You can use Proton VPN on your Chromebook

Posted on November 19th, 2020 by in Releases.

An illustration of the ProtonVPN app for Chromebook.


We’re happy to announce Proton VPN now officially supports Google Chromebooks. You can use the Android app on your Chromebook to unblock censored content, securely stream your favorite shows, and protect your internet connection on public WiFi. Adding official support for Chromebook devices has been a popular request from our community since we released our Android app.

How to download Proton VPN 

To use Proton VPN, you will need a modern Chromebook that includes support for Android apps. Once you have confirmed your device supports Android, there are several ways to download the Proton VPN Android app. For most users, the easiest way to download and install our app will be to get it directly from the Google Play Store. Most Chromebooks come with the Play Store already preinstalled.

If your Chromebook does not have the Play Store, don’t worry. We have made our Android app’s APK available on our download page, GitHub, and F-Droid, the largest repository of free and open source Android APKs.

Download Proton VPN for Chromebook

Once you have installed the app, it will appear in your app menu. Double-click the Proton VPN icon to launch the app. 

If you already have a Proton account, you can log in using your Proton username and password. If you are not already signed up for a Proton account, you will need to create a new account. Sign up for a Free plan for Chromebook and then return to the app.

Sign Up

All Proton users automatically have access to the Free version of Proton VPN. Simply sign in to the Proton VPN app using your Proton Account username and password. 

Once you are logged in, you can select the country and server you’d like to connect to.

Proton VPN running on a Chromebook

Note. If enabled, disconnecting via the system tray will disable the Always on and Block connections without VPN settings. To keep these settings enabled, please Disconnect from within the Proton VPN app.

Using Proton VPN on Chromebooks

A Chromebook is a laptop that uses the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. To keep Chromebooks small and inexpensive, the apps and data they use are stored in the cloud rather than on the device itself.

Because Google owns the operating system itself, it is difficult to limit the company’s ability to monitor your activity on a Chromebook. Because of this, Proton VPN may be less effective at hiding your location and thwarting trackers.

Learn about how Google collects your data.

However, Proton VPN for Chromebook enables you to:

  • Access censored content — By connecting to a server on a different network or in another country, you can access content that would otherwise be blocked.
  • Securely stream geo-blocked films and shows — If you are a Proton VPN Plus subscriber, you can watch your favorite content on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max no matter where you are. Learn how to watch your favorite movies and TV shows with our VPN streaming guide.
  • Protect your internet connection on public WiFi — Hackers can monitor a hotspot’s network traffic or even set up a malicious hotspot that they control. Proton VPN encrypts your internet connection so that even if your traffic is being monitored, your data remains secure and private.

Increased defense against censorship

We believe free speech is a fundamental human right, and our mission is to give everyone the ability to exercise it. We are working to increase access to our VPN by making our apps available in more languages. Similarly, by adding official support for Chromebooks to our Android app, we are making it easier for more people worldwide to access censored and blocked content. 

Don’t forget to let us know what you think about using Proton VPN on your Chromebook on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, and Linkedin.

Prior to joining Proton, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. He joined the Proton team to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.

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