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How to change protocol on PureVPN Mac app

Sep 10, 2018
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To be able to switch between protocols the PureVPN app is disconnected. VPN protocol 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:


IPSec 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.


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


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

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

  • Click the ⚙️ Preferences option at the left panel of the PureVPN app.
  • From the general settings, select the Protocol tab.
  • Remove check ☑️ Automatic Protocol Selection to change your protocol selection.
  • A warning will appear, click Proceed to continue.
  • Choose the Protocol of your choice from the drop-down menu.
  • Upon selection, your protocol will be successfully changed.
Some of the protocols are not activated by default to enable them a protocol extension is needed to install on your device.
  • A Gif will appear with the instructions to install the protocol extension. You can simply follow the Gif to install the protocol extension.
  • 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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