Though there are no official VPN apps available for the PS4 in the PlayStation Store, there are three ways to use a VPN on PS4 to access geo-locked content, get early access to new PS4 games, improve laggy online connections and more.

While it might not be as straight forward as installing a VPN on your smartphone, it’s still possible to use a VPN on PS4, and here’s where we show you how.

Why would I use a VPN on my PS4?

Before we explain the various ways that you can use a VPN on your PS4, let’s first explain why you might want to use it on your console. First off, depending on the quality of the VPN provider, you may actually see a reduction in lag – many VPNs connect console users to dedicated P2P & gaming servers that send your traffic through ‘hot points’ between data centres.

Apart from an improvement in your online gaming, you may also be able to access games before they’re available in your country. Games that are released on the same day typically become available in Australia hours before those in the UK and the US. But, using a VPN, you can trick your console into thinking you’re in Australia and provide early access to the game.

Oh, and using the PS4’s built-in browser, you can access geo-locked content from around the world.

Set up PS4 VPN via your Wi-Fi router

The simplest way to use a VPN on your PS4 is to set up a VPN on your Wi-Fi router. There are two ways that you can do this – first up, you can buy one of the newer Wi-Fi routers that have built-in VPN access from the likes of ExpressVPN. It’s a little costly, but it’s by far the easiest way to use a VPN on your console (and any other device connected to your home Wi-Fi too) but it’s not the only way that you can do it.

You can also get a VPN subscription and manually input the VPN details in your Wi-Fi router settings. The issue is that depending on the VPN provider and the brand of Wi-Fi router, the steps vary, meaning it’s almost impossible for us to explain how to do it. 

NordVPN is our VPN of choice so is a good option if you want to do this rather than buying a router with a built-in VPN. It has lots of tutorials about how to do it on your particular router on its website.

Set up PS4 VPN via your Mac

If you don’t want to run your entire home network through a VPN, another route is to use a Mac and an Ethernet cable, if you’ve got both to hand. Before we get started, make sure that your Mac has an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi adapter, and is in range of your console.

Oh, and sign up to a VPN provider too – we’ve got a list of the best Mac VPNs if you need help choosing but we'd recommend NordVPN.

  1. Install the VPN software of your choice.
  2. Plug an Ethernet cable into the back of your Mac and the PS4.
  3. Go to System Preferences > Sharing and select Internet Sharing from the list on the left-hand side.
  4. From the ‘Share your connection from’ drop-down menu, select Wi-Fi.
  5. From the ‘To computers using’ list, make sure Ethernet is ticked.
  6. Check the box to the left of Internet Sharing on the list to enable the sharing of your internet connection between your Mac and PS4. A green icon will be displayed if successful.
  7. Open the VPN software on your Mac and connect to your chosen server.
  8. On your PS4, go to Settings > Network Settings > Set Up Internet Connection > Use a LAN Cable and select the Easy connection method. This will automatically scan and set up your Ethernet connection.
  9. Select “Do Not Use a Proxy Server” when prompted.
  10. You can test your internet connection if you want, and if all has gone well, your PS4 should now be connected to the internet via a VPN.

Set up PS4 VPN via your PC

There’s also a way to connect to a VPN on your PS4 using a PC – it’s essentially the same method as connecting with a Mac but utilises the Windows equivalent of Internet Sharing. As with above, make sure you’ve signed up to a VPN provider – you can take a look at our choice of the best gaming VPNs if you’re unsure of who to pick, but again our VPN of choice is NordVPN.

  1. Install the VPN software of your choice on your PC.
  2. Plug an Ethernet cable into the back of your PC and the PS4.
  3. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center and select Change Adaptor Settings on the left-hand side of the window.
  4. Right-click on the icon with the title of your chosen VPN and click Properties.
  5. Open the Sharing tab and make sure ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection’ is selected.
  6. Select Home Networking Connection and select the home internet connection from the drop-down menu that you’d like to share with your PS4.
  7. On your PS4, go to Settings > Network Settings > Set Up Internet Connection > Use a LAN Cable and select the Easy connection method. This will automatically scan and set up your Ethernet connection.
  8. Select “Do Not Use a Proxy Server” when prompted.
  9. You can test your internet connection if you want, and if all has gone well, your PS4 should now be connected to the internet via a VPN.

And there you have it! Three easy ways to connect your PS4 to the internet using a VPN and reap the benefits.