Getting started with Surfshark

In this article, you will learn how to get started with Surfshark.

There are a few things to cover to get the most out of your experience with Surfshark, such as finding out all about VPNs in general, installing the Surfshark app and connecting to VPN.

You will need an active Surfshark subscription to follow along. Don’t have a subscription yet? Check out Surfshark plans.

We will cover the following:

  1. What is a VPN?
  2. Install the Surfshark app
  3. Connect to the VPN

What is a VPN?


A VPN (or a Virtual Private Network) is a technology that encrypts your data and routes your internet traffic through specific servers so that your IP address and location are private.

Surfshark VPN protects your privacy online from anyone who might want to snoop on you, from hackers to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to governments and other third-party organizations. A VPN makes it much harder for anyone to monitor the websites you access, files you download, and services you use because all your data is encrypted.

Read more about what a VPN is and how it works.


Install the Surfshark app


You have to start by installing the Surfshark app on your device. We have tons of articles that will help you go through the setup process. Choose your device from the following list:

Don’t see your device in this list? Check out our full Applications guide.


Connect to the VPN

NOTE: Surfshark applications share an identical connection procedure on any device.

  1. When you log in on the Surfshark app, you will see a big blue Connect button, which will connect you to either the nearest or the fastest server.

  2. If you want to connect to a specific location, you will find a list of servers on the left side of the application.


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