- Visit NordVPN’s Website
Go to NordVPN’s website and, on the homepage, click the “Get NordVPN” button. You’ll find it at the top-right corner of the site.
2. Choose a Plan
Browse the list of plans and select one that fits your budget. Two-year plans are often cheaper in the long run, and keep an eye out for deals and discounts. Note that you can’t create an account without choosing a plan, but there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you’ll have a safety net in case you change your mind.
3. Create Account and Select Payment Method
If you don’t already have a NordVPN account, enter your email address to create one. Then select a payment method and fill in your details. Be sure to review your order summary before confirming your purchase. NordVPN usually adds a NordPass premium subscription, so you can remove it if you want.
Once you’re done signing up and paying, download the application. NordVPN has an app for just about any platform and operating system, including Windows, iOS, Android and Linux.
Although the NordVPN app is not as streamlined as CyberGhost and ExpressVPN, it’s still easy to use. Downloading the mobile app is also simple. You’ll find the app on the app stores of your mobile devices. For the desktop client, follow these steps:
1.Go to NordVPN’s Website
Click the “download VPN” button. You’ll be taken to a page where you’ll see an option to download the app for Windows. If you’re a macOS or Linux user, scroll down to find download buttons for your device. For this tutorial, we’ll continue with Windows. To proceed, click on the ‘download app” button at the bottom left of your screen.
2. Install the VPN App
Head to where you saved the file and double-click it to begin the installation. You’ll get a prompt from Windows asking if you agree to NordVPN making changes to your PC. Click “yes” and agree to the subsequent prompts to complete the installation.
3. Log in to Your Account
When you launch the NordVPN app for the first time, you’ll be asked to enter your login details. When you click the login button, you’ll be taken to NordVPN’s site to enter your NordVPN account details: your username or email address and your password.
How to Set Up NordVPN
- Navigate to “Preferences”
If you’re running Windows, click the gear icon in the top right corner. Click the options bar at the top left of your screen. You’ll see the “settings” section as shown below.
Click the “auto-connect” button and choose your default settings, including your preferred location. This menu also inexplicably houses the VPN protocol settings, so if you need to fiddle with those, you’ll find them here.
Turn on the kill switch
From the settings menu, click “kill switch” and turn the Internet Kill Switch on. To configure the kill switch for specific apps, turn the App Kill Switch on and add them.
Activate split tunneling
Click “split tunneling” on the settings menu and turn it on. You can disable or enable the VPN for selected apps by clicking the “add apps” button in the bottom right corner.
How to Connect & Use NordVPN
Choose Your Server From the Map
You can choose your server from the list of countries on the left panel. If you can’t see your country of choice, use the search button. Alternatively, hover over the large map and choose the location you want to connect to from the server list. The app displays the load on each server. We recommend picking the one with the fewest users.
Click the “Quick Connect” Button
Another option is to hit the “quick connect button” at the bottom right. The VPN will automatically connect to a location that best fits your needs. If you’re connected, the pin on the country map will turn green and the red “unprotected” display opposite the “quick connect” button will read “protected.”
Connecting to specialty servers
You can access Double VPN, Onion Over VPN, and P2P using the “specialty servers” button. If you can’t see Double VPN in the list, you might have to switch your protocol to OpenVPN UDP in the auto-connect menu.