How to Set Up And Use VPN On Chromecast

Unblock Netflix and more on your Chromecast

A man connects his Chromecast to a VPN through Wi-Fi.

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are primarily designed to protect privacy and secure data online, but they can also effectively unblock regional content like Netflix. If you have a Chromecast, and you want to get the most out of it, connecting through a VPN can be extremely useful.

Depending on the VPN service provider you choose, you may be able to access Netflix content that's only available in specific countries, watch region-locked video content from sources like the BBC, and more.

If you're ready to take advantage of a VPN on your Chromecast, we'll walk you through three easy ways to get it done.

VPN On Google Chromecast

Chromecast isn't designed for use with VPNs, so there's no way to modify a Chromecast to connect directly to a VPN. If you want to receive VPN protection on your Chromecast, or unblock regional content, you have to go through either a computer or a router.

These are the three best options to make Chromecast work with a VPN:

  • Windows PC: To use this method, you need a Windows PC and a Windows VPN. The PC needs to have an ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi card, or two Wi-Fi cards.
  • Mac: To use this method, you need a Mac and a Mac VPN. The Mac needs to have an ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi card, or two Wi-Fi cards.
  • Router: For this method to work, you need a VPN router. You will set the VPN up on the router itself, so that all the devices on your network connect through the VPN.

How to Use VPN on Xbox One Through Your PC

If you have a Windows PC that has both an ethernet connection and Wi-Fi, you can use it to create a VPN-protected ad-hoc hotspot. This method involves setting a VPN up on your PC, and then sharing your wired internet connection over Wi-Fi.

Here's how to connect your Xbox One to a VPN through a PC:

  1. Begin by setting up a VPN up on your Windows PC. Many VPN service providers offer native Windows apps that automate the entire process.

  2. From the Windows desktop, select Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile hotspot.

    The Mobile Hotspot location in Windows Settings.
  3. Click the dropdown menu under Share my Internet connection from, and select your VPN-protected internet connection.

    Windows Mobile Hotspot sharing options.
  4. Write down the network name and network password.

    The location of the Network Name and Password in the Windows Mobile Hotspot settings.
  5. Switch the Mobile hotspot toggle On.

    The On/Off toggle for the Windows Mobile Hotspot feature.
  6. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network that you wrote down in Step 4.

  7. Your Chromecast is now connected to the internet through your Windows VPN.

How to Connect Your Chromecast to VPN Through a Mac

Macs can create ad-hoc hotspots in much the same way as Windows PCs. If you have a Mac, you can set up a VPN on your machine, and then share a wired internet connection over Wi-Fi. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network, and it will receive all the benefits of a VPN.

For more information, check out our guide to sharing an in internet connection from a Mac.

Here's how you can connect your Xbox One to a VPN through your Mac:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences > Sharing.

  2. Select Internet Sharing.

  3. Click the Share your connection from dropdown menu, and select Ethernet.

  4. Click the To computers using dropdown menu, and select Wi-Fi.

  5. Click Wi-Fi Options.

  6. Enter a network name, channel, security type, password, and click OK.

  7. Click the box next to Internet Sharing to place a check mark in it.

  8. Click Start.

  9. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network you set up in step seven.

How to Use VPN on Chromecast With a VPN Router

This option doesn't require a computer, but it does call for a router that's capable of connecting directly to a VPN. A lot of routers have this capability, but it's far from universal.

Some routers can't connect to VPNs, but are compatible with custom firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato. If you have one of these routers, you can install the custom firmware to enable VPN protection.

When you set your router up to connect to a VPN, every device on your network receives the same VPN protection. That includes your Chromecast, in addition to any computers, game consoles, and other devices that you have connected to the internet.

The specific steps required to set up a VPN router differ from one device to another, but this is what the general process looks like:

  1. Log in to the control panel of your router.

  2. Follow the procedure set out by your VPN provider to set your router up for that particular service.

    A screenshot of VPN settings on a TP-Link router.

    Your router settings will look different from this if you don't have a TP-Link router. You will typically need to locate a tab or page called Basic, Network, or WAN Setup. On this page, you will need to enter whatever information that your VPN provided to you when you signed up. If you don't have the necessary information, contact your VPN service provider.

  3. Connect your Chromecast to your router. Your Chromecast, and every other device on your network, will all connect through your VPN instead of directly to the internet.