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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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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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.
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3. Enter the Server Address and Account name.

    • Click Authentication settings.
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4. Now you need to enter the User Authentication information to access the network server. Then click OK.

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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.