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How to speed up my PrivadoVPN connection
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There are several ways to speed up a slow connection to PrivadoVPN.

Change Servers

The server that you’re connected to might have too many people connected to it. However, you can easily change servers in the same location.


  1. Disconnect from the PrivadoVPN network

  2. Reconnect to the same server location. This should change you to another server located in the same geographic area.

Change Server Locations

It’s possible that the server you’re connected to is too far away from your physical location.


  1. Disconnect from your current server

  2. Find a server that is located as closely as possible to your physical location. The closer the server is, the quicker your connection will be.

  3. Alternatively, you can also allow the PrivadoVPN app to choose the best server for you.

Change Your VPN Protocol

The VPN protocol that you use can have a major impact on how fast your connection is. OpenVPN tends to be the slowest protocol because it has the strongest encryption, but there are other options. You can learn more on the Secure Encryption Protocols page.


  1. Open your PrivadoVPN app and open the Settings menu (the gear icon)

  2. Select “VPN Protocols”

  3. Change your protocol to either IKEv2 (the fastest, but least secure option) or WireGuard® (a balance of speed and security between IKEv2 and OpenVPN).

  4. Click “Save,” disconnect from your current server, and reconnect to the PrivadoVPN network.

Check Your Internet Speed

If you are experiencing slow speeds, the issue may be with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).


  1. Disconnect from the PrivadoVPN network.

  2. Go to a speed test site like and run a test on your unencrypted connection.

  3. Reconnect to the PrivadoVPN network and run another test.

  4. While there will likely be a drop in speed while on the VPN, these numbers should be reasonably close to one another. If they are, the issue is with your ISP and not your VPN connection.

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