How to install and use a VPN on PC, smartphone or tablet?

Have you just subscribed to a VPN service thanks to my comparison of the best fast and secure VPNs ? Congratulations, that’s a good start. Now, you might want to know how to install and use your VPN on your different devices (PC, smartphone or tablet), right? That’s good, because that’s exactly what we’re going to see together in this article. And you will see, the installation and operation of a VPN is really very simple. Follow my simple and step-by-step guide on how to install a VPN in 2022.

Note : To write this article, I used Winscribe VPN , but be aware that other VPNs ( NordVPN , CyberGhost , ProtonVPN , etc.) on the market work pretty much the same way.

The different ways we can use Windscribe

The first is by using its desktop application which, with its firewall function, is capable of blocking all connectivity outside the tunnel to eliminate all kinds of leaks. In addition, it allows us to turn our computer into a secure Wi-Fi access point. We can also create a proxy server on our network for other computers. This, which is the one that offers the most possibilities, is the one that we are going to learn to install and configure later. It has versions for Windows, MAC and Linux.

The second would be through the use of extensions for the browser . With functions to automatically choose the best location for us, blocking ads and trackers that follow us across the Internet and changing the time zone so that we appear to be in the country to which we are connected. Additionally, it blocks WebRTC to prevent leakage out of the tunnel and simulates GPS at the connected proxy location. In that sense, it has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge.

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The third is with mobile apps for Android, IOS and Blackberry. But there is still more as it has support for KODI, routers and more. You can download the one you need from the Windscribe download section.

The different steps to install your VPN

The process of installing a VPN is exactly the same whether you have a PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. You download and then install the VPN provider’s app on your device and that’s it!

Note : For my example, I chose to download and install the VPN on my Windows 11 PC.

Step 1: Download the VPN app

First, download your VPN provider’s app on your device of choice. For my part, I download the ExpressVPN Windows client by connecting to the official VPN website.

Step 1: Download the VPN app

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Step 2: Install the VPN app

Now that you have downloaded the VPN application, you will need to install it. The installation process is very simple, just follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

In this case, for my part, I simply had to click on “ Continue ”, “ Continue ” and “ Configure Windscribe VPN” . It’s nothing fancy.

Step 2: Install the VPN app

Step 3: Enter your credentials for authentication

This last step consists of entering your credentials to connect to the VPN. If like me, you have chosen Winscribe VPN , then you must enter an activation code that you will find in your customer area.

If you have chosen another VPN such as NordVPN or CyberGhost for example, you simply have to enter your identifiers (e-mail + password) with which you subscribed to your offer.

Step 3: Enter your credentials for authentication

The different steps to use your VPN

Now that your VPN is installed on your device, let’s see together how to use it. Again, it’s super simple!

Step 1: Choose a server location

First, choose the location of the server where you want to connect your device. In my example, I want to have an American IP address to access the US Netflix catalog.

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For those who have Winscribe VPN , click on the location selector , then at the top of the small window, select ” All locations “. Then, pull down the list of American servers, for example, and select “ United States ”.

Step 2: Connect to the VPN server

All you have to do is click on the big ” Power ” button to connect to the server located in the United States. That’s it, you are now connected to the VPN server, you can start surfing freely and safely!

As for the features that Windscribe offers us, they are:

  • A large network with servers in more than 63 countries and 110 cities.
  • ROBERT is an option that blocks IP addresses and ad domains of your choice on all your devices.
  • It does not have an identification record based on IP and date / time.
  • It uses AES-256 encryption with SHA512 authentication and a 4096-bit RSA key.
  • We can generate OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard and SOCKS configurations for all our devices.
  • Port forwarding to access internal resources safely.
  • It can work in split tunnel mode, in which we can choose which applications go through the VPN and which ones do not.

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