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Setup Tutorials

How to set up WireGuard VPN on Windows

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up WireGuard® VPN on Windows but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up WireGuard you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. The WireGuard app. You can download it here.

WireGuard Setup Instructions

  1. Download the WireGuard app for Windows and install it.

  2. Sign in to your account on our website and go to Settings -> WireGuard Configs.

  3. Select the VPN server you want to connect to.

    In the field below, you will get the Wireguard configuration for the selected server. Copy the content of the field, you will need it at step 5.

    How to set up WireGuard VPN for Windows: Step 1

    Important! Keep the PrivateKey a closely guarded secret, do not share it with anyone, and do not post it on the Internet.

  4. Launch the WireGuard application and click the down arrow at the right of the Add Tunnel button and click Add empty tunnel….

    How to set up WireGuard VPN for Windows: Step 2
  5. An empty tunnel with a default Private Key will be generated.

    How to set up WireGuard VPN for Windows: Step 3

    Delete all the automatically generated content from the field.

  6. Type the name of the tunnel (for example, it can be the name of the VPN server you want to use) in the Name field.

    Paste the WireGuard configuration you’ve copied at step 3.

    Tick the Block untenneled traffic (kill switch) if you want to enable the kill switch.

    Click on Save.

    How to set up WireGuard VPN for Windows: Step 4
  7. Click on Activate to connect to VPN.

    How to set up WireGuard VPN for Windows: Step 5

You should now be connected via WireGuard and be able to browse the internet safely. 

Click Deactivate to disconnect.

“WireGuard” is a registered trademark of Jason A. Donenfeld.

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