Avira Phantom VPN: what it is and how it works

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Minimum requirements and supported services

Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and discovering, together, how Avira Phantom VPN works, it seems only right to show you the minimum requirements for using the software and the list of devices compatible with it. To use Avira Phantom VPN you need the following devices and systems.

  • PC Windows equipped with Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac equipped with macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later.
  • Android devices equipped with Android 4.1 or later (except Android TVs).
  • iPhone and iPad equipped with iOS 8 or later.

There is also an Avira Phantom VPN extension for the Chrome browser that can be used on both Windows and macOS.



With regard to the Internet connection, Avira Phantom VPN is compatible with all Wi-Fi networks and wired connections. THE video streaming services for which geographical restrictions can be overcome are, among others, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Showtime, Eurosport, NBC Sports, FOX Sports and The Disney Channel. THE audio streaming servicesinstead, Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music and many others. You can find a wider list of video and audio streaming services supported by Avira Phantom VPN on the official website of the program (by consulting the FAQ at the bottom of the page)

If you want to test the compatibility of Avira Phantom VPN with an unlisted service, download the free version of the program (as indicated in the appropriate chapter of this tutorial) and give it a try.

Please note: if you were wondering, browsing under VPN may be slightly slowed down compared to the standard one, but nothing that prevents a comfortable use of the contents, including video and audio. Indeed, if your internet service provider limits traffic, it is possible that Avira Phantom VPN actually optimizes your browsing speed!



Prices of Avira Phantom VPN

Come già accennato in opening of the post, Avira Phantom VPN is available in two versions: one Free, which allows you to have 500MB of traffic per month (increased to 1GB / month if you register with your email address) and a For, for a fee, which, on the other hand, offers unlimited traffic and exclusive technical support.

The cost of Avira Phantom VPN Pro is 7,95 euro / month or 59,95 euro / year for use on all devices (computers, smartphones and tablets) or 4,95 euro / month for use on mobile devices only. The plans are not subject to renewal and can be canceled at any time. If you want to find out more, visit the Avira website.

How Avira Phantom VPN works

Now that you understand the Avira Phantom VPN requirements and pricing, I'd like to take action and see, in more detail, how to use the service.

Creating an Avira account

Before you download or purchase Avira Phantom VPN, I highly recommend that you create an Avira account: totally free operation that will allow you to easily manage your Avira products and, in the case of Avira Phantom VPN Free, to enjoy 500MB of extra traffic per month, for a total of 1GB / month.

To create an Avira account, connected to this web page, make sure the tab is selected there Subscribe (otherwise select it yourself) and fill out the form that is proposed by inserting yours in the appropriate text fields name, your email address and Password you want to use to log into the account. Once this is done, click on the button Subscribe And that's it. If you have an account Facebook or an account Google, you can register through the latter by clicking on the appropriate buttons, both located at the bottom.



Once you have registered, log into your e-mail box, open theconfirmation email you received from Avira and click on the button Verify account contained within it, in order to verify your identity and activate your account.

Download and install Avira Phantom VPN Free on PC

If you want to download the Free version of Avira Phantom VPN, linked to this web page and click on the button Download the free VPN, which is located in the center of the screen.

To download completed, a PC Windows, start the Avira Phantom VPN .exe package double-clicking on it and, in the window that opens, first click on the button Accept and install and then Yes. Wait, then, for the setup to be completed and press the button Open Avira to access the main Avira Phantom VPN window. Please note that, in addition to Avira Phantom VPN, the Avira product management panel will also be installed, through which you can easily manage, install and remove all Avira products.

If you have one PC with Windows 10, know that you can download Avira Phantom VPN Free also from the Microsoft Store: just visit this link and click on the appropriate button to start the automatic download and installation of the software.

Su Mac, the installation of Avira Phantom VPN Free must be done via the Mac App Store. After clicking on the "Download Free VPN" button on the program's official website, you will then be redirected to the Apple store web page. From here, you can proceed with the automatic download and installation of Avira Phantom VPN Free by clicking on the button first See in the Mac App Store (to open the Mac App Store) and then on the button Get / Install the app. If prompted, authenticate using your Apple ID credentials.



At the end of the installation, you can use Avira Phantom VPN Free on both Windows and macOS by following the instructions in the appropriate chapter of this tutorial (the steps to be taken are the same for the Free and Pro version of the program).

Purchase and installation of Avira Phantom VPN Pro on PC

If you have decided to take out a subscription to Avira Phantom VPN Pro, linked to this web page and first click on the button Check out our data plans and then on the purchase button for the plan you prefer: the one from 7,95 euro / month or from 59,95 euro / year for use on all devices (computers, smartphones and tablets) or the one from 4,95 euro / month for use on mobile devices only.

On the page that opens, click on the button to make the payment with Paypal or on the button Other payment options, to pay by credit card. Then enter your card or PayPal account details and your personal details (email address, name, surname, country of residence and postcode) and go NEXT. Make sure you use the same email address that you used to create your Avira account.

Once you have clicked on the "Next" button, check the order summary and, if everything is in order, press the button Complete the registration.

Mission accomplished! You have now purchased Avira Phantom VPN Pro and can proceed to install the program on your computer. Then connect to the Avira website and log in with your personal account data by selecting the tab Log in.

When the operation is completed, choose the item Subscriptions from the left sidebar, locate the section dedicated to Phantom VPN and click on the button Install to download the software installation package to your PC.

