotspot on the Mac or Windows PC. Speaking of which, this option only works if the computer is turned on. After all, Chromecast receives its internet traffic via hotspot on Mac or PC.
More about Chromecast
Bee Android planet we’re a big fan of Chromecast. Google’s handy media player makes any dumb TV smart in an instant, is cheap and the possibilities are almost endless.
By regularly updating your Chromecast, you can be the first to use new features, and thanks to these Chromecast tips, you can get the most out of the media player.