Chrome VPN FAQs

Does Google Chrome Have a Built-In VPN?

Google Chrome does not have a built-in VPN. To encrypt your Chrome browsing you’ll need to use a full-system VPN or download a VPN browser extension for Chrome specifically.

Google does operate a VPN called Google One. However, it’s part of a broader online suite of applications, and is only available on Android devices.

Google is known for collecting user data, and for carrying out privacy-unfriendly practices at times. Therefore, there’s no reason why you should trust it to make a private VPN.

If you care about your online privacy, always look out for a good track record, proper infrastructure, and a strict no-logs policy.

How Can I Prevent WebRTC Leaks on Chrome?

Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) is browser-based technology used mainly for video chat and voice calling.

Devices communicating via WebRTC need to know each others’ IP address. Websites can exploit this to detect your true IP address.

WebRTC Leaks Diagram

Sadly, the Chrome browser doesn’t let you manually disable WebRTC directly.

To prevent WebRTC leaks from happening, you need to install a VPN browser extension with built-in WebRTC blocking. All five Chrome VPNs we recommend block WebRTC.

If you don’t want to use a VPN extension to block WebRTC, you can also install a dedicated Chrome extension like “WebRTC Leak Prevent” or “uBlock Origin”.

For more information on fixing privacy and security vulnerabilities, read our full guide on how to fix VPN leaks.

Is Chrome a Private Browser?

Google Chrome is fast, safe, and easy to use. But, it’s not a private browser.

Google uses Chrome browsing data to improve its ad targeting, and display personalized advertising to web users. This occurs even when using Incognito Mode.

The “Sync” setting is what allows Google to integrate most of your data. Sync is on by default in your Google (Gmail) account, saving the information below to Google’s servers:

  • Browsing history
  • Bookmarks
  • Passwords and Autofill information
  • Browser settings and extensions

Even if Sync is turned off, and you’re not logged into a Google account, Google collects considerable amounts of data across its platforms, including:

  • Browser type and settings
  • Device type and settings
  • Operating system
  • Mobile network name
  • Phone number
  • IP address
  • System activity
  • Purchases
  • Date and time of interaction
  • Search terms
  • Videos you watch
  • Voice and audio (from audio features)
  • A list of the people with whom you communicate and share content
  • Activity of third-party sites or apps that use Google services*
  • Google Chrome browsing history
  • Call and message logs from Google Services

Therefore, we recommend using a much more private web browser. However, using a VPN extension with Chrome will still help make you more private online.