To download completed, a PC Windows, launch the Avira Phantom VPN Pro installation package (the one in .exe) and, in the window that opens, click the button first Accept and install e poi quello Yes. Wait, therefore, for the completion of the setup (in the meantime you can browse the presentation pages of Avira Phantom VPN by clicking on the button NEXT) and click on your button Open Avira to launch the program.

I invented a Mac, april il Avira Phantom VPN dmg package, launch the executable To start the installation, double click on the icon contained within it and, in the window that appears on the screen, first click on the button apri and then Accept and install.

Then type the Mac admin password (the one you use to access the system), press OK, wait for all the components necessary for the operation of Avira Phantom VPN Pro to be downloaded from the Internet, re-enter the Mac admin password (if necessary) and close the window, pressing the appropriate item that appears at the end of the setup.

How to use Avira Phantom VPN on PC

Once you have Avira Phantom VPN installed on your computer, you are ready to take action and secure your online browsing. The steps to take are the same on both Windows and macOS and in both the Free and Pro versions of the software.

First, click on the Avira Phantom VPN icon in the Windows notification area or in the macOS menu bar (next to the system clock) and check that, in the box that opens, there is your account Avira (top right). If not, click on the button Subscribe and log in to your account. Alternatively, if you are using Windows, right-click on the icon Avira and select the item Log in from the context menu, in order to log into your account.

Once logged in, click the button Secure the connection by Avira Phantom VPN to secure your connection by using the server closest to your real location.

If, on the other hand, you want to "manually" select the geographical location of the VPN server to use, click on the item Closest location, put the check mark next to one of the available locations (eg. Belgium, France, Germany, citythe United States) and press on Secure the connection to connect to the VPN. Next to each server name, you will also find the number of ms (milliseconds) that this takes to respond. Consequently, the lower the number of ms indicated, the higher the speed of browsing through the server should be.

To adjust Avira Phantom VPN's advanced settings, click on thegear icon located at the top right of the program box: you can then choose whether to activate the automatic connection to VPN for Wi-Fi networksis send diagnostic datais launch the program at system startup and yes block all internet traffic if the VPN connection drops (option available only in the Pro version of the software).

Once your private browsing session is over, to interrupt the connection to the VPN, click again on the Avira Phantom VPN icon and press the button Disconnect in the box displayed on the screen.

Extension for Chrome

If you don't want to install Avira Phantom VPN as an application, you can use the service through its extension for Google Chrome.

Therefore, if you use the Google browser as your favorite navigation program, connected to this page of the Chrome Web Store and first click on the button Add (top right) and then onto that Add extension (always top right), to install the Avira Phantom VPN extension.

When the procedure is complete (it will take a few seconds), open a new tab in Chrome, click on the icon Avira Phantom VPN which appeared at the top right and first presses the button You agree and continue and then Secure the connection to start connecting to the VPN.

If you have an Avira account and want to log in, click on thelittle man present in the Avira Phantom VPN add-on box. If, on the other hand, you want to manually select the location of the VPN server to use (option available only for Pro users), click on the item Closest location. Easy, don't you think?

How to use Avira Phantom VPN on smartphones and tablets

Avira Phantom VPN is also available as an app for smartphones and tablets. It is compatible with both Android that with iOS and Its operation is as intuitive as it is in the desktop environment.

For example, if you have a smartphone or tablet Android, you can download the official app of the service by opening the Play Store (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol located on the home screen or in the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the device) and looking for "avira phantom vpn" in the search field located at the top. Once the search is complete, tap on the icon Avira Phantom VPN, by pressing the button Install and wait for the download and installation of the application to complete. If you are reading this post directly from your Android device, you can open the Play Store page dedicated to Avira Phantom VPN by tapping here.

If you have one iPhone or iPad, you can download Avira Phantom VPN opening theApp Store (the blue icon with the stylized "A" found on the home screen), by selecting the tab Search placed in the lower right and looking "avira phantom vpn" in the box at the top. Once the search is complete, tap on the icon Avira Phantom VPN, by pressing the button Ottieni / Installa and verify your identity through Face ID, touch ID or entering the password dell'ID Apple. If you are reading this post directly from your iOS device, you can open the App Store page dedicated to Avira Phantom VPN by tapping here.

Once installation is complete, start Avira Phantom VPN on your device and press the button Sign up now (on Android) or the button You agree and continue (on iOS). Then scroll through the app's presentation pages and choose whether register creating an Avira account, enter with your current account or, if you use Android, if activate 7 days trial by Avira Phantom VPN Pro.

Then, to connect your smartphone or tablet to the Avira Phantom VPN VPN network, press the button Secure the connection and consent to the installation of a custom VPN profile on Android or iOS (this is only necessary for the first connection).

By default, the geographically closest VPN server will be used. To select another "manually", tap on the item Closest location and choose one of the locations listed below.

Once the connection to the VPN is established, open the browser you usually use to browse the Internet from your mobile device (eg. Chrome if you use an Android or Safari if you use iPhone or iPad), and enjoy your online browsing session in complete safety and anonymity.

Once the browsing session is over, open Avira Phantom VPN again and press the button Disconnect to terminate the connection to the Avira server.

For more information…

If you need more information about Avira Phantom VPN and how it works, consult the official website of the program, within which you can find a rich section of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), that is, answers to the most frequently asked questions posed by users of the program.

To view the complete list of questions and answers available on the Avira Phantom VPN website (eg. "What are the virtual locations of Avira Phantom VPN?", "How does a VPN protect my data?" o "How can I view blocked websites?"), click on your button Continue. To view the answers to the individual questions, however, click on the latter.

Article produced in collaboration with Avira.

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