How to Add VPN in Windows 11: A Step-by-Step Guide

Copper Contributor

Adding a VPN to your Windows 11 device can help protect your online privacy and security. With a VPN, you can encrypt your internet connection and hide your IP address from prying eyes. This means that your online activities are kept private, and your sensitive information is protected from hackers and cybercriminals.


Fortunately, setting up a VPN in Windows 11 is a straightforward process. There are several ways to add a VPN to your device, including using the built-in Windows VPN client or downloading a third-party VPN app. In this article, we will explore the different methods you can use to add a VPN to your Windows 11 device and provide step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

What is VPN?


A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a secure and private connection between your device and the internet. It creates an encrypted tunnel that protects your online activity and data from prying eyes, hackers, and other cyber threats. With a VPN, you can browse the internet anonymously, access restricted content, and use public Wi-Fi networks without worrying about your privacy and security.

When you connect to a VPN, your device sends all its internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to the VPN server. The VPN server then decrypts the traffic and sends it to its intended destination. This means that your online activity and data are hidden from your internet service provider, government agencies, and other third parties who may be trying to spy on you.

VPNs are commonly used by individuals, businesses, and organizations to protect their online privacy and security. They are also used to bypass internet censorship, geo-restrictions, and other content filters that limit access to certain websites and services.


Why use VPN in Windows 11?


If you're wondering why you need a VPN in Windows 11, here are some reasons to consider:

  • Security: A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, making it difficult for hackers or snoopers to intercept your data. This is especially important if you're using public Wi-Fi networks, which are often unsecured and vulnerable to attacks.
  • Privacy: A VPN hides your IP address and online activities from your internet service provider (ISP) and other third-party trackers. This means that your online privacy is protected, and you can browse the web anonymously.
  • Access: A VPN allows you to access geo-restricted content that may not be available in your region. For example, you can use a VPN to watch Netflix shows that are only available in certain countries.

Overall, using a VPN in Windows 11 can help you stay safe and secure online, protect your privacy, and access content that may be blocked in your region. It's a simple and effective way to enhance your online experience and protect your digital identity.

How to Add VPN in Windows 11


Adding a VPN connection in Windows 11 is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. In this section, we will guide you through the process of adding a VPN connection to your Windows 11 device.

Step 1: Accessing the Network & Internet settings

The first step in adding a VPN connection is to access the Network & Internet settings. Here's how:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select the gear icon to open the Settings app.
  3. Click on Network & Internet.

Step 2: Adding a VPN connection

Once you've accessed the Network & Internet settings, the next step is to add a VPN connection. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on VPN from the left-hand menu.
  2. Click on Add a VPN connection.

Step 3: Configuring the VPN connection

After you've added a VPN connection, the final step is to configure it. Here's how:

  1. Choose a VPN provider from the drop-down list. If you don't see your provider listed, select Windows (built-in).
  2. Enter a name for your VPN connection in the Connection name field.
  3. Enter the server name or address, as well as your username and password if required.
  4. Click Save to save your VPN connection.

That's it! Your VPN connection is now set up and ready to use. Simply click on the VPN connection you just created to connect to your VPN.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting

While adding a VPN connection to your Windows 11 PC can help you access a more secure connection, you may encounter some issues while setting it up. Here are some common issues and troubleshooting tips:

VPN Not Connecting

If you are having trouble connecting to your VPN, try the following:

  • Check your internet connection
  • Make sure your VPN credentials are correct
  • Restart your VPN client
  • Restart your computer

VPN Disconnecting Frequently

If your VPN connection is disconnecting frequently, try the following:

  • Check your internet connection
  • Make sure your VPN credentials are correct
  • Change your VPN server location
  • Update your VPN client software

VPN Not Working with Certain Apps

If your VPN is not working with certain apps, try the following:

  • Check if the app is blocked by your VPN provider
  • Try using a different VPN server location
  • Disable your VPN and try accessing the app without it

VPN Not Working after Windows Update

If your VPN is not working after a Windows update, try the following:

  • Update your VPN client software
  • Restart your computer
  • Check if your VPN provider has released an update for Windows 11

If you are still experiencing issues with your VPN connection, contact your VPN provider's customer support for further assistance.


Adding a VPN in Windows 11 is a simple process that can help protect your online privacy and security. Whether you need to access your company's network while working remotely or just want to browse the web anonymously, a VPN can help.

There are a variety of VPN options available, from free services to paid subscriptions. When choosing a VPN, consider factors such as speed, security, and ease of use. It's also important to read reviews and do research to ensure the VPN you choose is reputable and trustworthy.

Once you've chosen a VPN, adding it to your Windows 11 device is straightforward. You can add the VPN to your taskbar for easy access, or configure it manually through the Windows settings. Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow the instructions carefully to ensure a successful setup.

Overall, adding a VPN to your Windows 11 device is a smart choice for anyone who values their online privacy and security. By taking a few simple steps, you can enjoy a safer, more secure online experience.

3 Replies


Wait a second... You instructed people to first "choose" a VPN in Windows 11 Settings via "the drop-down menu".

Gee... I own 4 Windows 11 PC's; 3 laptops, one desk top. And they all unfortunately run Windows 11 Home and Pro, versions 23H2 & one which still has 22H2.

You seem so sure of the directives you gave that I could not allow OTHER readers to let you confuse them as much as you confused me. I may not use another Windows device, even if being held at gunpoint, but this 'how-to' was definitely confusing to me, my family who all know better, therefore please know the facts...

I've NEVER, not even with the PRO version, seen anything like this mysterious "DROP-DOWN LIST", as you stated so certain of yourself... & I quote "Choose a VPN provider from the drop-down list. If you don't see your provider listed, select Windows (built-in)."


Listen up... we're not reading Q/A about a product which has any more than a possible 2 star rating in internet programs here.

This is all Windows, & ever since they gave W-7 the boot, WINDOWS EVERYTHING has always been a horrible experience, & also always only listed ONE (1) VPN PROVIDER which just happened to be  THE HATED 'BUILT-IN' ONE THAT YOU ALSO SLIPPED IN THERE. Haha!


And, sir? The majority of those who are reading directives in this orgy of ridiculous, non helpful "How-To's" would take one gander at how setting up a true, GOOD, and effective VPN is supposed to be configured and think back to YOUR WORDS about it being sooooo EASY. SIMPLISTIC WINDOWS 11!!


What a CROCK. Ya know?                                                                                                                                   Each time in the past when I'd log into this place in hope of receiving valid HELP ended up with whichever device I was working on either ending up as my newest door-stop, or I was so incredibly misinformed by whomever that a couple ended up being donated for parts because the actual system was never going to be correctable after choosing to follow what I was being told to do, which I did very carefully.

Each LOSS ended up being a minimum of 800 bucks, so please don't take YOUR IT/STEM expertise lesson & what my opinion of it to the rest of the world too personally.

There are literally hundreds right here who are just like you, but doing a much much WORSE job dolling out false hope than this silly little "how-to" reads.

HOPE FOR THE DAY--- "For Microsoft to learn what ACCOUNTABILITY TOWARDS OTHERS means a bit more realistically"

We can always hope, right?

I no longer flush good money down the toilet.                                                                                      Windows/Microsoft/Bing, regardless of what version, are all far in the past.

Mac Pro's are where it's at!


and have a happy holiday season



I have a drop-down option.



And if i have an OpenVPN config? How do i setup a VPN connection in Windows 11 then? 

Or do i need to download OpenVPN's software and use that?

Would be very handy if Windows could have done this without external software.