Install VPN on Mac
There are different ways to install a VPN on Mac. Using a dedicated app is the easiest way to get a VPN on your Mac.
Here are two ways to install a VPN on Mac:
Install a VPN on Mac with a VPN App
- Purchase: Using a premium VPN means you’ll have to pay. But compared to the vulnerabilities and potential data-leakage of a free service, it’s worth it.
- Download: Make sure the VPN you’re downloading has an installer for Mac devices. The installer should pop-up automatically, but a download button can also be found on the provider’s website.
- Install: Use the downloaded installer to begin the installation process. Based on your security settings, you might have to give certain permissions to install the app. If you’re using a free VPN, avoid installing PUPs or other bloatware that may come wrapped in the installation package.
- Launch: Once installed, launch the app. Depending on the provider, you might be automatically connected to a VPN server, or given options to choose a server from various locations.
Install a VPN manually on Mac OS
You can manually install a VPN using the built-in VPN client on macOS. The Mac OS VPN client supports the PPTP, IKEv2, and L2TIP/IPsec VPN protocols. But first, you need access to a VPN server that you’ve either created, bought, or have access to.
Here’s how to manually install a VPN on Mac:
1. On your Mac, click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.... In the menu, click Network.
2. On the lower-left of the window, click the Add button, then click the Interface pop-up and choose VPN. Click the VPN Type pop-up and choose what kind of VPN type you are setting up.
- Your VPN type depends on what kind of network you’re connecting to.
- Name the VPN service and click Create.
3. Enter the Server Address and Account name.
- Click Authentication settings.
4. Now you need to enter the User Authentication information to access the network server. Then click OK.
5. If your network admin asks you to enter more information;
- Go back to the Network window, click Advanced... and enter any additional information, like TCP/IP settings, DNS servers, and proxies.
- Then click OK.
6. On the Network window, click Apply, and then click OK.
Note that connecting your Mac to a friend's VPN server can be limiting. Because you’ll have access only to one server, rather than the variety of servers that a dedicated VPN service can provide.