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How to Switch Protocol

Sep 03, 2018
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To manually select a VPN protocol, first disconnect from the PureVPN app. The available protocols will be visible after disabling the Automatic Protocol selection option.

VPN protocol type affects the performance and stability of your connection. Be sure to select the correct protocol when connecting to a VPN server. PureVPN recommends the automatic protocol as it will pick up the most appropriate connection setting for you. But in case the automatic protocol option does not work for you then you may proceed to switch between different protocols. 

Protocol Guide:

Wireguard: (Recommended)

Wireguard provides a fast and secure VPN connection and it’s usually used for web browsing and streaming.


UDP is mainly used for streaming and downloading. It provides a fast VPN connection with medium encryption.


TCP is more reliable, but also a little slower, and is usually used for web browsing. 


IKEv2 is one of the fastest VPN protocols that provides stable connection and is usually used for streaming and downloading.

Wondering how to switch between protocols? Follow the instructions below 👇

  • Click the Settings ⚙️ icon from the left panel of the PureVPN app.
  • Select the Protocol tab.
  • Toggle Automatic Protocol Selection to change your protocol selection.
  • A warning will appear, click Proceed to continue.
  • Select your desired protocol from the drop-down menu.
  • Upon selection, your protocol will be successfully changed.

Connect to Fallback: This option will connect you to the next best available option if you are unable to connect with your preferred protocol.

  • Once done, go back to the locations tab and connect with your desired location.
  • Upon successful connection you can see the selected Protocol in the connection details.
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