There are situations when you may not need a VPN and would rather connect to a website without it. One of the reasons could be that the service you need to access has your “regular” IP address memorized and won’t let you in with a different IP.
Whatever the reason is, this could be one of the situations when you’ll want to turn off your VPN for a (brief) moment — cause, otherwise, we advise you to have it running at all times to keep your connection protected.
Here’s how to turn off your VPN
On a smartphone or tablet, start your VPN app and find a toggle for turning it off. Usually, there is such a button in the app. Or, if a VPN app doesn’t have that toggle, find the “disconnect” button and tap it. This way, your VPN connection will be turned off and you will be able to do what you wanted without it.
On a computer (at least on Windows), most VPN apps leave a small icon in the bar at the bottom of the screen. Usually, it’s in the right bottom corner alongside a few other icons. Right-click on the icon of your VPN app, and select “disconnect,” “quit,” or “turn off.” This will do the trick. Or you can go to the Settings screen and disconnect from there.
And, in case you wonder, the process is fairly similar on a Mac.
Some VPNs let you define websites to which you can connect without a VPN connection. Different VPNs have different names for this feature, but they all work the same – once they detect that you’re connecting to the previously defined website, they won’t push it through the VPN tunnel.
Personally, I don’t find that the lack of this feature is a dealbreaker, but it could be for you. When I really don’t need a VPN (a very, very few times per year), I just turn it off for the moment. Then, once I complete the task – I turn it back on and life goes on.
The bottom line is – turning off a VPN is very simple for the few moments when you actually need to do that. We advise you to be really cautious when doing this and to turn the VPN back on as soon as you’re done doing whatever you wanted to do.
And if you’re still looking for a good VPN, check out our page with Best of the Best VPNs and take it from there. You can always thank us later. 😉