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How to install Google One VPN on MacOS

Google has made the Google One VPN client available on the desktop for both MacOS and Windows. See how easy it is to use on a MacBook Pro.
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I'm a big advocate of using VPNs, especially when on the go and connected to networks you aren't confident you can trust. When you use a VPN, all the data that leaves your machine is encrypted and anonymized. 

Adding a VPN is especially important when you're transmitting sensitive data and don't want a third party to intercept that information and use it against you.

I've been using the Google One VPN on Android since its release and have been exceptionally pleased with the results. 

So, when Google released the client for MacOS, I was eager to install and use it.

Also: The cheapest VPNs that actually protect your data

And now, I'm going to show you how to install and use it on MacOS.

How to install Google One VPN on MacOS

Requirements

Let's get this VPN up and running. The only things you'll need for this are a MacOS device (either an Intel or Apple Silicon-based device) and a valid Google account. That's it.

1. Download the installer

Open your default web browser and point it to the Google One VPN MacOS download.

2. Install Google One VPN

After the file downloads, open Finder, navigate to the Google One DMG file, and double-click it. When prompted, double-click the VpnByGoogleOne.pkg file, and walk through the simple installation wizard.

The Google One VPN installer for MacOS.

Installing Google One VPN on MacOS is very simple.

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3. Get started with Google One VPN

You'll see a small key icon in the top bar when the installation completes. Click that icon and, in the resulting pop-up, click Get Started. 

Also: How the top VPNs compare: Plus, should you try a free VPN?

In the following pop-up, click Launch at Startup and click the ON/OFF slider.

The Google One VPN popup menu on MacOS Ventura.

Google One VPN has been installed and is ready for configuration.

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4. Enable Google One VPN

After you click the ON/OFF slider, a warning will appear, informing you that VPN by Google One has been blocked. In that pop-up, click Open System Settings. In the resulting window, locate the Security section and click Allow. 

The Security section of MacOS System Settings.

Until Google One VPN is allowed on the system, it will not function.

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At this point, the Google One VPN is now running and encrypting and anonymizing your network traffic. 

Also: For total privacy in Chrome, use these VPNs (no, an extension won't cut it)

You can verify that it's running by clicking the key icon in the top bar, where you should see the VPN is enabled and keeping your online activity private.

The Google One VPN popup indicating the service is running.

Google One VPN is installed and allowed to run.

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Congratulations, you've just added an extra layer of security to your MacOS device. Your networking speeds will have decreased slightly, but that's a worthwhile trade-off for the extra privacy you gain.

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