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Installing NordVPN on macOS

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NordVPN is compatible with Apple and features a native application that we recommend as the best way to connect to NordVPN servers. Even though we have two application versions, they both provide online security and features such as Double VPN, Onion over VPN servers, automated Kill SwitchMeshnet, and the ability to connect using NordLynx connection protocol

Instructions on how to install NordVPN on macOS

NordVPN on macOS has two different versions. The following articles contain installation instructions for both of them: 

What is the difference between the two versions?

  • NordVPN

    Allows you to access certain additional preferences, such as custom DNS servers. Additionally, when activated, the Kill-Switch terminates separate apps instead of your entire internet connection. This version of the app can be sideloaded from our website, and it can run on earlier versions of macOS (no older than 10.10). You can also use Threat Protection to block trackers, malicious ads and avoid malware.
  • NordVPN (App Store)

    This version of the NordVPN application can be installed directly from the Apple App Store on macOS devices with firmware no older than 10.12. It also features the Kill-Switch, which cuts internet access if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects. This prevents your connection from any vulnerabilities if it drops without terminating app processes.

How to use NordVPN on macOS

Connecting to NordVPN using the macOS app is easy:

  1. Open the NordVPN macOS app;
  2. If required, complete the login process;
  3. Click on "Quick connect" or select a specific country from the map.

Now you're connected to the internet securely!

Tip: Don't forget to use a strong password on your NordVPN account, as it will help you to avoid credential stuffing attacks and will keep your account safe.

As generating and remembering strong and secure passwords is not an easy task, we recommend downloading a free password manager — NordPass. It generates secure passwords for you and stores them safely, letting you avoid time-wasting password resets in the future.

NordPass offers native apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, so you can reach your passwords when and where needed, even offline.

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