You can protect your privacy on the internet when using your Chromebook with the Proton VPN Android app.
This requires a Chromebook that supports Android apps and has the Google Play Store installed. All recent Chromebooks and most Chromebooks released in 2017 or after should meet these requirements.
If you have a Chromebook released before 2017, it may be possible to manually enable Android and Play Store support, depending on your device.
What does the Proton VPN protect on a Chromebook?
You can use the Proton VPN Android app to secure all connections from your Chromebook. This includes Chrome OS connections such as those from the Chrome browser and Files apps, and also connections Android apps and Linux apps running inside a Linux container (Crostini).
How to install Proton VPN on Chrome OS
1. In the Chrome browser, click the Play Store link below.
This will open the Proton VPN download page in the Play Store app. Alternatively, you can launch the Play Store app from your Shelf and search for Proton VPN manually.
2. Install the app and Open it from your Shelf.
3. Sign in using your Proton Account username and password. If you do not have an account yet, get a free Proton VPN account for Android and Chromebook.
How to use Proton VPN
1. Connect to a VPN server.
Once you’re signed in, you will see the Countries server list. If you are on any paid Proton VPN plan, you can connect to any of our high-speed servers in over 60 countries. If you’re on our Free plan, we’ll automatically connect you to a server in the Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Poland, or the United States.
There are several ways to connect to VPN servers.
a) The easiest way to connect to a server is by clicking or tapping the Quick Connect button.
Quick Connect automatically calculates and connects to the fastest VPN server for your location based on factors such as distance to the server and server load.
b) If you’re on a paid Proton VPN plan, you can also manually select a server to connect to. To do this, select the Country tab, tap the country you wish to connect to → select a server from the list.
c) Go to the Map tab and select a server from our map. If your Chromebook has a touchscreen, you can pinch to zoom in and out of the map.
Click or tap a location once to select it → Connect.
2. If this is your first time using the app, it will ask you to allow the connection request. Click or tap OK.
You are now connected to a Proton VPN server. You can use the internet privately and bypass censorship blocks.
3. To disconnect from your current server, either connect to a different server or select the Disconnect button that appears when you are connected.
Proton VPN offers a range of advanced features, some of which are only available if you have a paid plan. To learn more about these, please see:
- How to change VPN protocols or select Smart Protocol
- VPN connection profiles
- Netshield Ad-blocker
- Always-on VPN
- Kill switch (but please note here)
- VPN Accelerator
- Secure Core VPN
Most of these advanced features can be accessed from the Settings menu.
To find this, go to ☰ → Settings.