How to enable VPN in Google Chrome

How to enable VPN in Google Chrome

Option 1: Browser on PC

The full version of Google Chrome available on the PC allows you to use three ways to enable VPNs at the same time. At the same time, each of the methods has multiple options depending on the choice of extension, proxy or external program.

Method 1: Installing extensions

The main method of adding and enabling the VPN in Google Chrome, as in almost any other web browser, is to use a special extension. That said, due to the variety of this type of software, we will only cover the general installation and enablement procedure, while you can find the programs themselves in a separate review.

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Step 1: Add a VPN

  1. All Chrome VPN extensions require installation, which is done through a page on the Chrome Web Store and standard browser tools. Once you have determined the software from the list in the link provided above, use the "Install". and confirm the addition through the pop-up window.
  2. This will make the program appear in the list on the page "Extensions"where, if necessary, you will have to additionally use the marked slider to enable it. You can then move on to settings.
  3. Note that not all extensions have their own page in the Chrome store, which can cause some installation difficulties. Therefore, if you come across such a situation, you will have to make your own addition.

    Read also: Installing extensions in the Google Chrome browser

    To do this, just activate the option "Developer mode". Low. "Extensions". and using the button "Load Unpacked Extension". add the received software file.

Step 2: Authorization (optional)

Some VPN options for the Chrome Internet browser require authorization as an optional action after installation. In particular, this applies to ZenMate, in which example the login procedure will be shown.

  1. To go to the authorization form, click with the left mouse button on the extension icon located on the right side of the top bar of the browser. Here you have to fill in the field "Email". и "Password".and then press "Sign up for free". to create a new account.
  2. If the account was previously created, press "Register". under the previous form and enter your personal data.
  3. In both cases, the personal account page on the ZenMate website will then open. If you want, you can install a separate program to make the VPN work everywhere, not just Chrome, and plug in the Ultimate version, which provides more servers and better speed.

Step 3: Enable and configure

  1. The last step is to configure and enable the VPN in Google Chrome. The first thing to do through the main menu is open "Extensions". and make sure the desired program is activated.
  2. If you have multiple VPNs, even if they are disabled by the developer's intended means, there may be a conflict. Therefore, be sure to leave only one active software program.
  3. After figuring out how to enable and disable extensions, on the top bar of the browser, click the VPN client icon with the left mouse button. Through the presented menu, it is necessary to turn on using the "Off"., "Connect" or just a special icon.

    This will generally unlock the option to select the country whose IP address will be assigned to your connection.

    The full list of options is only available if you have a paid subscription, but there are also exceptions.

    Sometimes the options may not be available at all, such as in the Runet Blocking Bypass extension, and therefore no further action is required after enabling the software in the browser settings.

Method 2: Proxy Settings

Another method of setting up a VPN in the Google Chrome browser comes down to using the operating system settings or a special proxy extension. Note immediately that in the first case the method will affect all Internet connections on the PC, while the second will require additional software.

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Option 1: Proxy Settings

  1. Click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner of Chrome and select "Settings"..

    Scroll to the bottom of this page and expand "More".

  2. In the block. "System". find and use the article "Open the computer's proxy settings".
  3. Find the subsection "Configure local network settings" and click on the button "Network settings"..
  4. Check the box checked in the screenshot "Proxy server". and press "Advanced"..
  5. Disable option "One proxy for all protocols" and fill in the fields according to the addresses of the VPN servers you have. If you don't have any, you can use the checked option "SOCKS4". o "SOCKS5" on the page at the link presented above.

    Note: Not all proxies guarantee stable operation, so you can try different options until you find the right one.

  6. For the VPN to work, the box is required. "SOCKS". specifying the IP address and port. After completing the fields, click "AGREE". to save the new parameters.

    To make sure it works, you can use the 2IP website, where the IP address previously assigned with the corresponding country should appear in the computer data.

Option 2: Proxy extension

  1. Although the above method cannot be limited to working only in the Google Chrome browser, it is quite possible to use the Proxy SwitchyOmega extension and configure the proxy already through it. To do this, first go to the next page, click "Install". and confirm the addition of the software.

    SwitchyOmega proxy page on the Chrome Web Store

  2. Then, in the top bar of your browser, click with the left mouse button on the icon of the marked extension and, through the menu, go to "Options"..
  3. In the left column on the block. "Profiles" click on the tab Proxy. and on the block. "Proxy servers" expand the drop-down list. Here you need to select the type of protocol, preferably "SOCKS4". o "SOCKS5".
  4. Using the free proxy site we mentioned above or your own server, fill in the fields "Server" и "Port".. To apply the new parameters, press "Apply changes".
  5. Close the extension settings and click the icon on the top bar of the browser again. To enable a proxy, click on the line Proxy..

    This will cause the active tab to refresh automatically, and if you've specified a working server, the VPN will work. You can ignore the occasional errors that occur.

    To ensure that the connection works, as in the previous case, you can use the 2IP site and other similar resources on the Internet.

It is quite possible to find other similar extensions with the same capabilities if you wish, but we will stop here only.

Method 3: VPN for computer

The main alternative to the previous option is special software for your computer that allows you to quickly turn the VPN on and off. As in the case of network settings, this connection will apply to all programs, not just Google Chrome. You can read more about the appropriate software separately.

Read More:
Configure a proxy on a PC
How to set up a VPN on your PC
Setting up a VPN in Windows 10

Option 2: Browser on your smartphone

On mobile devices, regardless of the platform, this internet browser is severely limited, which also applies to the ability to install extensions. Therefore, the only way to activate the VPN on your phone is to install a separate application by following the instructions below.

More information: Installing and configuring a VPN on your phone

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