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VPN for Xbox One: Unlock the World

  • Fast and easy setup
  • Worldwide access to entertainment: Netflix US, Disney Plus, Hulu and more
  • A solution for internet throttling
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Smart DNS: The Quick and Easy Xbox One VPN Solution

There is no way to put VPN literally on the Xbox One. All the methods require setting the VPN up on something else and then sharing it with the console. However, there’s a way to get almost the same functionality of an Xbox VPN without going through all the trouble: Smart DNS. So here’s how you set it up on Xbox:

1. Log into your Surfshark account (or get an account if you don’t have one)
2. Go here and activate your Smart DNS. Wait for the email confirmation. Write down the DNS addresses from your account.
3. Fire up your Xbox and go to the Settings screen.
4. Select Network, then Network Settings, then Advanced Network Settings.
5. Click on DNS Settings, and, when setting them up, choose Manual.
6. Enter the first DNS address.
7. Enter the second DNS address.
8. You should now see the addresses in the DNS Settings screen.
9. Now go to Settings, choose System, and click Language & Location.
10. Choose the Language and the Location of the place you want to appear to be connecting from (for example, US for access to US content).
11. Click Restart Now.
12. Party hard!

It doesn’t get easier than that. But if you must get the full Xbox VPN experience, there are advanced measures you can take to make it happen.

How to use VPN on Xbox One: The PC Sharing Method

This method involves a bit more fiddling with the settings, but it allows you to share your PC’s VPN connection with the Xbox One (or an older model). You’ll need an ethernet cable to proceed!

1. Make sure a VPN (like Surfshark) is installed on your PC.
2. Connect to a VPN server.
3. Connect your Xbox One to the PC with an ethernet cable.
4. On the PC, right-click the Wi-Fi (or Wired) connection icon on the toolbar.
5. Go to the Wi-Fi tab (if you’re connected via Wi-Fi) or the Ethernet tab (if you’re using a cable connection.
6. Find Change adapter options and click on it.
7. Right-click the VPN network adapter (Surfshark in this example) and go to Properties.
8. Go to Sharing and check the box Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
9. Choose the Xbox One connection from the menu.
10. Back on the Surfshark app, go to Settings -> Advanced -> Protocol.
11. Change the protocol to OpenVPN (UDP).
12. Connect to whatever server you like.
13. Now, push the Xbox button on your Xbox controller.
14. Press the RB button three times.
15. Select Settings
16. Go to the Network tab.
17. Select Network Settings
18. Select Test Network Connection.
19. If all goes well, you will be sharing your VPN connection with the Xbox One!

Did all not go well? Then contact our 24/7 support staff. Troubleshooting any possible Xbox One VPN issues is their bread-and-butter.

How to use VPN on Xbox One: The Router Sharing Method

Installing a VPN on a router is certainly not the easiest way to get Xbox VPN. However, if you do it, you’ll have the added bonus of having secured every device that connects to the Internet via your router! Here’s how it’s done. 

  1. Get yourself a VPN subscription.
  2. Follow our “setting up VPN on a router” guide.
  3. Connect your Xbox to the router like you usually would.
  4. Done!

As we mentioned before, not only your Xbox but every other device that uses the router will now be protected by the VPN! And as you know, VPN use comes with many benefits.

The benefits of Xbox One VPN

Unmatched access to entertainment

Unmatched access to entertainment

We’ve all been burnt by region-locked games. Sadly, this practice exists in other areas as well, like streaming.

That is unless you get a VPN which allows you to appear to be connecting from the country where the content is available! Do you want Japanese Netflix or the best of Crunchyroll? VPN can deliver that!

Leaving bandwidth throttling in the dust

Your ISP knows everything you do online. While this has troubling implications for your privacy, it also means that the ISP can slow down your connection when you’re gaming, streaming, or sharing files. 

But if you’re running a VPN, they can’t see anything, and what they can’t see, they can’t throttle!

Protect yourself from bandwidth throttling
Protect yourself from DDos attacks

Protect yourself from losers

Cursing you out via messages is the only recourse for most you own online. But what about hacking, DDoS attacks, and using your IP to get your address for SWATing?

All of those things are addressed by having a VPN hide your IP and protect your digital identity online.


Is VPN legal?

Yes. VPN use is legal in almost every country in the world. It’s using VPN for illegal activities – like pirating copyrighted material – that isn’t.

Can I use a free Xbox One VPN?

A free VPN is not recommended under any circumstances. Research into free Android VPNs has demonstrated that: 

  • 84% leak user traffic, thus eliminating most of the benefits of using a VPN.
  • 18% don’t encrypt traffic at all
  • 38% contain malware 
  • 80% ask for access to sensitive data. 

So with free VPNs, you are not only not getting the benefits of VPNs, you are actually exposing yourself online even more. 

But even if they were secure, free VPNs couldn’t hold a candle to the speed and accessibility of a paid VPN. Free ones usually have speed caps and offer only a few servers. Paid VPNs do not; in fact, having a wide variety of servers helps not only in improving speed but also in overcoming streaming service attempts to ban VPN IPs.

Will VPN slow down my connection?

There will be a bit of slowdown when using any VPN connection. Some of it is entirely out of your hands, as some bandwidth is used for VPN encryption needs.

However, a big part of VPN connection speed depends on the proximity of the server you’re connecting to. If the server is closer to you geographically, the slowdown will be negligible.

Will Smart DNS slow down my connection?

Unlike a VPN, a DNS does not route all of your traffic via its server. So services and websites where your location doesn’t matter, there will be no slowdown. 

However, if Smart DNS has to route your traffic via its own server (say, when you’re accessing a geoblocked streaming library), then you will see a slight drop in connection speed.

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