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How to connect to a VPN on Mac

How to connect to a VPN on Mac


Most of you must be familiar with VPN (Virtual Private Network) and some of you use it on a daily basis. For those who are not aware, a VPN allows you to route your web traffic through a third-party server and make your connection more secure and secure. Some VPN services come with a desktop client that you can install on your Mac that allows you to connect to the VPN easily. Some will require you to manually configure your system in order to be able to connect to the VPN. As for the latter, if you are a Mac user and want to know how to set up a VPN on your device, then this guide is for you.

Connect to a VPN on Mac

Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your Mac and select “System Preferences…” It will open the System Settings panel where you can change various settings for your device.

On the next screen, tap Network. It will allow you to change network settings, including VPN servers.

Here you can see all network connections and settings. Since we are going to add a new server, click on the “+” at the bottom left of the window and it will let you add a new connection.

The next screen asks you what type of connection you want to add. Select “VPN” from the Interface drop-down list and select the type from the “VPN Type” drop-down list. Enter the name of the VPN in the Service Name box. Once done, click Create and a new connection will be created for you.

Once the connection is established, you should be able to see it on the left side of the panel. Click on it and it will let you select the settings.

For settings, enter the server URL in the “Server address” field, enter the account name in the “Account name” field, and then click the “Authentication settings…” button. It is to specify the password for the connection.

Select your authentication method, usually a password, from the list and enter it in the given box. Then, click OK. Now, click Connect on the main panel, and your Mac will connect to the newly selected VPN server.

When connected, your screen should look like this. It states that you are currently connected to a VPN, and you can see that in your status bar as well if you uncheck the “Show VPN status in menu bar” option.

And that’s it to connect your Mac to the VPN.


Data theft has been a common problem for those who often use public WiFi, but VPNs help prevent such things from happening. The above guide should help you have a safer web browsing experience. Happy surfing!

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Mahesh McVana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who has written thousands of posts on different tech topics on different websites. He specializes in writing about technical publications for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. He’s been in the field for eight years and hasn’t gone a day without getting his hardware fixed.

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