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Switching protocol to OpenVPN UDP or TCP (Windows)

The NordVPN Windows app lets you fine-tune your VPN experience by selecting your VPN protocol. This tutorial teaches you how to change the NordVPN protocol to OpenVPN UDP or TCP. Before you begin, we encourage you to read our article on the difference between TCP and UDP.

On Windows 7 and 8.1: 

  1. Open NordVPN the app and click on the cog (gear) icon in the bottom-left corner.

    The cog icon can be found in the bottom-left corner of the NordVPN app’s main screen
  2. Click “Auto-connect” on the left side of the settings and make sure to disable "Choose a VPN protocol and server automatically." Next to “VPN protocol,” select “OpenVPN (UDP)” or “OpenVPN (TCP)” from the drop-down menu.

    You can easily choose your VPN protocol in the “Auto-connect” settings

On Windows 10 and 11:

  1. Open NordVPN the app and click on the cog (gear) icon to access the app settings.
    As with previous versions of the NordVPN Windows app, the cog icon sits in the bottom-left corner of the app
  2. Click on “Connection.”
    The VPN protocol configuration is found in the “Connection” tab of the NordVPN app’s settings
  3. Under “VPN protocol,” select “OpenVPN (UDP)” or “OpenVPN (TCP)” from the drop-down menu.
    Clicking on “VPN protocol” gives you a choice of protocols, including OpenVPN UDP and TCP
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