More options on streaming platforms like Netflix, a wider range of apps and more security online: just a few reasons to install a VPN on your Chromecast. You can read how to do this in this article.
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Install a VPN on Chromecast: This is how you do it
We recommend everyone to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This service redirects your internet traffic, making it more difficult for you to be tracked. Therefore, a VPN is good for online privacy, but it also offers very practical benefits.
The most noticeable is the circumvention of the so-called geographical restrictions. Simply connect the VPN to a server abroad to make apps and sites think you’re in England, the US, or anywhere else. This way you can view the local band of streaming services like Disney Plus and Netflix.
Most people use a VPN on their PC, but you can also use such a VPN on Chromecast. Installing a VPN on Chromecast is less intuitive, but possible. In this article we show you what options you have.
A small disclaimer: For this article we assume that you have already installed a VPN service. Isn’t that the case? Then read the article below. Here we discuss our favorite (and free) VPN services and explain how they work.
Read more: All you need to know about VPNs
It’s kind of cheating, but the easiest option is to not install a VPN on Chromecast at all. Instead, we simply use the VPN app on the computer and redirect 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 (such as a movie or series on Netflix) and mirror the window or tab on Chromecast. You can do this through the send icon, which can be recognized by the screen with the three lines.
2. Install on Chromecast
Well, it’s time for the real action. How to get a VPN on Chromecast mainly depends on which version you have. People who have the latest media player version, Chromecast with Google TV (And Chromecast with Google TV HD), are lucky. With this form, you can simply install the VPN app:
- Launch Chromecast and go to the Play Store.
- Find your VPN provider’s app;
Several providers have the Chromecast app, including Express VPN, Proton VPN, and NordVPN.
- Log in with your credentials and connect to a server of your choice.
Then use your Chromecast as you are used to. The device now thinks you’re watching from a different location, thus showing the local domain for streaming apps and 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 impossible. For example, try a file VPN to install on the router. This device distributes internet traffic to all kinds of devices in the house, including computers, phones, and thus Chromecast.
With this option, you can tackle the problem to its core and let the router think that you are accessing the internet from a different location. Chromecast receives the internet signal from the router and believes the same.
How this works is completely different for each router, but the following general steps will get you started:
- Check if the router can handle your VPN service. You can do this by googling the model number or searching the manual. Not every router is suitable for this, so check it carefully.
- Then find the dedicated installation directory. You need to change the router software (aka “flashing”). This is a technical issue. So, Google your router model number with VPN service. If you’re using a fairly popular provider, there’s bound to be a comprehensive online installation guide somewhere. This explains exactly what you need to do. like parties ExpressVPNAnd NordVPN And surf shark For example, you have homemade guides on how to install a VPN on Chromecast.
- blinking. Flash the router software using the installation guide. Follow the instructions step by step.
- to look. Connect your Chromecast to the upgraded router’s Wi-Fi network. The router is now connected to the server you selected. Apps like Netflix “think” you’re watching from the chosen location and show the local show.
Whatch out: Flashing a router is not without risks. If things go wrong, the internet distributor could be damaged. So we only recommend this option if you really know what you’re doing and have enough technical knowledge.
4. Put the VPN on a virtual server
Can’t you install VPN on physical router? Then there is only one option: to put it on a virtual router. You can do this by creating a WiFi hotspot on your computer. You can then connect it to the Chromecast, which grabs the internet signal.
Again, it’s hard to give exact directions, but it comes down to the following steps:
- Activate the VPN service and choose the server of your choice.
- Set up a WiFi hotspot. The way to do this varies by computer. For example, the exact steps for Mac computers differ from those for Windows computers. Moreover, it is important which version of macOS or Windows you are using. Even Google to get exact directions to your device.
- Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi hotspot you just set up. VPN must be active on this secure network.
And it’s over sack! Chromecast now uses a VPN because it’s connected to a hotspot mac or a Windows computer. Speaking of which, this option only works if the computer is left on. After all, Chromecast receives your internet traffic via your Mac or PC’s hotspot.
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