How to install the ProtonVPN app
If your Mac runs macOS 10.14 or earlier, you will need to download version 1.9.3 of the ProtonVPN app. There are also additional instructions for using ProtonVPN on older macOS versions at the bottom of the page.
2. Go to Downloads folder and double click the ProtonVPN DMG file to mount it.
3. Once the file is mounted, drag the ProtonVPN app to your Applications folder.
4. Double click ProtonVPN app in your Applications folder, or open it using Launchpad.
5. You may see the following prompt when first opening the app. Select Open.
6. Enter your username and password to log in. You can also enable Start on Boot to automatically open the ProtonVPN app after starting your computer. If you do not yet have an account, you can sign up for a free plan for macOS.
The first time you run the ProtonVPN app you will be asked if you would like to take a tour of the app’s features.
How to use the ProtonVPN app
Once you have logged in, you can select the Quick Connect button to connect to the closest VPN server with the lowest load.
Alternatively, you can connect to a country of your choice in the Countries tab, or click the dropdown arrow next to each country to select a particular server in that country.
Plus, Basic, and Free servers are clearly labeled. P2P servers are marked with a double-arrow icon ⇄, Tor servers are marked with an onion icon, and our special streaming servers are marked with play button icon ▶.
You can also create custom VPN profiles by clicking on the Profiles tab → Create Profile.
Customizing your settings
To customize your ProtonVPN settings, go to the macOS menu bar → ProtonVPN. From here, you can check for updates, access the app preferences, or log out of your ProtonVPN account.
In Preferences, click the information icon 🛈 to learn more about a particular feature or option. For additional information on some of the most important features available in our macOS app, see:
- Join the ProtonVPN beta program (Early access)
- VPN Accelerator
- How to change VPN protocols or select Smart Protocol
- Alternative routing
- DNS leak protection
How to use the ProtonVPN app for older macOS versions
If you are running macOS versions 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14, please follow these instructions.
1. When connecting to the ProtonVPN app for the first time, you might encounter this prompt:
Select Allow. These VPN configurations enable our app to redirect your internet traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel.
2. Enter your system login password to authorize this process. Once you’ve entered your password, click Always allow.
3. Once you’ve successfully connected to a VPN server, you will be able to see the server load and the current bandwidth speed.
Note: If you have another VPN app installed that offers a kill switch feature, it is not possible to connect using the ProtonVPN app via the IKEv2 VPN protocol if the kill switch is enabled in any app. This issue does not affect OpenVPN and WireGuard connections. Learn more about how to change VPN protocols.