NordVPN does not apply any speed or bandwidth limits, but using a VPN in itself can sometimes decrease your internet speed to a certain degree.
When you are connected to a VPN, your connection speed depends on a number of factors, including the physical proximity of the server, its load, your original internet speed, the VPN protocol you are using, and more. If you are connected to the closest available server through OpenVPN UDP, you can expect around a 30% drop in speed. If that’s too slow, you can use the NordLynx protocol instead, which provides much better speed.
If you are experiencing any issues when connected to NordVPN, first check your internet speed without VPN to make sure you have no underlying issues with your internet connection. You can do so on this website. If you have confirmed that the slower connection is related to the use of VPN, bear in mind that a slightly reduced internet speed is normal when your traffic goes through an encrypted VPN tunnel.
However, if the connection speed is reduced significantly, or if you notice that the performance is poorer than the one you usually have with the VPN, try the following tips for your device:
- Tips to improve connection speed on Windows
- Tips to improve connection speed on macOS
- Tips to improve connection speed on Android
- Tips to improve connection speed on iOS