Why does my Internet Speed Slow Down When Using VPN

There are some factors that lead to slowing down your internet speed. I have used almost all top-ranked VPN services and currently, I am using is VPN Unlimited.

The reason why I continuing with VPN Unlimited is no speed break down.

But, what if you have already purchased a VPN service?

Let us try to find out some of the possibilities that affecting your internet speed while using a VPN.

Why does my Internet Speed Slow Down When Using VPN

Issues with VPN for Causing Internet Speed Breakdown

1. Free VPN Services

Probably this might be not the case you are looking for but still, there are many users who still using VPN for free. There are VPN services who offer services for free with some limited features.

But have you ever thought why someone offers this for free?

Well, the reason could be many and one such reason is to give you a piece of chocolate and when you are used to it and you will purchase it.

VPN services are doing same, they give you something and once you become used to it, you start loving the services and they limit their service further (speed is most common to make your internet slow) and offers you plans to purchase a premium VPN with more speed.

But still, on our recommendation, we found ExpressVPN, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited are some of the best VPN services which we personally considered.

2. Server Issue (Having heavy traffic to the same server)

Suppose you are sitting in the US and looking for the server located in the UK. That’s obvious speed will be slightly down. And more importantly, there might be the chances that the particular server is having traffic that making speed slow.

For this reason, many VPN services provide multiple server locations in the same country and you can choose the server with a lesser workload.

Here is an example from VPN Unlimited I currently using.

vpn servers

Look at the image above, I see different servers from the UK only with different workload (percentage of people using it or the load this particular server bear). Here you have the option to choose the server having least workload.

Unfortunately, while using NordVPN, there was not an option to choose the different server but country only. So, I am disappointed with such a big VPN company.

nordvpn servers

Look at this image from NordVPN. There is no particular workload percentage shown anywhere to choose from.

3. Modifying Advanced Settings

VPN comes with different advanced settings and might be there that you have unintentionally made some changes.

Let us take an example with ExpressVPN, check the screenshot below

expressvpn servers

It is not recommended to enable all security features unless you are using some banned websites or restricted websites. If you are normally using VPN service just to keep your identity hide then you can disable most of the option and continue VPN usage.

If you are not sure about the features to enable or disable, contact with the customer support team. I face a similar issue with ExpressVPN when I was using it.

I was amazed by the reply time. They hardly took 15 minutes to provide me with the answer! And similarly with VPN Unlimited. There customer support service is great.

4. IP address detection

If you are not using the top-rated VPN, usually the live streaming and gaming sites detect the IP Address and block you to access the website and you think that the internet is running slow using VPN.

Is this the case with you?

If yes, see our best VPN guide to check best VPN services which come with military-grade encryption and never let your ISP to track your activities and make your internet slow.


If still, you are facing any issue regarding the speed of the internet after connecting to VPN, contact the VPN service and ask for a refund and go with the better VPN service provider.

In the end, we conclude that a VPN is must nowadays to protect your personal information as well as to unblock the banned websites in your region. Whether you are at home or travelling, VPN is a necessity.

I hope you find information about Why does my Internet Speed Slow Down When Using VPN useful and find the cause root and fixed it!

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2 thoughts on “Why does my Internet Speed Slow Down When Using VPN”

  1. Hmm, actually I am using Nordvpn and never had any problems with buffering and speeds. There are times that speeds may slow down when browsing, but all I have to do is choose another server…

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