How to use Bridge mode


Last updated: 23 December 2020

This guide explains how to use Bridge mode in the Mullvad VPN apps for desktops. It is currently not available in the mobile apps. However for Android you can use the Shadowsocks app together with the OpenVPN app.

There are many reasons for using this feature:

  • circumventing censorship with the Shadowsocks proxy
  • multihopping
  • improving latency/performance
  • increasing privacy.

Enable Bridge mode

  1. Open the app and click on the gear icon.
  2. Click on Advanced.
  3. Scroll down to Bridge mode.
  4. Choose between Automatic (default), On, and Off.

Configuration options


By default, Bridge mode is set to Automatic. If the app fails to connect three times, it will then attempt a bridge connection. The app will automatically choose the bridge server that is geographically closest to your chosen connection location.


This option will enable you to select the bridge server of your choice. Navigate to the Select location view where you'll now see two location lists  Entry (the bridge server) and Exit.


This turns Bridge mode off.

Choose your entry and exit locations

When you set Bridge mode to On, the Select location view will change and look like this:

Entry (bridge server)

Choose the location that you want to use for the bridge server. Your internet traffic will enter here. By default, "Closest to exit server" will be chosen.

Exit (VPN server)

Choose the location that you want to use as your traffic's exit point. The exit location's IP address and location is what becomes publicly visible

Your connection details

Once connected, you can look at the bridge details on the app's connection screen by clicking on the servers.

Under the connection location, you'll see two servers listed. Our example shows "hk-hkg-003 via hk-hkg-br-001".

Your Entry location is the server with "br" (bridge) in its name (in this example, hk-hkg-br-001) while the other server is your Exit location (hk-hkg-003). The exit server's IP address and location is what becomes publicly visible. If you check your connection with our Connection check, this is the information you will see.