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Connection speed – why is it so slow?

Does it feel like your connection speed isn't nearly as fast as it should be while using Mullvad? Try these methods to improve your speed.
 

Select the country nearest to your location

Choosing a server that closest to your actual location can make your connection several times faster or slower, depending on country selected.

If you do not select a country, the Mullvad VPN app will default to Sweden or the Netherlands.

OpenVPN users
Find the setting "remote se.mullvad.net 1300" and change "se.mullvad.net" to one of the servers on our server list.
 

Use the TCP network protocol

 

In the Mullvad VPN app, open the Settings menu, then Advanced. Under Network protocols, choose TCP.
Several consumer ISPs will throttle UDP connections, if that is the case, changing to TCP can show a significant increase in performance.

 

Use the latest version of Mullvad

We are constantly making changes to the Mullvad VPN app, some of which can improve your speed. Make sure you're always using the latest version. If not, download the app now.

 

Update OpenVPN (for OpenVPN users)

Please update your OpenVPN version to 2.4.0 or later. Older versions do not perform as well, especially versions older than 2.3.10.
 

Downgrade TAP driver (for Windows users)

If your speeds are resulting in kilobytes per second instead of megabytes, try downgrading your TAP driver to version 9.9.2_3. This has helped several users.
 

Use an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi

With an Ethernet cable, you are connecting your computer directly to your internet router thereby increasing connection speed and giving you optimized Mullvad performance. A WiFi connection will still work fine, but it might be slower.

Running an OpenVPN client on your router will likely perform much more slowly. This is because most routers have a slow CPU and will top out at roughly 5–20 megabits per second. In contrast, a modern PC can handle 100 megabits per second or more.
 

Switch to another location within the same country

If you encounter problems with one of our servers, try a different one.

In the Mullvad VPN app, simply click the Switch location button and choose an alternate location.
 

Try using our SOCKS5 proxies

Doing so can increase download speed quite significantly.

Follow our SOCKS5 proxy guide to get set up.
 

Temporarily disable your computer's antivirus/firewall

Test to see if this improves your speed. Remember to turn the firewall back on again after testing.

Some users report significant performance increases when disabling Kaspersky IS and similar.
 

Temporarily disable your router's antivirus/firewall

Test to see if this improves your speed. Remember to turn the firewall back on again after testing.
 

Use our configuration files

If you are configuring the VPN yourself, try using the configuration files that we provide for OpenVPN and WireGuard.

Reboot your router

Some routers perform quite poorly after they have been running awhile.