How to Set Up and Use NordVPN on Chrome

Last Updated: June 3, 2021

NordVPN continues to maintain its reputation as a world-class VPN service provider. With its compatibility with several devices and platforms, it is no wonder its customer base continues to expand. NordVPN’s support for the Chrome browser and ChromeOS gives users the ability to boost the security of an already secure browser and operating system. This article will focus on the different ways NordVPN users can configure and use its software on Chrome. Let’s dive in!

Setting Up NordVPN on Chrome

You can set up NordVPN on your Chrome browser or Chromebook. If you set it up on your browser, NordVPN protects every single piece of data that passes through that particular browser. On the other hand, if you set it up on your Chromebook, there is system-wide protection for every application that uses the internet. Let’s look at the different ways you can set up NordVPN on Chrome.

1. You can set it up on Chrome browser via the VPN extension. This requires installing the NordVPN  Chrome extension on your browser.

2. You can set it up on Chromebook via the Android Play Store. This requires downloading NordVPN’s Android application on your Chromebook

3. You can set it up on Chromebook via manual installation. This requires using OpenVPN to connect to a NordVPN server.

Setting Up a Connection Through the NordVPN Chrome Browser Extension

Setting up the NordVPN Chrome extension is the easiest way to use NordVPN on the Chrome browser. Although it only protects every in-browser connection, it’s a good option for users who want to use it on their Chrome browser but don’t want it to affect other software like streaming applications. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process involved in using the NordVPN browser extension. 

1. The first step is to get a NordVPN subscription package. Without a subscription, you cannot use the extension even if you install it. On your Chrome browser, head over to NordVPN’s website and click on “Get NordVPN.” On the next page, choose a subscription plan that suits your needs, pay, and create an account. 

2. On the NordVPN homepage, scroll down till you get to the footer. You will see “Chrome” under “VPN APPS.” Click on it.

3. On the next page, click on the “Add to Chrome” button.

4. Immediately you click that button, the link redirects you to Chrome’s web store with NordVPN’s Chrome browser extension displayed on the page. Select the “Add to Chrome” button beside it and confirm your selection. 

5. Once the installation is complete, you will see the NordVPN icon on the toolbar of your browser. Click on it.

6. Enter your NordVPN password and username. Then click on the “Log In” button. 

7. You can either choose to allow NordVPN to recommend and select a server for you through auto-connect or choose a server by navigating through the server list and picking a location. Once you connect to a server, the icon on your toolbar will turn green. Now you can go on to enjoy NordVPN’s protection on your Chrome browser. You can also explore features on the extension like the automatic Kill Switch. 

You can see that it is an easy process to set up and use NordVPN on Chrome.

Setting Up a Connection on Chromebook Through the NordVPN Android App

This method is for Chromebook versions that support Android apps. Since not all Chromebooks support Android Apps, you will have to check if your Chromebook has the ability to download apps from Google Play Store. Let’s take a look at the steps involved in the setup process. 

1. Get a NordVPN subscription if you don’t already have one. Look at Step 1 in setting up NordVPN via the Chrome browser. 

2. Next, you have to enable Android apps if it is not already enabled by default. Go to Settings on your Chromebook and click on “Apps” on the sidebar menu to the left. 

3. Click on the “Google Play Store” segment and select the option “install apps and games from Google Play on your Chromebook.” If you can’t find this option on your Chromebook, it means your ChromeOS version does not support Android applications. You can either install the NordVPN browser extension or configure NordVPN manually. 

4. Next, launch the Google Play Store application. You should see the icon on your taskbar. You can use the launcher to search for it if it’s not on the taskbar. 

5. Once you open the Play Store application, search for NordVPN and click the green “Install” button next to the application. 

6. Once you confirm the installation is complete, launch the application and sign in with your NordVPN username and password. 

7. Usually, the application asks for permissions. Accept permissions that the NordVPN application needs to work. 

8. Connect to a server either through the Quick Connect feature or select a server location by yourself. Now you can enjoy NordVPN’s protection on your Chromebook. 

Just like the browser extension, setting up NordVPN via the Android application is also an easy process. You can explore basic and advanced features to utilize the application fully.

Setting Up a Connection on Chromebook Manually

Another way to set up a NordVPN connection is through the OpenVPN Connect application. This only works if your Chromebook has access to the Google Play Store. Since this is the most complicated method, it is better to pay rapt attention to the configuration process. 

1. Get a NordVPN subscription if you don’t already have one. Look at Step 1 in setting up NordVPN via the Chrome browser. 

2. Next, You need to download the OpenVPN configuration file of the server you want to use or stick with NordVPN’s recommendation. You can download the .ovpn files here. Note that NordVPN recommends you download the UDP file if you want a faster connection.

3. Open Google Play Store on your Chromebook and input “OpenVPN Connect” in the search bar. Check steps 2 and 3 in setting up NordVPN via the Android application if you have not enabled Play Store. 

4. Download and install the application. 

5. Create a new profile and import the .ovpn file you downloaded in step 2 above. Accept any permissions that the OpenVPN Connect application needs in the configuration process. For example, you might see a pop-up asking for access to your files. You will need to accept it before you can import the .ovpn file. 

6. You will also need to input your NordVPN service username and password. You can check your Nord Account dashboard for the service credentials. 

7. Click “Add” to add the profile once you have put in all necessary details. 

8. Click on the toggle switch beside the profile you just created to start the connection. Click the “OK” button when you see a “Connection request” pop-up (the OpenVPN application needs you to accept the permission request before it can set up the connection).

9. Click “Continue” if another pop-up screen comes up asking for a client certificate.

10. You should see “CONNECTED” above the OpenVPN profile if the configuration is successful. 

Note that you need to create a new profile and import the server’s OpenVPN configuration file each time you want to connect to another server. 

Advantages of Using NordVPN on Chrome

Here are the benefits of using NordVPN on Chrome:

1. World-Class Security and Privacy

NordVPN’s primary mandate is to reduce the risk of malicious entities penetrating your network. It employs the use of industry-standard encryption to encrypt all data that passes through the secure tunnel. Every aspect of its security features works together to protect your network connection. Sophisticated security features such as Double VPN, DNS/IPv6/WebRTC Leak Protection, Onion over VPN, perfect forward secrecy, CyberSec, and an automatic Kill Switch contribute to a robust security layer. 

It is also excellent when it comes to privacy. NordVPN’s privacy policy ensures it does not store users’ connection data. The location of a VPN’s headquarters is also influential as it can determine the level of privacy NordVPN gives its users. Its location in privacy-friendly Panama allows it to stick to its No-Log Policy

2. Unrestricted Access

A server network that spans across 59 countries ensures users can unblock streaming platforms that they couldn’t access previously due to geo-restrictions. With NordVPN, you will have a pleasurable experience watching your favorite channels with unlimited bandwidth and breakneck speed. 

3. Reliable Customer Support

NordVPN’s customer support team is quick to respond and gives knowledgeable support to users. You can find different instructional material on its support center to help you set up NordVPN on any device it supports. Its live chat agents are helpful and have one of the fastest response times among VPN services. You will also find several FAQs to help you with solutions to common issues users experience while using NordVPN. 

Conclusion

NordVPN’s compatibility with several devices and platforms makes it a pleasant choice for a wide range of users. Any device will benefit from having NordVPN protect its internet connection. Setting up NordVPN on the Chrome browser or Chromebook is very straightforward and easy.