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 https://protonvpn.com and log in to your account. Then click on the Downloads section and select Mac.
Click Download for macOS.
Make sure you click on Save File.
Once downloaded, the Mac VPN application file should be located on your application bar’s downloads section, like it is in the screenshot below. Just single-click on the downloaded .dmg file and it will start extracting.
After extracting the Mac VPN application, click, hold, and drag ProtonVPN logo to the Applications folder.
After you do this, the ProtonVPN Mac application will appear in the Applications folder, or application menu, like in the screenshot below. Open the app.
You will be prompted with a message that says this application has been downloaded from the Internet and not Apple’s App Store. Click on Open and proceed to the login screen.
At the login screen, you have to enter the username and password that you registered at 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 start on boot without any need to log in.
Once you have successfully entered your credentials, you will log in to the user interface of the Mac VPN application.
Here you can see the Countries tab, Profiles tab, Quick connect button, your current IP address, and a switch for Secure Core servers. If you are looking for the fastest way to secure your Internet connection, click on the Quick connect button and you will automatically connect to the closest VPN server to your current location with the lowest load for the best performance.
On the Profiles tab, you can either create your own profiles with custom settings or use our pre-made profiles, Fastest and Random.
To get the application menu, you have to navigate to the top-left of your Mac and click on ProtonVPN. In this menu you can check for updates, access your preferences, or log out of your account. If you select Preferences, you can adjust our application options to suit your tastes. You can also check your account and your current plan on the Account tab.
In the country list of the Mac VPN application, you will see country names with different logos. The logo that has two arrows facing different directions means that the country has servers that support P2P traffic. The onion logo means that country has servers that support for Tor over VPN.
You can see all the servers available in any country by clicking the down arrow on the right side to expand that country’s server list.
Important steps for older MacOS versions
Note: These steps are relevant for users of MacOS versions 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14
When trying to connect to the Mac VPN app for the first time, you will have to allow our software to add VPN configurations in your macOS settings. These configurations allow our software to redirect all of your Internet traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel and let our software control your network VPN settings.
Also, you will have to enter your Mac user password and click the Always Allow button to establish a VPN connection. If you do not do this step correctly, you will not be able to establish a VPN connection.
Once you get the notification that you successfully connected to a server in the Mac VPN app, you can browse the Internet knowing ProtonVPN servers are protecting your privacy.