Using a VPN with an Xbox One is a useful way to gain more freedom and privacy online, but it also allows you to do much more. You can also pretend to be in a different country, play on different game servers to compete against players in different regions, and even bypass restrictions to access more online media, helping you watch more content on streaming services like Netflix.
In this guide, we will walk you through how to set up a VPN for Xbox One, so you can enjoy the benefits of a VPN right away.
How to set up a VPN on Xbox One (recommended way)
The easiest way to connect to a VPN on an Xbox One console is to install the VPN on your home router. When a VPN connection is established on your router, every single device in your home is protected by the VPN - including your Xbox One. This allows you to gain privacy, security and the ability to appear in a different country every single time that you turn your Xbox on.
Total time required: ~20 minutes (you will need admin access to your home router)
Sign up to one of the best Xbox VPN services.
We recommend using ExpressVPN . It costs a little more than other VPNs, but it is reliable, has servers all over the world and offer unparalleled speeds.
Access your router’s control panel using its local IP address.
To find out how to do this check your router’s documentation, ask your ISP or check out our default router logins guide.
Navigate to Network > Setup > Settings > WAN in your router's control panel.
Enter the VPN setup details you were sent when you signed up to your VPN service.
This will usually combine your username, password, VPN server IP address, and DNS address. You can get these details from your VPN provider, if you haven't been provided with them, just ask.
Confirm these changes and close your router's control panel.
Turn on your Xbox One and go to the Settings menu.
Select Network > Set up wireless network to connect to a new network.
Xbox One will ask; Which one is yours? And displays the wireless networks detected in your area.
Select your WiFi network from the list and connect with the relevant login details.
Test your connection to confirm everything works and you're all set!
The router should now cause your Xbox to appear to be in the remote location of your choosing.
Please note: You can change this location by changing the VPN server address within your router’s admin panel.
Pre flashed routers
If you want to connect to a VPN via a router, you can either set up the VPN connection yourself as described, or purchase a VPN router that comes setup to work with many different VPN providers. If you want to purchase a VPN router, we recommend a Vilfo because it is extraordinarily good value for money and extremely easy to use with an Xbox One.
How to connect VPN on Xbox (cheapest way)
The second method you can use to connect your Xbox One to a VPN is to share your VPN connection with your Xbox using a laptop or desktop a computer. This method is fast, easy and does not require you to install a VPN on your router.
Total time required: ~10 minutes (you will need an ethernet cable).
Subscribe to one of the best Xbox VPN services.
For this method, we recommend ExpressVPN due to the number of high speed servers on offer all around the world.
Download and install the VPN software onto your PC.
Need help? We cover installing a VPN in a separate guide.
Connect your Xbox One to your PC using the Ethernet cable.
Open the Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Change Adaptor Settings on the left sidebar.
Right-click on your VPN connection (the one you just installed on your PC) and click on Properties > Sharing.
Tick the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection box.
Locate the Home networking connection drop-down menu and select your ethernet connection.
Connect to the VPN on your PC.
Remember to choose a server location that fits your needs.
Boot up your Xbox One.
On your console, make sure that all network settings are set to Automatic.
Test the Xbox live connection by clicking the Xbox home button and selecting:
System > Settings > General > Network settings > Test network connection.
What are the benefits of using VPN for Xbox One?
The primary reasons to use a VPN with an Xbox One are to bypass geographic restrictions and gain privacy as you browse the web. An Xbox One lets you browse the internet like a computer, which means you will experience the very same geo-restrictions and government censorship as everyone else. A VPN lets you bypass these kinds of restrictions.
Microsoft’s Xbox One also allows you to install apps such as Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud. For people living where those services are not available, a VPN provides access. This is because you can pretend to be in a different country with a VPN. As a result, thousands of people worldwide use a VPN with their Xbox to stream more content on Netflix - or to unblock BBC iPlayer and other regional TV services. It also allows you to access games early, if they are released in different regions at different times.
Besides unblocking regional content, a VPN encrypts your data so that any browsing you do on your Xbox One is private. Each time you use your Xbox One, you are potentially providing huge amounts of data to your ISP. This data may be tracked on behalf of the government because of mandatory data retention directives. A VPN encrypts our data to stop that tracking from occurring.
Finally, a VPN can allow you to improve your internet speeds while gaming by bypassing bandwidth restrictions imposed by your ISP. By using a VPN, you stop your ISP knowing what websites or game servers you are connecting to, and as a result, you remove the ISPs ability to restrict your internet speeds.