The 5 Best VPNs for Chromecast

Using a VPN with your Chromecast can vastly improve what you watch. With the right VPN, both are easy to use together, so you can start stream content blocked in your location within minutes. In this guide, we explain how to set up a VPN for Chromecast and recommend five Chromecast VPN services.

 

Using a VPN with Chromecast allows you to access content that is restricted to certain countries from anywhere in the world, and to “cast” it to a big-screen TV. We in no way condone copyright infringement, but we are aware that users of apps such as Popcorn Time can cast streamed content to Chromecast in privacy.

The Best Chromecast VPN services

After a lot of testing, we are able to list the five best Chromecast VPN services. All the services listed below have fast servers which are excellent for streaming in HD, easy-to-use apps, and unblock streaming services from around the globe. If you want more information about any of the services listed below, click through to the provider's website or scroll below to read a summary of each service.

  1. ExpressVPN - offers high speed VPN servers, unblocks content from all over the world, and has servers in over 90 countries
  2. NordVPN - is a secure service that also unblocks services from around the world
  3. CyberGhost - is a cheap and easy to use VPN service
  4. IPVanish - is a fast service that allows users to connect up to 10 devices at once - using the same subscription
  5. PrivateInternetAccess - is a private service and it supports all popular device operating systems

Best VPNs for Chromecast

Below we have summarised everything that makes these VPN services great for Chromecast users. If you need more information about any of the VPN services listed below why not check out our detailed VPN reviews.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Chromecast users because it offers excellent speeds and has servers in over 90 countries

  • Pricing

    From $6.67 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

ExpressVPN provides a world-leading VPN service. Key to this is superb customer relations, which includes a genuine, no-quibble, 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 live chat support.

This focus on user-friendliness can also be seen in the design of ExpressVPN’s apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and routers. These are very simple to use, yet hide powerful VPN features. These include a firewall-based kill switch, DNS leak protection, and superb OpenVPN encryption.

Additional features: three simultaneous connections, DNS leak and WebRTC leak protection, great OpenVPN encryption with perfect forward secrecy.

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is an excellent choice for Chromecast users. It is very secure and unblocks all major streaming services

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

NordVPN is undoubtedly a very fully-featured service. The fact that it is based in Panama and keeps no logs at all is also a big draw for those who care about privacy. Its software looks good, and works well. Speed performance is now very impressive.

And a three-day free trial, plus a 30-day money-back guarantee< give you plenty of opportunity to ensure that everything works for you as it should.

NordVPN permits torrenting, works with all major streaming services (including US Netflix and BBC iPlayer), and has servers in 58 countries. It even throws in a full smart DNS service for free! What you get with NordVPN is a very fully featured, privacy-friendly VPN service that is also very fast.

3. CyberGhost

CyberGhost is an easy to use VPN app that costs less than $3 per month

  • Pricing

    From $2.75 / month
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

CyberGhost‘s software is easy-to-use while also being very fully featured. It uses very strong encryption, and 5 simultaneous connections is generous. Being based in Romania and keeping no meaningful logs is also a big draw, and compliments the fact that it accepts payment in Bitcoin.

CyberGhost’s excellent logging policy, fantastic speeds, and fully featured software are a winning combination. And with a 7-day free premium trial plus 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, there is zero reason not to give it a whirl.

4. IPVanish

IPVanish is a speedy VPN that lets users connect up to 10 devices using the same subscription

  • Pricing

    From $5.20 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • iOS

IPVanish delivers very high speeds and performance. This is because the company fully owns its infrastructure, which was specifically design for VPN traffic. Its network includes servers in 60 countries, which keep no logs. The location of the company's headquarters in the United States worries some privacy specialists, because its management could become vulnerable to legal pressure. However, the no logs policy means that copyright lawyers won't be able to learn anything about your activities. The VPN is available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices and it can be loaded onto DD-WRT and Tomato routers.

5. PrivateInternetAccess

PIA is, as it's name suggests a private service, that supports all devices, and it's cheap

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

PIA is much cheaper than the other VPNs on this list, but its server network is relatively small, with servers located in 25 countries. There are apps for Windows, Android, Mac OS X and iOS. Users can select from OpenVPN, Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) VPN protocols. The best of these is OpenVPN. Unfortunately, this is not available in the iOS implementation. You can install the VPN on computers running Ubuntu, and it can also run on routers with DD-WRT, Tomato, and PfSense operating systems. The network has good speeds, which make it a good choice for streaming and downloading. You get an allowance of five simultaneous connections, so the whole family can enjoy connecting to the internet while you're channeling entertainment to your TV through Chromecast.

How to set up Chromecast with a VPN  - PC or Mac

Using a VPN to stream content with Chromecast on your PC or Mac is simple. Using this method to set up a VPN with Chromecast will not encrypt data, as your Chromecast device will need to identify your real IP address in order to connect to your computer or phone. It will, however, enable you to stream your favorite shows, even if they are blocked in your location.

All you have to do is follow the steps below: 

  1. Open Google chrome - This is the easiest way to cast with a VPN.
  2. Click the menu button - The three dots in the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Connect to Chromecast  - Do this before connecting to your VPN service as your VPN changes your IP address to one in a different country.
  4. Connect to your VPN - Choose a server in the country you want to pretend to be in. For example, if you want to stream US Netflix connect to a US server. When connected you will be ready to stream your favorite shows!
  5. Now navigate to the streaming service you want to unblock and watch your favorite shows! It's as easy as that.

Why do I need a VPN for Chromecast?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an essential privacy and security tool for all internet-connected devices. The device you are casting from receives all the normal benefits of running a VPN. This including privacy while surfing the internet and protection from WiFi hackers and accessing streaming content that is usually only available in your country.

You cannot install a VPN app directly onto the Chromecast device itself. Most VPN apps exclude local IP addresses so that you can readily access local resources such as printers, LAN drives... and Chromecast dongles! Or to put this another way: running a VPN on your device does not get in the way of casting to Chromecast. So, all you have to do is fire up your VPN app and connect to a VPN server before you start casting.

Quick view

A VPN for Chromecast allows you to access blocked services and cast them to a big screen where they belong. It will also protect your privacy when casting Popcorn Time content. What's not to like?

  1. ExpressVPN - offers high speed VPN servers, unblocks content from all over the world, and has servers in over 90 countries
  2. NordVPN - is a secure service that also unblocks services from around the world
  3. CyberGhost - is a cheap and easy to use VPN service
  4. IPVanish - is a fast service that allows users to connect up to 10 devices at once - using the same subscription
  5. PrivateInternetAccess - is a private service and it supports all popular device operating systems

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

2 Comments

  1. Dhaval

    on March 15, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Mate Thanks for the information. I am Auckland based using USA app. Can I use express van to cast it without installing virtual router?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Dhaval

      on March 19, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Dhaval, That should be fine - yes.

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