As one of the younger VPN services on the block, SwitchVPN has made some bold claims to bolster interest in their
service -- such as boosting internet speeds and preventing all spying on your internet use. Does SwitchVPN deliver
on its promises?
Whether you try their month-to-month subscription or opt for their yearly plan, SwitchVPN veers towards the expensive
side when compared to the competition. There’s no free trial. But they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re
unsatisfied for any reason.
SwitchVPN is only available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. There are no browser extensions. You can, however,
manually set up the service on other platforms -- such as your router or Smart TV. That said, it’s not super easy to
Ease of Use
Getting SwitchVPN on your computer can be a hassle as payment verification might take up to 24 hours.
However, once reviewers installed the app on their computer and activated it, the actual interface was very
user-friendly. If you’ve used other VPNs in the past, you’ll be right at home with SwitchVPN.
Interestingly, you cannot select specific server locations, only countries. That means you might end up on a busy
server. Some reviewers recommended connecting a few times to find the fastest connection.
You can connect up to five devices simultaneously. If you configure the service on your router, you can extend the
number and protect your gaming consoles as well.
SwitchVPN is fairly light on features but it includes:
- Kill Switch
- Torrenting support
- Offers newer IKEv2 and SSTP protocols
- OpenVPN support
- Optional auto-launch on startup
- Optional reconnection to last used location
Besides the above features, SwitchVPN has 220 servers across 38 locations. While small compared to some of the bigger
names in the VPN market, it’s still a reasonable amount of servers and locations to choose from.
Privacy and Logging
Here’s where reviews get a little hairy...
SwitchVPN is located in the US, a member of the Five Eyes alliance, which means they’ll leak your data to authorities
if they detect illicit behavior.
As you’d expect, this means they log some of your data -- including some personally identifiable information. That
means the service isn’t the most private VPN.
least they’re not logging your activity.
And what about DNS and IP leaks? When tested, experts were happy to find zero leaks, making it great for protecting
your identity against hackers and other online dangers.
Overall, critics found the performance of SwitchVPN average for a VPN service. It in no way lived up to the claim it
would speed up their internet browsing. Servers located closest to reviewers were the fastest while long-distance
connections slowed down quite a bit.
It’s not the fastest VPN on the market by any stretch. Combine this with inconsistent speeds, and SwitchVPN ranks
well below similarly priced VPN options.
Support is where SwitchVPN really shines. They offer live chat support with near instantaneous responses from
customer support. In addition, all of your previous conversations are stored on your account so you can track your
The Best VPN was so impressed they stated the support experience was, “... One of the best we’ve seen…”
SwitchVPN offers nothing super compelling compared to other VPNs. But it’s not horrible either. The higher price tag
and the fact it collects some personally identifiable information makes it hard for many reviewers to recommend.
TechRadar states, “SwitchVPN has many plus points… but there are too many issues with the service and the website to
fully recommend it right now.”
VPNPro adds, “... SwitchVPN’s server fleet and resulting connection speeds are nothing to write home about, and its
range of custom apps isn’t particularly outstanding, either.”