How to Switch Protocol - PureVPN Windows App

The type of VPN protocol you choose can impact the performance and stability of your connection. It's important to select the right protocol when connecting to a VPN server. PureVPN suggests using the automatic protocol, which will choose the best connection setting for you. However, if the automatic protocol doesn't work well for you, you can manually switch between different protocols.

Written By Lorenzo Vincent

Updated at May 30th, 2024


Note: To switch between protocols using the PureVPN app, it's necessary to disconnect the app initially. After turning off the Automatic Protocol Selection option, you'll gain visibility into the various VPN protocols that are available.

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.


Note: To manually choose a VPN protocol, start by disconnecting from the PureVPN app. Once you do that, you can see the different protocols available by turning off the "Automatic Protocol" selection. 

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.