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What is Split Tunneling and how to use it?

Split tunneling is an option that allows you to have a specific part of your internet connection to be rerouted outside of the VPN. You may find it useful for situations where a VPN connection may be unnecessary, for instance, when dealing with a trusted application.  

NordVPN split tunneling is currently available on Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows 10 and 11, Android, and Android TV

On Windows 7 & 8.1: 

  1. Open the settings menu. 

    win 7 and 8 NordVPN homescreen arrow to settings.png
  2. Head down to the Split tunneling section, turn it ON, and then press Add apps.

    win 7 and 8 NordVPN split tunneling settings.png

On Windows 10 & 11: 

  1. Click on a gear icon in the left-bottom corner.

    win 10 and 11 NordVPN homescreen arrow to settings.png
  2. Choose Split Tunneling settings.

    win 10 and 11 NordVPN split tunneling settings direction.png
  3. Turn the feature on and choose to add apps.

    win 10 and 11 NordVPN split tunneling settings.png

    Experiencing issues?

    Look here, and you'll find the latest updates concerning known issues and how to resolve them.

    At the moment, it is known that when the split tunneling feature is used, some services still appear to be affected by the VPN. This is related to the fact that although your real IP address does get routed through the excluded application, the DNS servers provided by NordVPN are still in effect, which may cause an issue. 

    We are currently working to resolve this problem. 

On Android:

  1. Tap on the profile icon and open the settings menu by tapping on the gear icon.

    NordVPN on android main menu directing to profile icon.jpg
    NordVPN on android profile menu directing to settings.jpg
  2. Head over to the VPN connection settings and choose the Split tunneling option.

    NordVPN connection settings and choose the Split tunneling option.jpg
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On Android TV:​​​​

  1. After you open the NordVPN app, scroll down to the Settings section and click on Trusted apps.

    ANdroid TV settings.png
  2. Click on Add apps.

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