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How to set up a VPN on PlayStation 4

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PlayStation 4 Pro on entertainment stand (Image credit: Jennifer Locke / Android Central)

Getting a VPN set up on your PlayStation 4 isn't as hard as you'd think. What matters is buying the right VPN so you know you can trust in its quality. The setup after that is simple, and you'll be able to stream content from other regions in no time. It doesn't work for all region-locked content that check the region of your PSN account, but a lot of content only checks your IP address.

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Connect to your PS4 from a router

  1. If you don't already have a VPN, sign up for one. We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
  2. Set up the VPN on your wireless router. The exact way varies from router to router, so whichever VPN you get should provide specific instructions.
  3. Alternatively, you can buy a router with a VPN already installed.
  4. On your PlayStation 4, go to Settings.
  5. Select Network.
  6. Select Set Up Internet Connection.

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  1. Choose Use Wi-Fi.
  2. Select Easy when asked how you'd like to set up the connection.
  3. If prompted, select Do Not Use a Proxy Server.

Connect to your PS4 from your PC

  1. Install the VPN you'd like on your PC.
  2. Connect your PS4 and PC with an Ethernet cable.
  3. Press the Windows Key + X to open up the Power User menu on the left hand side of your screen.
  4. Select Network Connection.

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  1. Select Change Adapter Options.

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  1. Right-click on the icon of your VPN that pops up.
  2. Select Properties.

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  1. Click on the Sharing tab.
  2. Check the box that allows other network users to connect through your computer's internet connection.

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  1. Hit Ok.
  2. On your PlayStation 4, go to Settings.
  3. Select Network.
  4. Select Set Up Internet Connection.
  5. Choose Use a LAN Cable.

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  1. Select Easy when asked how you'd like to set up the connection.
  2. If prompted, select Do Not Use a Proxy Server.

Why should I use a VPN?

Some content on PlayStation 4 is region-locked, and using a VPN is the best way to circumvent this. In order to buy games restricted to a specific region, you'll need to register your PlayStation Network account to that region. This is because the PlayStation Store checks your PSN region when purchasing games, not your IP address.

When choosing a VPN, we'd recommend going for one that you need to pay for. There are free VPN options out there, and tons of great cheap VPNs to pick from.

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We test and review VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:

1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service).

2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad.

We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.

Jennifer Locke
Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke is Android Central's Games Editor and has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.