VPN for Xbox consoles

VPN became an essential tool that we use to increase security, bypasses restrictions including those streaming services not yet available in their region but this is also useful to Xbox console users especially when they wanted to access full Xbox functionality that isn’t available in their region such as Xbox Game Pass and the new Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly Project xCloud).

However, just like the PlayStation consoles, Xbox has no native VPN support unlike its sister product, Microsoft Windows. BUT there’s some good news for you: YOU CAN actually connect your Xbox Series X|S line or Xbox One line of consoles to the VPN network with these steps:

Set-up your Router’s VPN settings

Since PlayStation consoles doesn’t support native VPN features, the first way is you must have a router have been set up with your preferred VPN service. And connect your PS4 or PS5 to your router with a VPN already setup via Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Make sure to check your router’s instruction manual for details in activating a VPN mode. Also, check out our article for VPN for Router recommendations here:

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Using your Windows PC via Ethernet or Wi-Fi hotspot feature

If setting up your router for VPN connection is overkill for you, the other way is to use your Windows PC with a VPN app installed to your PS4 using an Ethernet cable.

To Connect via Ethernet port:

  • Install VPN app of your choice and connect to it.
  • Connect your PS4 or PS5 to your PC via Ethernet port. If you’re using a desktop PC, you can use a USB ethernet adapter instead if your main Ethernet port on your PC is being used to connect from your router. If you’re using a laptop with an Ethernet port (or us a USB ethernet adapter), you must have connected to a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Open Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center and select Change Adapter Settings. Then, right-click on your VPN connection and click Properties.
  • Open the Sharing Tab and make sure that the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection” is checked.
  • Select “Home Networking Connection” and select your internet connection from the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Do Not Use a Proxy Server” when prompted.
  • Test your internet connection if your console should be connected.

To use your Wi-Fi Hotspot feature (Windows 10/11 only):

  • We recommend that your internet connection is connected via Ethernet. Make sure that your Wi-Fi adapter is present. If you’re using a laptop or your desktop PC has a built-in Wi-Fi adapter, you’re good to go. You can also use a USB Wi-Fi adapter to use this method if it doesn’t have one.
  • Open Windows Settings app > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • On Windows 10, go back to Network & Internet > Change adapter options. On Windows 11, go back to Network & Internet > Advanced network settings > More network adapter options.
  • Right-click on TAP-[insert VPN provider name here] Windows Adapter and select Properties.
  • Select the Sharing tab and then check the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection box. From the dropdown menu, select the hotspot you’ve created. You can find an adapter name being tagged below as Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter on Xbox’s Wi-Fi settings on Settings app.

Best VPN for Xbox consoles

From the pool of available services for providing VPN, you can pick the best one based on their user interactivity, service quality and customer support system. To make your life easy a list of the top providers are closed in this article.