This is a simple guide to installing and using the VPN application for Mac which is built by the ProtonVPN team.
Note: ProtonVPN application for mac is available only for macOS 10.12 and above.
The first step is to visit our https://protonvpn.com website and log in to your account. Then click on Downloads section and select Mac.
Click on Download for MacOS button.
Make sure you click on “save file“.
Now the downloaded Mac VPN application should be located on your application bar, downloads section like displayed in the screenshot. Just single click on the downloaded .dmg file and it will start extracting.
After extracting the Mac VPN application the next step is to click, hold and drag ProtonVPN logo to the applications folder.
After this is performed, the ProtonVPN Mac application will appear in the application folder, or application menu like in the screenshot below. Just simply open the application.
You will be prompted with a message that this application is downloaded from the internet and not the app store. Click on “Open” and proceed to the log in screen.
In the login screen, you have to enter your username and password that you registered on ProtonVPN or ProtonMail. Also, you can see that you have a few options like “Remember Login” and “Start on Boot“. When both of these options are enabled, the Mac VPN application will simply start on boot without any need to log-in.
Once you have successfully entered the credentials, you’ll be logged-in into the UI of the Mac VPN application.
Here you can see the country list, quick connect button, your current IP address and a switch for secure core servers.If you are looking for the fastest way to get secured, just click on the quick connect button and you will be connected to the closest server to your current location with the lowest load for best performance.
On the Profiles tab, you can either create your own profile with Custom settings or use pre-made profiles that are Fastest and Random.
To get to the application settings, check for updates or Log Out out of your account you have to navigate to the top-left of your Mac and click on “ProtonVPN” to get the application menu.Here you can see our application options that you can configure per your own preference. Also, you can check your account and your current plan on the Account tab.
In the country list of the Mac VPN application, you can see country names with different logos. Two arrows facing different ways mean that the country has servers that support P2P traffic. Onion logo stands for Tor over VPN servers that you can find in that country.
You can expand the specific country list to see all available servers by clicking the down arrow on the right side.
IMPORTANT STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CONNECTION:
When trying to connect to the VPN application for Mac, the first time you will have to allow our software to add VPN configurations in your macOS settings. This is needed in order to allow our software to redirect all of your internet traffic trough the VPN tunnel and give our software capabilities of controlling your network settings for the VPN.
Also, you will have to enter your Mac user password and click the Always Allow button to establish a VPN connection. If this step is not done properly, your VPN connection will not be established.
Once you get the notification that you are successfully connected to the VPN application for Mac, the internet connection on your device is secured through the ProtonVPN servers, and you can use the internet while your privacy and security are preserved!