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Tips to improve connection speed on macOS while connected to NordVPN

If you are experiencing slow connection speed while connected to NordVPN on macOS, try these steps:

  1. Restart your device.
  2. If you are using Wi-Fi, switch to a wired connection.
  3. Switch the VPN server to one closer to you geographically.
  4. Switch to a server with a lower server-load percentage. If the server load is higher than 70%, we recommend using a different server.
  5. If you are using a P2P based program (usually downloading software), make sure that you are connected to a P2P-optimized server. Please check this article about Peer-to-peer traffic with NordVPN.
  6. If you are using OpenVPN app version downloaded from our website, open app settings and switch from the default UDP protocol to TCP.
  7. Try a different application version (IKEv2 or OpenVPN). You can download it here: https://nordvpn.com/download/mac/

Also, internet speed can be directly influenced by both your hardware and firmware state, so we would recommend to:

  1. Close any applications that can transfer data and are running in the background e.g. downloading/filesharing software.
  2. Old routers or even a new router that is provided by your internet services provider are often using an outdated firmware or technically poorly manufactured. This can directly impact your internet speed, so we would recommend investing in a better router.

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