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You can use ProtonVPN on your Chromebook

Posted on November 19th, 2020 by in Releases.

An illustration of the ProtonVPN app for Chromebook.

 

We’re happy to announce ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN 

To use ProtonVPN, 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 ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN for Chromebook

Once you have installed the app, it will appear in your app menu. Double-click the ProtonVPN 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

A screenshot of the ProtonVPN sign in screen on a Chromebook.

All ProtonMail users automatically have access to the Free version of ProtonVPN. Simply sign in to the ProtonVPN app using your ProtonMail login credentials. 

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

A screenshot of the ProtonVPN VPN server selection screen 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 ProtonVPN app.

Using ProtonVPN 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, ProtonVPN may be less effective at hiding your location and thwarting trackers.

Learn about how Google collects your data.

However, ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN 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. ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN on your Chromebook on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, Linkedin, and Mastodon.

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.

15 comments

  1. Julie Trnavsky

    Thank-you! Great instructions and easy to set up and follow.
    1 question – in settings there is also an “Open VPN/L2TP” I think using this will connect to my router, hard drive ‘network’ printer etc. How do I set this up (through laptop bridge?) or???
    Set up home VPN network – server hostname would be my router?? thanks.

  2. Student

    How could I install ProtonVPN on my school chromebook? I don’t want to powerwash my chromebook to turn on Developer Mode. I can’t install anything in the Play store except the apps that are allowed, such as Google Meets. A lot of websites are blocked for no reason.

  3. DJ

    I am very enthusiastic about all of the Proton services (including the VPN).
    The only problem I am having with the VPN is that I often have to disconnect and then reconnect to get data flowing again while I am using my Chromebook.
    I’ll be going to news sites or working and then suddenly there is no internet until I click on disconnect and then click on connect.
    This happens on both my Chromebooks (an intel I5-based and a mediatek-based) but never on my andrioid phone, or on my linux computer.
    …any advice? Thanks!

  4. Logan

    Are there any plans for a chrome extension for the VPN?

  5. Douglas Crawford

    Hi Logon. Browser extensions are not a high priority on our development roadmap at the moment. That said, we a community-driven service, and are therefore highly responsive to the needs of our users. Please leave feature suggestions on our Feedback Forum.

  6. dieter

    Useless the free version

  7. Douglas Crawford

    Hi dieter. Can you please explain your problem? Our free app works on Chromebooks to give you a free VPN service with no data limits or artificial speed restrictions.

  8. Jason Mckinney

    Thanks so much Ritchie! This seems to be working fine on my Lenovo Duet Chromebook. You guys are truly doing a very good work in this world, we cannot thank you enough.

  9. Manfried

    Nice! Do you know when the app for Android smart TV will also be available ?

  10. Richie Koch

    Hi Manfried, the app for Android TV will be coming out in the very near future. Keep an eye on this blog and our social media channels to stay up to date.
    Cheers.

  11. Goose

    Works like a charm on my Lenovo. Flawless. Quick. Seamless. Highly recommend.

  12. Mona-Lisa Petreanu

    Hello Richie,

    Proton VPN saved my life, literally. I just want to say thank you! God bless you for what you do!
    Warm regards,
    Mona-Lisa Petreanu, CFE

  13. Richie Koch

    Happy we could help Mona-Lisa!

  14. Thomas Beling

    Sorry Mr. Koch, but if a Chromebook doesn’t have the Play Store is won’t run Android-Apps. Don’t even sideloaded apps. No chance.
    A chromeOS device must support the Android-container, native. If the device is too old, so that it don’t support the Android-container, the user first has to upgrade to a newer device.

    Sideloading apps is possible (also only on newer devices) but hard to manage for normal users. Therefor the user has to enable developer-mode on the device, but don’t suggest that to normal users.

    Kind regards,
    Thomas Beling
    (ex-manager of the Chromebook Deutschland Community on Google+)

  15. Richie Koch

    You are correct, Thomas, thank you for pointing this out. We have corrected the blog post accordingly.
    Cheers.

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