Install a VPN on Google Chromecast

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Do you want to connect your Google Chromecast to a VPN to be able to watch Netflix America and make your connection more secure? If so, you will need to configure the VPN on a router or virtual router. This is how it works on a router:

  1. Make sure you have a router that works with a VPN.
  2. Flash the router (if necessary) and install the VPN on the router.
  3. Connect your Chromecast to the router’s Wi-Fi network.

Do you want to connect your Chromecast through a virtual router or access point? Follow these steps:

  1. Choose a VPN and install it on your computer.
  2. Set up a Wi-Fi access point or virtual router on your computer.
  3. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network of the virtual router / access point.

Looking for a good VPN that works with Chromecast? We recommend Surfshark:

To learn more about using a VPN on Google Chromecast, you can read the rest of our article below.

Would you like to install a VPN on your Chromecast but don’t know how to do it? Read here what options are there. Unfortunately, you cannot install a VPN directly on Chromecast. However, you can protect your Chromecast by installing the VPN on your router or by creating a virtual router on your PC or Mac that is already protected with a VPN. If you want to know more about the benefits of using a VPN with Chromecast first, read our article on VPNs for Chromecast.

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How to set up a VPN on the router

Router

By setting up a VPN on your router, you protect all your devices at once. Your devices access the Internet through your router. The VPN on the router will make sure everything is protected and encrypted.

The first important step is to determine if the router is suitable for using a VPN. To install the VPN, you must change the firmware of the router (flash) and not all routers allow this.

When you have a suitable router, you can start flashing it, but you must do it carefully. Flashing your router carries risks. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can damage the router.

Once you have found a suitable router, flashed the firmware, and installed the VPN, you are ready to connect your Chromecast to the router. This is no different from how you would normally connect it to the router.

Install a VPN on your router:

  1. Check if the router is suitable to be able to “flash” it.
  2. Change the router firmware and install the VPN.
  3. Connect your Chromecast to the flashed router’s Wi-Fi network.

How to set up a VPN on a virtual router

Virtual router

What if it is not possible to change the firmware on your router, or it seems too troublesome? Well, you can also create a Wi-Fi access point on your Windows PC or Mac and connect Chromecast to that access point. It’s an easy way to keep your Chromecast safe and start avoiding geo-restrictions. However, you should be aware that this method can slow down the Internet.

Install a VPN on a virtual router:

  1. Install a VPN on your PC or Mac. Most providers have an installation wizard that will guide you through the installation.
  2. Create a Wi-Fi access point on your PC or Mac. How you can do this varies from device to device.
  3. Connect your Chromecast to the network on the PC or Mac protected with a VPN.

Best VPN Providers for Google Chromecast

We have tested many VPN providers for Google Chromecast. We do tests for speed, server locations, and overall quality. The following providers scored well in these categories, and are perfect to use with your Chromecast dongle. 

If you want to know which are our favourite providers, you can check our list of the best VPN providers. There are some free VPN services, but these don’t work very well if you want to stream. Free VPN services often lack speed and limit the amount of data you can use. This makes it practically impossible to use them for streaming.

1. ExpressVPN for Google Chromecast

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN providers. With more than 1700 servers in more than 90 countries, you will be able to avoid any geographic restrictions. Their applications are easy to use, and their customer service is excellent. Its connections are fast enough to stream movies or music without lag. Read more about this provider in our comprehensive ExpressVPN review.

2. Surfshark for Google Chromecast

Surfshark is a relatively new VPN provider. However, in a short period of time, it has managed to keep many users happy. Shurfshark has no limit to the number of people who can use an account at the same time, this is ideal if you want to install it on all your devices. 

Also, streaming with this VPN is easy due to its fast servers spread all over the world. Plus, they are also one of the cheapest VPN providers out there!

3. CyberGhost for Google Chromecast

CyberGhost has a great offering of servers around the world that will provide you with access to geo-blocked material. The speed they offer is high enough to stream without much delay and in the best quality. 

Cyberghost is very affordable for the quality you get in return. To learn more about this provider, see our CyberGhost review.

Conclusions

Installing a VPN to protect your Chromecast is not as easy as it is for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS. However, if you really want to do it, you have a few options. You can install a VPN on the router or on a virtual router on your PC or Mac.

In both cases, your Chromecast will be protected by the VPN if it connects to one of these networks. With the combination of a VPN and Google Chromecast, you have access to geo-blocked content and can stream safely and anonymously.

Set up a VPN on Chromecast: frequently asked questions

Have a question about setting up a VPN on your Chromecast? Click on one of the FAQs below to see the answer!

If you want to use a VPN on Google Chromecast, you will have to do it through your (virtual) router. Install the VPN on this (virtual) router and have Chromecast access the internet through this connection. You can read how to set up a VPN for Chromecast in this article.

Using a VPN on Chromecast has several benefits. It allows you to bypass geographical restrictions, giving you access to, for example, different versions of Netflix. A VPN also provides you with a secure connection, so you can safely stream online and use Kodi without any risk.

A VPN that works well on Chromecast is Surfshark. This VPN is very fast and effective. It is also one of the cheapest options out there. Other VPN providers that we recommend for Chromecast are ExpressVPN and NordVPN.