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Connect faster to multihop and Shadowsocks, directly in the Mullvad app

23 July 2019  MULLVAD APP

Did you know that the Mullvad VPN app is automatically equipped to use Shadowsocks and multihopping? It's true! We'll tell you how to speed up your connection time.

Set Bridge mode to On

In the latest Mullvad VPN app, look for Bridge mode under Advanced settings. To multihop or connect with Shadowsocks more quickly, select On. Yes, it's that simple!

Red arrow pointing to the On setting of Bridge mode in the Mullvad VPN app.

With the default Automatic setting, the app will first try three times to connect normally before attempting a bridge connection. Selecting On will skip over that part and immediately prioritize a bridge connection.

When using a bridge connection, your traffic will first travel through a Mullvad bridge server using the Shadowsocks proxy and then hop to a second server – multihopping! – before exiting.

Why you might use Bridge mode

Bridge mode is worth trying if you're

  • in a restrictive country such as Turkey
  • behind a corporate firewall
  • affected by peering issues and want to try improving your speed (for example, users in Germany affected by peering to Cogent)
  • wanting to add an extra layer of privacy, since your traffic will travel through two of our servers instead of one.

The app will automatically choose the bridge server that is geographically closest to your chosen location. For example, if you connect to Manchester in the UK, the nearest bridge server that we currently have is also in the UK, in London.

In most situations, you will experience slower speeds when using bridge mode.