This is how you put a VPN on the Chromecast (and you get more movies and series)

More choice on streaming platforms such as Netflix, a wider range of apps and safer online: just a few reasons to install a VPN on your Chromecast. You can read how to do that in this article.

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Install VPN on Chromecast: this is how you do it

We recommend everyone to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Such a service redirects internet traffic, making it more difficult to trace you. A VPN is therefore good for online privacy, but also offers very practical advantages.

The most striking is the circumvention of so-called geo-restrictions. Simply connect the VPN to a server abroad to make apps and websites believe you are in England, the United States or elsewhere. That way you can view the local range of streaming services such as Disney Plus and Netflix.

Most people use a VPN on their computer, but you can also use such a virtual network on the Chromecast. Installing a VPN on the Chromecast is less easy, but possible. In this article we show you what options you have.

A small disclaimer: in this article we assume that you have already installed a VPN service. Isn’t this the case? Then read the article below. Here we discuss our favorite (free) VPN services and explain how to get them up and running.

Read more: Everything you need to know about VPNs

1. Cheating

It’s a bit of cheating, but the easiest option is not to install a VPN on your Chromecast at all. Instead, we simply use the computer’s VPN app and forward 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 to the Chromecast. You do this via the cast icon, recognizable by the screen with the three lines.

2. Install on the Chromecast

Okay, time for the real work. How to get a VPN on a Chromecast mainly depends on the version you have. People with the latest media player version, the Chromecast with Google TV (and Chromecast with Google TV HD), are in luck. With this model you can simply install a VPN app:

  1. Start up the Chromecast and go to the Play Store;
  2. Find the app of your VPN provider;

    Many providers have a Chromecast app, including Express VPN, Proton VPN and NordVPN.

  3. Log in with your credentials and connect to a server of your choice.

Then use the Chromecast as you are used to. The device now thinks that you are watching from a different location and therefore shows the local range of apps and streaming services.

3. Fool the router

Don’t have a Chromecast with Google TV, but an older model? Then it is a bit more difficult to install a private network, but nothing is impossible. For example, try installing a VPN on the router. This device distributes internet traffic to all kinds of devices in the house, including computers, telephones and therefore the Chromecast.

With this option you tackle the problem at the core and let the router believe that you are accessing the internet from a different location. The Chromecast receives the internet signal from the router and believes the same.

How this works exactly differs per router, but the following general steps will get you started:

  1. Check whether the router can handle your VPN service. You do this by googling the model number or looking in the manual. Not every router is suitable for this, so check it out carefully.
  2. Then find a custom installation guide. You need to change the software of the router (also known as ‘flashing’). This is a technical matter. Therefore, Google the model number of your router in combination with the VPN service. If you’re using a somewhat popular provider, there’s bound to be a comprehensive installation guide online somewhere. This explains exactly what you need to do. For example, parties such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Surfshark have homemade manuals for installing a VPN on Chromecast.
  3. Flashing. Flash the router software using the installation guide. Follow the step-by-step directions.
  4. To look. Connect your Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network of the upgraded router. The router is now connected to the server you selected. Apps like Netflix ‘think’ that you are watching from the chosen location and show the local offer.

Connect Chromecast to a VPN router with ExpressVPN

This video shows you how to install ExpressVPN on a (virtual) router.

Pay attention: flashing a router is not without risks. If things go wrong, the Internet distributor can be damaged. We therefore only recommend this option if you really know what you are doing and have enough technical knowledge.

4. Put the VPN on a virtual server

Can’t install the VPN on the physical router? Then there is really only one option: put it on a virtual router. You do this by creating a WiFi hotspot on your computer. You then connect it to the Chromecast, which takes over the internet signal.

Again it is difficult to give exact directions, but it comes down to the steps below:

  1. Activate the VPN service and choose a server of your choice.
  2. Set up a WiFi hotspot. How you do this differs per computer. For example, the exact steps for Mac computers are different than for Windows PCs. Moreover, it matters which macOS or Windows version you use. So google for the exact directions for your device.
  3. Connect the Chromecast to the Wi-Fi hotspot you just set up. The VPN should be active on this secured network.

And it’s done Kees! The Chromecast now uses a VPN because it is connected to the hotspot of the Mac or Windows PC. Speaking of which, this option only works if the computer is left on. After all, the Chromecast receives its internet traffic via the hotspot of the Mac or PC.

More about the Chromecast

Bee Android planet we are a big fan of the Chromecast. Google’s handy media player makes any dumb TV smart in an instant, is cheap and the possibilities are almost endless.

By regularly updating your Chromecast you can be the first to use new features and thanks to these Chromecast tips you can get the most out of the media player.

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